When it comes to finding that magical spark with your loved one, few cities compare to the enchanting possibilities that Dallas has to offer. I've lived in Dallas for 35 years. With its diverse range of activities and vibrant atmosphere, this city provides the perfect backdrop for creating unforgettable moments with that special someone. From leisurely walks along the Katy Trail to cheering on the Mavericks at the iconic American Airlines Center, Dallas ensures that you never have to venture too far to discover that extraordinary place where love blossoms. Below are a few recommendations for romantic day trips from Dallas that’ll spark some serious magic without having to venture too far from home.

Quick Answer Guide: 9 Romantic Getaways from Dallas

‌Romantic Day Trips From Dallas‌

  • Best for nearby romantic getaway with your partner - McKinney
  • Best for small-town historic charm - Granbury
  • Best for love-filled escape on the Paluxy River - Glen Rose

‌Best Weekend Getaways for Couples From Dallas‌

‌Best Couples Getaways From Dallas‌

Romantic Day Trips From Dallas

Romantic getaways from Dallas offer couples a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some quality time together. Whether you're looking for a cultural experience, a relaxing getaway, or an outdoor adventure, there's sure to be a romantic day trip that's perfect for you and your partner.

1. McKinney

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  • Perfect For:‌ Nearby romantic getaway with your partner
  • Highlights of McKinney:
    • Quaint shops and cozy restaurants
    • Winery tours
    • Picnic at Town Lake

‌Things To Do in McKinney‌

Romance naturally blooms amidst the quaint streets and idyllic town of McKinney. Its historic downtown area is filled with cute shops and cozy restaurants. Stroll hand in hand with your partner, to Landon Winery., serving Texas wines in the city center. Stop by for a glass or a bottle and get ready to unwind. With over 30 wines, their experienced wine servers will guide you to the wine that's just right for you.

Pack a picnic basket and head to Towne Lake Park for a picturesque outdoor date. This scenic spot features a tranquil lake, walking trails, and beautiful gardens, providing a serene backdrop for a romantic getaway from Dallas.

‌How to Get to McKinney‌

It's a breeze to get to McKinney from Dallas. Start by heading north on US-75N from Downtown Dallas for approximately 20 miles. Then merge onto US- 380 W for about 6 miles until you reach McKinney.

2. Granbury

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  • Perfect For‌: Small-town historic charm
  • Highlights of Granbury:
    • Historic Courthouse Square
    • Haunted history
    • Lake Granbury

‌Things to Do in Granbury‌

Spend the day exploring the romantic charm of small town Granbury. The historic square is known for its quaint shops, unique boutiques, and wineries with wine tastings. Wander around admiring the landmark architecture, then enjoy a romantic lunch at Farina’s Winery & Café. The charming town is on many of the best small-town lists.

Are you interested in the supernatural and enjoy a good scare? In that case, Granbury offers ghost tours that delve into the town's haunted history. These tours take you on a spooky journey through the streets of Granbury, revealing chilling tales of paranormal activity and ghostly encounters.

As the day comes to a close, enjoy a romantic Caribbean-themed tiki cruise with Captain Kirk’s Tiki Cruises on Lake Granbury, and take in the breathtaking sunset as you drift away. Let the romance of this enchanting town capture your hearts.

‌How to Get to Granbury‌

Take US-377 South from Dallas, which will lead you directly to Granbury. The approximately 60-mile drive usually takes around 1 hour.

3. Glen Rose

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  • Perfect For‌: A love-filled escape on the Paluxy River
  • Highlights of Glen Rose:
    • Dinosaur Valley State Park
    • Historic Town Square
    • Horseback riding

‌Things to Do in Glen Rose‌

Glen Rose is a hidden gem perfect for a romantic Texas day trip with your special someone. This is not the big city. Step back in time as you wander through the charming streets of the historic downtown. Indulge in a romantic lunch at the Inn of the River, where the serene atmosphere and delectable cuisine will set the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Afterward, venture to Dinosaur Valley State Park and search for ancient imprints of dinosaurs tracks in the riverbed. Hiking trails criss-cross the park. But the romance doesn't end there.

Mount your noble steeds and embark on a horseback ride with Eagle Eye Ranch Carriage Company. Winding through the picturesque hills, slowly ascending towards the breathtaking limestone bluff hills. Let the beauty of the landscape unfold before your eyes as you reach the summit and bask in the tranquility of the moment with your beloved by your side. Your saddle awaits, inviting you to embark on a journey filled with love, laughter, and the magic of Glen Rose.

‌How to Get to Glen Rose‌

It’s easy to get to Glen Rose from Dallas. Head west on Interstate 20 to Chisholm Trail Parkway and then US 67 to Glen Rose.

Best Weekend Getaways for Couples From Dallas

Leave the city behind and embark on some romantic weekend getaways from Dallas. With the vast expanse of Texas, driving all day to reach its borders is a possibility, but fear not. With your partner at your side for company, the few hours on this road trip will fly by, for we have curated a list of delightful weekend getaways for couples from Dallas.

4. Austin

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  • Perfect For‌: Live music
  • Highlights of Austin:
    • Lady Bird Wildflower Center
    • Barton Springs
    • Bat Watching

‌Things to Do in Austin‌

Austin is a vibrant city that promises a delightful romantic weekend getaway. Immerse yourselves in the electrifying music scene and savor the unique flavor of Austin's culinary delights. Explore the wonders of Lady Bird Lake and go kayaking or biking with easy rentals, or stroll hand in hand, as the sun sets, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink. Let the tranquility of Zilker Botanical Garden envelop you, where nature's beauty mirrors the love you share.

Indulge in a romantic dinner at Matties, a brunch and special occasion restaurant where every bite ignites the senses and elevates your connection. The ambiance will surely set the mood, taking your romance to new heights. And when the Texas heat becomes overwhelming, find respite at Barton Springs, immersing yourselves in the refreshing waters from a natural spring, embracing the joy of being together.

Austin is a vibrant and eclectic city filled with live music, delicious food, and the slogan "Keep Austin Weird" is as synonymous as Texan Willie Nelson and breakfast tacos. Explore the picturesque scenery of Lady Bird Lake, take a leisurely stroll through the stunning Zilker Botanical Garden, or enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the iconic Texas Capitol building. The Texas Hill Country destination of Fredericksburg is a short drive away. All perfect activities for a weekend getaway for couples from Dallas.

Immerse yourselves in the vibrant music scene of the Live Music Capital of the World, with numerous downtown venues that host live performances nearly every night. As the sun sets, witness the awe-inspiring sight of bats emerging from under the Congress Street Bridge, adding a touch of wonder to your romantic getaway in Austin.

Austin's motto, "Keep Austin Weird," adds a touch of whimsy to your romantic escapade, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Let the city's energy and charm infuse your love story, as you discover the magic that Austin has to offer.

‌How to Get to Austin‌

It’s a piece of cake; Drive south on Interstate 35 from the DFW Area for about three hours, depending on traffic. I suggest leaving early to avoid traffic.

‌Where to Stay in Austin‌

Nestled along the shores of Lake Austin, Lake Austin Spa Resort is a luxurious oasis offering a serene and intimate setting for a romantic weekend. Immerse yourselves in the tranquility of the spa's tranquil surroundings, where lush gardens and breathtaking views create a picturesque escape.

5. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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  • Perfect For:‌ A mountain escape
  • Highlights of Eureka Springs:
    • Victorian Homes
    • Ozark Mountains
    • Thermal hot springs and bathhouses

‌Things to Do in Eureka Springs‌

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is one of the best couples getaways from Dallas, where a romantic getaway awaits amidst the stunning Ozark Mountains. Discover a town steeped in history, renowned for its spa culture and Victorian-era buildings.

Experience ultimate relaxation with a signature spa massage in one of the historic bath houses, melting away stress and rejuvenating your spirits. As you stroll hand in hand through the winding streets, admire the architectural beauty of the Victorian buildings and explore the vibrant art galleries, where local talents are showcased.

Delve into Eureka Springs' captivating past, immersing yourselves in its rich history and uncovering the secrets that lie within its streets. Let the timeless charm of the town ignite a sense of mystery and wonder in your romantic adventure.

Surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, find solace in each other's embrace, cherishing the moments that time seems to slow down just for you. This long weekend is a celebration of your love, an opportunity to create cherished memories in a place where history, art, and nature seamlessly intertwine.

‌How to Get to Eureka Springs‌

The drive to Eureka Springs takes approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes. Start by getting on I-30 East and take I-49 to US-62 in Bentonville; follow US-62 to your destination in Eureka Springs.

‌Where to Stay in Eureka Springs‌

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is the top choice for a luxurious stay in Eureka Springs, combining history, elegance, and exceptional service. The romantic hotel offers couples a tranquil haven where you can unwind, recharge, and enjoy some much-needed "together time. I recommend indulging in a couple's massage and sauna followed by a soothing soak in the hot tub for the ultimate relaxation.

6. Tulsa, Oklahoma

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  • Perfect For‌: Cultural experiences
  • Highlights of Tulsa:
    • Philbrook Museum of Art
    • The Tulsa River Walk
    • Brady Arts District.

‌Things to Do in Tusla‌

Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a great option for a romantic getaway that combines cultural escapes with nature activities. Immerse yourselves in the artistic world of the Philbrook Museum of Art, housed in a beautiful mansion surrounded by stunning gardens. Take leisurely strolls hand in hand, admiring the exquisite artwork and finding inspiration in each other's company.

For breathtaking views of the Arkansas River, venture to the Tulsa Riverwalk, where panoramic vistas await. Lose yourselves in the serenity of the river's flow and let nature's beauty deepen your connection.

Discover the vibrant Brady Arts District, an eclectic neighborhood bursting with creativity. Explore art galleries, indulge in delicious cuisine at local eateries, and immerse yourselves in the lively atmosphere of this cultural hub.

For a charming side trip, visit the nearby town of Broken Arrow and explore the enchanting Rose District. Biking the neighborhoods is a great option, or stroll through streets lined with quaint shops and cafes and immerse yourselves in the romantic ambiance of this picturesque locale.

‌How to Get to Tulsa‌

The most direct route is Interstate 35 North from Dallas to Oklahoma. This is approximately a 4-hour drive, depending on traffic and road conditions.

‌Where to Stay in Tulsa‌

One of the most romantic accommodations in Tulsa is The Campbell Hotel. This boutique hotel is housed in a historic building and offers a charming, intimate atmosphere. The rooms are elegantly decorated and feature modern amenities. You can stay in a luxurious suite with a fireplace or a cozy room with a whirlpool tub for a more romantic experience.

Best Couples Getaways From Dallas

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dallas and embark on a blissful couple’s getaway, just a short direct flight away from Dallas-Fort Worth. Leave behind the stressors of everyday life and invest in the present moment with your partner, finding balance and rejuvenation together.

With two airports, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL), planning your getaway is as easy as booking a flight.

A couples getaway provides the ideal backdrop for creating lasting memories through intimate and immersive shared experiences. From exploring charming towns and indulging in local cuisine to discovering cultural gems and reconnecting with nature, there are endless options to make your getaway truly special.

7. Denver, Colorado

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  • Perfect For:‌ Picturesque landscapes
  • Highlights of Denver:
    • Red Rocks Amphitheater
    • Union Station
    • Brewery Tours
    • Lodo Neighborhood

‌Things to Do in Denver‌

Denver's crisp, cool mountain air is perfect for a romantic couple’s getaway from Dallas. This vibrant city offers the perfect blend of outdoor adventure year-round, and urban charm, ensuring an unforgettable weekend trips for you and your partner.

Begin your adventure by exploring the lively streets of LoDo (Lower Downtown) and Union Station, Wander hand in hand through the charming neighborhoods, admiring the historic architecture and vibrant atmosphere.

For a unique and immersive experience, embark on a brewery and graffiti tour in the RiNo District. Discover local craft beers while marveling at colorful street art that adorns the walls of this trendy neighborhood.

Ignite your passion for sports by cheering on the Colorado Rockies at the iconic Coors Field. Share the excitement of a baseball game while indulging in classic stadium snacks and creating lasting memories together.

No trip to Denver would be complete without experiencing a live music performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater.

‌How to Get to Denver‌

Several Airlines offer direct flights from Dallas to Denver from two airports. Among them are American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Delta Airlines. Flight time is typically 2-3 hours.

‌Where to Stay in Denver‌

The Crawford Hotel is a boutique hotel integrated into the historic Union Station building. The Crawford Hotel offers luxurious accommodations and is known for its unique design and modern amenities. It’s stylish and convenient downtown, and how cool is it to stay in Union Station.

The Maven Hotel is a boutique property in downtown Denver’s Dairy Block. This historic block in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood is a vibrant micro-district with shops, restaurants, and bars.

8. Memphis, Tennessee

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  • Perfect For:‌ Rock and roll and food
  • Highlights of Memphis, Tennessee:
    • Stax Museum
    • Civil Rights Museum
    • Graceland
    • Mississippi River

‌Things to Do in Memphis‌

Visit the enchanting city of Memphis for a romantic couple’s getaway. Known as the home of the blues and birthplace of rock and roll, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of music, history, and unforgettable experiences.

Stroll hand in hand along the scenic Tom Lee Park, taking in breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. Visit iconic landmarks like Graceland , the legendary home of Elvis Presley, and feel the magic of his music surround you.

Immerse yourselves in Memphis' soul music scene at the Stax Museum deepening your bond as you experience the power of music together. Indulge in the flavors of Memphis by dining at cozy barbecue joints and sampling the city's famous soul food.

Plan a romantic riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River, dancing under the stars. Experience the vibrant nightlife of Beale Street, where blues clubs and live music venues create an atmosphere of passion and excitement.

‌How to Get to Memphis From Dallas‌

Several airlines offer Direct flights from DFW International Airport to Memphis International Airport. The flight duration is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

‌Where to Stay in Memphis‌

Known as the "South's Grand Hotel," The Peabody Memphis is a historic and iconic luxury hotel. The famous Peabody Ducks march daily through the lobby, adding a unique touch to the experience.

The River Inn of Harbor Town: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, The River Inn of Harbor Town is a boutique hotel offering luxurious suites with river views. The hotel provides a romantic atmosphere with a fire-pit, European-style decor, a complimentary wine and cheese reception, and a rooftop terrace.

9. Chicago, Illinois

  • Perfect For:‌ Art, architecture, and food
  • Highlights of Chicago:
    • Lake Michigan
    • Millennium Park
    • Art Institute of Chicago
    • Architecture tour

Experience the bustling energy and cosmopolitan charm of Chicago, Illinois. This vibrant city perfectly blends culture, architecture, and culinary delights. Explore Millennium Park and take a photo together at the famous "Cloud Gate" sculpture nicknamed "The Bean."

Take a romantic stroll along the picturesque riverwalk, marvel at the iconic skyline from the top of Willis Tower, or enjoy a leisurely boat ride on Lake Michigan. Take an Architecture Center River Cruise, and don’t miss the latest exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.

‌How to Get to Chicago‌

Once you get on an airplane, the flight time is only 2 hours and 20 minutes.

‌Where to Stay in Chicago‌

I love the Emily Hotel in Chicago's Fulton Market. It's a boutique concept hotel inspired by art and woven by Nature.

The Gwen Luxury Collection Hotel on Michigan Avenue is a boutique hotel that combines classic and modern design elements. It features luxurious rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a stylish lounge, providing a sophisticated and romantic atmosphere.

The Langham, Chicago, is a luxury hotel with stunning skyline and Lake Michigan views. It features elegant rooms with modern amenities, a spa, and a rooftop pool.

With so many unique destinations, some of the best romantic getaways from Dallas are just a short drive or flight away. It's time to seize the moment and create unforgettable memories with your loved one. If these destinations don’t fit what you’re looking for, check out San Antonio, or Houston, or Galveston Island or other destinations along the Gulf Coast. New Orleans, Louisiana is even within reach for a weekend trip from Dallas. So, what are you still waiting for? Embark on your dream escape today, and let love guide your way.