An American Coach RV’s luxe layout. (Courtesy American Coach)
By Jennifer McKee
Want to strike out on the road for a fresh air, socially-distanced, Valentine’s Day? Luxury RV enthusiasts can look to American Coach for a memorable affair as they drive through some of America’s most romantic destinations.
The brand is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has won numerous industry awards for lavish design features such as kitchens with black stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops with waterfall edges and bedrooms with articulating mattresses, spa showers and his and her sinks.
Here are the Top 5 romantic destinations that made American Coach’s list, all six hours or less from Augusta:
Perhaps the most romantic city in the South, Savannah beckons with its horse-drawn carriages that traverse the 22 historic squares filled with Italianate mansions, cobblestone alleyways and stately oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Pack a picnic lunch or order one from a local shop and explore Forsyth Park, made famous in the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
A romantic beach experience is just 20 minutes away in Tybee Island. Climb the state’s tallest and oldest lighthouse (built in 1736), take a guided kayak tour of the salt marshes, go birdwatching at North Beach, then enjoy a succulent seafood dinner at one of the many waterside restaurants.
CreekFire RV Resort also offers kayaking opportunities, and has a nature trail and resort-style pool with hot tub. There’s also a restaurant on site, and for those who don’t feel like driving into downtown Savannah, shuttle service is available (advance reservations required).
St. Augustine, Florida
Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. It became a vacation destination after Henry M. Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil, sought to create a new American Riviera. Thus, several luxury resorts popped up, such as Hotel Ponce de Leon, which is now Flagler College; Hotel Alcazar, which is now the Lightner Museum; and Hotel Cordova, which is now Hotel Casa Monica. The city’s Historic District is imbued in Gilded Age romance, with cobblestone streets, hidden courtyards, ornate fountains and grand monuments.
For RVers spending the night, the Compass RV Resort offers full hook-up, a patio, swimming pool, fitness center, nature trail and spacious dog park.
Amelia Island, Florida
A 90-minute drive north of St. Augustine is Amelia Island, 13 miles of rolling dunes and pristine seashore that oozes relaxation. What could be more romantic than a sunrise horseback ride on the white sand beach? It’s worth getting up early for. You can always doze later during a luxe couples treatment from the Omni Resort. Continue your one-of-a-kind day into evening with dinner at Salt at the Ritz-Carlton, one of the only Five Diamond restaurants in Florida and where you can book the chef’s table in the kitchen.
Enjoy the beauty and history of Fort Clinch State Park when you stay at its Amelia River Campground. The diverse 1,400-acre park has maritime hammocks with massive live oaks that offer a stunning backdrop for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Many of the RV spots lead directly to bank fishing.
A romantic journey to northern Alabama begins with a visit to Noccala Falls Park, where water cascades 90 feet into the Black Creek ravine. To experience the falls from a different perspective, follow the Gorge Trail underneath the waterfall, and celebrate the occasion with a kiss. Another scenic walk is the Black Creek Trail, just a few steps from the falls. Next, support the local wine industry with a drive along the North Alabama Wine Trail; along the way, pop into Cathedral Caverns State Park, which stays a cool 60 degrees all year long and where you can view a stunning stalagmite forest.
Secure a spot a Guntersville State Park; while there, you can go horseback riding, boating, fishing and ziplining.
Cumberland Gap, Tennessee
Nestled at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains, those who visit Cumberland Gap will find a majestic passageway through the mountains between Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The Cumberland Gap National Historic Park’s overlook, at 2,440 feet high, affords awe-inspiring views of these three states. Decades ago, Cumberland Gap was known as “The Wedding Place” of the tri-state area; thousands of passengers arrived via train daily to tie the knot. Today, the town still has a quaint wedding chapel, plus a small downtown with a collection of cute shops, restaurants and the Little Congress Bicycle Museum.
Stay at the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, in the adjacent Middlesboro, Kentucky, which has more than 80 miles of hiking trails, and visitors will find numerous historic sites on For wildlife enthusiasts, deer, beaver, fox, bobcat, bear and more than 150 species of birds call the park home.