Look for love in all the right places, because these 10 U.S. cities rank tops for their dating-friendly credentials. Expect dating pools distinguished by diversity or a high proportion of singles (enhancing your chances of meeting Mr. or Ms. Right), superlative dating venues (rendezvous-ready restaurants, bars, museums, and more), and/or stunning natural settings, primed for swoon-worthy outings. Ready to get your dating game on?
Austin (Photo: Thinkstock)Austin
Austin’s music scene isn’t all that rocks – this city’s dating scene doesn’t skip a beat, with singles comprising more than half the local population (thanks largely to the University of Texas campus). For a Texas-size dose of top-notch dating potential, try a toe-tapping night out at some 200 live-music venues (test your inner cowboy or cowgirl at The Broken Spoke honky-tonk), or hit up the nightlife hotbeds in the Warehouse District or on Sixth Street. Plus, year-round sunshine and the great outdoors combine for date-worthy dips at Barton Springs Pool, hiking or biking the Greenbelt, or getting out on the water on Lady Bird Park (a kayak for two, anybody?).
This renowned hub for higher education (50-plus institutes call the Boston area home, including heavyweights like Harvard and MIT) buzzes with the youthful energy of undergrad and post-grad singles looking to pair off. Grab your squeeze and head out on the town for the bustling pub scene (try the historic Bell in Hand Tavern), top venues for sporting events (don’t miss a Red Sox game at Fenway), or strolls along the Harborwalk and the Charles River Esplanade. Foodie-minded duos, meanwhile, can seek out romantic Italian eateries in the North End neighborhood (try Trattoria di Monica) or the food stalls of historic Quincy Market.
Chicago (Photo: Thinkstock)Chicago
Cosmopolitan Chicago is made for dating: Check out world-class art museums (like the Art Institute of Chicago), comedy clubs (Second City is unsurpassed for laughs), theaters (second only in concentration to Broadway), and sporting venues (catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field). Then, continue your rendezvous well into the night at smoky blues clubs or trendy rooftop bars showcasing Chi-town’s cityscape. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Lincoln Park or the Lake Michigan waterfront for biking, jogging, or simply unwinding. Or, take your date to new heights – literally – with a whirl in Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel, or in winter, a little ice-skating in the sky at the rink atop the John Hancock building.
Miami (Photo: Thinkstock)Miami
Make your way to Miami for its sun-kissed beaches and sexy locals known to show off teeny bikini- and swim trunks-clad bods. A sizzling nightlife scene infused by sensual Latin flavors (clubs pumping salsa, meringue, and more) commands the night, while the beachfront beckons active types who can jog, bike, or rollerblade under the sun. Of course, simply frolicking in the waters off the white-sand beaches or lingering over a sunset-view cocktail (try DiLido Beach Club) or savory seafood meal (The Redfish Grill’s beachfront patio is tops), are perfect tropical-inspired dates all their own.