Some cities immediately spring to mind when it comes to romance, like Paris, London, Rome, and ... San Antonio? That's right, good ol' San Antonio is the most romantic city in the U.S., according to Amazon's criteria for its popular and annual Valentine's Day list.
When it comes to romance, it's true that San Antonio fits the whimsical bill from the River Walk alone. However, it's nestled deep in the heart of Texas and there's a glimmering shine to the city that time has not yet touched along its sidewalks cut by the cool river breeze on a steamy day.
There's still a feeling of old Western romance and Texas pride in the air in San Antone, and to top off this pick, let's throw it back to this lovely little song as you peruse the rest of the list.
Just one glance at these photos of the River Walk, and it seems to make sense why love is in the air.
The full list is as follows:
1. San Antonio, Texas
2. Miami, Fla.
3. Alexandria, Va.
4. Orlando, Fla.
5. Salt Lake City, Utah
6. Knoxville, Tenn.
7. Cincinnati, Ohio
8. Pittsburgh, Pa.
9. Atlanta, Ga.
10. Ann Arbor, Mich.
11. Columbia, S.C.
12. Vancouver, Wash.
13. Gainesville, Fla.
14. Seattle, Wash.
15. Scottsdale, Ariz.
16. Tampa, Fla.
17. Las Vegas, Nev.
18. Portland, Ore.
19. Round Rock, Texas.
20. Rochester, N.Y.
As you can see, Florida carried the list with the most cities ranked, but a surprise Texas victory in Round Rock also made the list.
The criteria for the list is, per Amazon,
The list is determined by a compilation of sales data from cities with more than 100,000 residents on a per capita basis and includes purchases of romance novels and relationship books (both Kindle and print); romantic comedy movies (DVDs and digital); a curated list of romantic music, including artists like Adele, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Brad Paisley and Barry White (CDs and MP3 format); as well as the sales of sexual wellness products.
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A few interesting things to note is that Chicago, Houston, New York, San Diego, and Seattle streamed the most love songs all year from Amazon Music.
Classic Rock Love Songs was the most popular Amazon romantic playlist, featuring artists such as Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones.
Alexa users were feeling the love and streamed these most requested love songs: "Thinking Out Loud", by Ed Sheeran, "I Will Always Love You", by Whitney Houston and "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash.
Johnny Cash to June Carter Cash : We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each other's minds. We know what the other one wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You're the object of my desire, the #1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much. #fave #oldie #love #letters #simplertimes #meaningful #honest #iwasborninthewrongera #kbye
We have a feeling San Antonio had a little something to do with the Johnny Cash pick. Rock on San Antone, and keep feeling the love.