Romantic Getaways for Two
Seeing the world with your number-one love is one of the joys of coupledom. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, an exotic adventure, or simply seeking some rest and relaxation with a particular someone by your side, it’s wildly fun to plot travel plans for two.
The act of travel is itself a romantic activity, especially when it involves discovering new places together. Whether in search of outdoor adventure, or the latest cultural trends, these five vacation ideas will help lay the groundwork for your next romantic journey.
1. Check off your bucket list
Everyone keeps a travel bucket list, or at least a mental inventory of places and feats we hope to experience before we die. Whether it’s trekking the Inca Trail or taking a gondola ride in Venice, either explore taking your dream vacation or conjure one up together.
- Spotting Northern Lights: The Northern Lights are best seen between February and March, so make sure to pack your warmest winter gear. They are visible in Alaska, parts of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
- Visit the Galapagos Islands: Arguably the most famous of wildlife destinations, travelers flock here every year for the green highlands, cactus forests, lava formations, and exotic wildlife native to the island.
- Visit the Grand Canyon: You don’t have to travel far to appreciate life’s natural wonders. Tourists can explore the canyon a variety of ways, though opting for a luxurious glamp-site will certainly up the romance factor.
2. Visit an Iconic City
When it comes to romantic locales, cities like Paris, Rome, and Barcelona are tough to top. From world-class art museums to cobbled streets, these places are dripping with personality and intrigue.
- New Orleans: There’s arguably no better place to listen to jazz music than New Orleans. The French Quarter is a colorful display of buildings that serve as specialty shops, bars and restaurants.
- Florence: This Italian city is a dream come true for art lovers and anyone who appreciates a fresh bowl of Tuscan pasta. Plus, it’s easy to get around on foot.
- Prague: Castles, cathedrals and the medieval Old Town Astronomical Clock are just a few reasons why Prague captivates tourists. Don’t forget to sample some of the local wines.
3. Bike through Vineyards
Wine tasting is an interactive way to explore new territory, especially when there’s biking involved. Popular wine regions almost always offer group bus tours, but with so many vineyards to visit and wines to sample, renting a bike and going at your own pace allows for more flexibility.
- Napa and Sonoma: There are roughly 450 wineries in Napa and 300 in Sonoma, so bikers have their pick of vineyards.
- The Finger Lakes: New York’s Finger Lakes are as beautiful as its region’s wines are flavorful. When your legs can pedal no more, spend the night in one of the area’s upscale rentals.
- The Wachau Valley: Located just outside of Vienna and accessible by train, Wachau Valley has a well-designed bike trail that cuts through wineries and medieval towns.
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4. Take a road trip
Road trip adventures are often the most memorable. If you’re not up for a cross-country trek just yet, test the waters with a car ride to a destination two or three hours from home.
- The Florida Keys: This journey is likely packed with food, water sports, and beach bars. Florida’s chain of islands spans 120 miles and boasts plenty of photo-worthy stops.
- Hana Highway, Maui: It takes four or more hours to travel the 51 miles from Kahului to Hana, but that’s all part of the fun. Look out for the waterfalls, sea-cliffs, and mango trees hovering overhead.
- Pacific Coast Highway: A trip to the West Coast is incomplete without a drive along the California coast. Keep an eye out for Hearst Castle.
5. Hit the beach
Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach? Think about traveling during the off-season for more affordable flights and rentals. Even during high season, it’s easy to find quiet moments for morning walks on the beach, intimate dinners, or semi-private surf classes.
- Venice Beach: If you’re looking for city and beach experiences, Los Angeles is a safe bet. A bohemian atmosphere, man-made canals, and a bustling boardwalk make this a prime beach escape. The excellent people-watching provides additional entertainment.
- Assateague Beach: On the far other end of the spectrum is Assateague Island, Virginia. Famous for its roaming, wild horses, it’s among the top destinations for wildlife viewing.
- Trunk Bay: Located in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Trunk Bay is ideal for snorkelers and divers. There’s even an underwater snorkel trail.