Most Romantic Getaways

Love needs no special location. Passion thrives in Paducah just as easily as Paris. But if you’d like to celebrate your love by taking a special trip – for Valentine’s Day or anytime – consider a romantic getaway to one of these U.S. and international destinations.

Perfect Destinations for All

Not in love? Not a problem! Grab a buddy, take the kids or travel solo because these cities have something for everyone and it will be wonderful.

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9 Romantic Getaways

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

What could be more romantic than drifting across the high desert and rugged mountains in a colorful hot air balloon? Albuquerque is justly famous for its balloon festival as well as its rugged mountain scenery and (on average) 310 sunny days a year. That can means lots of outdoor activities like hiking, golf and skiing but there’s plenty of indoor stuff including the excellent Mexican cuisine (join the debate – red chiles or green?) plus plenty of brewpubs, clubs and live music in Nob Hill and Downtown. Learn more here.

Dallas, Texas

This is something of a wild card since one is more likely to associate Dallas with cowboys (or Cowboys) than romance but you may change your mind after a private gondola ride or a visit to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden followed by a session in a plush spas and dining on fabulous cuisines of the world or good old Tex-Mex. Learn more here.

Dalmatian Coast of Croatia

This increasingly popular travel spot has so much to offer: A rugged Adriatic coastline dotted with secluded beaches, wooded islands, timeless medieval towns like Split and Dubrovnik and beautiful national parks. Tip: Like so many popular tourist destinations, August is said to be very crowded. Learn more here.

New Zealand

So many beauty spots, so little time. The New Zealand tourism site recommends starting out in Auckland “with its relaxed Pacific vibe.” Take a harbor tour to see dolphins and whales then hit a romantic restaurant and some clubs. We are intrigued by a side trip to the Waitomo Caves where one can “enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling glowworms above you” before continuing on to the geysers of Rotorua, then heading on to Queenstown. Lots to do in this beautiful city set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and guarded by towering mountains including winery tours, skiing, dining in trendy bistros or traditional pubs. Learn more here.

Ojai, California

Long known as an artists’ haven, this small inland community is about half-way between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara (another romantic destination) and is dotted with picturesque bed & breakfasts as well as full scale resorts with championship golf courses and pampering spas (we like the sound of the “Ojai Olive Oil Body Souffle” at the Oaks at Ojai). For activities, taste some wine at a local vintner, ride a horse, enjoy an art gallery or visit the local farmers market which offers raw chocolate, olive and walnut oil, orchids, and lots of produce. Learn more here.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Take the ferry from Seattle and step into a lush new world of forests and mountains. Watch deer and eagle, rent a sailboat, go kayaking or fishing, drive a national scenic byway along the shoreline of a glacial fjord that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific. Then visit Olympic National Park, watch for deer and falcons, visit a festival or just walk along some of the miles and miles of saltwater coastline. Learn more here.

Paris, France

Need we say more? See the Eiffel Tower, go to the Louvre, visit Notre Dame, have a glass of wine at a sidewalk café or stroll beside the Seine. It doesn’t matter what you do, you’re in Paris! But there is so much to see and do and as eat and drink. Learn more here.

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

This pretty little town in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts is quintessential New England with charming inns and quaint shops. No wonder artist Norman Rockwell had his studio here (and you can visit). Winter sports and fall foliage trips are big here but so is lounging by a fire with glass of wine. Stockbridge and its neighboring communities offer a wide variety of dining experiences from country French to Irish pubs. Learn more here.

Venice, Italy

The canals, the art, the Piazza San Marco. We could go on and on but if it’s romance you want, romance you will find in this unique and fascinating city. Did we mention how beautiful it is? Your visit may be more memorable by avoiding the crowds of summer tourists but it’ll be wonderful no matter when you go. Learn more here and here.

Tip: Compare fares to any of these destinations to be sure of getting the very best deal possible.

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Updated: January 29, 2015