Say I love you with the most unique views on earth aboard a hot air balloon. Nearly every major city has companies that offer rides, but for a truly festive occasion, travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico for its annual International Balloon Fiesta in early October when the desert sky is filled with colorful adventure seekers.
Paris may be the City of Light, but it’s best known for its romance. From intimate candlelight dinners, to strolls past the Eiffel Tower, or a ride on the river Seine, love is ever present in Paris. Take your wife to fine art museums and neighborhood cafes, or visit the open-air markets to shop for delicacies for a gourmet cooking class.
The cozy city of Portland, Maine, is a fabulous romantic getaway, says Mark Evan Chimsky. Stay at a bed and breakfast and explore this lovely city. Chimsky recommends a romantic ferry ride from the harbor to scenic Peaks Island. “Bring along a picnic lunch and a book of poems to read aloud and love will definitely be in the air,” he says.
The tree-lined streets of the Old South are ideal for lovers. From the cobblestone lanes in Charleston, South Carolina, to the intimate town squares of Savannah, Georgia, and the wrought ironwork of New Orleans, there are endless spots to share a kiss, or two. Visit the tourism board websites of these cities to plan the perfect getaway.
From the panhandle to the Everglades, the Sunshine State seems designed for long walks on the beach with a loved one. Avoid tourist traps and head to lesser-known spots such as the islands near Fort Meyers on the Gulf of Mexico, which include Sanibel Island, Pine Island and La Costa Island, home of the pristine beaches of Cayo Costa State Park.
Sinatra may have left his heart in San Francisco and Sheryl Crow just wants to have some fun in Los Angeles, but visitors to the Golden State often forget that there’s a whole swath in the middle that’s ideal for couples. Stop at the great wineries near Paso Robles, stroll past Morro Bay with views of the famed rock or for the more adventurous, drive the steep inclines and catch the majestic views of Big Sur.