10 Romantic Destinations Worldwide 2008
Romantic Locales — from Hawaii to Croatia
The Most Romantic Destinations in the World
When you're in love, there's a desire to share it with the world, and it's a big world out there. Whether you want to shout your love from the top of a mountain or while snorkeling with underwater creatures, there are plenty of places across the continents to proclaim your connection. The trip is just as important as the destination, so here's a selection of some of the most romantic destinations on the planet where you can create memories to last a lifetime.
California Wine Country
What could be more romantic than savoring a glass of Chardonnay, cycling through vast vineyards or taking a dawn hot air balloon ride through Northern California's wine country? Both Napa and Sonoma are great valleys for your wine country jaunt, yet both are markedly different from the other. Where Napa is small and unified, it's also more commercial than the laid back Sonoma, whose vineyards sprawl over far more acreage. Both produce distinctive wines, yet either or both are perfect for a romantic getaway. Wine country is also great to visit year-round, although if you want to see the autumnal colors of the region, be sure to visit in the fall.
designated National Historic Landmark, Savannah is a city of history and mystery. It's famous
for its spirits and specters, elegant antebellum mansions,
lovely town squares, and residents of character and
color (read: eccentricities). Perhaps the most romantic
way to come under the spell of this engaging southern
city is by horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and sip Champagne as a liveried driver takes you on a private tour of
the largest contiguous historic district in the United
Hawaii's island of Maui has always been synonymous with romance. Combining the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, Maui has it all for that great romantic escape. From the artsy boutiques of Lahaina to the 10,000-foot heights of Haleakala — the island's volcano — Maui combines the best of the big island. Gasp at waterfalls, trek rainforests, hike towards volcanoes and indulge in every kind of water sport imaginable. Maui also has perfect weather year-round, so you can save money on your romantic getaway by booking during off-season, which is usually September through November.
enchanting region of mirrored lakes, ancient forests
and snow-covered mountains, Argentina's
Lake District in Northwest Patagonia is majestic in
its beauty, humbling in its magnitude and intoxicating
in its atmosphere. Its national parkland setting is
perfect for tender twosomes who take to white water
rafting, hiking, fishing or birding. Headquarter in
the vibrant town of Bariloche and you'll delight
to discover a mecca for artists and musicians. One caution:
Local legend has it that once you've breathed
the air, it's impossible to leave.
fascinating walled city on the Adriatic Coast, Dubrovnik
sprang up in the 7th century as a fortress town before
becoming known as the "Jewel of the Adriatic."
In its Old Town, the main street is lined with cafes,
shops and sidewalks that invite strolling, browsing
and espresso sipping. Be sure to visit the Rector's
Palace, now a museum filled with
historic exhibits, built in 1441. If you're visiting mid-year,
the Dubrovnik Summer Festival offers music, theater
and dance performances.
in Southeast France, Provence is the embodiment of living life to the fullest. When
one thinks of this legendary realm, images of lavender-filled
fields and vistas of ripe natural beauty immediately
spring to mind. You'll fall in love all over again
as you discover its varied landscapes, defined by the
Alps to the east (Mont Ventoux, the Luberon and the
Alpilles), the Rhône River in the west (fertile
valleys and plains) and the Mediterranean Sea due south
(the fanciful marshlands of the Camargue).
Italian Lake District
Italian is the language of love, so the perfect romantic getaway for European romance seekers has to be the Italian Lake District. You'll find yourself inextricably drawn to the beauty of Lake Garda, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and even the intimate Lake Orta. Indulge your ultimate fantasies and stay in a lakeside villa, secluded castle or panoramic chapel, all of which are scattered throughout the region. If it's good enough for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, it should be good enough for you. If it's grandiose you're after, choose Lake Garda. This large lake features picturesque resorts including Riva del Garda, situated on the water's edge. Take a trip to the tiny port town of Gargnano with its Villa Feltrinelli, or perhaps drop in on George Clooney at his Villa Oleandra in Lake Como.
Fuji Five Lakes Region
in spring and autumn the day arrives that the snow blankets
just the top of Mount Fuji, it's the perfect time
to visit Japan's
Fuji Five Lakes region. This aqueous quintet — Lakes
Kawaguchi, Yamanaka, Sai, Shoji and Motosu — lies
in a lovely arc surrounding the northern foot of the
country's highest mountain. Both peak and lakes,
formed in eons past by lava flows that dammed up several
rivers, are part of serene parklands that invite hiking,
meditation and other countryside pleasures.
tiny islands, only five of which are occupied, make
up this lyrical South
Pacific atoll. One of the remaining uninhabited
islands has been entirely converted into a resort that's
accessible only by seaplane. Here, amid wind-dancing
palms and surrounded by endless blue expanses of ocean
and sky, you'll experience a sense of profound
isolation and paradisiacal island beauty. In addition
to your significant other, excellent dive sites and
abundant marine life will make your heart race.
Milford Sound, South Island
the coast of New
Zealand's South Island, Milford Sound has
been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World. This
remote region, with its sheer rock faces and waters
teeming with penguins, seals and dolphins, is located
within the Fiordland National Park, part of the larger
Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Adventurous lovers
can attempt "the most beautiful walk in the world,"
a three-and-a-half-day trek from Te Anu that every step
of the way envelops you in the area's natural
Square, Savannah courtesy of Savannah
Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Huapi, Argentina courtesy of Argentina
Provence image courtesy of French
Government Tourist Office
courtesy of The
Italian Government Tourist Board
Atoll image courtesy of Holiday
Sound courtesy of Tourism
(Updated: 03/18/13 CT)