Couples Vacation Ideas
Whether you're falling in love or doing some rekindling, nothing sparks romance
like a nice trip together somewhere. It could be a far-flung exotic destination on a sleepy part of the Mediterranean coast or maybe a big city. Perhaps a mountainous locale is more your speed. Here are a few suggestions for a getaway that might help turn that spark into a fire.
The Cinque Terre
Five coastal villages strung together by a hiking trail along the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre ("five lands") is a place for couples to relax on a European vacation. What this area doesn't have is just as important as what it does and part of what makes it special. No museums or major tourist attractions, no traffic, nowhere to rush to and no one rushing to get there; this less-developed part of the coast seems to be made for romance. Don't expect casinos or high rises here, just picturesque, pastel-colored, centuries-old villages where couples can stroll and take in the local flavor, day and night. While there is no road that directly connects the towns, there is a train line. This makes it easy to spend a day hiking through the Cinque Terre and hop on the train back to the village you're staying in without having to worry about walking back. European travel expert Rick Steves calls the Cinque Terre "the most fantasy-fulfilling stretch of the fabled Riviera."
New York City
An axiom about New York City is that it's a hard place to be alone, but one of the most romantic places to be with someone. Songs have been written trying to describe this intangible pull that the city has on lovers. Many couples are intimidated at first, but a stroll through Central Park soon changes their attitude. There's a reason so many movies have been filmed in Central Park--considered the green lung of New York, it's one of the most romantic places in the city. Anytime of year is a good time to visit-- there's ice skating in the winter and rowboating in the summer. A walk through ultra-illuminated Times Square or strolling the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will also get the endorphins of love flowing. There seems to be no end to the array of romantic options for couples in NYC.
Metropolitian Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
Park City, Utah
A mountain destination in the Rockies of Utah, Park City was a silver mining boomtown in the 19th century. Known mostly as a ski town in the modern age (and home of the Sundance Film Festival), Park City is worth a visit in the summer months, too, when even the ski resorts--where one can bike and hike the slopes during the warmer months--are open for business. The historic Washington School Inn, a sturdy stone building from the19th century that used to be a schoolhouse, provides a quiet respite for its guests and is located just a block away from the vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife of Main Street.
Washington School Inn
PO Box 536
543 Park Ave.
Park City, UT 84060
(800) 824-1672 (toll free)
Blake Guthrie has been a professional journalist since 1996. His articles have been featured in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Creative Loafing" and on Travels.com. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Auburn University.