Get in the mood for love with a world tour of the destinations behind these popular love songs.
The song 'Galveston' spins the tale of a soldier leaving his love behind on the Texas beach when he heads off to fight the Spanish-American war. Glen Campbell released his version of this country hit in 1969 making it an anti-war anthem for Vietnam.
Paris is romantic any time of the year, but the vibe is extra-special in springtime as Frank Sinatra (and many others) famously sang in the classic jazz tune 'April in Paris.'
Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby both crooned about the loveliness of 'Blue Hawaii,' which is undeniably splendid with picturesque beaches setting a romantic scene whether framed by a rainbow or shimmering under a bright moon.
'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' spins a tale of new love and romance in the air in London's fancy Mayfair neighborhood, also the location of the swanky Ritz hotel.
In the R&B hit 'The Midnight Train to Georgia,' Gladys Knight and the Pips sing about the romantic bliss of following true love across the country to Georgia after striking out in Los Angeles.
'Kokomo' may be just a fictional tropical getaway, but you can re-create this romantic hit by The Beach Boys on any number of beaches in the Caribbean, like Aruba, Jamaica or Montego, which are all also mentioned in the song.
Tony Bennett famously sang 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco' for the first time in 1961 in the Venetian Room at the Fairmount Hotel, referencing the city's morning fog, high hills and cable cars.
The song 'Moon River,' most famously known as the Audrey Hepburn's song in Breakfast at Tiffany's was inspired by an actual inlet near Savannah, GA. But if you're in the mood for love, any moonlit river should do as a backdrop for a romantic evening.
As Christopher Cross put it in his love song 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do),' if you get caught between the moon and New York City, your best option is to fall in love. Lovebirds can start with a romantic stroll in the Big Apple, from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Jersey girls get plenty of hype these days with the antics of Snooki and her Jersey Shore pals. But the original 'Jersey Girl' is the one in the song penned by Tom Waits for his wife. The song later became a big hit for Bruce Springsteen.
Though instrumental versions of the original tune make for popular elevator music, Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Girl From Ipanema' is a sweet and romantic bossa nova tune sung by Astrud Gilberto, along with João Gilberto and Stan Getz about a young beauty strolling the sands on the Brazilian shores of Rio de Janeiro.
Andy Williams' vocal rendition of 'Where Do I Begin (Love Story)' sets the melancholy mood for the tragic story of young love in the 1970 romantic film Love Story, based on the Erich Segal novel with the same name. The preppy young lovers meet at Radcliffe library, but spend plenty of time traipsing around Cambridge and Harvard.