Cinzia Spa, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
While He Plays: Tidewater Golf Club

While He Plays: Tidewater Golf Club

Tidewater is one of the best-known and most awarded golf courses in all of South Carolina, and it certainly lives up to the hype. The holes are tough but fair — as well as beautiful, thanks to great views along the Intracoastal Waterway. Reading the Bermuda grass greens offers a special challenge for Northerners and Midwesterners, who don't have many places to practice the skill back home. 960 1280

Tidewater Golf Club  

She Can: Take a Casino Cruise

She Can: Take a Casino Cruise

A relaxing boat ride combined with exciting slot machines and table games? Jackpot! The Big M Casino leaves from Little River, SC, and carries passengers out to international waters, where they can gamble the day away. It takes about 45 minutes to get far enough out, so use that time to enjoy a cocktail on the top deck. One warning: The open ocean is choppier than the waters along the shore, so those prone to seasickness may want to try a gentler sightseeing cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway instead. 960 1280

Big M Casino  

Later, They Can: Get a Picture With a Tiger

Later, They Can: Get a Picture With a Tiger

The safari comes to Myrtle Beach. At the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing, you can get a one-of-a-kind souvenir: a photo of you and your significant other holding a tiger cub and a young ape. Yes, it's a little pricey and it's just for a few seconds, but who wouldn't want to say they held a tiger? If you're on a tight budget, you can still stop by the exhibit to watch tigers both big and small for free. 960 1280

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While He Plays: Grande Dunes Resort Club

While He Plays: Grande Dunes Resort Club

Placement is key at this top-notch, undulating course with more elevation change than most in Myrtle Beach. Mounding in the fairway can kick your ball forward and result in some very long drives — if you know where to land it. Players also need to settle their nerves for the par-3 14th, where they'll feel as though they're hitting over the Intracoastal Waterway, usually to tough hole locations. 960 1280

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She Can: Savor the View of the Waterway

She Can: Savor the View of the Waterway

Stake out a table on the deck at the open-air Anchor Cafe, a laid-back spot on the Intracoastal Waterway next to the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Have a few cocktails, snack on bar food and watch the boats go by while you wait for your partner to reach the ninth hole on the Resort course, where he’ll be able to see you waving from just across the waterway. And if you get bored, Myrtle Beach Watersports has a location on the marina beside the cafe, so you can rent a Jet Ski without having to split driving time! 960 1280

Hannah Prince  

Later, They Can: Get Front-Row Seats for Fireworks

Later, They Can: Get Front-Row Seats for Fireworks

There's never a shortage of firework shows in Myrtle Beach, especially in summer, but the best way to watch them is from your table at Ocean Annie's Beach Bar. Go early to grab a good vantage point for the weekly show (usually held on Wednesdays); there's always live music and pitchers of Annie's Slammer or Carolina Cosmo to make the time fly. Then, come nightfall, you can snuggle up and watch the fireworks being launched from the beach right in front of you.  960 1280

Ocean Annie's Beach Bar  

While He Plays: Founders Club at Pawleys Island

While He Plays: Founders Club at Pawleys Island

This exciting course lets players try a different style of golf than most other courses in the area. Its many waste bunkers make it reminiscent of Pinehurst — with much cheaper greens fees. Unusually designed holes and interesting risk-reward par 5's force golfers to think about their strategy. Luckily, a choice of 5 tees makes it playable for a range of skill levels. 960 1280

Founders Group International  

She Can: Settle in for a Solitary Beach

She Can: Settle in for a Solitary Beach

Sure, there are plenty of sandy stretches up in Myrtle Beach, but they tend to get very busy and noisy with all those families and kids around. Instead, head south to Litchfield Beach, which is just as pretty but less crowded — perfect for picking up a great beach read or walking in the surf. A tip: Parking at beach access points can be limited, so make the day even less stressful by having your guy drop you off on his way to the Founders Club.  960 1280

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Later, They Can: Sing Along at a Piano Bar

Later, They Can: Sing Along at a Piano Bar

There's nothing more fun than swaying next to your sweetie while you both belt out the lyrics to an old favorite being played by dueling pianos. You won't be disappointed at Crocodile Rocks, one of many hot nightlife spots in Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square. And if for some reason you decide to go bar-hopping before they break out Don’t Stop Believin', your cover charge also gets you entrance into the dance club across the square.  960 1280

Hannah Prince  

While He Plays: Arrowhead Country Club

While He Plays: Arrowhead Country Club

Mix and match the trio of 9-hole stretches at Arrowhead to create the perfect 18. Each course features a different layout and its own challenges: The Cypress takes players through the wetlands; the Lakes is full of slopes and water hazards; and the Waterway offers wide fairways and amazing landscapes. Arrive early to take advantage of free balls on the driving range, where you can work out the kinks in your swing before hitting the first tee.  960 1280

Arrowhead Country Club   

She Can: Shop and Stroll Along the Boardwalk

She Can: Shop and Stroll Along the Boardwalk

No doubt you’ll be back at the boardwalk at night to ride the SkyWheel and catch some free live music. But going by yourself while he’s golfing means that you can browse all those kitschy souvenir shops (without any nagging!) until your heart’s content. Afterward, splurge on some boardwalk fries and a funnel cake — which you won't have to share. 960 1280

Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  

Later, They Can: Race Each Other Down the Zip Line

Later, They Can: Race Each Other Down the Zip Line

Get a burst of adrenaline just a few blocks from the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures. You can ride side by side on the zip lines at speeds of up to 40 mph. (Whoever reaches the other side last buys dinner!) Then, experience another thrill by free-falling 60 feet off the tower. That's bound to get your blood pumping better than any round of miniature golf. 960 1280

Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures   

While He Plays: The Fazio Course at Barefoot

While He Plays: The Fazio Course at Barefoot

With 4 first-class courses created by 4 big-name designers, you can't really go wrong at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach. The 18 holes by world-famous architect Tom Fazio take advantage of the classic Lowcountry style, with native grasses, oaks and pines. Lakes and ponds add picturesque detail but not needless difficulty, since many are out of play. If you have a few extra days, tee it up on the Barefoot courses by Davis Love III, Greg Norman and Pete Dye as well. 960 1280

Barefoot Resort & Golf  

She Can: Get Pampered at the Spa

She Can: Get Pampered at the Spa

There's no reason to go far from the golf course when you can just cross Route 17 and be at Cinzia Spa at North Beach Plantation. Since you have the time, splurge on a day package with a combination of massages, facials and nail services. Or experiment with one of the international rituals inspired by traditions in Fiji, India or Hawaii. You'll leave relaxed and rejuvenated for a night out on the town! 960 1280

Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau  

Later, They Can: See a show

Later, They Can: See a show

Myrtle Beach has plenty of entertainment choices at a number of venues, from the impersonators at Legends in Concert to the exciting dinner show at Pirates Voyage. But you can’t beat the House of Blues for variety. This venue at Barefoot Landing hosts big-name artists in every musical genre, as well as local bands, murder-mystery dinner theater and even weekly Comedy Zone shows.  960 1280

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Newport Aquarium (Newport, Kentucky)
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans)

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans)

A young visitor looks at a 400,000-gallon water tank filled with stingrays, sea turtles -- and 17-foot-long sharks! They’re all part of the Gulf of Mexico exhibit at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. The aquarium showcases aquatic life throughout North and South America. 960 1280

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Texas State Aquarium

Texas State Aquarium

There he goes! This little guy is one of 2 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins -- Shadow and Kai -- at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, TX. Visitors can see the dolphins above water … and below, courtesy of an underwater viewing room that features a 70-foot-long window.  960 1280

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Ripley’s Aquarium (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

Ripley’s Aquarium (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

In the heart of the Smoky Mountains you’ll find Ripley’s Aquarium. The facility in Gatlinburg, TN, is home to 10,000 sea creatures, representing more than 350 individual species, such as giant stingrays, snappers and some very large sharks -- as long as 13 feet! 960 1280

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies  

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

It’s only fitting that the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher should be located near … Cape Fear! You and the kids will encounter plenty of fear-factor moments: Touch a live shark, discover North Carolina’s fiercest predator and come face-to-face with an alligator … if you dare. 960 1280

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher  

Baltimore National Aquarium

Baltimore National Aquarium

You’ll find these yellow tang fish at the Baltimore National Aquarium. Since it opened in 1981, the aquarium has garnered an astonishing collection of sea life: 16,500 specimens representing 660 species.best-aquariums-in-us-north-baltimore-national-aquarium 960 1280

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Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Wow, are we underwater, Dad? It’ll feel like it as you and the kids journey through this underwater tunnel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Cool views like this help explain why the facility in Newport, OR, has been ranked one of the top 10 aquariums in North America by Coastal Living magazine. 960 1280

Oregon Coast Aquarium  

Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)

Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA)

This 5-acre site in Long Beach, CA, is home to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The little ones will enjoy plenty of interactive fun: Kids can pet sharks and stingrays, and feed nectar to parrots known as lorikeets. 960 1280

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Did you know that corals are animals, not plants? Your kids will learn these and other facts at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Coral Reef Kingdom. See them ooh and aww at the colorful ocean homes where these tiny animals live in colonies. Also check out the aquarium's other attractions, including stingrays, jellyfish and sea otters. 960 1280

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New England Aquarium (Boston)

New England Aquarium (Boston)

These brave kids stick their hands in the “touch tank,” as stingrays glide through the clear shallow water. Kids (and adults) can touch various species of sharks and rays at Boston's New England Aquarium, including cownose rays, southern stingrays and coral catsharks. 960 1280

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The Florida Aquarium (Tampa)

The Florida Aquarium (Tampa)

Reach out and touch someone. Kids get a thrill as an underwater diver presses his hands against the glass tank at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. The large, 250-square-foot facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from around the world. 960 1280

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John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)

John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)

You’re looking at one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago houses more than 5,000,000 gallons of water in which 25,000 fish (and counting!) make their home. 960 1280

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Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta)

Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta)

How’s this for big: The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta contains between 100,000 and 120,000 fish and other sea creatures. One of the biggest reasons to visit is to see the aquarium’s whale sharks -- it’s the only institution outside of Asia to house this particular shark species. 960 1280

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Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga)

Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga)

Come face to face with sharks at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. The sand tiger shark (pictured here) may look menacing but it’s not usually a threat to humans. Unless, of course, you engage in some spearfishing -- fortunately, not an option at this aquarium! 960 1280

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Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT)

Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT)

Let’s shake on it! You’re looking at one of New England’s only beluga whales. Learn all about this amazing marine mammal -- which hails from the Arctic and is known for its eye-catching all-white color -- courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium’s Encounter program in Mystic, CT. Don waterproof gear and wade waist-deep into the Arctic Coast exhibit with the whales and trainers. 960 1280

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Waikiki Aquarium (Honolulu)

Waikiki Aquarium (Honolulu)

Just what makes a fish a fish? Find out at the Waikiki Aquarium, the third oldest aquarium in the US. At the aquarium’s very official Fish School, kids as young as 5 can learn all about the many critters of the sea and their amazing adaptations to their environment. Don’t worry, though, it’s not all learn and no play -- the class includes a scavenger hunt among the exhibits.
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Waikiki Aquarium  

Newport Aquarium (Newport, Kentucky)

Newport Aquarium (Newport, Kentucky)

Sharks, sharks and more sharks! Sand tiger, sandbar, whitetip, blacktip reef and zebra -- see these intriguing shark species glide above your head in Newport Aquarium’s underwater tunnel. Also explore the aquariums additional attractions, such as the Jellyfish Gallery, Frog Bog (home to 20 species of exotic frogs) and Gator Alley, where visitors can stare into the eyes of Tut, their Nile crocodile.
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Kentucky Tourism  

New York Aquarium, New York

New York Aquarium, New York

See these cute black-footed penguins at the New York Aquarium, located on Coney Island. As the oldest continually operating aquarium in the US, the aquarium holds no shortage of marine mammals and aquatic life, from sea lions, otters and walruses, to cownose rays and moray eels.    960 1280

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Downtown Aquarium Denver

Downtown Aquarium Denver

Yes, even mermaids live at the aquarium … or at least put on a good show. At Downtown Aquarium Denver, see live mermaid performances in the Under the Sea exhibit. Also check out the aquarium’s exhibits spanning barrier reefs, rainforest, wharf and desert habitats. 960 1280

Downtown Aquarium, Denver  

Downtown Aquarium Houston

Downtown Aquarium Houston

Houston’s 6-acre Downtown Aquarium is home to a veritable who’s who of aquatic animals: Electric eels, nurse sharks and stingrays are among the 200 diverse species of underwater life found here. In between exploring exhibits like the Louisiana Swamp (yes, alligators live here) and the Rainforest, unwind at the aquarium’s Dive Lounge. 960 1280

Downtown Aquarium Houston  

Los Angeles Art Show, California
January: LA Art Show

January: LA Art Show

Held at the LA Convention Center downtown, the annual LA art show attracts high-end art dealers, cutting-edge new artists and connoisseurs from all over the world. This is where you’ll see everything from pieces by up-and-coming local talent to some of the greatest works of art ever produced. 960 1280

LA Art Show  

February: Lucha VaVoom Valentine's Day

February: Lucha VaVoom Valentine's Day

Founded in 2002, wrestling promoters-cum-party starters Lucha VaVoom are the masterminds behind the craziest variety show in town. Billed as a healthy mix of sex, comedy and comic-book violence, Lucha VaVoom features Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque dancers and comedy supplied by names such as Patton Oswalt, Dana Gould and Bobcat Goldthwait. The Valentine’s extravaganza includes some romantic wrestling you won’t want to miss.

 

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March: PaleyFest

March: PaleyFest

The Paley Center in Beverly Hills is dedicated to television (and now streaming) entertainment of all shapes and sizes. The center’s annual March TV showcase attracts major Hollywood players from both behind and in front of the camera. Panel discussions and talks usually feature most of the cast and creators of a given show, offering a rare opportunity to engage with your favorite actors and TV auteurs. 960 1280

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April: 'Los Angeles Times' Festival of Books

April: 'Los Angeles Times' Festival of Books

Held on the gorgeous campus grounds of the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the biggest event on the LA literary calendar. Catch talks by beloved local writers such as T.C. Boyle and Aimee Bender and literati from all over the world. Plus, there are tons of other literary-inclined activities, including a wonderful array of events and programs for children. 960 1280

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May: Cinespia

May: Cinespia

May in LA equals open-air movies — hosted by Cinespia — at the recently restored Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney and Douglas Fairbanks, just to name a few. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and cool down after a hot LA summer day by watching a film under the open sky. 960 1280

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June: Grunion Run

June: Grunion Run

You’re going to have to get up early for this one. Fishing for (or, rather, scooping up) the minute grunion throughout spring is a Southern California family tradition. Each year, during the spring months, millions of tiny, silvery fish indigenous to the West Coast beach come here to spawn. It’s an amazing spectacle, as well as an opportunity to do some fishing. You will need a license, though, and don’t bring a net — you may use only your hands. 960 1280

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July: July 4th on the Queen Mary

July: July 4th on the Queen Mary

Celebrate America's Independence Day on a retired cruise ship named after a former British regent. Irony aside, the Queen Mary, which is docked in Long Beach, 45 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, offers a full day of fun maritime activities, rounded off by an epic evening party featuring music and impressive fireworks. All aboard!  960 1280

The Queen Mary  

August: Nisei Week

August: Nisei Week

Los Angeles is home to a huge Japanese-American population, and you’ll find some of the best Japanese cuisine outside Japan on Sawtelle Boulevard, in Little Tokyo and in the South Bay suburb of Torrance. Every August, Nisei Week celebrates all things Land of the Rising Sun. With its many floats, celebrity appearances and traditional Japanese dancers, the Grand Parade that winds its way through the streets of Little Tokyo is the festival’s highlight. 960 1280

Ryan Furuya  

September: Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

September: Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Held in San Pedro, a hidden LA gem, the annual Lobster Fest is a crustacean connoisseur’s paradise. Lobsters are flown in fresh from Maine for the 3-day festival and served up in a dizzying variety of preparations. The event schedule is also jam-packed with musical entertainment, supplied by, among others, Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, Metalachi and Beware of Darkness. 960 1280

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October: West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

October: West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval

The annual Halloween Carnaval in West Hollywood is one of the biggest street parties in the country. Put on your spookiest or sexiest (or both) costume and take to the streets with thousands of other revelers. The event boasts multiple stage areas with live music and drag queens performing. The highlight is the crowning of the Carnaval Queen, an honor whose past recipients include Rihanna and Queen Latifah. 960 1280

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November: Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

November: Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The Latin American tradition of celebrating the Day of the Dead is a big deal in Southern California, and every year, the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery opens its gates to thousands of people observing the holiday. Most patrons arrive at the cemetery in beautiful traditional garb, colorful costumes, or black and white face paint to commemorate deceased loved ones. The event includes everything from live music to kid-friendly activities such as face painting, altar building and costume contests. 960 1280

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December: Cicada Club Christmas

December: Cicada Club Christmas

Zoot suits, wide-brimmed hats and chic vintage dresses — downtown's Cicada Club is a trip back in time to the swinging ’40s and ’50s. People show up to this fun dinner club in period-appropriate attire and dance their hearts out all night long to the tunes of jazz, swing and old-school party music. If you miss the Christmas festivities, the Cicada Club’s annual New Year’s Eve party is the classiest shindig in town. 960 1280
Turtle Inn
Turtle Inn

Turtle Inn

This luxurious resort is a labor of love by famed director Francis Ford Coppola. If you're dreaming of staying in a private, thatched cottage, relaxing by the Caribbean Sea, being pampered at a romantic spa and dining at one of 3 acclaimed restaurants, Turtle Inn might be the romantic hideaway for you. 960 1280

Turtle Inn  

Blancaneaux Lodge

Blancaneaux Lodge

Coppola first fell in love with Belize at Blancaneaux Lodge, where it was used as a private retreat for his family before opening to the public in 1993. Its remote location in the Maya Mountains allows guests to explore a Mayan citadel, ride horseback to Big Rock Falls and enjoy the utmost privacy -- there are only 20 rooms in the entire resort. 960 1280

Blancaneaux Lodge  

Chaa Creek

Chaa Creek

Owners Mick and Lucy Fleming have seamlessly blended Belize's natural beauty and resort comforts at their eco-friendly lodge, Chaa Creek. Honeymooning couples here can unwind in their private Jacuzzi surrounded by a tropical garden after canoeing down the Macal River. 960 1280

Chaa Creek  

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort

True to its name, Kanatik Reef & Jungle Resort offers the perfect blend of beach vacation and jungle adventure for your honeymoon. And with only 25 private cabanas, expect romantic strolls on the beach and a truly relaxing experience. 960 1280

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort  

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

More adventurous couples can start their married life discovering coral reefs and rainforest at Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in Southern Belize. Honeymooners can choose from a romantic suite, private treehouse or beachfront room. The honeymoon package offers a couple's massage, fine dining and wide-ranging activities including snorkeling or diving, and jungle adventures. 960 1280

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort  

Matachica Resort and Spa

Matachica Resort and Spa

Imagine relaxing in a handmade hammock on your verandah, enjoying a private sunset dinner and snorkeling among nurse sharks and stingrays? Sound like what you had in mind? Then you'll enjoy a pampering escape to the Matachica Resort and Spa. 960 1280

Matachica Resort and Spa  

Las Terrazas Resort

Las Terrazas Resort

A candlelit dinner on the beach and sunset sailing for 2 are just a few of the romantic perks at Las Terrazas Resort, a new, luxurious resort situated on the island of Ambergris Caye. And can't you just see yourself sunbathing at that pool? 960 1280

Las Terrazas Resort  

Victoria House

Victoria House

Also on Ambergris Caye, Victoria House offers the ultimate barefoot luxury just outside San Pedro. The award-winning property encompasses 42 suites, casitas and beachfront villas as well as 10 acres of white-sand beaches and tropical gardens. 960 1280

Victoria House  

Ka'ana

Ka'ana

Ka'ana says Belize is an adventurer's paradise, and with that they promise honeymooners the thrill of cave tubing, zip-lining, Jaguar tracking, Mayan immersion as well as understated luxury, craftsmanship and farm-to-table dining. 960 1280

Ka’Ana Resort  

Almond Beach Belize

Almond Beach Belize

Among the many benefits of the Ultimate Honeymoon Package at Almond Beach Belize, a mainland resort, are the unlimited champagne and unlimited diving and snorkeling on the nearby barrier reef, which are not to be mixed, of course. 960 1280

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Highway 29
Highway 29

Highway 29

Take California State Route 29 to see some of the region’s best vineyards and wineries. Through Napa Valley, Highway 29 passes through Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville and Napa. 960 1280

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Silverado Trail

Silverado Trail

Hit the road early to capture the serene vineyards along the Silverado Trail, a scenic route along the eastern edge of Napa Valley. Most locals suggest taking this route to avoid traffic on California State Route 29, which runs parallel to the Trail. 960 1280

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Wine Country

Wine Country

Northern California's wine country beckons visitors with hundreds of wineries spread across 3 counties. 960 1280

  

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Winery is located near Calistoga, CA. The 121,000-square-foot medieval replica castle includes 107 rooms and 8 levels above and below ground. Among its many features, it has a moat, drawbridge, defensive towers, interior courtyard, chapel, torture chamber and a great hall. Visitors to the vineyard can sample the wines sold at the castle. 960 1280

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Cabernet

Cabernet

Northern California's climate is ideal for growing grapes like these ripe ones used to make a fine cabernet. 960 1280

  

Beringer Rhine House

Beringer Rhine House

Make a stop at the Beringer Rhine House -- Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery. Enjoy the award-winning wines, rich history and beautifully landscaped grounds. 960 1280

Chuck O'Rear  

California Wine

California Wine

The best way to appreciate Northern California's wine country is to sample the goods along the way. 960 1280

  

Old Faithful Geyser of California

Old Faithful Geyser of California

While you’re on your road trip, we suggestion stopping by the Old Faithful Geyser of California, located in Calistoga, CA. It’s just one of many roadside attractions you’ll see along the way. 960 1280

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Picturesque Vineyards

Picturesque Vineyards

Bring along a camera for photo opportunities in the acres of rolling vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. 960 1280

  

Staglin Family Vineyard

Staglin Family Vineyard

The Staglin Family Vineyard, a family-owned Napa Valley winery in Rutherford, CA, produces a variety of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and a Bordeaux-style blend. Take a guided tour of the winery, and then at the end of the tour, experience an intimate tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons produced on the estate. 960 1280

Kopol Bonick Studio  

Wine Production

Wine Production

These terraced vineyards in Sonoma rely on biodynamic agricultural techniques to produce local wine. 960 1280

  

Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

Go local! Visit the Oxbow Public Market in Napa Valley to sample the local community’s best, including fresh food, wine and cheese. Take Highway 29 to the city of Napa; take the 1st Street Exit (bear right to head east); and look for signs marked ‘Oxbow Public Market’. 960 1280

Oxbow Public Market  

Merlot

Merlot

Ripe for the picking, these grapes will be used to make merlot. 960 1280

  

Sterling Vineyard

Sterling Vineyard

Several vineyards, including the Sterling Vineyard (pictured) in Calistoga, CA, are fun getaways for tourists. See picturesque views from their aerial tram. Guests can also travel the grounds by foot. And with a glass of wine in hand, stroll through art galleries and elevated walkways that allow visitors to see the winemaking process from grape to glass. 960 1280

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Years of Preparation

Years of Preparation

These vines in Sonoma have been used for growing grapes for nearly 90 years. 960 1280

  

Di Rosa Preserve

Di Rosa Preserve

While you’re on the road, we suggest you visit the Di Rosa Preserve, a 35-acre lake and wildlife. The area is not only rich in an array of flora, fauna and wildlife, but it’s also the canvas to display a broad range of art created by Bay Area artists. Art aficionados can walk the grounds to see art work in the Main Gallery, Gatehouse Gallery, Historic Residence, Courtyard, North Lawn and Sculpture Meadow. It’s an art lover’s paradise. 960 1280

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The Grapes

The Grapes

These grapes may become a bottle of your favorite California wine, but you'll have to wait a few years to try it. 960 1280

  

Downtown Napa

Downtown Napa

If wine tasting and tours isn’t you’re thing, then make a pit stop in Downtown Napa. The area has dozens of shops, dessert cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. Hotels and B&Bs are available in the area. It’s a perfect home-base location for visitors to explore nearby vineyards and mix with the locals. 960 1280

Napa Downtown Association  

Mud Bath

Mud Bath

Unwind and relax with a mud bath at one of several spas located in Napa Valley, including Meadowood, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs, Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Indian Springs Resort and Roman Spa Motel. 960 1280

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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

An aerial view of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of Puerto Vallarta's most iconic landmarks. The original crown was damaged in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City in 1995, but has since been replaced by new reinforced cement castings. 960 1280

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Villa

Villa

The view from a luxury Puerto Vallarta villa -- complete with an infinity pool and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Iguana

Iguana

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Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Men performing the 'Danza de los Voladores de Papantla' (the Dance of the Flyers), a pre-Hispanic ritual designed to appease the gods and prevent drought. During the ritual, men climb up a 50-foot pole, winding their ropes all the way around. When they reach the top, they jump off and spin around the pole back to the ground. 960 1280

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Flea market

Flea market

The colorful flea market of Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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The beach of the dead

The beach of the dead

La Playa de los Muertos (The Beach of the Dead). The section of the large Playa de los Muertos known as Blue Chairs is Puerto Vallarta's most popular gay beach. 960 1280

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Los Arcos Amphitheater

Los Arcos Amphitheater

The 4 stone arches at Los Arcos Amphitheater, an open-air theater that features nightly performances in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Watch the sun set over Banderas Bay. Plus, sample local food from the street vendors who congregate in the area. 960 1280

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Parasailing

Parasailing

Go parasailing at one of Puerto Vallarta's many beaches and get a bird's-eye view of Banderas Bay. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Walk along the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta's oceanside boardwalk, and take a look at some of the many impressive sculptures. Pictured is Rafael Zamarripa's 'Caballero del Mar,' (the Seahorse). 960 1280

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ceviche

ceviche

Sample some local ceviche with tostadas. 960 1280

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Mismaloya cove

Mismaloya cove

The Mismaloya cove was the setting for the 1964 film 'Night of the Iguana,' starring Richard Burton. Puerto Vallarta became a popular tourist destination after the media extensively covered the romance between Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during filming. The pair later purchased a vacation home in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park, located near Mismaloya in the Bay of Banderas, is one of the most popular spots for snorkeling and diving in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado, or grilled red snapper, a Puerto Vallarta specialty. 960 1280

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As the temperature rises in the Caribbean during the summer, airfare and hotel rates to places like St. John drop. 960 1280

  

Between May and December, Maho Bay Camps on St. John is a bargain for families. 960 1280

  

The beauty of a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, vacation: a week at a budget-friendly hotel for under $1,000. 960 1280

  

Family deals at the Myrtle Beach Sea Mist include admission to the resort's own water park. 960 1280

  

In the afternoon at Medomak Camp in Rockland, Maine, everyone heads to the lake. 960 1280

  

Swimming, sculling, sailing and, of course, kayaking are among the most popular activities at Medomak Camp. 960 1280

  

The Ace Adventure Center in Oak Hill, West Virginia boasts a prime location on the New River Gorge National River. 960 1280

  

At the Ace, you can carve some family-bonding time into the summer with wild outdoor adventures for one set price. 960 1280

  

Shake up your summer routine with an urban getaway to Boston. 960 1280

  

With no slush and snow underfoot, it's a great time for a stroll along Boston's Freedom Trail. 960 1280