Top 9 Romantic Travel Trends

From destination weddings to romantic adventure-sports getaways, we’ve got you covered for the best romantic travel ideas. Check out our list of the top romantic travel trends to watch in 2012.

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Montmartre
Montmarte

Montmarte

Montmartre is set on a hill in northern Paris. It’s a great spot to take your significant other for breathtaking views of the city. Wander through the narrow, winding streets lined with small cafes and shops. Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh were just a few well-renowned artists who had studios or worked in the Parisian neighborhood. 960 1280

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Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Couples can take a romantic stroll down the tree-lined Champs-Élysées, the most famous street in Paris, to the Arc de Triomphe. There are dozens of restaurants, theaters and shops along the street, and what’s more romantic than a new Chanel bag? Get a chocolate massage at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, located nearby, if shopping isn't your thing. 960 1280

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Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts

The Pont des Arts is another hot spot for lovers. The pedestrian bridge sits over the Seine River. It offers a picturesque view of Île de la Cité, and street musicians help create a wonderful, romantic vibe. 960 1280

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Spend quality time with your sweetheart more than 1,000 feet in the air, getting one of the best views of the City of Light. The Eiffel Tower is the perfect place to propose, but you may have to wait in a long line to take your love to new heights, especially during the spring and summer. Avoid the crowds by packing a basket for a nice picnic in the park below the towering tourist attraction. 960 1280

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Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

Luxembourg Palace and Gardens

The gardens surrounding the Luxembourg Palace has been a hotbed of romance for centuries. Famous couples — from Napoleon and Josephine to Jean-Paul Sarte and Simone de Beauvior — frequented the gardens. Today, lovers still stroll among the beautiful statues, fountains and flowerbeds. 960 1280

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Gare de Lyon's Le Train Bleu

Gare de Lyon's Le Train Bleu

Gare de Lyon is one of the 6 large railway terminals in Paris, but inside, Le Train Bleu restaurant has all the makings for a romantic night. The opulent restaurant, built in 1901, has grandiose sculptures, mural-covered walls and ceilings, crystal chandeliers and shiny brass fittings. Famous regulars included Jean Cocteau, Coco Chanel and Salvador Dali. The fixed-price menu is about $70 per person, whereas the a la carte menu costs about $90 per person. It’s expensive but worth a trip to wine and dine your sweetie. 960 1280

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Wall of "I Love You's"

Wall of "I Love You's"

Located in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, Le Mur Des Je T’aime, aka the Wall of "I Love You's," was created by Frederic Baron and Claire Kito. It has become a meeting place for lovers of love. The wall has “I Love You” written in 250 different languages. 960 1280

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Palace de Versailles

Palace de Versailles

For the adventurous couple, take an hour-long train ride to Versailles to visit the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of King Louis XIV. Spend a few hours visiting the chateau, the manicured gardens and the Domain de Marie-Antoinette. Rent a bike to get around the huge estate and travel down to the main canal, where visitors can rent a paddleboat built for 2. 960 1280

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The Louvre

The Louvre

What’s not to love about visiting the Louvre? It's one of the world’s largest museums, and it's the most-visited art museum in the world. The Louvre is a great tourist attraction for art lovers, with a variety of artwork, including the Greek sculpture Venus de Milo, Antonio de Correggio’s Venus and Cupid With a Satyr, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding at Cana. 960 1280

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Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Le Marais’ Place des Vosges, originally known as the Place Royale, is the oldest planned square in Paris. Catch some sun on the lawn; take a relaxing stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries; and hop on La Grande Roue, aka the Ferris wheel, to wrap up a fun-filled day with your sweetheart. 960 1280

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Île Saint Louis

Île Saint Louis

Take a casual stroll along the Seine near the Île St. Louis, but make sure you bring a blanket, a bottle of wine and some cheese with you. Lay out with your sweetheart, and watch the boats or foot traffic go by. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sights. 960 1280

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Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier

Pick up 2 tickets for a show at the opulent Palais Garnier. The elegant opera house, built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera, is one of the most famous opera houses in the world.  It was the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera. 960 1280

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Sacré Coeur Basilica

Sacré Coeur Basilica

The Sacré Coeur Basilica, located in the Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood, is also a popular romantic getaway. Climb the stairs for a spectacular view of the city. The sights and the basilica may inspire you to propose to the one you love. Why not? It's the perfect spot. 960 1280

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Saint Germain des Prés

Saint Germain des Prés

St. Germain des Prés is a small area located around the church of the former Abbey of St. Germain des Prés. Pick up a cup of coffee and sit for a spell at a number of famous cafes in the neighborhood, including Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. It’s a great place for lovers who enjoy people-watching. 960 1280

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont is unquestionably one of Paris’ most romantic settings. It has all the ingredients to qualify it as romantic, including cliffs, grottoes, waterfalls and a lake. Take a long hike up to the replica of Tivoli’s Temple of the Sybille for a kiss on a cliff overlooking the city’s sights. 960 1280

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Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

Zuma Beach (Malibu, CA)

We don’t believe there’s anything more romantic than walking on the beach at sunset with the one you love. Next time you’re on the West Coast, visit Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. Our pick for most romantic stroll to say I love you 960 1280

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

We picked beautiful Vancouver as the most romantic city to wake up in. Breakfast in bed, followed by a walk along the cobblestone streets, is the perfect setup to say I love you. 960 1280

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Take a romantic stroll in Venice, known for its beautiful architecture, canals, bridges and gondolas. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

Is there a better city to say I love you in  than Paris? 960 1280

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Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Pacific Coast Highway (California)

Dust off grandpa’s corvette and take a gorgeous drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the route are breathtaking views -- perfect for picnicking and romance. 960 1280

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Catalina Island, California

Catalina Island, California

Easily accessible for a day or overnight trip, the beautiful Catalina Island off Southern California’s coast is a romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

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L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

L'Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, AZ)

Known for its massive red rocks, Sedona, AZ, is also known for its romantic getaways. Visit the luxurious L'Auberge de Sedona, a hotel, resort and spa featuring elegant accommodations and award-winning dining. Another perfect romantic getaway for 2. 960 1280

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Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA)

A romantic meal and an exquisite sunset will nearly take the words -- I love you -- right out of your mouth. Visit Rutherford, CA, for Auberge du Soleil, a Michelin-star restaurant, hotel and spa resort in Northern California. 960 1280

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Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

Vermillion Lake (Banff, Alberta)

If the great outdoors are more your speed, Banff in Alberta, Canada, should sing to you. Our pick for best place to fall in love and say I love you.  960 1280

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couple kisses while skiing

couple kisses while skiing

Michael and Marcia of Fort Collins, CO, kiss atop Loveland Ski Area in Colorado prior to the start of the 20th Annual Marry Me & Ski Free Mountaintop Matrimony on Valentine's Day. More than 75 couples were pre-registered to marry or renew their vows on the Continental Divide in this yearly Loveland tradition. 960 1280

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Couple kisses in front of hot air balloons

Couple kisses in front of hot air balloons

Chang kisses Wu after she accepts his wedding proposal during the Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Taiwanese township of Luye. 960 1280

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Couple kisses with their love padlocks

Couple kisses with their love padlocks

A young couple kiss next to their personal "love lock," which was locked on some time ago. Thousands of so-called “love padlocks” hang from a fence across the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany. Love locks are a growing phenomenon in cities across Europe, and are left behind by couples as a symbol of their love for each another. 960 1280

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Couple kisses at Stonehenge

Couple kisses at Stonehenge

A couple kiss and embrace at a sunrise service at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. 960 1280

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Husband and wife kiss at the airport

Husband and wife kiss at the airport

Tech Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo kisses his wife Lalaine upon his arrival at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Ricardo was among the last of more than 300 Air Force personnel to return home from Iraq. 960 1280

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Giraffe kisses lady

Giraffe kisses lady

When’s the last time you were kissed by a giraffe? A visitor offers food, in pellet-form, to one of them at the Giraffe Centre near Nairobi, Kenya. 960 1280

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Couple kissing on the street

Couple kissing on the street

Christina Careaga (R) and Hannah Thielmann kiss as they celebrate NYC’s ruling to allow gay marriage, during the city’s annual Gay Pride March. 960 1280

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couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge

couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge

A couple kiss on the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge in Paris. The bridge, which crosses the Seine River, has been featured in many movies and TV shows, including Sex and the City. 960 1280

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Bhutan’s royal couple kisses

Bhutan’s royal couple kisses

Bhutan’s royal couple, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, kiss in front of thousands of fellow citizens at the celebration ground at ChangLeme Thang in Thimphu, Bhutan. 960 1280

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Couple kisses during the 17th Woodstock Festival

Couple kisses during the 17th Woodstock Festival

Revelers kiss during the 17th Woodstock Festival in the Polish town of Kostrzyn, on the country’s border with Germany. 960 1280

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girl "kissing" sphinx

girl "kissing" sphinx

We thought this was creative. A tourist poses for a picture with the Sphinx at the Great Pyramids of Giza near Cairo. 960 1280

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A couple embraces during a festival

A couple embraces during a festival

A couple embrace among the tents on the third day of the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset. 960 1280

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Couple kisses underwater

Couple kisses underwater

Aquarists Kathryn O'Connor and James Oliver kiss in an underwater wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day at the Sea Life London Aquarium. 960 1280

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couple kisses during an event

couple kisses during an event

A couple kiss during a rally known as a "kissing marathon for education" in Santiago, Chile, to demand change in the country’s public state education system. 960 1280

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recently married couple kisses

recently married couple kisses

Fred Wood of Texas kisses his just-wed wife Zits Yun from Ukraine after getting married in Las Vegas. 960 1280

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Couple kisses at Revolution Square

Couple kisses at Revolution Square

A young couple kiss by the fountain at Revolution Square in Mexico City during Valentine's Day. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

  

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.' 960 1280

  

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. 960 1280

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'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. 960 1280

  

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. 960 1280

  

'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. 960 1280

  

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. 960 1280

  

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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

  

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. 960 1280

  

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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280