World’s Most Romantic Destinations

Looking to rekindle the flames with a romantic escape? From the Maldives' secluded beaches to Savannah’s charming B&Bs, these destinations are perfect for woo-ing your significant other.

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Titantic's tragic love story is marked by beautiful scenes of romance and glamour on the high seas. 960 1280

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Robert Redford and Meryl Streep play passionate lovers in Out of Africa, leaving us falling for Africa's raw and untamed landscapes. 960 1280

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Romantic comedy icons Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's starring roles in Sleepless in Seattle make a bicoastal love affair seem so effortlessly romantic. 960 1280

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The film Amelie shows us a whimsical side of Paris with the story of a secret matchmaker who kindles many love affairs in the city, and then finally gets one of her own. 960 1280

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Decades before Sex and the City's Carry Bradshaw searched for love in New York City, Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golighty sings Moon River on her fire escape and swoons for her handsome neighbor in an Upper East Side brownstone. 960 1280

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As Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck's characters zip by Rome's Colessuem on their Vepsa, we find ourselves hooked with taking a Roman Holiday of our own. 960 1280

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American Film Institute named Casablanca the number 2 film on their Top 100 Films of all time. Charismatic stars, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, with memorable lines, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,' make this movie timeless and the city Casablanca synonymous with romance. 960 1280

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In the film A Room With a View, a young English woman takes a sojourn to Italy and falls in love with an unsuitable suitor while breathtaking views of Florence leave us falling for Italy. 960 1280

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The film Brokeback Mountain reveals a secretive love affair between two cowboys and Wyoming's rugged and stunning landscape. 960 1280

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Austria's picturesque Alps and idyllic pastures show a background perfect for falling in love in the Sound of Music. 960 1280

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Best Bars in Tokyo, Japan

Best Bars in Tokyo, Japan

<i>Lost in Translation</i> shows an unexpected bond between two American strangers abroad in Tokyo.  As they struggle to find their bearings in a foreign culture, Tokyo's high energy wakes them up to a new love for life.   960 1280

  

The colorful and vibrant Mumbai is the backdrop for an inspiring love story between two childhood friends in the film Slumdog Millionaire. 960 1280

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Hawaii Destination Wedding
Hawaii

Hawaii

Say aloha to a wedding in paradise. Combine your nuptials and your honeymoon with a destination wedding on the Hawaiian Islands. With year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets, this is one of the world’s most romantic places to tie the knot. 960 1280

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Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Dreaming of a white wedding? A winter wedding in the stunning Lapland area of Finland is nothing short of magical. Travel through a snow-covered forest on a sled pulled by reindeer to your chapel made entirely of ice and snow. Then spend your wedding night cuddling in an igloo. 960 1280

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Despite what Alanis Moriesette says, rain on your wedding day isn’t ironic … it’s just plain gloomy. With an average of more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Sedona (almost) has perfect wedding weather year-round. Plan an outdoor wedding in this desert locale, complete with a stunning Red Rock backdrop, without the worry of bad weather ruining your big day. 960 1280

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Vermont

Vermont

Cozying up to the idea of a winter wonderland wedding? Consider the beautiful snowscape of New England as a romantic choice for a destination wedding. Vermont’s snow-covered mountains, charming lodges and roaring fireplaces will make your big moment memorable. 960 1280

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Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Does the idea of a wedding on ice seem like a fairytale? Plan your fantasy wedding at Quebec’s Hotel de Glace. This hotel, made entirely of ice and snow, has its own wedding chapel and plenty of rooms for all your non-cold-fearing wedding guests. Rebuilt annually, the ice hotel has a unique design ever year – another reason your wedding here will be special. 960 1280

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

This country has been dubbed the happiest place on Earth. So what better place to start your happily-ever-after? This Central American hot spot offers budget-friendly winter weddings in a tropical setting. And it’s close to the U.S.; so affordable direct flights will make your guests very happy, too. 960 1280

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Belize

Belize

Are you a nature-loving couple? A wedding in Belize will compliment your adventurous personality. This outdoor playground is filled with rainforests, Mayan ruins and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. And while it’s picking up in popularity, Belize is definitely cheaper than many Caribbean hot spots. 960 1280

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Colorado

Colorado

Have you always dreamed of your big day being under a blanket of snow? If you’re a powderhound who can’t get enough of the slopes, it’s fitting to get married where you can ski off into the sunset. Whether it’s tying the knot at one of the well-known ski resorts of Aspen, Breckenridge or Telluride -- or exchanging vows in a small chapel tucked in the Rocky Mountains -- there’s something for everyone here. Everyone that loves snow, that is. 960 1280

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Want a taste of the tropics at your wedding, but still want to stay in the continental U.S.? A winter wedding in the Florida Keys will provide you with warm weather and pristine beaches. 960 1280

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Guaranteed snow. Check. Magical mountain views. Check. Romantic sleigh rides. Check. Everything you could dream of for a winter wonderland wedding can be found in Lake Tahoe. For the truly adventurous, say your  “I dos” on the slopes and ski down the mountain as husband and wife. 960 1280

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Ice Hotel, Sweden

Ice Hotel, Sweden

Exchange your vows at Sweden’s magical Ice Hotel. Couples from all over the world tie the knot in the hotel’s ice church, which can accommodate an intimate wedding of 35-45 people. Then, spend your wedding night in one of the hotel’s ice suites, where you’ll be surrounded by stunning ice carvings as you snuggle under reindeer skins. 960 1280

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The City of Lights

The City of Lights

I proposed to my girlfriend in Paris last year, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Yet, I found myself sweating uncontrollably for three months prior, mainly because I had no idea where in Paris I was going to do it. So, a week before the trip, I researched these 21 locations. Some we never got to, weren't right for us or simply wouldn't cooperate. Thankfully, one ultimately did. I hope one works for you, too. Bonne chance. 960 1280

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The Top of the Eiffel Tower

The Top of the Eiffel Tower

Let’s begin with the obvious. Here’s the thing about proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower: Yes, you can drink champagne up there and the view is amazing, but there’s also a good chance that, while you’re down on one knee, delivering the speech of your life, some tourist will cripple you with a selfie stick. My advice? Propose in the middle where there’s more room and the views are still amazing. Also, go at sunset.  960 1280

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The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

This was one of the many places I’d hoped to propose to my girlfriend. It’s beautiful, tranquil and secluded, which can be difficult to find in Paris during the high season. Yet, as we approached it, we found it completely fenced off due to winter renovations. Moral of the story: it’s a great place to propose from April to September. 960 1280

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The Rooftop of the Terrass Hotel

The Rooftop of the Terrass Hotel

My now fiancée and I ate here about an hour before we got engaged and it was one of the best views of Paris we had the entire trip. If you've always dreamed of putting the ring in a glass of champagne, this rooftop bar is for you. 960 1280

  

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Unlike the Pont des Arts, the Place des Vosges is relatively easy to pronounce, and one you’ll enjoy saying again and again. Finished in 1612, it is the oldest planned square in Paris. 960 1280

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The Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde

The Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde

It’s a Ferris wheel in the middle of Paris. What else could you want? Fried dough and powdered sugar? Because, yes, that’s what I want, too. 960 1280

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The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Aside from it being stunning – I mean, look at it; it looks like something out of Game of Thrones – it would just be really fun to propose here due to the name. 960 1280

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The Louvre Pyramid

The Louvre Pyramid

One of the most iconic spots in Paris, the Louvre Pyramid would make a great proposal spot if your significant other is an art lover. 960 1280

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Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co. is a small bookstore in the Latin Quarter where Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and other 20th century literary icons hung out. Bottom line: This is for the book lover in your life. 960 1280

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In a Cafe

In a Cafe

There’s just something so romantic about Parisian cafes, especially if your loved one loves coffee. Check out Le Petit Marcel, Le Pure Café and Le Bistrot du Peintre – all charming cafes that’d make great spots to pop the question. 960 1280

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From Behind the Clock in the Musée d’Orsay

From Behind the Clock in the Musée d’Orsay

If you’ve been dating your significant other for a long time, there’s a good chance they’ve told you, “The clock is ticking,” or some other variation upon the theme. Thus, what better way to propose to this person than by walking up to a giant clock, letting them deliver this line once again, then responding, “Oh yeah?” 960 1280

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The Pont des Artes

The Pont des Artes

Unless you’re French, you should resign to the fact that you’ll never pronounce this correctly. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful bridge with a beautiful view, and you should totally get engaged there. 960 1280

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On the Champs Élysées, Beneath the Holiday Lights

On the Champs Élysées, Beneath the Holiday Lights

Most likely if you’re dating a fashionista, they’ve been talking about shopping on the Champs Élysees for months, now. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada – it will be a terrifying exercise in fiscal responsibility. But during the holidays, beneath the twinkling lights on the trees, it’s also a great place to propose.  960 1280

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The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe

You spent thousands of dollars on the ring. You spent thousands of dollars to get to Europe. You convinced someone to date you long enough that it wouldn’t be crazy to ask them to marry you. This is a triumphant moment, so where better to ask the big question than at the Arc de Triomphe? 960 1280

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In Front of Notre Dame

In Front of Notre Dame

If you’re anything like me, you still can’t get enough of the DeBeers “A diamond is forever” commercial where the guy scares away an entire flock of pigeons when, seemingly to no one, he shouts, “I love this woman!” While it seems this took place in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, you can basically find the same atmosphere in Paris in front of Notre Dame. Just be vigilant for pickpockets. 960 1280

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The Champs de Mars at Midnight

The Champs de Mars at Midnight

The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour for five minutes. The Champ de Mars is lovely to stroll after the crowds have subsided, so take your loved one there and wait for midnight. 960 1280

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The Versailles Orangerie

The Versailles Orangerie

Versailles, as a general rule of thumb, is a madhouse during the high season. But thankfully there are acres of gardens in which to spread out. My suggestion? The Versailles Orangerie. 960 1280

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Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet

If images of the French Revolution ruin the romance of Versailles for you, but you still want that bourgeois vibe, Château de Rambouillet is your ticket. Located 30 miles outside the city, it is still the summer residence of the president of France. 960 1280

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The Trocadéro

The Trocadéro

It doesn’t get more Paris than this with views overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. Pro tip: Go at sunrise and hire a photographer to capture the entire thing. 960 1280

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The Square du Vert-Galant

The Square du Vert-Galant

If you jump off the Pont des Arts and swim a few hundred yards west, you’ll wash up on a small park on the Pont Neuf. I personally have not stepped foot on this little bit of paradise, but I can tell you it’s beautiful. 960 1280

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The Wall of Love

The Wall of Love

Located in perhaps the loveliest part of the City of Lights (Monmartre) is a wall dedicated entirely to the notion of love. Aptly titled “The Wall of Love,” it features 612 tiles made from enameled lava with the phrase “I love you” written across them in 250 different languages. Your mission is to learn how to pronounce all of them. 960 1280

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On the Steps of the Sacre Coeur

On the Steps of the Sacre Coeur

After many failed attempts, this is where I eventually popped the question. It was late in the evening, raining lightly, and we had the entire square to ourselves. Overlooking the city, I felt the ring in my pocket and turned to her. “So,” I said, trying to remember the speech I’d planned. “What do you say we... take our relationship to the next level?” And this is the power of Paris: She still said yes.  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

  

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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16 restored cottages at The Cottages at Cabot Cove in Kennebunkport, ME, offer a romantic respite from daily life. 960 1280

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Best-selling romance author Nora Roberts is at the helm of Maryland's Inn BoonsBoro. 960 1280

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The romantic Inn BoonsBoro is inspired by some of literature's great love stories. 960 1280

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The Governor's House in Hyde Park 960 1280

The Governor's House in Hyde Park  

Less than an hour from Denver, the Inn at the Highland Haven delivers rustic-chic romance. 960 1280

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Each room at Highland Haven has a private entrance and bathroom so there are no intrusions on your romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Each room at Two Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, exudes Southern charm. 960 1280

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Celebrate love at Swann House, a romantic urban getaway in an 1883 mansion in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle. 960 1280

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A grand Washington beauty, Swann House has 12 rooms, each displaying its own unique personality. 960 1280

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