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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Puget Sound, Seattle
Puget Sound, Seattle

Puget Sound, Seattle

How does billionaire mogul Christian Grey seduce Anastasia “Ana” Steele, his love interest, in the Fifty Shades trilogy? In many, many ways. A romantic jaunt on a private sailboat on Seattle’s Puget Sound was just one of the first. 960 1280

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Edgewater Hotel

Edgewater Hotel

Seattle’s picturesque (and waterfront!) Edgewater Hotel offers fans a way to have their own Fifty Shades-inspired steamy rendezvous. The hotel’s Shades of Romance package includes exploring the city in an Audi, a romantic sail on Puget Sound and a bottle of Bollinger Rose champagne. 960 1280

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Gliding in Georgia

Gliding in Georgia

Christian Grey, a man who loves his toys, surprises Ana in Georgia with a heart-pounding gliding excursion. 960 1280

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Heathman Hotel

Heathman Hotel

Heathman Hotel in Portland is the site of Christian and Ana’s first romantic romp. The hotel celebrates this honor by offering the Charlie Tango package, which includes drinks, private dinner and a helicopter tour of Portland. For just a touch of ambiance, you can get a bottle of wine, a grey tie (fans will know the meaning) and a rose in your hotel room for just $40. 960 1280

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Escala

Where in Seattle would a billionaire like Christian Grey live? The luxury condo Escala is getting a lot of attention from fans as the character’s home in the trilogy, though the author took creative liberties (the residents don’t arrive via helicopter on the roof). Located in the Belltown neighborhood, the Escala’s luxuries include: a private spa, a dining room that seats up to 140 guests, a theatre and even a dog run (not that Mr. Grey would ever be domestic enough for a pet). The 5,100-square-foot penthouse has magnificent views of the Seattle skyline, Olympic Mountains and Elliot Bay, and only for a mere $6 million. 960 1280

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Brown's Hotel, London

Christian Grey surprises his new wife by taking her to her dream destination on their honeymoon: London. The couple stays at the Brown’s Hotel, a 5-star hotel that opened in 1837. Located in Mayfair, one of London’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Brown’s is known for its elite guests and old-world sophistication. 960 1280

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Cannes, France

Cannes, France

Fifty Shades Freed, the third and final book of the trilogy, begins with Christian and Ana’s steamy European honeymoon to the French Riviera aboard a luxury yacht. 960 1280

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Fair Lady

Christian and Ana's romance takes to the Mediterranean on this refit luxury motor yacht built in 1928. Modern luxuries and charming cabins make this the ultimate honeymoon escape for high-roller romantics. 960 1280

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Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Saint-Paul-de-Vence

During their honeymoon, Ana takes a shopping trip to the charming Saint-Paul-de-Vence -- a hilltop village in Provence that’s full of art galleries, boutiques and quaint cafés. 960 1280

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Le Saint Paul Hotel

Le Saint Paul Hotel

Located in the town Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Le Saint Paul Hotel is one of the few places outside of their bedroom where Ana and Christian spend time on their honeymoon. They have lunch and coffee on the hotel's charming terrace. 960 1280

Le Saint Paul Hotel  

Palace of Versailles, Hall of Mirrors

Palace of Versailles, Hall of Mirrors

During their honeymoon, Christian and Ana visit the Palace of Versailles and find themselves in the Hall of Mirrors, the most famous room in the 18th-century palace. 960 1280

  

Aspen, CO

Aspen, CO

Fans will not forget Christian Grey’s impressive Aspen getaway, a far cry from a bare-bones cabin in the woods. You might not have a private jet to get you there, but Aspen is the perfect spot for a romantic weekend, snow or no snow. 960 1280

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Virgin Atlantic Airlines

Virgin Atlantic Airlines

The Mile High Club is so last year. A copy of Fifty Shades is the new way to heat up your next flight. Virgin Atlantic Airways is offering the steamy read in an audio version as part of their in-flight entertainment system. 960 1280

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You may recognize Chateau Tivoli from San Francisco postcards featuring a row of brightly colored Painted Ladies. 960 1280

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Chateau Tivoli has been home to opera singer Ernestine Kreling as well as a New Age center. 960 1280

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The Brit Scripps Inn was San Diego's most expensive home when it was built for $3,000 in the late 19th century. 960 1280

Britt Scripps Inn  

The Brit Scripps Inn's 9 modern and vibrant rooms have antique touches and lavish furnishings. 960 1280

Britt Scripps Inn  

Built in the 1830s, the Holladay House is one of the oldest buildings in Orange, VA. 960 1280

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast  

The Charles Street Inn is America's original model home, built in 1860 to beckon guests to Boston's Back Bay. 960 1280

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The antique Victorian aesthetic remains at the Charles Street Inn with fine linens and elegant writing desks. 960 1280

Glenn Diadone; Charles Street Inn  

The Aaron Burr House in New Hope, PA, takes its name from the third Vice President of the US. 960 1280

Wedgwood Inn of New Hope, PA  

After his famous duel with Alexander Hamilton, Burr hid in the home that stood where the bed and breakfast is today. 960 1280

Wedgwood Inn of New Hope, PA  

The 5 suites and standard rooms at the Sugar Hill Harlem Inn are named for African-American performers and artists. 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

The Cottages at Cabot Cove  

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

Bruce Wilder  

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

Owner, Gail Riley  

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

Owner, Gail Riley  

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

Two Meeting Street Inn  

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

Swann House Historic Dupont Inn  

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

Swann House Historic Dupont Inn  

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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

The Cottages at Cabot Cove  

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

Bruce Wilder  

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

Bruce Wilder  

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

Owner, Gail Riley  

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

Owner, Gail Riley  

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

Two Meeting Street Inn  

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

Swann House Historic Dupont Inn  

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

Swann House Historic Dupont Inn  

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 lad

Giraffe kisses lad

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 even

Couple kisses during an even

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 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

Marc Trigalou  

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

Matteo Colombo  

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

Tony Burns  

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

Shaun Dodds  

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