According to a survey form the U.S. Travel Association, couples who travel together tend to have happier and healthier relationships compared to those that don't. So, why not treat your special someone this Valentine's Day with a romantic getaway? This year's Valentine's Day, February 14th, falls in the middle of the week, which means you may want to plan your romantic holiday on the weekend before or after the actual holiday. Not sure where to go? And are you stressing-out as the big day draws nearer? Here are a few great last minute, romantic getaways to help make your Valentine's Day 2018 extra special.
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Places To Go
Niagara Falls in the winter months is a fairytale come to life. Icicles cascade down the sides of the falls, and the snowy, crystalized banks shimmer in the sunlight. The true romance of the falls can be seen in the many locks of love secured to the railings along the water's edge, each adorned with two pairs of initials and a date. You can view all three falls, the American Falls, Bridal Falls and Horeshoe Falls, from either Niagara Falls, New York or Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. The best views can be seen from the Canadian side, so if you have your passport, it's worth a visit to our northen cousins. Stay in a hotel along the falls and opt for a room with a view to watch the nightly light show projected onto the water from the warmth of your own room. During the winter, the iconic boat ride Maid of the Mist is closed, however you can still get up close and personal with the Journey Behind the Falls tour, which takes you literally behind the falling water. You and your significant other will stand together in awe of the raw natural beauty of Niagara Falls.
Catlina Island, California
If you want the cool island vibes of the tropics without the need of a passport, make your way to the West Coast to stay on Catalina Island in California. The island is accessible by an hour long ferry from the following costal cities; San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point. Stay in a cozy cottage on the island and wake-up to views of the beautiful harbor each morning. Get a couples massage on the rooftops overlooking the water at Island Spa Catalina or along the beaches of the Descanso Beach Club. For all the thrill seeking couples, the island also offers zip line adventures, scuba diving, and an off-road excursion through the island's senic interior to view the local bison population. No matter what you do, the laid back beauty of the island with keep you and your valentine stress-free and and happy.
San Fransico, California
A central city during the Summer of Love in the sixties, and a saught after paradise for miners during the Gold Rush, the Golden City still drips with the hope and romance of the past. Walk along the winding streets of the famous Haight-Ashbury district, or catch a cable car to the historic Fisherman's Wharf. There is no shortage of sites to see in San Fransico. If you're feeling fit enough, take a walk with your valentine across the entire lengeth of the Golden Gate Bridge, you just may want to arrange to have a car pick you up for the journey back. Dine along the waterfront restaraunts of the Embarcadero at critically acclaimed restaurants, such as the Slanted Door, and finish your night off with an amazing Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista. The city also has a wide range of sleeping accomendations with each disctrict offering it's own batch of unique arrangements. For example, you'll find luxurious hotels among the wealthier Nob Hill district, and you'll find industrial lofts near nightclubs in the South of Market district. With so many options available, your San Fransico getaway is bound to offer an unique, romantic experience that you and your loved one can look back on for years to come.
Grand Canyon, South Rim, Arizona
Behold one of the seven wonders of the natural world with your sweetheart. There are two official sides to the Grand Canyon, the North Rim accesible by highway 67 (closed during the winter months) and the South Rim, open year round. While the North Rim offers a more lively side of the massive canyon, the South Rim is more of the classic deserty view you've seen in movies and pictures. Stay in a lodge along the rim of the canyon for breath-taking views every morning and sunset. During the day, strap on your hiking shoes for a couples hike, with trails offering varying levels of skill--just make sure to pack a lot of water. For more adventurous couples, hop on the back of a sure-footed mule and journey into the heart of the canyon along the narrow trails. As evening sets in, grab a blanket and snuggle up with your significant other to watch the majestic sunset over the canyon. The Grand Canyon offers plenty of romantic activities that will make your Valentine's Day extra special.
Looking for a romantic snowy getaway in a town that feels like it was straight from the Swiss Alps? Vail, Colorado, is a ski resort town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. With fast-paced activities, like snowboarding, skiiing or sledding, you're sure to find your heart racing. Head up the ski lift to the top of the mountain for amazing views of the Colorado Rockies. Vail's picturesque beauty extends from the snow capped landscape to the Swiss-inspired architecture of Vail Village as well. Spend your day exploring the shops and stores of the village, or try one of the many restaurants offered there. You'll find many options for lodging in Vail, but opt for a room with a fireplace to snuggle up with you loved one and warm your feet after a fun filled day in the snow!
Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers, Florida
What was once only accessible by boat, this state park located in Fort Myers, Florida offers miles of white sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife. Over 40 varieties of birds flock to the beaches, from Ospreys to Snowy egrets, and many aquatic animals inhabit the ocean, such as gopher tortoises, bottlenose dolphins and West Indian Manatees. Relax on the beach with your valentine, or spend the day with activities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking and more! If you stay at the Lovers Key Resort, or other nearby hotels, you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery from own room. With such a large expanse of beach, you and your significant other will feel like you're alone in the carribean.
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
February in New Orleans is Mardi Gras! This getaway is more geared towards the couples wanting to celebrate their love for each other in one massive party in a city teeming with life. Dance with your valentine to the street jazz bands or along with the lively parades that march through the French Quarter. No matter the time of day, you'll always find music to dance along with. As the sun sets, board the Steamboat Natchez for a jazz cruise down the Mississippi River, and in the morning, treat your valentine to a coffee and beignet from the famous Cafe Du Monde--just get there early as lines tend late morning. For the brave paranormal enthusiast couples, stay in one of the quarter's many haunted hotels, such as the Olivier House Hotel or the Andrew Jackson Hotel, for a thrilling scary movie come to life. Don't worry though, you'll also find many hotels in the French Quarter that only offer their spirits in drinks. If you and your special someone are looking to celebrate your love, why not do it in a city known for its celebrations!
New York City, New York
New York City, from its unique museums and historic landmarks to its blooming Central Park and vibrant city life, is the embodiment of a romantic city. See an award wining show on broadway, such as The Lion King or Phantom of the Opera, and then stroll along the flashy and LED infused Times Square. Tour the romantic Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or flutter among the many butterflies of the Butterfly Conservatory in the American Museum of Natural History. For extra romance, go to the top of the Empire State Building at night to view the city lights gleaming for miles in any direction. New York City also offers wide range of sleeping accomedations that vary by district, so you're bound to find something that suites your needs. So, why not celebrate the apple of your eye in the Big Apple?
Have you been to any of these places? Do you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions for other romantic getaways? Please leave a comment below.