The 30 Most Romantic Getaways and Destinations in the World

Napa Valley and Santorini are on this list, as well as several hidden gems.
The Most Romantic Getaways in the World
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Esther Lee - Deputy Editor, The Knot
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Esther Lee
Esther Lee - Deputy Editor, The Knot
Esther Lee
Deputy Editor
  • Esther is the Deputy Editor of The Knot. She currently leads all content on The Knot Wellness, focusing on financial, relationship, and mental wellbeing.
  • She oversees The Knot's travel vertical (honeymoons, destination weddings, bach parties), as well as overarching features and trends.
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Updated Nov 23, 2023

If a starry-eyed romantic getaway is on your list of priorities this year, then we have just the recommendation for you. The most romantic places in the world await, whether it be for a lavish international anniversary trip or a simple one-week vacation in the US. Some of the biggest travel trends of the year are perfect couples trip ideas to help you build connection and intimacy in an idyllic setting.

The most romantic places in the world are also driving some of our top romance trends. Perhaps, you're looking for a comfortable stay at an elevated all-inclusive resort or anticipating a celestial getaway for the Great North American Solar Eclipse. Some couples may seek an itinerary inspired by set-jetting (viewers of Season 2 of HBO's The White Lotus, IYKYK). Our comprehensive list of the most romantic places in the world is based on the availability of couples activities locally against the overall aesthetic and ambiance of the region. These romantic places inspire and make you swoon, repeatedly. It was destined for you to visit this year. (Bonus: If you're searching for "romantic getaways near you", jump to our travel guides below for the most romantic getaways for couples in the US.)

The Most Romantic Getaways in the World

the Abbey de Senanque with a field of lavender
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We get it that not all romantic places in the world are the same. Some spots are better for anniversary getaways or a honeymoon (think: safari excursions in Africa or a stay in Sorrento, Italy, during peak season). It's why we've picked our top options here across various types of romantic vacations.

Most Romantic Destinations - Editors' Overall Top Picks for 2024-2025

Buenos Aires, Argentina | The Cotswolds, England | Galway, Ireland | Lisbon, Portugal | Provence, France | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Vienna, Austria

Most Romantic Places for a Special Occasion

Amalfi Coast, Italy | Bali, Indonesia | Kyoto, Japan | Masai Mara, Kenya | Maui, Hawaii | Napa Valley, California | Santorini, Greece

Most Romantic Tropical & Beach Vacations for Couples

Bali, Indonesia | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Maui, Hawaii | St. Lucia | Tulum, Mexico

Most Romantic Cities in the World

Cape Town, South Africa | Lisbon, Portugal | Madrid, Spain | New York, New York | Paris, France | Prague, Czech Republic | Rome, Italy | Quebec City, Canada | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Vienna, Austria

Most Romantic Regions to Explore

Amalfi Coast, Italy | The Cotswolds, England | Masai Mara, Kenya | Provence, France | Tuscany, Italy

1. Galway, Ireland

The romantic Cliffs of Moher at sunset
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Located on the West Coast of Ireland, the bohemian city of Galway opens doors to a bustling local town with a thriving lineup for theater, food, literature and more. The most romantic place in the world is also notably part of the Wild Atlantic Way, which is home to otherworldy scenery, including the famed Cliffs of Moher. Couples will want to venture to the Aran Islands by boat or seaplane and take in Connemara National Park for its bogs, lakes and natural beauty. After an adventurous few days, couples may want to indulge in fantasy and luxury in Co. Mayo at the well-recognized Ashford Castle, a converted five-star property that dates back to the 12th century.

Where to stay: Ashford Castle | Book Now | Read Reviews; Glenlo Abbey Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Oranhill Lodge Galway B&B | Book Now | Read Reviews

2. The Amalfi Coast

A romantic day on the Amalfi Coast
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Considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, and rightfully so, the Amalfi Coast offers 50 kilometers of gorgeous Italian coastline along with 13 clustered fishing villages and towns. Each pastel-colored town shimmering off to the distance offers its own distinct aesthetic and feeling. The most famous towns include Positano, Sorrento, Ravello, Praiano and Amalfi. Travelers will love the winding roads and dramatic views jutting out to the sea. (A fair warning, though, about the steep streets as you may want to prepare those step counts.) The benefits are well worth the hikes: couples should indulge in fresh al fresco dining, a midday Aperol Spritz, a delicious swim (weather permitting), as well as boat excursions or a stay in trendy Capri.

Where to stay: Le Sirenuse (Positano) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews; Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa | Book Now | Read Reviews

3. St. Lucia

The romantic seaside views of St. Lucia
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The hulking Pitons make you feel as though you're in the South Pacific, but St. Lucia is an easy flight away from most of the US. The island has solidified its stance as the sultriest of the Caribbean islands, if not one of the most romantic places in the world. The only nation in the world to be named after a woman, The island is full of intimate exploration: heading to volcanic beaches, spotting a unique variety of birds, taking in lush foliage and natural setting, and enjoying mineral baths are just a few examples. At night, stargazing is a must and it's even more beneficial from your suite or villa's hot tub. Some, like Jade Mountain, even offer open-air views of the Pitons to give you that true indoor-outdoor feel.

Where to stay: Jade Mountain | Book Now | Read Reviews; Sandals Grande St. Lucian | Book Now | Read Reviews

4. Santorini, Greece

The iconic blue and white buildings of Santorini
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While Santorini is the busiest of all the Greek islands, it's worth a visit for the views alone. From the blue rooftops of Oia to the black-sand beaches of Perissa, Santorini is abundant with scenic views, Aegean blue rooftops, and the surrounding beauty of the island against the Mediterranean. Though busy during peak season, couples will agree that this destination is an idyllic spot for honeymooners and lovers. Couples should stay in a hotel with views of the Caldera or consider a quieter resort with sunset-facing villas with pools.

Where to stay: Andronis Arcadia (Oia) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Nobu Hotel Santorini (Imerovigli) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Sea Breeze Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton (Perissa) | Book Now | Read Reviews

5. Lisbon, Portugal

The iconic Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
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The capital of Portugal is considered the country's biggest city, but it's a fraction of the size of most of its European counterparts. The cobblestone streets are lined with homes and businesses housed under baked red rooftops. The city's romance factor is highlighted by the São Jorge Castle (Saint George's Castle), a fortress that dates back to the 6th century and looks down from its formidable post on Lisbon's highest hill, as well as landmarks like Belem Tower. Dinner at SEEN Lisboa by Chef by Olivier da Costa offers panoramic views of the city. How's that for romance?

Where to stay: Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa | Book Now | Read Reviews

6. Paris, France

The sun sets over the City of Love in Paris, France
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What makes Paris so utterly romantic? It could be the Seine at sunset in the summer, the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at night, the pastel-colored homes lining the streets of swoon worthy Montmartre, or the Michelin-starred restaurants that offer world-class gastronomic fare and experiences. Every couple will find their own version of Paris across its 18 arrondissements.

Where to stay: Shangri-La Paris | Book Now | Read Reviews; Le Meurice | Book Now | Read Reviews; Hotel Plaza Athenee | Book Now | Read Reviews

7. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The sun sets over Buenos Aires, Argentina
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In Spanish, Buenos Aires stands for "fair winds," for which this romantic city is appropriately titled. Located on the western coast of Argentina, Buenos Aires is well-regarded for its architecture, entertainment, shopping, beauty and nightlife. Couples will especially enjoy the atmosphere, inspiring and romantic at every turn.

Where to stay: Hotel Casa Lucía | Book Now | Read Reviews

8. The Maldives

A romantic sunrise over the Maldives coastline
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Nearly 1200 islands from the archipelagic country of the Maldives, which is considered one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. The markings of the Maldives include private island resorts, overwater bungalows, crystalline water, and this sense of utter seclusion and privacy. What's more romantic than that? Not everyone can stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island for their honeymoon, so it's the type of destination that is perfect for special occasions and anniversary trip Pinterest boards.

Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands | Book Now | Read Reviews

9. New York, New York

The romantic streets of the Big Apple, New York City
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Imagine the crisp autumn air, you and your partner clad in cashmere sweaters, boots and leather jackets, and the beauty of colorfully-decorated townhomes across the West and Greenwich Villages. That is Taylor Swift's New York and it can be yours too. New York's bustling streets, historic landmarks, sky-high buildings, world-class fine dining establishments, and perplexing newness are just a few highlights that make the city special. Take an Uber down the FDR at night and zip past the three bridges (Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges) to the Lower Manhattan skyline and your heart feels as though it's racing with romance. Couples who prefer a more manicured Gossip Girl experience and close proximity to Central Park should stay on the Upper East Side. Those who prefer galleries, walkable sightseeing (Dumbo, the Brooklyn Bridge, Hudson River Parkway) and shopping in Soho may want to stay downtown. That's where you may be guaranteed a celeb spotting or several.

Where to stay: Lowell Hotel (Upper East Side) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Virgin Hotels New York City (NoMad) | Book Now | Read Reviews; Grayson Hotel (Midtown) | Book Now | Read Reviews

10. Prague, Czech Republic

The romantic old town of Prague, Czech Republic
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Known as the "City of a Hundred Spires," the architecture of Praha's Old Town Square is storybook beautiful. The city's Guinness Book of World Records-breaking centerpiece, Prague Castle, is a 9th century UNESCO wonder that spans 753,473 square feet. Couples who adore beer will find that this city offers the best pours in the world.

Where to stay: Andaz Prague | Book Now | Read Reviews

11. Cape Town, South Africa

The sun rises over Cape Town, South Africa
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South Africa's oldest city is also home to culture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The adventurous set will especially appreciate the various activities nearby, including Lion's Head Peak. Table Mountain and Table Bay are both beautiful landmarks, while locals and tourists alike prefer to stop by Greenmarket Square for gifts and goodies. Of course, those who want to imbibe in delicious gastronomic options and world-class wine should stop by the Stellenbosch region nearby.

Where to stay: Mont Rochelle (Franschhoek) | Book Now | Read Reviews

12. Kyoto, Japan

The sun peeks through a bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan
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Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to shogun castles, gorgeous bamboo-lined trails, temples and the Imperial Palace. Considered one of the most romantic destinations in Japan, if not East Asia, visitors enjoy sightseeing the bamboo groves and the Oigawa River, especially in the spring. Close to the city center are several hot springs locations, including Kurama Hot Spring. Couples should consider a stay in a traditional ryokan, many of which have been upgraded to accommodate tourists, to bridge the old with the modern.

Where to stay: Hoshinoya Kyoto | Book Now | Read Reviews

13. Bali, Indonesia

The romantic coastline of Bali, Indonesia
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A honeymooners' paradise, Bali is far beyond a one-and-done romantic destination. Even the most well-traveled folks around the world choose to return to the destination: a place teeming with tourists yet perfect for seclusion. Also ideal for those from all walks of life, the destination offers gorgeous villas, delicious food, welcoming hospitality, and a plethora of natural beauty that makes for all sorts of activities, including sunrise yoga, arduous hikes, surfing and swimming, and sightseeing. The most popular resort destinations are Uluwatu and Ubud, which are convenient for first-timers.

Where to stay: Jumeirah Bali | Book Now | Read Reviews

14. Miami, Florida

A romantic sunset in Miami, Florida, USA
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Sultry, steamy and colorful, this vibrant culturally-rich and dazzling town in Southern Florida is a smoldering destination for couples of all ages. Those who prefer to lay out with a book will want to lounge at one of the many luxury boutique hotels in South Beach or the illustrious landmark properties lining Collins Avenue facing Miami Beach. Evenings start later with tasting menus and top-rated restaurants in the country. Couples will also find thriving nightlife and art scenes.

Where to Stay: Casa Faena | Book Now | Read Reviews; Nobu Hotels Miami Beach | Book Now | Read Reviews

15. Rome, Italy

A romantic view of Rome at twilight
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All love stories lead to Rome. It's hard not to fall in love with the culture, flavors and history of Roma, once the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Couples have their choice of mouthwatering restaurants, artisanal gelato, divine cappuccino, and copious architectural feats. Easily walkable and beautiful at every turn, the city offers a distinct taste of romance… in Roma.

Where to stay: Hotel Eden | Book Now | Read Reviews

16. Tulum, Mexico

Castle at sunset in Tulum, Mexico
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If the Pacific Coast is refreshing, the lush jungle-laden region of Tulum and its proximate neighbors (including Playa del Carmen) is smoldering. Maybe it's the energy of the Mayan land, but the

Where to stay: Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya |Book Now | Read Reviews; Mi Amor Hotel & Spa | Book Now | Read Reviews

17. Madrid, Spain

A sunny day for a romantic stroll in Madrid, Spain
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There is no shortage of luxury and beauty in Madrid, especially considering the Baroque and Neoclassical architecture seen throughout the capital of Spain. Couples will appreciate taking in the beauty of Plaza Mayor, indulging churros con chocolat from San Gines, and exploring walkable neighborhoods like Salamanca.

Where to stay: Rosewood Villa Magna | Book Now | Read Reviews

18. Tuscany, Italy

Romantic rolling hills in Tuscany, Italy
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Medieval villages set against rolling vineyards and sumptuous scenery are the markings of a romantic getaway in Tuscany. The activities that accompany a romantic visit to Tuscany are equally as memorable: eager tourists must see the marvel that is the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Val d'Orcia countryside. However, one might argue Florence can take a whole week to explore and unravel. The Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio are easily must-visits for couples. Truffle hunting is increasingly becoming a popular experience in Tuscany too. This editor still finds a special beauty and intimacy to the town of Siena, where she once took a seat on the Piazza del Campo and stared up at the Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th-century tower, while chowing down a pizza.

Where to stay: Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel | Book Now | Read Reviews

19. Provence, France

A hot air balloon rises over Provence, France
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The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region encompasses copious acres of natural beauty. It's well recommended that couples rent a car here to road-trip through the more remote and authentic villages. North of Aix-en-Provence, the blooming purple fields of lavender in Provence spring to life in June to July. Couples who want to catch the floral phenomenon may want to book a visit to Plateau de Valensole or one of the regional lavender fields during this time. For every other month, the destination is utterly romantic for its medieval villages and chateaus, markets and wineries, as well as the picturesque gorges and mountains.

Where to stay: Hôtel Crillon Le Brave, Crillon le Brave | Book Now | Read Reviews

20. Masai Mara, Kenya

The sun sets in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
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Sumptuous and worth savoring, the Masai Mara is one of this editor's favorite places in the world. Here's why: anyone who appreciates nature, wildlife and the thrills of safari will love this region as it's teeming with all of the aforementioned interests. The Mara is the kind of place where you'll experience possibilities and romance—start the morning with a cup of coffee, a wrapped blanket and a chill of excitement rippling through the gorgeous African landscape. As you get into your safari vehicle, you may end up on a hot air balloon at dawn, where you watch lions feasting and frolicking in morning light or a dazzle of zebra grazing as acacia trees welcome you off to the distance. Retreat to your luxury lodges in the evening after a satisfying meal and a day full of stories. It's the kind of place where connection is inevitable and romance, a given.

Where to stay: Leopard Hill (Naiboisho Conservancy) | Book Now | Read Reviews

21. Maui, Hawaii

The romantic coastline of Maui, Hawai'i
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Known as the honeymoon island, this popular honeymoon destination doubles as one of the most romantic places in the world for couples celebrating milestones, first anniversaries and even first vacations. The natural beauty of Maui is what sets it apart, including Haleakala National Park to the volcanic trails of Kapalua. Expect five-star accommodations and service too: Maui is arguably not only the most romantic island in the US, but one of the priciest destinations to visit too. As you don't need a passport to visit this resort-friendly destination, expect higher than usual prices during peak season starting in December.

Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua | Book Now | Read Reviews; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka'anapali | Book Now | Read Reviews

22. The Cotswolds, England

The sun sets over a romantic view of a church and sheep in the English countryside
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The countryside of England is a best-kept secret among travelers who prefer a more subdued getaway. In the Cotswolds, discerning couples will find rolling hills, meadows, plenty of farmland and sheep. The stone architecture of the region adds a distinct, localized architectural element that has attracted plenty of location scouts and subsequent set jetters. Films and TV shows like Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and more were filmed in the Cotswolds. The village of Bampton, in fact, was converted to the makeshift village of Downton.

Where to stay: Barnsley House | Book Now | Read Reviews; Lygon Arms | Book Now | Read Reviews

23. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The sun sets over romantic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Deemed the most beautiful city in Mexico, San Miguel de Allende feels like a historic gem of a find for couples who truly relish in their travels. Couples will appreciate the history and the cultural traditions… all best enjoyed al fresco under the sun and stars.

Where to stay: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende | Book Now | Read Reviews

24. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria at sunrise
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East of the Danube River sits the city of Vienna, also known as the "City of Music," as the capital of Austria was once home to the fathers of classical music, Mozart and Beethoven. Known as a safe city in Europe, Vienna shines bright with culture, music, neoclassical architecture, and the Wiener Schnitzel (a must-try while there). Walkable too, couples will enjoy exploring its imperial palaces once known as the residences of the Habsburg Family, including world-famous Schönbrunn, as well as famous city squares like Petersplatz.

Where to stay: Rosewood Vienna | Book Now | Read Reviews

25. Verona, Italy

A romantic aerial view of Verona, Italy
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The birthplace of Romeo and Juliet deserves its moment on this list. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the City of Verona in the region of Veneto pre-dates Shakespeare's tragic star-crossed lovers. The destination nestled between the River Adige was founded in the 1st century, B.C. While a visit to Juliet's balcony is a must-do while there, couples will find the city is bustling with activity.

Where to stay: Relais Balcone di Giulietta | Book Now | Read Reviews

26. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A romantic sunrise over Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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The southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula is home to the luxurious vacation destination of Cabo. Despite its family-friendly appeal, Cabo makes our list of the most romantic places in the world for its most recent developments, including buzzworthy hotels and restaurant openings along its "Golden Corridor." The destination offers a unique Mediterranean-meets-Mexico appeal. Plus, couples will find an endless supply of outdoor activities to enjoy here, including golfing, boating, and lounging on golden beaches.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos | Book Now | Read Reviews

27. Napa Valley, California

Hot air balloons over Napa Valley
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Another obvious contender in the US, Napa Valley is home to dreamy organic landscape, trendsetting wellness offerings, world-class farm-to-table dinners and tasting menus, as well as hip exhibitions. It's all delicious with the supplement of a signature Cabernet Sauvignon. If a proposal or anniversary surprise is in the works, consider a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards at dawn.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley | Book Now | Read Reviews; Carneros Resort & Spa | Book Now | Read Reviews

28. Sintra, Portugal

Romantic architecture in Sintra, Portugal
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Just outside of Lisbon is the precinct of Sintra, where couples will find themselves in a fairy-tale like setting under the Moorish Castle and the yellow towers of Pena Palace. Local boutique properties nearby, many facing the palace, are decorated with palatial period architecture, adding to the historic experience.

Where to stay: Tivoli Palacio de Seteais | Book Now | Read Reviews

29. Costa Careyes, Mexico

Costa Careyes, Mexico at sunrise
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One visit to the private community of Careyes in Jalisco, Mexico, and you'll understand how it made our list of the most romantic getaways in the world. Easily accessible from the West Coast, especially, this diverse town looks like it belongs along the European coast, and that's because it was settled in the 1970s by an Italian banker named Gian Franco Brignone. The resort is home to both residences and a hotel, plus on-site dining options, wellness programming, pristine and swimmable beaches without cruise ship disruptions, and prime views of the Pacific. During the winter months, couples can watch whales breach the water from a distance or say hello up close on a boat ride. Wellness-oriented couples will want to spend some time, perhaps, an evening taking in a sound bath in the region's famous Copa del Sol.

Where to stay: Casitas de las Flores | Book Now | Read Reviews

30. Quebec City, Canada

Sunset over the romantic Quebec City in Canada
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Nestled above and along the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is arguably the most romantic city in all of Canada. Couples will appreciate the beauty of the French-speaking destination that dates back to 1608. One of the most beloved areas of Quebec City is the Historic District of Old Quebec, known for its stone townhomes, cobblestone streets, and colonial architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage Site and Quartier Petit Champlain are both perfect pockets of the city for an evening stroll after dinner. For natural sights, Montmorency Falls is also a short 15-minute car ride outside of Quebec City center.

Where to stay: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac | Book Now | Read Reviews

Romantic Getaways for Couples in the US

Life happens and sometimes, only a brief vacation is feasible. If you're looking for the best romantic getaways in the US, you'll find a bevvy of resorts, restaurants, and hip things to do locally. Check out these romantic getaway guides by state.

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