Heading on your first holiday together? Or celebrating a special anniversary or birthday? There are certain cities that just ramp up the romance to make your trip extra special. Dine on oysters and champagne in a posh Parisian restaurant, stroll hand-in-hand through New York’s Central Park, or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Grand Canyon helicopter trip from Vegas.
Here’s are our top picks for a couples’ escape…
A place that’s nicknamed the ‘city of love’ surely has to be on the list – and it is, for good reason. France’s capital city was, historically, the centre of art, poetry and revolutionary politics back in the 18th century. And its romanticism still exists today. It’s got everything you need for a couples’ escape – gorgeous architecture, elegant parks and gardens, and activities to bring you closer together. Plus, there are thousands of sophisticated restaurants and cosy, intimate brasseries where you can have your fill of all that delicious French food – oysters, Coq au vin, beef bourguignon, the works!
The Big Apple is the setting for so many romantic classics like Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and Breakfast at Tiffany's. It’s no wonder that the city is associated with love. There are so many dates you can have in New York, from strolling hand-in-hand through Central Park to taking a sunset boat ride past the Statue of Liberty. The choice of romantic restaurants, sophisticated bars and spectacular world-class shows is endless too. And, if you’re travelling to the city in winter, don’t miss the chance to get your skates on and show off your best moves at the Rockefeller Center ice rink.
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For Central Park:
Explore Uptown Route, Stop: Central Park Zoo
For Rockefeller Center:
Explore Uptown Route, Stop: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
If you’re after an old school romantic break, head to Vienna. Austria’s charming capital boasts imperial architecture, grand palaces, horse-drawn carriages and stunning opera houses. Need some couple-centric activities to go with your romantic setting? See Gustav Klimt’s painting ‘The Kiss’ in the Vienna's Austrian Gallery, take a trip on the Wiener Riesenrad ferris wheel at Prater amusement park for spectacular views over the city, and wander hand-in-hand around the fairytale-like Schönbrunn Palace.
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Blue Route, Stop: Schönbrunn Palace
With its sweeping views, dramatic architecture and wine on tap, Budapest is a great option for a romantic escape. Enjoy candlelit dinners and boat rides down the famous River Danube, soak in the city’s thermal baths and enjoy their opulent settings, and head up to Buda Castle hill to enjoy spectacular views over the city. If you fancy a romantic night on the town, book tickets to the Hungarian State Opera House for an unforgettable performance inside the magnificent building. And, don’t forget to leave a love lock on the chain bridge to commemorate your romantic trip.
Red Route, Stop: Heroes Square
This City of Sin might not scream romance initially, but it has loads of attractions and sights up its sleeve to get you in the mood for love. And, where else can you get hitched on the spur of the moment? Thanks to its replicas of world-famous attractions, you can pack in a lot of unique experiences. Take a ride on a gondola through The Venetian hotel, whizz up the Eiffel Tower to enjoy 360-degree views of the city from above, and enjoy the dancing fountains outside the Bellagio hotel. One of the best things about Vegas is its proximity to the Grand Canyon. Take your significant other on a romantic helicopter ride over this breath-taking natural wonder and you’ll share an experience you’ll never forget.
Ready to head off on your romantic escape? Pick any of these cities of love and you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable couples’ holiday. Browse the rest of our cities and attractions for more city break inspiration.