Ahh Valentine’s Day. The day of love. I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day fan personally. I think that you should show your significant other that you love them every day but ya know, going out to a nice dinner is not something I will complain about. You’ve probably gathered that I love to travel at this point (obviously..) so I figured why not put together a little list of some of the most romantic places I’ve ever visited? If you and your sweetheart feel like going on a little vacation this Valentine’s Day, this list is for you.
Palm Springs has a special place in my heart. It was was one of the first romantic trips that Adam and I took together. I just remember driving down highway 111 playing music and holding hands while we passed by all the shops and restaurants. In fact, fun fact for you guys. Palm Springs is where I first knew I wanted to tell Adam that I loved him. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a glass of wine under the stars at the Parker.
Can you tell I love California? Malibu happens to be one of my favorite spots in the US. It’s got everything you could ask for. Miles of beaches and green mountains. There’s something extremely relaxing about having a beach to yourself. Now, it may be a bit cold in February but pack a picnic completed with champagne and sandwiches and lay out a blanket and you two will have a free romantic date on the California coast. If you’re a wine lover like me, stop by a one of the many wineries. If you’re looking for something a bit more carefree, stop by Malibu Cafe and spend too much money on food and drinks and then play life size chess and connect four.
Unfortunately, I have yet to do this as a romantic getaway but it’s definitely in my books. From horse drawn carriage rides around Central Park to ice skating at Rockefeller Center, NYC is truly a winter wonderland made for couples. It’s the perfect place to dress to the nines and splurge on a one of a kind unforgettable meal.
Okay, so this one is for those who are truly looking to make a vacation out of the holiday. Most of the US is under snow during Valentine’s Day so this is perfect if you’re looking to sip lava flows on the beach under the Hawaiian sun. Now, I’ve visited every Hawaiian island and Kauai has quickly become my favorite. It’s exactly what you picture when you think of Hawaii. Palm trees everywhere, tropical plants covering every foot of the island, and stretches of beach with crystal blue water. Just thinking about it has me wishing I was there right this second…
This is yet another that I have yet to do with that special someone however, when I last visited San Fran, I fell in love. The Golden Gate City is the perfect place to take a romantic stroll and take in the views. Whether it be by the Golden Gate Bridge or around Haight, there is something for everyone. Especially the chocolate and wine lovers.
A few years ago, I road tripped up the coast of California and made sure that Big Sur was one of the stops along the way. I’ve been to a lot of places in my 24 years of life but nothing quite compares to Big Sur. While it is known to have some luxurious hotels, this one is perfect for the couple who enjoys nature. There are trails all along the coast, my favorite being the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
While luxurious hotels and restaurants are a common way to spend Valentines, if being outside is more your pace, northern Arizona and Southern Utah is for you. Especially Monument Valley. Camping underneath the stars, stars brighter than I have ever seen before, is something that I will never forget. Especially when you get to wake up the next morning with views unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. You can also stop by Page, Arizona and go to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon, spots so unique to the southwest.
Are you going anywhere for Valentines Day? If so, where? I’d love to hear all about your romantic getaways. If you liked what you read, pin this to Pinterest so you won’t lose it. Until next time XO1