Matt Long a RoamRight Blog Author

8 Romantic Destinations For a Unique Valentine’s Day Getaway

Believe it or not but Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and that means it’s time to plan the ultimate romantic escape. Whether it’s close to home or a far-flung destination, we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic places our team of travel writers have featured on the RoamRight Travel blog.

1. Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is the main destination that draws tourism into Myanmar, yet it is still far from being a tourist town.  The beauty of Bagan lies in its more than 2,200 ancient temples and pagodas that still survive, spread throughout the vast plains and forests. The most special moment comes at sundown, when you can go to any of the temples, hike up to its terrace or climb up the pagoda, and witness with your special someone one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see – with hundreds of pagodas poking out of the forest.  The romantic part about Bagan is that it is easy to get away from the crowds by just biking a bit off the main road and find a temple where there’s absolutely no one and spending some quality time with your partner, surrounded by the beauty of Bagan. 

From the post: Unlikely Romantic Destinations

2. Go For A Romantic Carriage Ride In Central Park, New York City

While you can technically do this at any time of the year, it’s an extra special experience on Valentine’s Day. You and your sweetie will cuddle up on a whimsical coach pulled by horses, taking in the fauna, castles, lakes and gardens of the park together. You can head to Central Park to hail a horse and carriage or reserve in advance.

From the post: Top Valentine’s Day Experiences in New York City

3. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

While there are many hikes and lookout points offering beautiful views of the Grand Canyon, one of the most romantic is Yaki Point. What's interesting about Yaki Point is that while it's near to the popular Grandeur, Yavapai, and Mather Points, it offers stunning views that are completely different. To reach this vista - which is not accessible to personal vehicles - you'll take the Kaibab Trail Route to its easternmost lookout point or the Orange Route shuttle bus, where you'll be privy to a scene unlike any other in the park. Along with seeing popular trails like Bright Angel and Tonto and the mesmerizing switchbacks of the South Kabib Trail, you'll also spy Cremation Creek and colorful buttes and mesas. It's also possibly the most colorful sunset view in the entire park, with the sky taking on a pinkish hue even after dark. For an active way to see the viewpoint, try a Yaki Road Tour with Bike Grand Canyon, which also allows you to learn about the history, culture and geology of the Canyon, and to see other scenic areas nearby.

From the post: The Most Romantic Views In America

4. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston has it all: historical southern charm, fresh sea air, and a thriving culinary scene. Foodies in particular will enjoy the many fine dining and classical southern food options the city provides. Basically, this is a great city to wine and dine that special someone in your life. Unlike most Southern cities, Charleston escaped most of the carnage and destruction of the Civil War. As a result, there are many interesting historical attractions to visit. The city is also located on the coast, and some great beaches are just a short car ride away.

From the post: Five of the Most Romantic Southern Cities

5. The Virgin Islands

Pick any one of the Virgin Islands and you are almost guaranteed a perfect romantic getaway. However, you might want to consider choosing the island of St Thomas. This island is not only gorgeous but offers so many activities for couples to enjoy. The island is beautiful, filled with mountains, and surrounded by blue azure waters. A few of the fun activities that St. Thomas offers are kayaking, parasailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and scuba diving. The island is also filled with pristine beaches, hidden bays and even old castles and forts to explore. One of which, according to legend, was used by the infamous Blackbeard himself.

From the post: 4 Valentine’s Day Getaways For Adventurers

6. The Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania

If there ever was a destination that encouraged traveling for chocolate and romance it’s the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania.. Every day Hershey offers chocolate themed dining, adventure parks, romantic lodging, chocolate spa treatments, and chocolate cocktails. In February the chocolate decadence is even more intense when the entire town celebrates Chocolate-Covered February. The jeweler at the Hotel Hershey carries an exclusive line of Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds found exclusively in the Argyle mine of Western Australia. Try pairing indulgent chocolate body wraps, chocolate martinis, and a chocolate diamond. Romance is guaranteed.

From the post: 5 Not To Miss Romantic Chocolate Experiences Around The World

7. Samabe Beach in Bali, Indonesia

While Samabe Beach is said to be private, it is accessible and open to the public via the temple located next to the resort. The best thing about Samabe is that it offers the same gorgeous qualities of Mengiat Beach – often called the most beautiful beach in Bali – just 3 miles north, but without the crowds. And when I say without the crowds, I mean it – literally. This beach is mostly unknown, except for resort guests. Naturally, when visiting this beach, you should take your own snacks and drinks since there’s nothing around it (except for the private resort atop the cliff). There are several restaurants along the main road leading to this secluded beach, but that’s it. The beach’s calm crystal waters, white sand, rocky cliff backdrop, and lack of people make this beach one perfect place to relax. To find this beach, you should look for Samabe Bali Suites on Google Maps and get directions to the small temple located next to it.

From the post: 6 Asian Beaches You Don’t Know But Should

8. New Orleans

Visiting New Orleans is about as close as you can get to visiting another country for the weekend. Hundreds of years of unique history along with French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences all combine to create a culture and atmosphere totally unique from the rest of the United States. Most visits to New Orleans center around the French Quarter with its colonial architecture, historical restaurants, and jazzy energy. Spend at least one morning relaxing at a cafe, drinking coffee and people watching. Then explore the city via horse-drawn carriage or take a ghost tour (it's a good excuse to hold your partner tight). Also be sure to take out travel insurance whether in New Orleans or any other city to make sure your romantic vacation stays fun and enjoyable.

From the post: Five of the Most Romantic Southern Cities

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About the Author

Matt Long

Matt Long, a RoamRight Blog Author A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.

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