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Best Romantic Vacations - United States & Canada

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1Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Honolulu is the perfect base for enjoying everything Hawaii has to offer. Stroll or sunbathe on white-and beaches, climb a volcanic crater, surf the best waves, hold hands and watch the sun dip below the horizon or enjoy romantic candlelit dining and live entertainment.
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      Honolulu
      History lovers will find much more to Honolulu than the beaches at Waikiki. Visitors should not miss Pearl Harbor and the accompanying USS Arizona Memorial. Those interested in the story of the islands will enjoy the displays of Polynesian artifacts at the Bishop Museum.
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      Honolulu
      Honolulu has more than history and tropical beaches. The entire family can delight in the astounding views from the short hike to Diamond Head crater, splash about in any of the water parks, investigate Hawaiian marine life in nature reserves and aquariums and indulge wonder in the many kid-friendly museums.
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2New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans' distinct sensual soundtrack plays as you explore the atmospheric streets of the French Quarter and beyond. Jazz, zydeco and blues waft out of bars and juke joints, the clip of hoofs resounds as carriages trot past and the murmur of couples' voices rises from hidden courtyard cafes.
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      New Orleans
      Claimed, bought and sold by the French, Spanish, Haitians and Americans, the resulting melange of cultural identities give the Crescent City its distinct flavors. New Orleans' irrepressible spirit can best be experienced during February's exuberant Mardi Gras celebrations, festivals and Cajun, Zydeco and jazz music.
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3Carmel, Monterey Peninsula, California
Sandy beaches and dramatic ocean surf attract romantics to Carmel. Between Pebbles Beach and Big Sur, Carmel has an abundance of beaches, parks and the beautiful Carmel Mission and Museum. The area is amply stocked with romantic guesthouses and inns.
4Las Vegas, Nevada
Flamboyant and glitzy, Las Vegas is an adult playground with singing gondoliers, rooftop roller coasters and all-night entertainment. Couples can take their chances at the slot machines or in one of the city's wedding chapels, or just relax in a luxurious spa or resort.
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      Las Vegas
      The neon-lit casinos on The Strip, the gaming heart of Las Vegas, just keep getting more opulent as they replicate Euro landmarks, add thrill rides and celebrity chef-driven restaurants, and incorporate new Cirque du Soleil shows. Gamblers who prefer vintage Sin City head downtown to Fremont Street.
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5Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach makes an utterly irresistible destination for those with romance on their vacation itinerary. Fabulous famed beaches, celebrity-owned eateries, alfresco dining, legendary bars, star spotting and spectacular shopping offer inspiring opportunities to indulge with loved ones.
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      Miami Beach
      The epicenter of cool has all the shopping options a fashionista could ever want. The Collins Avenue Fashion District boasts designer labels from Armani to Versace. Ocean Drive caters to the younger, funkier beautiful people, while Lincoln Road draws the artistic crowd to its galleries and boutiques.
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      Miami Beach
      At the shore in Miami Beach, visitors can swim, surf and jet ski in the warm and crystal-clear Atlantic waters. You can also nap on the white sands, work on a tan or simply watch the beautiful people, especially at South Beach, a favorite of models and celebrities.
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6Maui, Hawaii
The second largest Hawaiian Island, Maui is a tropical paradise. Explore the volcanic zenith of Haleakala, drive the curvy Road to Hana or just cool off at the black-sand beaches of Wai'anapanapa State Park. Stunning sunsets lure you into romantic evenings of beach strolls and candlelit dinners.
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      Maui
      Whether on beautiful island beaches or volcanic craters, families will have a hot time enjoying all that Maui has to offer by foot, bike, car, helicopter or submarine. Kids will especially enjoy a Trilogy trip to Lanai, exploring Haleakala crater and visiting Maui Ocean Center's Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor.
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      Maui
      Tropical trade winds cool Maui's thirty miles of glorious black, white and red sand beaches. With a constellation of splendid sandy spots ranging from secluded secrets to bustling beaches with restaurants and board hire, Maui has a beach to suit beachcombers, surfers, picnickers and swimmers.
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7Charleston, South Carolina
Romantic restaurants, elegant inns and a pervading ambiance of old glamour entice those with romance on their minds to visit charming, historic Charleston. Cobblestone streets and stately squares make for enchanting ambles and carriage tours can carry the two of you through the city's atmospheric alleys.
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      Charleston
      The picturesque streets of Charleston charm visitors with 19th-century architecture and scenery. Historic sights abound: the old gardens at Middleton Place, Drayton Hall, many other historic houses and plantations and Fort Sumter National Monument, the very spot where the American Civil War began.
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8Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, known as the Garden Island, has everything you can imagine in a tropical paradise: lush rain forests, long sandy beaches lined with swaying palm trees and warm sea breezes. You can find many activities where the emphasis is on the just the two of you for a romantic getaway treat.
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      Kauai
      With about 50 miles of beaches, Kauai has plenty of shoreline to explore. Swimming is great just about anywhere, but most people prefer the beaches on the north and south coasts, where the white sands stretch on and on and surfers refine their craft.
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      Kauai
      The least developed of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai offers big fun to young families. Take a boat ride to Fern Grotto, explore the Children's Discovery Museum or go wild at the Makalani Playground and Lydgate Beach Park, wandering a labyrinth, snorkeling or swimming in pools safe enough for your littlest ones.
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9Palm Springs, California
The mountains shimmering in the desert haze, the lush green golf courses and the delicate misting machines cooling loungers by the pools make Palm Springs a splendid choice for a relaxed romantic vacation. Classic mid-century-modern hotels mingle with funky motels, intimate guesthouses and a stellar selection of restaurants, bars and clubs.
10Savannah, Georgia
Sometimes sultry, sometimes genteel, sometimes a little shady, Savannah's southern charms are alluring. The elegant city's plethora of historic bed and breakfasts offer intimate bases for a romantic trip. Many are situated in the gracious historic district, inspiration for "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
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      Savannah
      Visitors to Savannah will not find any dearth of history; some of the city's best attractions are historic homes and final resting places. These include the Owens-Thomas House, the Bonaventure Cemetery and the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
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11Key West, Florida Keys, Florida
Lovers stroll hand-in-hand through the quaint town of Key West and saunter barefoot along its beaches and cays. Palm-lined streets are home to gingerbread mansions, sidewalk cafes and fabulous bars, and gourmet delights grace menus in world-class restaurants.
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      Key West
      Key West's beaches are at once diverse and similar. Each one has a unique flavor, and some cater more to water sports than others. Almost all are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling, and they are, without exception, beautiful.
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12Sanibel Island, Florida
The wedding wonderland of Sanibel Island lures lovers to its 15 miles of beautiful beaches. Shore strolls and embraces by the lighthouse, as the sun is setting, fill balmy days, while the island's melting pot of restaurants provide memorable menus for romantics.
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      Sanibel Island
      Saunter on the shell-speckled sands of tropical barrier island, Sanibel, on Florida's Gulf coast. Quiet, secluded White Beach, with its scurrying sandpipers, offers a respite from the holidaymaking hordes elsewhere, while Turner Beach lures those with their sights on shells or the day’s catch.
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      Sanibel Island
      Fans of seashell-collecting will rejoice on the beaches of Sanibel Island, where it's possible to find specimens worthy of the local Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Rent bikes and explore the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
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13Santa Barbara, California
Pamper yourself and someone special in Santa Barbara. Give yourselves over to the care of luxurious spas, take a day trip though California's "other" wine country, taste the pleasures of world-class dining by candlelight or treat yourself to unique shopping experiences.
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      Santa Barbara
      Santa Barbara's beaches have palm trees, wide shores, world-class surfing and annual beach volleyball tournaments--what's not to love? Families should fire up a grill at Leadbetter Beach, swimmers should take a dip in East Beach's calm waters and couples should share a view of the sunset at Butterfly Beach.
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      Santa Barbara
      Santa Barbara's picturesque coast and architecture make a fun backdrop for your family's vacation. Parents and kids enjoy riding the 3.2-mile bike path on bicycles or quadracycles, examining native marine life at the Sea Center, or just exploring the beaches and parks along Cabrillo Boulevard.
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14Napa, Napa Valley, California
Indulge your senses and your taste for romance in California's Napa Valley. You can experience the scenic beauty of the grape-growing region by balloon, train or bicycle; tour a few vineyards; pamper yourself at one of the numerous spas and then top it off with a gourmet meal. Oh, and don't forget the wine!
15Monterey, Monterey Peninsula, California
Encompassing some of California's most spectacular scenery, the coastline near Monterey boasts a slew of activities for two. Romantically inclined visitors can sample scenic coastline drives, tour the wine country, admire the inhabitants of Monterey Bay Aquarium and enjoy clam chowder on Fisherman's Wharf.
16Oahu, Hawaii
The promise of world-class nightlife and entertainment, opulent hotels and spas, and deserted beaches attracts romantics to Oahu. Horseback ride through the surf, walk barefoot on the sand, sail underneath the stars or stroll through lush tropical foliage while the sun sets on the Pacific.
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      Oahu
      There's no end to Oahu's family fun. Commune with dolphins, sea turtles and stingrays at Sea Life Park, ride a submarine to the site of sunken ships and reef structures, cool off on Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park' waterslides or explore 4,000 acres of Kualoa Ranch by ATV, horse, helicopter or kayak.
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      Oahu
      With gorgeous beaches on each of its four shores, it's impossible for a beachgoer not to find something to love here. Oahu offers some of the world's best boogie boarding, bodysurfing and windsurfing. At tamer beaches, snorkeling is also great, and just watching the water from shore is always underrated.
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17Niagara Falls, New York
Romance and Niagara Falls are inextricably entwined, and a plethora of historic and modern hotels provides excellent accommodations. Visitors can add to the thrills of a romantic vacation by getting up close to the thundering might of the falls by jet boat, helicopter or on a Journey Behind the Falls.
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      Niagara Falls
      Niagara Falls delights with scenery and interactive attractions on both sides of the border. Parents can bring their children to the water theme park at MarineLand and to the popular Aquarium of Niagara. But nothing tops the thrills of the roaring, thundering Falls themselves.
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18Key Largo, Florida Keys, Florida
Amid tropical hardwoods and winding creeks, with coral clusters off shore, this northernmost of the Florida Keys feels a world away. Sunset sails, dolphin encounters, strolls through the mangrove wetlands and sumptuous meals for two make Key Largo a deliciously romantic destination.
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      Key Largo
      Home to America's only living coral barrier reef, Key Largo is your family's gateway to the Everglades. Explore the surprising life underwater on a glass-bottom boat, experience the "River of Grass" on an eco-tour, take your kids fishing, or play till their heart's content at Harry Harris Park and Beach.
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      Key Largo
      Key Largo's spectacular Sandspur and Caloosa Beaches are a part of protected area Bahia Honda. This divine duo of sandy beaches, with their coconut palms and year-round warm waters, offer marvelous swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in their calm waters. Sandspur is especially popular with families.
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19Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
This island of leis and tiki deities is synonymous with romance, courtesy of the ocean backdrop and flower-scented breezes. Gaze at stars from white-, black-, green- or red-sand beaches or on a Mauna Kea astronomy trek, heat things up by visiting fiery lava flows or "flightseeing" over the volcano.
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      Island of Hawaii
      Let your family run wild on the pristine beaches, lava plains and rain forests of Hawaii's Big Island, home of the world's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea. Kids delight in making their own earthquake machine at Volcanoes National Park, swimming with dolphins and rafting along rivers.
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      Island of Hawaii
      Sand on the Big Island's beaches varies from white to black to olive green, colorfully distinguishing them other Hawaiian beaches. With the different colors come different activities--white sands are best for swimming and sunbathing, gray sands for diving and snorkeling, and the green sands for simply marveling.
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20Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Perched on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers Beach is a glorious gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. An array of excellent accommodations is on offer for those who want to stay close enough to stroll barefoot together along the sands as they admire the ever-changing hues of the Gulf.
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      Fort Myers Beach
      Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, Fort Myers offers its own great beaches as well as being surrounded by some 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore. The shelling is stupendous, and the nearby Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is inspirational. The Great Calusa Blueway offers 40 miles of canoe and kayak trails.
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      Fort Myers Beach
      Fort Myers Beach has something for every member of the family. Swim, fish, hike or canoe at Lover's Key, take a swamp-buggy tour to view panthers, bison and alligators or join reclusive marine animals for a lunchtime meal at the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center.
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21Saint Pete Beach, Florida
Nestled on the tip of a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Saint Pete Beach is perfectly situated for romantic strolls and pier dining. Fort De Soto and Caladesi Island are two of the country's best beaches, and Clearwater Beach's sunsets are breathtaking.
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      Saint Pete Beach
      For a relaxing and entertaining beach vacation, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer sun-worshippers. Go dolphin watching, swim, snorkel or dive into the blue waters, enjoy every variety of water or sunny sport, or just lie back and soak up the sun on sandy Florida beaches.
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      Saint Pete Beach
      For a relaxing and entertaining beach vacation, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer young families. Play around at the Pier's Fun Center arcade, test your driving skills on the go-kart track, go dolphin watching or dive into the blue waters, or get involved with the hands-on museum exhibits at Great Explorations.
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22South Padre Island, Texas
The charms of South Padre Island inspire devotion and provide memories for years. The tropical tip of Texas basks by warm Gulf waters, perfect for paddling in or sipping cocktails by. Discover more about dolphins at the Dolphin and Natural Research Center, and more about each other's driving at Ben's Go-Carts.
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      South Padre Island
      Although South Padre Island is considered the Spring Break Capital of the Southwest, if you avoid those times you'll find plenty to do on 113 miles of beaches, dunes and tidal flats. Treasure hunters thrill at the history buried here, the fishing is great and you can get a great view of it all from Port Isabel Lighthouse.
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      South Padre Island
      South Padre Island, at the tip of Texas, is a water wonderland for family vacations. Swim, surf, watch dolphins and whales, or go snorkeling on the famous beaches. If you tire of that, you can surf the manmade waves of popular Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park.
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23Marco Island, Florida
Every kind of romantic will be wooed by picturesque Marco Island, an idyllic spot at the northernmost point of the Thousand Islands. Sumptuous restaurants, gleaming sands and luxurious accommodations make this a deliciously decadent destination for those with romance on their minds. Nights at the Philharmonic, in nearby Naples, add ambience.
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      Marco Island
      You can enjoy every imaginable water sport and get back to nature at a casual island pace on Marco Island. Swim, canoe, kayak or sail your way around the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands with miles of pristine beaches, nature reserves and protected marshes.
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      Marco Island
      Families flock to Marco Island for its idyllic weather, array of sun sports and plentiful golf courses. Tour the Ten Thousand Islands by airboat or ecotour, fish for Mangrove Snapper, go shopping and shelling, or admire 200 bird species while kayaking Rookery Bay.
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24Newport Beach, California
For swanky elegance Newport Beach in California is hard to beat. Shop at Fashion Island, visit nearby Catalina Island and take a romantic gondola ride along a Newport canal - all part of the experience that will make a visit to this beachside town on the "American Riviera" truly memorable.
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      Newport Beach
      Boardwalk shops on Newport Beach Pier and outdoor mall, Fashion Island, present excellent opportunities to discover the ideal beach wardrobe. Swimming, sunning and boat trips to Catalina Island are on the menu by day, while spectacular sunsets and waterside dining beckon at night.
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25Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Putting the British into British Columbia, quaint Victoria is a genteel haven of all things Anglophone. Tearooms, antique stores and award-winning galleries abound in the B.C. provincial capital. Take tea in the grand Fairmont Empress Hotel, then drive back roads out to lovely Butchart Gardens.
26Nova Scotia
Enchanting Nova Scotia is a romantic paradise of charming fishing villages, dramatic headlands and hidden coves. The rugged province’s sweeping vistas provide a stunning backdrop for romance. Snug inns abound, seafood restaurants create unforgettable evenings and welcoming bars have fires lit and waiting.
27Prince Edward Island
The landscape that inspired Anne of Green Gables entices legions of lovers to Canada’s smallest province. Peaceful P.E.I. is a slow paced haven, full of distinctively Maritime delights. Red sandstone cliffs rise above gentle beaches. Lonely lighthouses dot rocky bluffs. Deserted trails beckon for romantic roaming.
28Montreal, Quebec
With its European ambiance, Quebecois joie de vivre and its elegant architecture, Montreal is ideal for romantic escapes. Intimate bistros, perfect for tête-à-têtes, nestle on cobblestone streets. Patio tables give views of Montrealers strolling their streets. A thrilling slew of hot hotels and nightlife make for exciting nights.
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      Montreal
      Since Cartier landed in Montreal in 1535, it has evolved from a small village into a major world metropolis. Trace its development from the days of Champlain as you walk through Old Montreal's Parisian-style streets, explore the Botanical Gardens and visit the renowned Notre-Dame Basilica.
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      Montreal
      Shoppers of all budgets can find a lot to love in Montreal, from the Marché Jean-Talon farmers market to the mid-range trendy shops and department stores along rue Ste-Catherine, to the more cutting edge fashions of rues St-Denis and St-Laurent, to the high end luxury boutiques on rue Sherbrooke.
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