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Destinations to Sweep You Away This Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is two weeks away—which is just enough to time to plan a spontaneous getaway to a place you and your loved one have yet to explore together. We’ve combed through our favorite romantic destinations and narrowed it down to seven escapes that offer the perfect balance of exciting, new adventures and intimate one-on-one time. From the enchanting castles of Germany, to the passionate tango performances of Argentina, any one of these amazing trips is sure to whisk you and your partner away.


Sintra, Portugal

Colorful villas and palaces line the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, painting the perfect backdrop for your real-life fairytale romance. The botanical gardens and romantic architecture of the Monserrate Palace are only moderately well known to tourists, meaning you and your S.O. won’t be too crowded to enjoy the ornate details of this architectural wonder.


Black Forest, Germany

Germany’s mountainous Black Forest is known for its beautiful Bavarian castles, which are even more picturesque after a fresh dusting of snow. Adventurous couples will want to take advantage of the spectacular cross-country skiing and hiking trails that this winter wonderland has to offer. Cozy up by a roaring fire for the perfect ending to an active day with your partner.


Bled, Slovenia

While tourists flock to Bled in the summer months, the lakeside town you’ll find in winter is quiet and serene—perfect for a romantic Valentine’s getaway. You’ll find no shortage of wintery fun, including snowshoeing, skating and sledding. Lovebirds may paddle a boat out to Lake Bled Church, where it is said that if the church bells ring three times after a wish is made, it will come true.


Florence, Italy

You’re sure to fall head-over-heels for the views in Florence, especially as you hold your loved one close while watching the sunset from Ponte Santa Trinita or the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo. And what could be more romantic than finding a quiet corner to steal a kiss on a stroll through the Boboli gardens?


Chefchaouen, Morocco

Sitting high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains is Chefchaouen, also known as the “Blue City.” Most of the walls lining the city’s winding cobblestone streets are washed in a gorgeous blue hue, and animal lovers will be pleased to find many adorable cats roaming free through the streets. This calmer alternative to Marrakech will provide couples with an authentic Moroccan experience and a little breathing room to enjoy each other’s company without big-city stress.


Prague, Czech Republic

Superstitious travelers looking to ensure everlasting love will want to fasten a padlock to the Čertovka bridge and throw the key in the river below. Once their fate is sealed, couples are sure to get a kick out of Spa Beerland, the city’s first beer spa. Cinefiles will love cuddling up in front of an old-fashioned film at Lucerna Cinema, a beautiful Art Nouveau cinema that’s been a date-night spot for lovers since it opened in 1909.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes because Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango dancing. Tango bars are popular among local lovers and visitors alike. For the old-school tango experience, check out historical locales such as Los Laureles, which has played host to sultry tango moves since it opened in the early 1900s. Take advantage of the summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere with a boat ride along the charming Tigre Delta, which is an easy day trip from the city center. 

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

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There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen