14 Incredible Trips Couples Should Take

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14 Incredible Trips Couples Should Take
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Maybe you’re celebrating a special occasion or just need a change of scenery. Either way, there’s nothing like experiencing a new view with someone you love. Whether you have a few days or several weeks, take the plunge with a trip that'll give you both a chance to relax or have an adventure — all while basking in each other’s company.

Napa Valley
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Napa Valley

Romance and wine go hand in hand, and very few places in the world represent this duo better than Napa Valley. This world-famous wine region boasts some of the finest vintages, stunning scenery and haute cuisine locales. “With all the wineries and gorgeous views, the Napa Valley is an ideal destination for any couple while traveling domestically,” said Sarah Nelson, project manager at Travel Leaders in Mesa, Arizona. “Another great part of Napa Valley is being able to take an afternoon hiking the region hand in hand.”

French Polynesia
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French Polynesia

You want to relax, he wants to stay active — but you both crave pristine sand and azure waters. This island nation can please all. Nelson suggests spending three nights unwinding and chilling out in Bora Bora, then taking in four nights in Moorea, which offers a little more action, like tours, hiking and some nightlife. “French Polynesia has some of the most crystal blue water in the world,” Nelson said. “Couple that with over-the-water bungalows, and you and your honey are in for beautiful views all day long.”

Thailand
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Thailand

If you have the time, this exotic nation has what it takes to please urban seekers as well as those who crave a more rural or nature-inspired vibe. Nelson advises an 11-day itinerary spent visiting the cities of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Bangkok gives you the big-city bustle, Phuket is known for its white-sand beaches perfect for a romantic stroll, and Chiang Mai boasts the best of Thai culture, including the chance to ride elephants.

Australia
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Australia

If you believe variety is the spice of life, Down Under is where you’d want to go for some zing. World-renowned wineries and extensive arts offerings are perfect for artsy couples, while history buffs will enjoy the Penal Colony town of Port Arthur, Tasmania, along with aboriginal experiences in Queensland, Nelson says. Nature enthusiasts can pass their time at the Great Barrier Reef. Nelson suggests a two-week trip spent in Port Douglas, Sydney and Hobart. “Australia is a great destination for couples because it has everything,” she said.

Greek Isles
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Greek Isles

Soak in the natural beauty of this mystical region, tailor-made for honeymooners or any couple seeking the ultimate in romantic ambiance. To experience several facets of the country, spend three nights in Athens, three in Santorini and another three in Crete, Nelson says. “Here you can find many beautiful beaches, art galleries, fantastic food and friendly people,” Nelson said. “Oia, Santorini, has long been credited with the most beautiful sunsets in the world — with good reason.

Mediterranean Cruise
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Mediterranean Cruise

Treat yourselves to a sampling of blue waters and ancient sites while letting someone else drive. If this appeals to you, consider an itinerary similar to what Barb Harris, the owner of a public relations firm in Phoenix, has planned: Start in Rome then head to Naples, Barcelona, Marseille, Nice and then back to Rome. “I’ve been to numerous places in Europe, and Scott’s been to London and Paris," she says, "so this cruise was perfect, as neither of us has been to any of the locations.”

Pacific Coast Highway
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Pacific Coast Highway

If you prefer to do some driving, motor along the most picturesque portions of California State Route 1. Start in Los Angeles and meander through worthy sites like Morrow Bay, tour the historic Hearst Castle and do a tasting at a vineyard or two en route to San Francisco. “There are plenty of places to stop along the way and there is such beautiful scenery,” said Emily Gersema, a public relations officer in Tempe, Arizona. “It’s just gorgeous and can easily be done in a week.”

Hawaii
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Hawaii

Learn how to surf, snorkel with exotic fish, tour historical sites and dine on celebrity chef cuisine on the island of Oahu. Home to the state’s capital of Honolulu, the island offers picturesque beaches and waves on the east side and north shore, museums and art galleries, the famous snorkeling playground of Hanauma Bay and elegant restaurants. There’s also the nightlife of Waikiki’s bars and clubs, and if you want a dose of rural island life, unspoiled Kauai is a 30-minute plane ride away.

Portland Food Tour
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Portland Food Tour

Foodie fans can appreciate seeing a city from a slightly different yet delicious perspective. Among the best are the Forktown Food Tours in Portland, Oregon, which offers culinary escapades through the city’s most charming and historic neighborhoods, including downtown, the Alphabet District and North Mississippi Avenue. These tours are locally driven and combine city history along with small bites from five to seven hot spots, Batz says. “The Forktown Food Tour in Portland can be customized for just two guests to amp up the romance and fun.”

Puerto Vallarta
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Puerto Vallarta

Considered one of the best honeymoon locations in the world, this charming city in Mexico features magnificent scenery, a cobblestone-lined city center, a sophisticated arts scene and a bevy of restaurants, nightclubs and lounges. Enjoy a day napping in the sunshine and the next few days golfing, jet skiing or going deep-sea fishing. The town is compact, so most everything you’d want to do to see is within walking distance or an inexpensive taxi ride away.

Montana Fly Fishing
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Montana Fly Fishing

If you crave a unique outdoorsy experience, give fly-fishing a whirl. The Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, caters to all levels — from a pond where guides teach beginners, to a float down the Bitterroot River where experts can join the guides who engineered the mechanical fish in “A River Runs Through It,” says Betsy Donley, a travel specialist with Camelback Odyssey Travel in Phoenix. “I’ve planned fly fishing trips with couples. It’s always fun, as there is lots of camaraderie and lightheartedness.”

Paris
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Paris

It may sound cliché, but the City of Light lives up to its romantic reputation that goes beyond the harmonic language and champagne. Enjoy a scenic picnic at Sacre Coeur, take a ride down the Seine River, stand in awe of the Notre Dame and stroll the eclectic Latin Quarter, with its bookstores and funky restaurants fueled by the energy from the Sorbonne. See the Eiffel Tower from another perspective with a cozy dinner at Jules Verne, the luxurious restaurant on the tower’s second floor by Michelin starred-chef Alain Ducasse.

New Zealand
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New Zealand

Journey to the opposite end of the earth and indulge in every activity imaginable. Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, wine tasting in Marlborough, and hiking the Milford Track were among the adventures Geri Koeppel, a freelance writer based in Phoenix, enjoyed with her husband. “This was the ideal trip for us because it held all of the charms we both enjoy,” said Koeppel, who visited the South Island. “We were able to enjoy everything without rushing so we could truly unwind and be in vacation mode together.”

Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa

Boasting a stellar wine country and beautiful beaches, this city is known for its vino, culinary prowess and the friendliness of its people. Geographically, it’s like Napa Valley and Santa Monica somehow magically merged, says Stacey Boltz, an entrepreneur living in Vail, Colorado. The rand-U.S. dollar exchange rate also makes this trip a tremendous value. “From Cape Town, head to the bush for a few days on safari,” Boltz suggested. “The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is stunning and the best way to see the wild.”

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