Whether you want relax on the beach, go on an adventure or find the best room or suite with a view and order room service, we've made a list of over 50 vacation ideas for couples for every taste and budget. If you are looking for short trips from a major city, browse weekend ideas from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities.
Vacations for couples that involve lazy days on the beach and swimming in the ocean seem to be at the top of everyone's list, and for a reason. The ocean is deeply relaxing as well as fun, so what better place to rest and re-connect than right on the water. If you want warm and sunny weather with an array of beaches to explore, cash in your frequent flier miles and take a trip to Maui which offers many great things to do for couples. Grand Wailea Resort has a sandy beach, the resort offers shopping, golf and a spa.
Florida is a wonderful beach destination year-round. We recently published 25 Best Romantic Beach Vacations in Florida where you will find many great ideas for couples.
On the coast of Georgia, the elegant Cloister at Sea Island is a private getaway with activities such as horseback riding on the sand.
On the West Coast, some great romantic getaways include L'Auberge Del Mar Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Montage Resort , Casa Del Mar and Hotel del Coronado. Terranea Resort in Southern California offers rooms with a view that will make you want to stay in throughout your stay. Have dinner at the resort's signature restaurant, or order room service, if you want to sample food prepared by one of the top chefs.
Mexico offers a varied selection of affordable beach escapes, including resorts where kids under a certain age are not allowed, such as Viceroy Riviera Maya and Maroma Resort. As an added benefit, if you stay at Maroma Resort on the Yucatan Peninsula, you will have access to many famous Mayan archaeological sites. Grand Velas on Playa del Carmen offers luxury suites with spectacular ocean views, and a white-sand beach.
The Caribbean islands should not be left out of a list of romantic trips, and there are many awesome places to pick from, ranging from affordable San Juan to luxury Antigua, BVI and more. The Turks & Caicos Club is next to some of the most beautiful sandy bays in the British West Indies. At Peter Island Resort, one can expect five star service and incredible ocean views. Or stay at Cotton House and share the secluded island of Mustique with the rich and famous.
Escape to the Florida Keys and stay at Cheeca Lodge & Spa which is set on 27 oceanfront acres, between Everglades National Park and North America's only coral barrier reef. Explore the beautiful coastal areas of Florida, go swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving on your romantic trip. Key West is a must-see as well.
If you have time for a longer trip, head to Le Meridien Bora Bora and stay in one of the over-water bugalows surrounded by the blue lagoon of Bora Bora. The hotel features a turtle protection center, a spa and even some over-water rooms with glass-bottom floors. Australia is home to some of the most romantic resorts in the world. Honeymoon suites on Bedarra Island are fabulous, featuring private plunge pools and spectacular ocean views. Browse more romantic getaways.
Getting away for a weekend is often the most practical option for many couples. Pick a destination within a few hours' drive from your city and indulge in a quick escape from the daily routine.
The Inn at Ocean's Edge in Maine is a quick weekend getaway from Boston and Portland. The inn has stylish guest rooms, a cozy fireplace and a gourmet restaurant. Other great romanitic options in Maine include The White Barn Inn and the eco-friendly Colony Hotel.
Southern California is home to some fantastic weekend spots, including the San Ysidro Ranch, the newly opened Terranea Resort, Hollywood Regency-style Viceroy Palm Springs and The Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
If you are looking for a wine tasting getaway from Atlanta, try Chateau Elan which has its own vineyard and a spa. Or you can visit Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains from Washington D.C. and stay at Keswick Hall.
If you are looking for a luxury resort with a little bit of everything, get away to The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona. You can play golf, get massaged at the spa and work out at the fitness center.
The brand new Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico has 45 luxury villas with their own private pools.
In Florida, Sanibel Harbour Resort offers couples massage in a unique setting. Other luxury romantic getaways in Florida include Acqualina, The Breakers Hotel, Ginn Hammock Beach Resort, One Ocean Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Doral Golf Resort and Mandarin Oriental Miami.
Fiji is another favorite with couples looking to re-connect. Stay at the eco-friendly Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands and learn about environmental preservation from the experts. You can take a scuba diving lesson on a beautiful coral reef. The luxurious Vatulele Island in Fiji has just 18 villas, providing the ultimate in privacy in attentive service. Lomalagi is popular with honeymooners, offering all-inclusive rates and many activities.
Australia offers an abundance of fabulous romantic getaways. Whether you want to stay at the stylish Palazzo Versace designed by the famous designer Donatella Versace, or on a tiny secluded Wilson Island, the choice is yours. If you love to snorkel and scuba dive, stay right on the Great Barrier Reef at Heron Island, Bedarra Island, or Lizard Island. You'll be able to dive in literally from your room.
Bathe in the healing mineral waters of Palm Springs when you visit The Well Spa at Miramonte. Try the river bench water therapy for couples.
Visit Big Sur and stay at the ultra-romantic Post Ranch Inn, offering spectacular views of the coastline, organic food and innovative healing treatments.
A stay at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs will let you combine a relaxing spa vacation with outdoor activities and adventures. The spa at the Broadmoor offers many treatments for men and women. Another romantic mountain spot is the Peaks Resort in Telluride.
There are many brand new city spas which make a quick spa getaway easier than ever. In Boston, the new Mandarin Oriental has a 16,000-square-foot holistic spa with state-of-the-art facilities, including restful meditation areas. In New York City, there is the new Peninsula Spa by ESPA and the new spa at The Carlyle.
If you have time for a trip across the border to Canada, The Fairmont Palliser in Calgary will let you combine outdoor activities with soothing massages at the spa. The romantic Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island has an Aveda-concept spa and rooms with spectacular ocean views. Surrounded by pristine nature in the Canadian Rockies, The Fairmont Banff Springs features a European-style resort spa and a 27-hole championship golf course. Painted Boat Resort is a brand new vacation getaway in British Columbia with a spa and 31 villa accommodations.
The Ali'i Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort in Waikiki is great for couples. A stylish hotel within a hotel, The Ali'i Tower has its own pool, check-in area and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. You'll be just steps from the sandy Hawaiian beach. A benefit of staying at a large resort like the Hilton Hawaiian Village is access to an array of facilities, services and dining options.
Travelers who have visited the isand of Tahaa in French Polynesia claim that it is one of the most romantic places on the planet. Scents of vanilla float through the air from the island's vanilla farms. Stay at Le Taha'a Private Island Resort, set on its own little motu, offering over-water bungalows.
More ideas: 20 Relaxing Tropical Island Vacations.
More Destinations for Couples: Augusta, GA
Augusta is a gracious southern city whose river-side location, tree-lined avenues and wonderful historic district and offer visitors the perfect weekend destination. You can learn all about the turbulent history of the area at the Augusta Museum of History which focuses on all aspects of regional history including the railroad, healthcare and even banking. There are several well-preserved historic homes that you can visit including the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home (1859), Meadow Garden (1791) and the Ezekiel Harris House which dates back to the 1700's. The beautiful Augusta Downtown Historic District is home to dozens of buildings in many architectural styles, several of which are open to the public.
Art enthusiasts can feast their eyes on five galleries of fine art at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art or see a large collection of art from the American south at the Morris Museum of Art which is situated along the popular Riverwalk, which hosts the outdoor Candlelight Jazz Series each summer. You can watch a show at the amazing Imperial Theatre (built in the early 1800's) or listen to a production by the famous Symphony Orchestra Augusta.
If you are feeling energetic you can go hiking, cycling or wildlife viewing at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park or head to Pendleton King Park to enjoy the bird park, golf course and children's adventure playground.
Little Rock, AR
Plan your next weekend getaway to Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, to enjoy many historic attractions, unique museums and a variety of outdoor activities. First-time visitors can get a good overview of the city by jumping aboard the River Rail Electric Streetcar, which stops at many of the city highlights including the Arkansas State Capitol, where you can go on a guided tour of the very impressive century-old building.
If you enjoy history you can visit the Museum of Discovery, the Old State House Museum, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the unique William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. For something completely different you can take a tour of the most unusual ESSE Purse Museum which showcases handbags through the ages. The vibrant Arkansas Arts Center and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre are magnets for arts enthusiasts, while the Tuesday and Saturday Farmer's Market in River Market District provides a great draw-card for foodies.
There are many miles of walking, hiking and cycling trials that connect various parts of the city - you can walk across the Big Dam Bridge or take on the extensive 88- mile Arkansas River Trail System.
Children can see a variety of wildlife including butterflies, pelicans and turtles at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center or have fun at the Little Rock Zoo and the Peabody Splash Park in Riverfront Park.
The Catskills, NY
Smart city dwellers can escape the stress of the concrete jungle and unwind in the peace and serenity of the Catskills, just an hour or two from New York City. The very scenic area encompasses a series of mountainous and forested areas just west of the Hudson River, all protected within the 700,000 acre Catskill Park. The entire area offers a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing and water sports in the summer, and exciting skiing in winter. Some of the most popular resorts areas include Windham Mountain, Plattekill Mountain, Falling Waters Reserve, Hunter Mountain and Slide Mountain. At Hunter Mountain you can try out the longest and highest zip-line in the state, or take a more relaxing option on the Skyride Chair Lift.
If you can drag yourself away from the trails and skiing, you may like to visit a few of the local museums including Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville (telling the story of the importance of water), Empire State Railway Museum, the Fort Delaware Museum and the Handford Mills Museum, where you can see a genuine water-and-steam powered mill. Art lovers and Baby Boomers can take a nostalgic journey to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, built on the site of the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Rochester is best known as a hot-bed of technical innovation that brought names such as Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb to the world. In addition, Rochester is home to vineyards and wineries, breweries, great museums and excellent arts venues to keep visitors happily entertained. You can learn about the Kodak story at the George Eastman Museum, (situated in a beautiful Colonial-Revival Mansion), and then visit the Corning Museum of Glass and the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, (which pays tribute to the famous campaigner for women's rights during the Civil War).
Arts enthusiasts can visit the Memorial Art Gallery and Artisan Works or attend a musical recital at Kodak Hall in the Eastman Theatre. The Rochester City Ballet and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra are other popular entertainment choices.
Wine connoisseurs can choose from three separate wine trails through Finger Lakes Wine Country which is home to over 100 vineyards and wineries, and outdoor enthusiasts have a wide choice of great hiking, cycling or walking trails including the Genesee Riverway Trail which runs for 24miles along the scenic Genesee River.
Family attractions include The Strong - National Museum of Play, which is totally dedicated to the art of playing, Rochester Museum and Science Center (which has over 200 interactive exhibits and simulators) and the RMSC Strasenburg Planetarium, which features space-mission simulators and Saturday night laser shows.
Fredericksburg in Texas owes its distinct atmosphere to the German immigrants who established the city back in 1846, laying the foundations of a city that now showcases 19th century German architecture teamed with Texan hospitality. A good place to start your exploration would be Marktplatz (Market Square) where you will find the Vereins Kirch Museum, the oldest building in town. On either side of the square you can admire historic architecture as you stroll along Fredericksburg Main Street.
History buffs can increase their knowledge of military history by visiting the unique National Museum of the Pacific War, (where you will find the Admiral Nimitz Museum, the George H.W. Bush Gallery and the Japanese Peace Garden) and Fort Martin Scott, a U S Army outpost built in 1848. The Pioneer Museum Complex documents local history and you can tour nine of the eleven historic buildings on site.
Nature lovers can go hiking in the Old Tunnel State Park (where you have a chance to see millions of bats take to the air), Enchanted Rock State Park or along the Willow City Loop. The Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park is a great place to take the family for a picnic or to play some sports.
Fredericksburg is surrounded by vineyards and wineries you can visit for tours and tastings - there are several tour companies to take you around.