Anniversary celebrations provide a great excuse to take a trip to a far away destination or check into a nearby inn for some rest and relaxation. Many couples who could not afford a luxury honeymoon when they got married, can make their dreams come true with the perfect anniversary trip to Maui, the Caribbean, Florida or the Pacific years later. If you are looking for romantic ideas from major U.S. cities, we've already written about weekend getaways from NYC, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and other cities. Here are the best anniversary ideas.
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»Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
»Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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»La Costa Resort & Spa
»Hotel Savoy in Florence
»Dive Hotel in Sydney
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The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Truly a nature lover’s paradise, the stunning mountain slopes, flowered valleys, and crystal clear lakes make the Poconos a top destination for those seeking beauty and tranquility in Pennsylvania. Tourists have been flocking to the Delaware Water Gap at the Poconos for years, and with good reason. Considered one of the world’s top natural wonders, this area features some of the most scenic roads and beautiful trails in the world. To experience crystal clear waterfalls, venture into the Pocono Mountains and make your way to the Bushkill Falls. There are eight waterfalls in total, each level with its own breathtaking view. Spread across nearly 16,000 acres of land, the Hickory Run State Park is a top spot for orienteering, disc golf and recreation. It even has a great swimming beach.
The Poconos have their own interesting histories as well. The mountains are home to the oldest running anthracite coal mine in Pennsylvania, the No. 9 Coal Mine. The mine offers guided tours into the mountainside that are both memorable and eerie. Visitors can also experience the unique German heritage of Pennsylvania at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. Tours are led by guides dressed in traditional clothing and take visitors through the 114 acres of farm land. For those interested in Native American culture, visit the Pocono Indian Museum to examine tools, garments, weapons, and other artifacts of the Delaware Indians while learning about their customs and culture.
There’s no way you can go wrong with a quick weekend getaway to Denver thanks to its historic attractions, awesome museums, and welcoming parks. The Denver Art Museum was established in 1992 and is home to a permanent collection of over 68,000 pieces of art. Their collection comes from all over the world and make the Denver Art Museum one of the West’s largest. Browse the works of more than 80 internationally recognized architects and a vast collection of international decorative art at the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. On the other hand, the Forney Museum of Transportation is a unique museum to visit and takes visitors through an unrivaled collection of transportation artifacts through history.
Another noteworthy museum is the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which is dedicated to educating all visitors about Colorado’s natural history and that of the surrounding Rocky Mountain region. To soak up the fantastic vistas of alpine landscape and enjoy various recreational activities, stop by the 28-mile-long Mount Evans Scenic Byway Corridor. The Denver Botanic Gardens are just as breathtaking and feature a glass conservatory, natural meadows, and a sunken amphitheater among other things. Don’t forget to get up close and personal with over 4,000 animals at the popular Denver Zoo. Read more: Romantic Getaways in Colorado.
Santa Clarita, California
If you are searching for the perfect weekend getaway destination in Southern California, look no further than the action packed Santa Clarita. Perhaps the greatest modern claim to fame for Santa Clarita, Six Flags Magic Mountain is home to towering and adrenaline pumping roller coasters. Thrill seekers across the globe love it here, but for those who aren’t keen to try this sort of sensations, tamer options are also available. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is Magic Mountain’s waterpark counterpart and has all the best ways to beat the heat like the Lazy River, waterslides, and more. For a more nature driven experience, visit the Gibbon Conservation Center, and learn all about the tiny and adorable Gibbons while touring the facility.
Similarly, the Gentle Barn is a haven for animal lovers and houses over 170 animals that have been rescued from abusive homes. In the Upper Barnyard, cuddling the animals is allowed and encouraged. Nature lovers will not be at a loss in Santa Clarita. Visit the Vasquez Rocks for fairly easy climbs, and a great view of the rocky formations. Fans of “Star Trek IV”, “New Girl” or “Friends” may even recognize this location from the movie and shows. Visitors can also trek over 70 miles across the city at the Santa Clarita Trails, a favored and dog friendly recreational trail with basic amenities. Read more: Romantic Southern California Vacation Ideas.
Quebec City, Canada
A glimpse at Quebec City’s sterling skyline is all it takes to fall in love with this charming European styled city. Arguably the best way to see the city is to walk through it. At Old Quebec, visitors will quite literally walk along 400 years of the city’s history with stop-along ancient ramparts, fortifications, and citadels. One such stop is the La Citadelle de Quebec, a star-shaped military base built in 1820 that is still being used to this day. Another is the Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, a Catholic cathedral that was established in 1674 and features marvelous stained glass windows from Paris.
Quebec City is also home to great museums, one of which is the Musee de la Civilisation, which delves into the origins of French influence in Canada and tells the story of country’s aboriginal tribes. To admire art dating back to the 17th century, visit the Musee National des Beux-Arts du Quebec where permanent exhibits feature the works of influential Quebecois artists along with some fabulous pieces by Van Gosh and Monet among others. History buffs should definitely make time for the Musee du Fort as well to learn about the French and English battles for Canadian land and to watch great historical videos.
Budding historians, war buffs, and museum goers alike will find their wonderland in the historic city of Montgomery. It is a city that has played an incredibly large role in shaping American history as the capital of the Confederate States of America and the starting point of the Civil Rights Movement. Understanding and learning about America’s Civil Rights Movement begins at its memorial center. Here, visitors can view galleries and interactive exhibits about the movement’s martyrs, see the Wall of Tolerance, and more. There is more information to be gotten about the movement at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, which is dedicated to the courageous stand of Rosa Parks in 1955. The figurehead of the Civil Right’s Movement was undoubtedly Dr. Martin Luther King. His home in Montgomery can be explored via the Dexter Parsonage Museum.
For those curious about the American Civil War, the First White House of the Confederacy is a great place to visit for informational tidbits. This gorgeous Italianate mansion housed the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. The Alabama State Capitol is not only a landmark, it’s also a museum that sheds light on the state’s political and historical past. It is situated at the top of what was previously called Goats Hill and is a magnificent sight to behold on its own. Don’t forget to stop by Old Alabama Town to see a carefully restored collection of 19th to 20th century buildings in this town-turned-historical-museum. Read more: Best Weekend Getaways in Alabama.
A university town nestled in the Gallatin Valley and surrounded by the majestic Rockies, Bozeman is a lively vacation spot at any time in the year. At a towering 80-feet tall, the Palisade Falls is one of Bozeman’s top hiking locations for families traveling with children. After an easy hike, a picnic area welcomes families at the base of the waterfalls. Nature lovers would be remiss to skip a visit to the Gallatin River. Named after Albert Gallatin, the river is 120 miles in length and famous for great whitewater rafting trips. Jump head first into a personal encounter with some of Montana’s legendary grizzlies and learn about these beautiful bears at the Montana Grizzly Encounter.
Bozeman has its own fair share of captivating museums, one of which is the Museum of the Rockies. Here, visitors can examine a real skull and thigh bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex in addition to other fantastic exhibits. If you’re keen to see artifacts like the original Apollo Moon Mission Guidance Computer or one of the original copies of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, then the American Computer Robotics Museum is a must-see. A definite hit for kids is the Children’s Museum of Bozeman, which offers educational opportunities for inquisitive minds via experiential learning and attractive exhibits. Read more: 25 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Montana
Whether you’re eager for a romantic getaway or simply want to spend some time out of town with the kids, the city of Galena in Illinois is a fantastic choice. A huge chunk of Galena is on the National Register for Historic Places, so it would only make sense to start your exploration with one of its many historical sites. Explore the home of Ulysses S. Grant, a former Civil War General and America’s 18th President. The home is filled with artifacts that previously belonged to the Grant family and great for tours. Another home that merits a visit is the Elihu B. Washburne House, which features a lovely Greek-Revival style of architecture. You can also catch a forging demonstration by experts at the Old Blacksmith Shop. Opened in 1897, the shop now houses a museum that details the process of forging and its role in Galena.
Discover 220 acres of mountain and snow perfect for winter sports at the Chestnut Mountain Resort. It also features 19 snowboard trails that reach up to 3,500 feet in length. The most stunning view of the Mississippi River bluffs can be found at the Casper Bluff and Water Reserve. This is also a great spot for walking, bird watching, hiking, and sightseeing. For a slice of heavenly gardens and utter relaxation, visit the Linmar Gardens and wander through various themed gardens such as the Sunken Garden and the Four Seasons Garden. Read more: 25 Best Romantic Getaways in Illinois.
Largely regarded as the best entry point to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville is a fantastic vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous travelers alike. One of the best places in Knoxville to spend some time outdoor is the World Fair Park. Be sure to catch the geysers and fountains in action or stick around for a live performance. The Ijams Nature Center has become a local favorite as it houses the city’s only outdoor rock climbing area. A visit to the center also caters to relaxing picnics and enjoyable canoe trips. Animal lovers should head to one of Knoxville’s most popular attractions, the Knoxville Zoo. The zoo houses over 900 animals from around the globe, and guests are welcome to feed a giraffe, ride a camel, or catch a show at the Forest Theater.
Knoxville has an interesting history as well. Some of the best and award-winning exhibits about the state’s history can be found in the East Tennessee History Center. On the other hand, dinosaur bones, human origins, and civil war exhibits can be viewed and enjoyed at the special exhibits of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. For those keen on admiring the best artwork that East Tennessee has to offer however, head to the Knoxville Museum of Art and examine amazing permanent exhibits and world’s largest figural glass installation. More Weekend Getaways in Tennessee.
There’s no denying that Williamsburg is a curious city to visit. Partly a lively college town and partly a living museum, Williamsburg is home to some incredible historic sights dating back to its foundation in 1632. Walk along the same paths that the first British colonists settled in at Historic Jamestowne. The site, now actively being excavated, showcases thousands of incredible archaeological artifacts. Be transported back in time to the 17th or 18th century at Colonial Williamsburg. The homes and buildings in the area have been carefully restored for a unique and memorable sightseeing experience. Not to be missed is the Governor’s Palace, which was built in 1706 and has housed seven royal governors and Virginia’s two first electoral governors.
When you’ve had your fill of historical sites, explore the blooming art movement of Williamsburg at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes some incredible pieces by Hans Hoffman, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Broaden your understanding of art at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, where up and coming local craftsmen and self-trained artists exhibit their bold and colorful work. Braver travelers and history buffs can also visit the Public Hospital Museum, which was a center for the mentally ill in the 18th century. While exhibits can get a bit bizarre, the information and history of the hospital is truly interesting. Read more: 25 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Virginia.
Sitting on the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain is the vibrant and attractive city of Burlington, Vermont. One of the older institutions in the city is the Fleming Museum of Art, which was first opened in 1931. It features 25,000 pieces of art and artifacts for viewing. On the other hand, at the Frog Hollow Craft Center, rotating exhibits of pottery, glass, paintings and more can be admired up close. Art fanatics will love the encouraging vibe of the Burlington Arts Center as it promotes a meaningful experience with art for visitors and residents alike. With Lake Champlain being a vast body of water, the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center was established to provide educational galleries and exhibits of the lake’s varied inhabitants.
For a unique historical and gastronomical experience of the city, join a Burlington Edible History Tour and learn about various beloved traditions and the growing farm-to-table philosophy that the locals adore. Beer lovers will get a kick out of the Burlington Brew Tours as well, which leads guests into the production process of craft beers. Tours end on a pleasurable note with a tasting session of the brewery’s best drafts. On a sunny day, visitors can enjoy a full afternoon of relaxation and swimming at the North Beach Park, a sandy beach on the lovely Lake Champlain.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
A burgeoning art scene, diverse attractions and miles upon miles of breathtaking beaches are just a little bit of what can be expected from a vacation at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Art enthusiasts can view over 6,000 pieces of contemporary and 20th century art at the 75,000 square foot space of the NSU Art Museum. Fort Lauderdale’s history is also timelessly preserved in the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Visitors to the museum can also treat themselves to tours like the Orchid Greenhouse or Private Living Quarters Tour. Families traveling with youngsters will love a trip to the Museum of Discovery and Science where fascinating displays and eye catching exhibits inspire a desire for learning.
The top destination in Fort Lauderdale, however, are undoubtedly the beaches. With over 23 miles of gorgeous sandy coastlines, beach bums, and sun worshippers can spend the whole day just enjoying being by the ocean. Many of the beaches have been certified as Blue Wave Beaches, meaning they’re clean, safe and ready for utter enjoyment. For more beach fun and outdoor sports, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park makes the perfect venue, too. Those looking for fun and relaxation can enjoy food festivals, public concerts and even kayaking at the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Read more: 25 Best Romantic Beach Vacations in Florida.
Are you ready to be transported back in time to the Industrial Age of America? At Lowell, Massachusetts, landmarks, attractions, and museums take visitors through some of the most exciting times in the country’s industrial revolution. Learn about the production process of textiles and the inner workings of a cotton mill while enjoying an easy walk and self-guided tour at the Lowell National Historic Park. Visitors can learn even more about cotton mills at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. There, items such as authentic mill equipment and industrial looms can be examined. A unique museum destination in Lowell is the New England Quilt Museum, which is home to over 400 antique and contemporary quilts.
Other notable museums in the area include the National Street Car Museum, the perfect stop for fans of trains and trolleys, and the Whistler House Museum of Art. Lowell has a more diverse heritage than one might think, and all of these community and cultural influences come together in fantastic exhibits at the Mogun Cultural Center. Other great activities to enjoy in Lowell are hilarious shows and live music at the Back Page Jazz and Comedy Club and leisurely kayaking trips at the UMass Lowell Kayak Center.
30 Best Anniversary Vacation Ideas
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- Sinya on Lone Man Creek
- El Secreto Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize, Photo Credit: El Secreto Beach Resort
- Mount Juliet
- Angsana Ihuru Maldives
- Flying Trapeze in New York City
- Reserva Amazonica in the Rainforest of Peru, Photo Credit: Reserva Amazonica
- Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
- Buffalo Mountain Lodge
- Cavalli Beach House
- The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
- Caesars Palace
- Carneros Inn
- La Costa Resort & Spa
- Hotel Savoy in Florence
- Luxor Hotel
- Dive Hotel in Sydney, Photo Credit: Dive Hotel in Sydney
- Sunriver Resort in Oregon, Photo Credit: Sunriver Resort
- W New Orleans - French Quarter, Photo Credit: W Hotels