Anniversary getaways 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 Hawaii, the Caribbean, Florida or the Pacific years later.

Here are some of the best anniversary ideas around the world.

1. Anniversary Ideas in the United States

Anniversary Ideas in the United States
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Whether you live on the West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, The South or Southwest, there are many exciting weekend anniversary getaways just a short drive away.

Look up ideas from major cities in our weekend getaways section or continue reading below.

If you have time for a long weekend getaway, head to a beach town in Southern California, South Carolina, Massachusetts or Forida.

If you love outdoor adventure, escape to the U.S. Rocky Mountains for great hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

2. Anniversary Vacation Ideas in Europe

Anniversary Vacation Ideas in Europe
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From beautiful beaches in Italy, Spain and other Europen destinations to romantic cities and towns filled with famous museums and attractions, Europe is on everyone's list for a dream anniversary vacation.

Plan a road trip through several countries and relax at a spa, go downhill skiing in the winter, stay in a romantic castle hotel, and sample delicious local food year-round.

If you are looking for 1 year anniversary ideas, Europe is a great place to go.

3. Sinya on Lone Man Creek

Sinya on Lone Man Creek
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Sinya on Lone Man Creek is a unique weekend getaway in the Texas Hill Country, just 45 minutes from Austin.

Guests are accommodated in a 435-square-foot tent complete with a kitchenette, a romantic claw-foot tub and high-speed internet access. Take a long relaxing bath in the privacy of your own tent, surrounded by nature.

Relax outdoors on the terrace on the plush sofa with a beautiful view over the treetops. If you prefer to sway in a hammock, there is one hanging out on the deck as well.

In the morning you will wake up to the sounds of birds, surrounded by trees and fresh outdoor air. Each luxury tent has a kitchenette. If you are looking for unique anniversary ideas, this is a great place to visit.

Deer Lake Estates, Wimberley, Texas 78676, Phone: 713-502-3997

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4. The Poconos, Pennsylvania

The Poconos, Pennsylvania
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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.

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5. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet
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If you are looking for a unique golf vacation idea in Ireland, Mount Juliet is a beautiful estate where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor vacation activities in style.

The resort is known for its 18 hole signature golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Golf Academy. The hotel also offers tennis, croquet, horseback riding, fishing, clay target shooting and archery.

The resort is located on the banks of the River Nore, 75 miles south of Dublin, Ireland.

Minimalist in design, the hotel spa offers a number of treatments for both men and women. One can choose from day-long packages as well as individual treatments. The health club offers a 15-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium.

The 1,500-acre estate features formal gardens and numerous trails that can be explored on foot or by bike. The estate provides several different types of accommodations. The 32 rooms and suites are elegant and individually furnished. The Rose Garden Lodges and the Courtyard Rooms are more informal.

The formal Lady Helen Dining Room serves international cuisine. Dishes are prepared using fresh produce and herbs from the estate's own herb and vegetable gardens.

Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, +353 56 777 3000

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6. Loen Skylift - An Amazing Cable Car in Norway

Loen Skylift - An Amazing Cable Car in Norway
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Located above the Nordfjord in Stryn, the Loen Skylift is easily one of the most incredible attractions in all of Scandinavia.

The Loen Skylift is an aerial tramway/cable car system taking visitors up above the Nordfjord to the top of Mount hoven.

It travels up to a height of over 3,300 feet (1,000 m).

One of the steepest cable cars in the world, the Loen Skylift offers indescribable views of stunning Norwegian scenery in every direction as it makes its ascent. More info

6789 Loen, Norway, Phone: +47 57 87 59 00,

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7. Flying Trapeze in New York City

Flying Trapeze in New York City
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If you've ever wondered what it would be like to fly through the air like Spider-Man, here is your chance. Trapeze School New York makes it easy for even the absolute beginner to fly trapeze in 6 locations across the U.S.

The school offers classes for beginners as well as more advanced fliers in separate workshops. In New York, thrill seekers can test their courage in Manhattan outdoors at Pier 40 & South St. Seaport, and indoors at Long Island City. The company offers private and group classes in static trapeze and silks.

During the first lesson, you will learn the knee-hang and you may even be able to try a catch 23 feet in the air. Other locations include: Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago and Puerto Rico. If you are looking for anniversary trips on a budget, looking for nearby activities and attractions is the way to go.

231 W. 29th St., Suite 606 New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-242-8769

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8. Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in the Rainforest of Peru

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in the Rainforest of Peru
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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is a couples adventure getaway in the rain forest of Peru.

Located on an ecological reserve, the property has been hosting guests since 1978. There are 30 private cabanas and 3 suites built with local materials in native style.

Each bungalow is on stilts, complete with a terrace, hammocks, a single bedroom, mosquito nets and a private bathroom with filtered water. The rooms have no electricity or hot water (with the exception of the three Amazonica Suites which have solar heated showers).

A two-story wooden pavilion houses the dining room, bar, the main lounge and a mezzanine with rainforest views. The property is ideally located for a wildlife watching adventure - spot different wildlife species, ranging from giant macaws, to toucans, parrots, tapirs, owls, the Southern Amazon Red Squirrels, as well as a large variety of monkeys. Daily commercial flights connect Puerto Maldonado with Lima (a two-hour flight time) and Cusco (35 minutes).

Once you reach the Puerto Maldonado airport, take the bus to the city's river port, and then take a outboard motorboat to the lodge. It is about an hour-long canoe ride (15 Km. or 9 miles) downriver from Puerto Maldonado.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Rio Madre De Dios Km15, Puerto Maldonado, Peru, Phone: +51 1 6100400

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9. Ferntree Rainforest Lodge

Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
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Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is an eco-resort surrounded by a lush tropical reinforest near Cape Tribulation, between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park in Australia.

The lodge is within walking distance from the white-sandy beach. Enjoy a number of vacation activities such as kayaking, great snorkeling, fishing and birdwatching on your green tropical vacation.

The resort's beautiful gardens that surround low buildings are filled with colorful tropical birds and butterflies. The resort has two pools.

Poolside Rooms overlook the hotel's lagoon-style pool, while the Garden Rooms are surrounded by tropical gardens. Fly directly to Cairns and drive to the lodge, about two and half hours from the airport.

You'll have to cross the Daintree River by car ferry which is scheduled to run between 6am - 12 midnight every day, but it's a good idea to confirm the ferry schedule before you go. Coach transfers are also available from Cairns twice daily. Ask for more information when booking your stay at the lodge.

36 Camelot Cl, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia, Phone: +61 7 4098 0000

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10. Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Located on nine wooded acres just five minutes outside the town of Banff in Alberta, Canada, the Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a vacation getaway for outdoor adventurers.

In summer, go hiking, rock climbing, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and white water rafting. In winter, a shuttle bus can take you to nearby ski areas: Lake Louise, Sunshine Mountain and Mount Norquay.

The 108 guestrooms at the lodge are divided into three categories: Premier, Deluxe and One bedroom suites. All rooms have wood burning fireplaces great for a romantic vacation, cable television, duvet, a coffee maker. The One bedroom suites have kitchenettes and internet access available for a small fee.

The dining room and the Cilantro Mountain Cafe provide guests with a wide range of food choices on their vacation. The dining room serves innovative cuisine while the cafe offers Californian style meals and excellent pizza.

Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golfing are all available in the summer months. In the winter there are plenty of cross-country ski trails and the downhill ski areas of Mt. Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise are nearby.

The town of Banff is a 20-minute walk from the Lodge. The lodge is a 90-minute drive from Calgary International Airport. The hotel offers great vacation packages in low season.

700 Tunnel Mountain Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1B3, Canada, Phone: 800-661-1367

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11. Barbialla Nuova - Luxury Farmhouse Accommodation in Tuscany

Barbialla Nuova - Luxury Farmhouse Accommodation in Tuscany
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Fattoria Barbialla Nuova is a stunning organic farm and estate right in the heart of Tuscany. It offers full farmhouse accommodation for large families and groups, as well as smaller apartments for couples and solo travelers.

While staying at Fattoria Barbialla Nuova, guests can enjoy a wide range of unique activities and experiences on-site. Those interesting in extending their culinary knowledge can take a cooking class. More info

Via Casastrada, 49, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy, Phone: +39 320 834 2516

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12. Verve Rally GT/Supercar Adventures

Verve Rally GT/Supercar Adventures
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Verve Rally offers adventure travel experiences built around the power of GT and supercars. If you've ever wanted to drive a world class exotic car along the finest routes in the world, Verve Rally can make your dreams come true.

It's not about the finish line, it's about the journey. Each rally allows you to drive your own vehicle, or enjoy one of the luxury GT or supercars provided. More info

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13. Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace
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If Rome, Italy, is not for you, plan an anniversary vacation to the Caesars Palace Las Vegas. This full-service resort offers a choice of entertainment, luxury accommodations and an array of restaurants. The hotel is located on the Las Vegas Strip next to Bellagio Hotel and the Mirage.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace features a 4,100-seat theater. The Forum Shops offer 675,000 square feet of upscale shopping and restaurants. Enjoy a casual meal outdoors at the cafe next to the replica of the Trevi Fountain.

At night, walk to the Fountains of Bellagio to enjoy a romantic outdoor performance featuring water and music. Caesars Palace has recently renovated many of its rooms, including all of the Roman Tower rooms. Try the pool villa suites which are spacious and luxurious.

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3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 866-227-5938

14. Carneros Resort & Spa

Carneros Resort & Spa
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Carneros Resort & Spa in Napa Valley is a romantic getaway serving delicious dishes inspired by local, organic farm-fresh ingredients, and fabulous Wine Country wines.

The resort has a private dining room which can accommodate up to 18 guests, ideal for anniversary celebrations.

4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, California 94559, hone: 707-299-4900

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15. Luxor Hotel

Luxor Hotel
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A romantic getaway at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas is a unique experience.

Book one of the Pyramid Rooms which are located in the pyramid-shaped building and accessed via inclinators (elevators at a 39-degree angle).

If you want to splurge, the Spa suites, located in the corners of the pyramid, feature Egyptian decor and a large whirlpool tub next to the window. Entertainment choices include the Blue Man Group, Ra Nightclub, the Games of the Gods Arcade and, of course, the casino.

Luxor Hotel is home to an authentic reproduction of King Tutankhamun's tomb with King Tut's sarcophagus, statues, vases and other decorations. For best views of the interior of the Luxor pyramid, visit the Pharaoh's Pavilion.

Attractions in the pavilion include IMAX shows, shopping and dining. If you want to relax on your romantic getaway, book a treatment at the Oasis Spa or lounge by the pool.

3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, Phone: 702-262-4000

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16. Dive Hotel in Sydney

Dive Hotel in Sydney
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If you are looking for unique beach vacation ideas, check into Dive Hotel to enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and friendly atmosphere. This family run hotel is located on the Coogee beachfront, a few beaches south of the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Follow a waterfront walk to reach Bronte and Bondi Beaches.

Included in the room rate is complimentary buffet breakfast served in the breakfast room which opens out to the garden.

Ask for room number 1 or 2 which have the best views. Each guest room has a kitchenette where you can prepare your own meals. There are numerous restaurants nearby.

234 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034, Australia, Phone: +61 2 9665 5538

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17. Sunriver Resort in Oregon

Sunriver Resort in Oregon
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Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor destination for families and couples. Guests can choose from a wide variety of activities, including biking on 35 miles of paved bike paths, swimming in four pools, tennis, horseback riding, canoeing, whitewater rafting and shopping.

For the more adventurous, the concierge can provide trail maps for off-road mountain biking. In the winter, you can ski at Mt. Bachelor, about 20 miles from the property.

The Sage Springs Club and Spa is a 35,000 square foot facility that offers a wide range of therapeutic body and beauty treatment, such as natural body scrubs, personalized facials and aroma-therapy body wraps.

There are three 18-hole championship golf courses: Crosswater, Meadows and Woodlands, and a nine-hole putting course. Programs are offered for kids during certain seasons.

There are 209 Lodge Village guest rooms and over 280 private homes and condominiums which are very convenient for families. The Lodge Village rooms and suites feature wood-burning fireplaces and private decks. There are three restaurants to choose from. Meadows At The Lodge, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers panoramic views of Cascade Mountains. The restaurant serves Pacific Northwest classics, healthy salads and a children's menu. The Grille at Crosswater is open only to resort guests for fine dining. Informal deli-style meals are served at Merchant Trader Cafe. The Owl's Nest pub serves microbrews, Oregon wines, light snacks and the Meadows menu.

Once you book your room, be sure to call and reserve your golf tee times. The hotel is 180 miles (about 3 hours and 30 minutes) from Portland. The closest commercial airport is located in Redmond, about 45 minutes by car north of Sunriver. United Airlines/United Express and Alaska Airlines/Horizon fly there. The airport is available to chartered and private planes. More info

17600 Center Dr, Sunriver, Oregon 97707, Phone: 541-593-1000

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18. W New Orleans - French Quarter

W New Orleans - French Quarter
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W New Orleans has hip decor inspired by jazz which makes New Orleans so famous.

The W is located near many wonderful restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries and bistros. Nearby attractions include the historic Jackson Square, and Bourbon Street. If you are looking for anniversary ideas in the South, this is a great place to stay.

New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop redesigned the guest rooms which now feature modern blacks and whites mixed with vibrant gold tones and rich primary colors relevant to the room design motif.

The property's tarot designed rooms channel the mystic spirit of the city with decor inspired by the voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

All guest rooms have new 40-inch Plasma TVs and the ability to stream movies, photos and presentations from portable devices directly onto the TVs.

The brand new, state-of-the-art SWEAT fitness facility offers cardiovascular fitness and personal training programs using free and machine weights from Technogym. More things to do in New Orleans

316 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Phone: 504-581-1200

19. Eatwith - Culinary Experiences for Travelers

Eatwith - Culinary Experiences for Travelers
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Meeting locals and exchanging with them can sometimes be difficult when you’re on your own, but Eatwith makes the whole process so much easier, facilitating cultural exchanges through exciting culinary experiences.

Every single user is covered by a very impressive insurance policy. Not only that, but all hosts have to go through a thorough vetting and selection process before being featured on the Eatwith platform, and travelers get the option to leave reviews of hosts too, letting you learn a lot about the people you'll be meeting up with before you actually have to book anything.

20. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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Spas offer a great way to relax and unwind. Once you check-in to a spa resort, all you have to do is leave your room and head down to the wellness center for a nice relaxing 90-minute massage. If you really want to relax, at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California, you can check-in to your very own signature spa suite.

There are seven specially appointed Signature Spa Guest Rooms, all located on the garden level of the main building. Sliding glass doors open onto a patio with lounge chairs and allow convenient access to the Gazebo Lawn and coastal trail.

Since the Signature Spa Guest Rooms are located right next to the 16,000-square-foot spa a multitude of exotic treatments are only steps away.

The relaxation doesn't stop when you check out either. Guests receive complimentary pair of Kashwere slippers tucked inside a cotton knapsack and a complimentary take-home Zents travel kit.

Rates begin at $575, and include a dedicated Spa Concierge, a ten percent discount on all treatments, overnight parking, and resort fee.

1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California 94019, Phone: 650 712-7000

21. Hotel Savoy in Florence

Hotel Savoy in Florence
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The Hotel Savoy in Florence has recently completed a renovation of its luxury suites. The number of rooms in the hotel has been reduced from 107 to 102, making space for some new suites and allowing the other suites to be enlarged.

The hotel now has 14 suites. The Suite Repubblica is the most prestigious, while the Suite Signoria and the Suite Brunelleschi both have a private steam room equipped with chromotherapy and aromatherapy facilities. The Executive and Classic one bedroom suites have two rooms, a living room and a bedroom with a bathroom. All these suites feature two Bang and Olufsen satellite televisions as well as a DVD player.

There is no such thing as a "cheap" suite and the suites at the Savoy Hotel are definitely not cheap. However, if Florence is your dream vacation destination than a room at the Savoy will only make your vacation that much more memorable. The suites at the Hotel Savoy are an ideal choice for a luxury anniversary getaway. More places to visit in Italy

Piazza della Repubblica, 7, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy, Phone: +39 055 27351

22. Anniversary at La Costa Resort & Spa

Anniversary at La Costa Resort & Spa
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La Costa Resort & Spa, located in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, California, is famous for its championship golf and a relaxing spa. The resort has debuted newly redesigned luxury guest rooms and suites.

"The makeover of La Costa's guestrooms and suites not only breathes fresh air into the property, but truly captures a level of transformation that elevates guests’ experiences and memories," said Paul McCormick, vice president and general manager of La Costa. The rooms feature stylish color palette of blues, greens and terra cotta which complement the beautiful outdoor scenery. Guests will be able to enjoy rich fabrics, striking artwork and dramatic headboard. More weekend getaways in California

2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, California 92009, Phone: 760-438-9111

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