Any post-nuptial getaway should include some relaxation, maybe a little spa time, and great food. Here, we explore some of the most romantic things to do in some of the most interesting areas in the world.

By Dana R . Butler

San Francisco

There are lots of iconic places to stroll throughout the city of San Francisco. Telegraph Hill offers some special surprises as a reward for climbing the steep stairs to the top: a great view and perhaps an encounter with the Hill’s flock of wild parrots. You also can walk across the Golden Gate Bridge for an unrivaled perspective on the area. You can while away an afternoon ambling through the Victorian-era, wood-and-glass Conservatory of Flowers (conservatoryofflowers.org) located inside Golden Gate Park. Also located in the park is the Herzog & de Meuron– designed de Young Museum (deyoung.famsf.org), which houses a significant permanent art collection in addition to rotating exhibitions. Friday Nights at the de Young include special after-hours performances, film screenings and more. sanfrancisco.travel

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Napa Valley

This famed wine region is rife with charisma and lots and lots of grapes. Most wineries do not serve food, so order a 35_1picnic from Oakville Grocery (oakvillegrocery.com) and then head to the Peju Province Winery (peju.com) to do a tasting and explore the sprawling gardens or hike up Mount Helena for a spectacular view of the valley. You can get back to nature at nearby Lake Berryessa; dip your toes at Pleasure Cove or hike the hills and do a little birdwatching. Don’t miss what might be the most romantic restaurant in the area, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon (thomaskeller.com) in Yountville, and snag something delicious for breakfast the next day at the adjacent Bouchon Bakery. visitnapavalley.com

 

Barcelona

Barcelona sits on the Iberian Peninsula, perched on the edge of the Mediterranean and bordered by the Collserola Port Vell, Barcelonamountain range. You can spot buildings designed by Catalan Art Nouveau master Gaudí throughout the city (don’t miss La Sagrada Familia, sagradafamilia.org, still under construction after more than 100 years), as well as many other examples of this distinctive style. You may get lost in the Gothic quarter, in which you can find buildings that date back to medieval times. In the summer, take a cable car up the mountain to the hilltop Montjuïc Castle (salamontjuic.org) and catch a movie in the moat (now essentially a lush lawn); bring a blanket and a bottle of cava. Strolling through the neighborhood of Montjuïc on a weekend evening, you’ll see the dancing water and lights of the Magic Fountain, which dates from 1929. Another feast for your senses is attending a concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana (palaumusica.cat); the concert hall is a kaleidoscope of colorful stained glass, mosaics and sculpture. barcelonaturisme.com

 

Singapore

The modern metropolis of Singapore boasts a number of ways to get above it all. First, get a 360-degree view across Indonesia and Malaysia from the 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar (1-altitude.com), the highest al fresco bar in the world at more than 925 feet above the ground. From that perch, you have a good view of the Marina Bay Sands hotel (marinabaysands.com), which has a vertiginous infinity pool on the 57th floor, an open-to-the-public observation deck, and a twice (thrice on weekends) nightly light show (replete with lasers, water jets and fire geysers) that is visible from all over the city. The Singapore Flyer (singaporeflyer.comis a 42-story Ferris wheel on which you can enjoy a four-course dinner or book a Champagne and chocolate trip around the wheel. On the ground, the venerable Raffles Hotel (raffles.com) opened its doors in 1887. Explore the beautiful Colonial structure and then hit the Long Bar for a Singapore Sling invented here in the 1920s. yoursingapore.com

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Savannah

Savannah, Georgia, is a walking city, perfect for exploring and filled with quaint and scenic squares and live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. If 24 blocks of Southern mansions and monuments to various generals is too much, a PHOTOS 2013 - historic_district_0313_geoffsphotos_19.jpgcarriage tour (savannahcarriage.com) of the historic district is ideal for cuddling and sightseeing. Another adventure can be found at the Bonaventure Cemetery. Formerly the Bonaventure Plantation, the 150-year-old graveyard, which gained notoriety with the publication and subsequent film adaptation of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”—is now home to elaborate burial vaults and sculptures that overlook the Wilmington River. Another location connected to John Berendt’s novel is the historic Hamilton-Turner Inn (hamilton-turnerinn.com), an 1873 mansion turns hotel that oozes Southern charm. savannah.com

 

Maui

The island of Maui is famous for its striking and dramatic natural beauty, so many of the most romantic activities 11218involve simply taking in the majesty. The summit of Mount Haleakala can take approximately two hours to reach by car, but it’s worth the trip for a sunrise or sunset viewing experience like no other. In Kula, you can take a sweet-smelling tour of the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. Then visit the 18,000-acre Ulupalakua Ranch (ulupalakuaranch.com), Maui’s second largest cattle ranch and home to the island’s only winery. A wonderful day trip (or stay overnight—it’s not a road to be on after dark) is driving the old Hana highway (roadtohana.com), which hugs every curve of the island and offers multiple opportunities to stop, swim, explore, and take pictures. gohawaii.com

 

New Orleans

The French Quarter is likely the most famous section of this Southern city known for its intricate wrought-iron balconies and lively jazz clubs. Don’t miss dinner on Café Amelie’s (cafeamelie.com) enchanting 150-year-old courtyard, and it’s practically a requirement to have a French 75 at Arnaud’s bar (arnaudsrestaurant.com) of the same name and beignets with coffee and chicory (early morning or late-night) at Café Du Monde (cafedumonde.com). A fun way to explore the city is to take the St. Charles Streetcar (the oldest continually operating line in the country) past a host of antebellum mansions. Looking for antiques? Stroll down Royal Street in the Quarter or Magazine Street in the Garden District. GoNola.com

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Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, is a vibrant city on the Pacific coast that is the most densely populated in Canada. The Sea to Sky Gondola (seatoskygondola.com) affords its riders sweeping views of Howe Sound as does a walk across the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge accessible from the top. Vancouver also boasts the world’s longest waterfront path, Vancouverwhich includes the Stanley Park Seawall, a prime spot for biking. Nestled within the city is Granville Island (granvilleisland.com), an artistic community with a bustling market offering some great produce, pastries and crafts. In addition, the island features restaurants, galleries shops and more to round out your visit. tourismvancouver.com