Away from the stress of daily routines and interruptions, true love blooms. Romantic getaways allow couples to rekindle their passion in beautiful settings, and silver screen rom coms provide plenty of inspiration for choosing picture-perfect, romantic backdrops. Consider these five dream-worthy locations:
Newport, Rhode Island
Inspiration: Dan in Real Life, 27 Dresses, and Me, Myself & Irene.
Gorgeous beaches, rolling green hills, cobblestone streets, and historic mansions provide luxurious settings for a seaside escape. No longer an exclusive playground for the wealthy, Newport is a vibrant, enchanting city that offers surfing, scuba diving, and more. Treasure hunt at quaint antique shops, visit museums, or drive around and gaze in awe at the opulent mansions.
Inspiration: Sleepless in Seattle, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Life or Something Like It.
Living up to the laid-back reputation of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a place to indulge both urban and rustic senses. Film-inspired destinations include the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Fremont, home to a giant troll sculpture featured in various movies. Natural treasure Mount Rainier rests nearby. Enhance the romance with adrenaline rushes from zip lining, kitesurfing, and skydiving.
Inspiration: My Best Friend's Wedding, While You Were Sleeping, and Never Been Kissed.
Chicago holds its own when it comes to serving as a dreamy backdrop for lovebirds. Unique architecture and miles of beaches make the Windy City visually appealing, and world-class museums and performance venues satisfy cultural cravings. Not to be outdone, the food is sublime. Recognizable movie landmarks include Union Station, Wabash Avenue Bridge, and Willis (Sears) Tower. For the quintessential Chicago experience, shop on the Magnificent Mile and take in the view from the observation deck of 360 Chicago.
Inspiration: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 50 First Dates, and Punch-Drunk Love.
Dodge the crowds on the South Shore by planning the perfect North Shore getaway filled with beaches, scenery, and stargazing. Cliff jump at scenic La'ie Point, or opt for a more relaxing encounter at Kawela Bay, home of a secluded beach and a famous banyan tree that has appeared in numerous movies.
Inspiration: Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
London is often the epicenter of romance in silver screen love stories. Visit the familiar landmarks in person to really set the mood. Movie set locations include Greenwich Park and the Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames near the notorious Tower of London. First erected after the Norman Conquest in 1066, the Tower once served as a prison but is now home to the Crown Jewels. Worn by British monarchs for coronations and special events, the collection is a must-see for couples seeking history mixed with romance. For a more modern date, hire a private capsule on the London Eye.
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