East of Eden
If you’re in this city and want to declare your love in a special way, check out this hot spot. Here, tradition encourages couples to fasten a padlock to a nearby structure as a symbol of their everlasting love and toss the key into the River Seine. Some citizens object to the practice, but lovers from all over the world have made this spot a romantic must-see.
The seat of romance
There is a 100-year-old stone bench overlooking the rolling fields of a college campus in upstate New York with a history of romantic tales. The bench was presented to the school by the graduating class of 1912. The legend grew and spread mouth-to-mouth.
If you’re in Japan and feeling romantic, make your way to the place where two sacred stones rest inside a shrine dedicated to the god of “good match-making.” Single visitors who succeed in walking from one stone to the other with their eyes closed will find true love, and the love of any couple who can connect the stones in the same way will last forever.
Tread the path of two of the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers at this house and its adjoining chapel in northern Italy. Kiss beneath the famous balcony, or add your love note to the thousands of others stuck in the stone walls.
Engineers blasted a pathway through the mountains to link two isolated mountain towns in the 1920s, and over time the trail became a meeting place for lovers from the two villages as well as a way for merchants to trade and neighbors to go back and forth. Today, this famous walkway still has spectacular views and plenty of romance.
Elevate your love
Take your love to a higher place by ascending a famous Manhattan landmark that has been the site of ultra-romantic rendezvous in two classic movies. Avoid the rush and go late at night, when there are fewer people and romance is at its peak.
The god of love
For 120 years, Eros has been pointing his love-laden arrows at people passing through one of the busiest junctions in this ancient-city-turned-modern-capital. Lovers take photos in front of the statue to commemorate their commitment to each other and then share a tender kiss in his shadow.
Romantic road trip
There’s a 90-mile stretch of highway along the California coast that is one of the most romantic drives in the world. The road winds through rocky cliffs with the Pacific Ocean stretching away below, and there are lookout points along the way to provide occasional breaks, spectacular views and romantic inspiration. So rev up the convertible and hit the road.
This natural wonder that straddles the international border between the United States and Canada has been a frequent destination for newlyweds over the past 200 years. But you don’t have to be honeymooning to appreciate the mystic beauty and romantic spirit of the place.