Goshen, Vermont, USA
Nestled in the heart of America’s Green Mountain National Forest is Romance Mountain. A scenic two hour drive south of Vermont, this is a romantic road trip for all seasons. Lush green canopies in spring and summer are transformed into vibrant reds and oranges in the New Hampshire ‘fall colour’ season. Winter brings snow, and plenty of it, for skiing, snow-shoeing or snuggling up in front of an open fire in one of Vermont’s traditional inns.
Shades of Autumn – Anthony Quintano
Couples who argue over map reading may want to whip out a satnav on this trip. Around an hour’s drive west out of Munich, Kissing is close to nearby Stadtwald Augsburg – a city forest. Romantic walks through the woods, kissing and holding hands await you; if you read the map correctly. Best not to mistake it for Bad Kissingen, located some 300km to the north. Though a perfectly pleasant place to spend time, the bad omens conjured up may put you off your tonsil tennis game.
Blue skies in Bavaria – Digital Cat
Local legend suggests this Arkansas town was named by a teacher who thought views from the east of the area were decidedly romantic. Years on, Romance is living up to its name, while helping a local business to flourish. Thousands of lovestruck correspondence fans head to the post office here every year to get a ‘Romance’ postmark. Everything from Valentine’s cards to wedding invitations are mailed from the office, where even the occasional nuptials take place.
Parque del Amor
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Dotted amongst Lima’s various districts you’ll find plenty of lush green spaces. Known as Peru’s ‘Garden City’, perhaps the most romantic ‘garden’ is located within the six mile stretch of parks which look out over the ocean. Parque del Amor (Love Park) is home to Víctor Delfín’s ‘The Kiss’ – a massive sculpture depicting the artist and his wife kissing. Stroll through the beautiful park heading north and you’ll see parasailers gliding off the cliffs. Loved up adrenline junkies can book a flight with one of the trained guides and soar over the Pacific waves below.
Parque del Amor statue – Christian Córdova
New South Wales, Australia
This suburb in New South Wales has a remarkably unromantic past – coal mining. To make the town’s past a touch more tedious the area is named after local accountant, Valentine Geary. Our advice? Skip the history lesson and plan a road trip north from Sydney to the infamous Gold Coast, stopping off in Valentine along the way. Perched on the edge of Lake Macquarie, Valentine is home to a huge amount of activities. Adventurous types can bushwalk in the nearby mountains or, for something a little more relaxing, there’s kayaking or lake cruises – not forgetting an all-important long romantic walk along the lake edge.
Tunnel of Love
Spring brings romance to the Ukrainian town of Klevan, in the form of…a railway line. No, not what we were expecting either, but love does blossom in the most unusual of places at times. Love is on the line for couples who stroll down the leafy tracks of this 3km stretch of private rail road – just so long as they watch out for the freight trains. Lover’s wishes are said to come true here, as long as they are ‘sincere in love’. If nothing else, the stunning backdrop coupled with a selfie stick is an Instagram match made in heaven.
Tunnel of Love – DmytroChapman
Diamond Rock Road
Islas de la Bahía, Roatán, Honduras
Snaking along the northern edge of Roatán – a Honduran island – is Diamond Rock Road. Taking a trip along its picturesque route through the trees leads to Paya Bay, home to a section of the world’s second largest barrier reef. Snorkel, swim or admire the clear blue Caribbean waters. Just don’t forget that diamonds are a girl’s best friend if you’re planning to propose.