7 Romantic Walks You’ll Never Forget
1. Kyoto: Bamboo Grove, Arashiyama
Imagine holding hands with your beloved as you amble through a green grove of towering bamboo stalks swaying lightly in the breeze. Loving susurrations between you and your paramour get caught on whispers of the wind drifting through the bamboo. This vision can be found in the bamboo groves of Arashiyama, on the western outskirts of Kyoto.
2. Puerto Rico: Dorado Beach
After you’ve finished a day at one of Puerto Rico’s top-rated golf courses, grab your sweetheart for a sunset walk along one of the most exclusive beaches in the Caribbean. The serene coastline provides the perfect backdrop to a special moment between you and your one-and-only. Your partner may be delighted to know that in the 1950s Dorado Beach was a popular getaway for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, John F. Kennedy and Ava Gardner.
3. Bali: Campuhan Ridge Walk
For a hillside escape, head to the Campuhan Valley and wander through lush tropical foliage. Along this 9-kilometer hike, you’ll spy the gorgeous Gunung Lebah Temple. As you pass the temple, you’ll take in the rolling, verdant hills and small villages in the distance. Embark on this nature walk during the sunrise before the day gets too hot.
4. California: Lake Tahoe
For the outdoor enthusiast, there are few locales that combine physical activity and gorgeous surroundings better than Lake Tahoe. If you’re skiing in winter, you can still walk down to the beach of Sand Harbor and enjoy a chilly night under the stars and along the crystal clear water. Use the cold as a good excuse to snuggle up a little closer.
5. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace
Once a possession of the Habsburg dynasty, this magnificent baroque palace is a cultural treasure that’s not to be missed. Lovebirds should head for the ornate and historical gardens. Walk among the sculptures of Greek deities and historical figures, and steal a kiss beneath “Ceres and Dionysus,” the goddess of marriage and the god of wine.
6. New York: Central Park
Skip the horse-and-carriage ride; put on comfortable shoes and explore Central Park on foot. Though it’s in the middle of Manhattan, the park offers many hidden spots for a quiet moment. Make the short hike up Cherry Hill to overlook the Bow Bridge and the Ramble and Lake. Circle Jacob Wrey Mould’s ornate fountain, designed in 1859 and featured in the films “27 Dresses” and “Cruel Intentions.” Head north, through the Vanderbilt Gate, for the exquisite Conservatory Garden. In spring, gaze at the lovely cherry blossoms.
7. New Orleans: City Park
In terms of sheer sultriness, no city in the world can match the Big Easy’s aura of intrigue and enchantment. Head over to City Park for a walk among historic oaks and canopies of moss. Stroll over this old stone bridge overtop a preserved section of an old bayou.