Valentine’s Day means a lot of things to a lot of people. A quintessentially romantic celebration of the ones you love most; an overhyped but negligible holiday; the perfect opportunity to eat chocolate and stare at exquisite floral arrangements; a time for reflecting on why you don’t need a dinner date just because the rest of the city seems to have one.
No matter where you fall on the spectrum, the fact is, when it comes to the holiday and travel, there really is something out there for everyone. And since we believe the most transformative travel experiences can happen both when you’re traveling solo and when you share them, we celebrate the full range available at this time of year.
What’s essential, it seems, is variety, and we’ve got plenty of it for you here. We hit the pavement looking at 14 cities that are popular Valentine’s Day destinations, and pulled together the best of what you can do if you plan to spend the holiday there. From creative parties and unique hotel programs to classic eateries and romantic cruises, this list has a mix of cultural, culinary, musical, and offbeat.
So forget any of the loaded expectations that often mark this weekend, and look at it the way we do here: as another opportunity to work through that travel bucket list (chocolates and flowers optional).
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