Fold up the picnic blanket, cancel your dinner reservation, ditch the back row of the neighborhood movie theater. This Valentine’s Day, let’s get creative.
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Sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet to one of these 10 swoon-worthy destinations, full of history and superstitions. Just be sure to take someone you really love—according to legend, kiss in a few of these spots, and you’ll be stuck together forever!
Republic of Kiribati
Start planning ahead: If you spend New Year’s Eve on this Pacific island, which borders the international dateline, you’ll be the first couple in the world to bring in the year with a kiss.
The Kissing Bench
Legend says that if a couple kisses while sitting on this stone bench at Syracuse University, they’ll eventually marry.
Pacific Grove, Calif.
Head here at the crack of dawn and share a morning kiss; because it faces east, it’s one of the only spots on the West Coast where you watch the sun rise over the water.
Shakespeare’s star-crossed sweethearts declared undying love for one another here. Kiss beneath the balcony before parting, with such sweet sorrow.
New York City
Long ago, many joyful family reunions happened at a gate known as the “kissing post.” Share a peck in front of the plaque that stands in its place today, on the first floor in the west wing of the building.
Kingda Ka Rollercoaster at Six Flags Great Adventure
Experts say that thrills get your endorphins pumping, which makes you more attracted to those around you. Kiss at the top of the first hill on the world’s tallest rollercoaster—it’s 45 stories high!—and hang on to each other as you plummet.
The Kissing Bridge
Woolwich, Ontario, Canada
This rickety covered bridge might not look like much, but the dreamy light inside earned it its name. It was originally built in 1881 and is Ontario's last remaining covered bridge.
The Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA
What a thrill to kiss on a Ferris wheel! Grab a milkshake on the pier to share at the very top, where you’ll see panoramic views of Los Angeles and the ocean.
See the Empire State Building and other romantic places to kiss.