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Jul 29

Top 10 Anniversary Trip Destinations

A romantic getaway is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Whether it’s an Alaskan cruise, a South African safari, or an Italian getaway, an anniversary trip gives you an exciting chance to get away from your day-to-day and reinvigorate the romance and magic. Here are our top ten favorite anniversary trip destinations.

1. Charleston, SC & Savannah GA

Savannah’s historic downtown full of magnificent oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, and antebellum mansions makes this city one of the most romantic. Savannah combines traditional architecture and historic landmarks with a young, artistic energy that sets it apart from the rest. 

Carleston is a city of cobblestone streets, with its very own French Quarter district. Take in a view of Charleston Harbor from Waterfront Park and discover Magnolia Plantation, home of lush gardens and one of the oldest plantations in the South.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is set 35 minutes north of Savannah & 90 minutes south of Charleston. The resort includes a nature preserve, walking trails, restaurants, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. A ten minute drive up to the property throughout Spanish moss-covered trees sets the tone for a story book escape. Ride bikes, go fishing, relax by the pool, or enjoy ‘porching’ – sitting on the porch with a glass of sweet tea. It’s truly Southern charm at its finest!

2. South Africa

If you have two weeks to get away, you can really begin to dive into all the magic South Africa has to offer. Cape Town is the capital, set against towering Table Mountain up which you can hike or take a cable car to take in this beautiful port city, full of beaches, entertainment, and historic sites. Journey into wine country — did you know about South Africa’s wine country? — to relax amidst beautiful views and some world-class wine. Get in touch with your adventurous side and explore the African countryside and all the diverse wildlife that comes with it — elephants, lions, and leopards, oh my! This is truly a richly beautiful country, with so many diverse offerings. You and your love will find no end to romance, adventure, relaxation and discovery in South Africa.

Franschhoek Wine Country

Franschhoek is a charming town located about an hour from Cape Town with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Widely considered the food and wine capital of South Africa, you won’t want to miss out on indulging your senses in this beautiful town. Take a scenic ride down Franschhoek Pass on the vintage style railway Wine Tram, which delivers gorgeous lookout points over the Franschhoek Valley with hop-on-off tours of the local wineries.

Mont Rochelle is a stunning hotel perched up overlooking downtown Franschhoek with a lovely vineyard, perfect for relaxing during your time here. The 26 rooms at this boutique hotel are exquisite and the onsite restaurants are some of the best in town. 

Safari in Kruger National Park

Take a drive an hour west to Kruger National Park to discover the wilder side of South Africa. Cozy up at Singita Lebombo Lodge, which offers safari walks, game drives, star gazing, cooking classes, a spa, and more. Sure to see the Big Five during your stay!

3. Maui

Maui is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, plus a landscape that redefines scenic drives altogether. Volcanoes, waterfalls, and forests sprinkle the island, making for breathtaking hikes and adventures. Four Seasons Maui is set along Wailea Beach, featuring an infinity pool, spacious accommodations, and a staff happy to help you customize your time on the island.

4. St Lucia

Between the food, mountains, and wildlife, St. Lucia is a destination fit for discovery. You’ll fall in love with the unique culture, rich history, and tropical terrain. Discover volcanic beaches and towering waterfalls, and even go reef-diving.The Ladera Resort is postcard-beautiful, set in a lush volcanic ridge and offering luxurious amenities throughout your stay.

5. Italy

Italy is for lovers. It’s plain and simple! Start out in Florence to get lost among the fairytale architecture of Il Duomo and the classic Italian art found within the walls of Uffizi and Accademia. Go shopping for luxury Italian goods and end the day with world-class Italian dishes.

When you want to get away from the city, run off to the quaint towns along the Amalfi Coast. Laze on beaches, take a boat toar of the area, and indulge in the freshest seafood. Stroll through the town, wandering into shops and churches and making friends with the locals. Buon viaggio!

6. California Wine Country

What more could you want besides getting lost in California’s famed wine country? With over 1,000 wineries between Napa Valley and Sonoma County, you won’t get bored. Stroll through vineyards, learn how wine is made from start to finish, and taste a variety of wines from the experts themselves.

Plus, get a little metropolitan flare by discovering all that nearby San Francisco has to offer. Discover the city by cable car, stroll down winding Lombard street, enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and taste fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf.

7. Maldives

Get away from it all in the Maldives. What more could you need than luxuriating on to-die-for beautiful beaches with your love? Discover more than 1,000 coral islands through snorkeling or scuba diving adventures. Dine at top-class restaurants, stay in five-star resorts, and spend all day long indulging in the beautiful islands of the Maldives.

8. Cabo

Cabo is the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway. Take a breather and indulge in these gorgeous white-sand beaches. Get adventurous with a zipline adventure, discover native wildlife on a snorkeling adventure, and soak up the sun with a drink in hand.  Marquis Los Cabos All-Inclusive Resort Resort & Spa is located near the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, featuring world-class dining and an abundance of amenities and activities.

9. Alaskan Cruise

Explore Alaska’s vast wilderness featuring extraordinary wildlife, awe-inspiring mountains, miles of glaciers, and millions of immaculate lakes. Relax aboard the all-inclusive Regent Cruise, and let them take care of all the details. Rates include unlimited shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, transfers between the airport and ship, and roundtrip airfare. What more could you need?

10. Costa Rica

You and your sweetheart have a bit of an adventurous side? Costa Rica is perfect for you! Get lost in Costa Rica’s vast and breathtaking landscape. Go adventuring in the Arenal Rainforest, with zipline tours and white water rafting adventures. End your days relaxing on Guanacaste Beach and watching the blue water meet the white shoreline. Plus, if you’re traveling from Austin, TX, it’s just a short flight to Liberia, Costa Rica via Southwest Airlines.

Not sure where to start? We’ll work with you to hand-craft the perfect anniversary trip for you and your love. Contact us today at jessica@uptowneventstravel.com to get started.

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