Go hot air ballooning in Phoenix, Arizona.
With warm weather year-round, the Sonoran Desert is a perfect spot to reignite love, especially in a hot air balloon, the oldest form of aviation. Tours typically last 45 minutes to an hour, and you’ll float between 1,000 feet and 5,000 in the air. Book a sunrise or sunset flight (available November through March) with Rainbow Ryders for views of the vibrant sky. Hot Air Expeditions offers a Balloons & Tunes package, which includes a post-flight champagne toast and gourmet breakfast. The ride then drops you off at the Musical Instrument Museum. Or keep it classic and book a simple private tour with Destination Balloon Rides to have the whole basket to yourself (in addition to the pilot, of course).
Take a gondola ride in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Don’t wait for a trip to Europe to take a romantic ride on a gondola. The Venetian Resort Las Vegas offers daily cruises down the sparkling blue Grand Canal, beneath bridges and beside cafes. Twice a day, at 9:45 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., the team of gondoliers clad in straw hats and striped shirts sing in unison as they march along the indoor canal for an entertaining experience. The outdoor ride operates on a seasonal and weather-permitting basis, but the indoor rides run all year long. Once you disembark from the boat, grab a bite in the adjacent shopping center.
Cozy up together in Park City, Utah.
You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the glamor of a mountain town during its snowy season. In Park City, pick from several choices of cozy resorts with wintertime amenities. Book a 30-minute private horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy hills around Deer Valley Ski Resort. Warm up with hot chocolate or cocktails fireside at Stein Eriksen Lodge’s outdoor Champion Club Plaza. Unwind and indulge in a spa day for two at the Snowpine Lodge, located in Little Cottonwood Canyon. And duck into one of the city’s fine dining establishments in town, such as Riverhorse on Main that has a live music lineup or Chimayo for upscale Southwestern fare.