If you are pondering romantic destinations, the usual places—Paris, Rome, New York— probably come to mind before anywhere else. However, why should you follow the crowd? You may be surprised to hear that there are actually many romantic things to do in Los Angeles. With a little imagination and forward planning, you and your other half can have a loved-up L.A. trip to remember.
Go Sailing in Los Angeles
Who needs Venice when you have the gondolas of Los Angeles at your disposal? Take a romantic ride down the calm inland waterways while being serenaded with love songs. Remember to wrap up; nothing is more romantic than cuddling to keep warm. If you like the idea of romance on the water, why not book a charter (plus skipper) out of Marina Del Ray or Newport Beach. If you are a skilled sailor, rent a boat, pack a picnic of treats and enjoy a few hours out on the water—just the two of you.
How About a Romantic Dinner for Two on Hollywood Boulevard?
Arrange a romantic dinner with a difference by booking a table at one of Los Angeles’s restaurants with a view over the city and the Pacific Ocean, such as Yamashiro, a Japanese restaurant set high above the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A celebrity favorite is Geoffrey’s Malibu. There is also The Sky Room in Long Beach, which has a beautiful Art Deco style and an incredible view of the L.A. basin. Remember to book a bottle of champagne in advance, to add to the occasion.
Fly Over the City of Angels on a Sunset Helicopter Flight
If you really want to make every effort to impress your loved one, take a romantic sunset helicopter flight over the city. Many air tour companies offer this service, which is a great way to start the evening. Arrange for the helicopter to drop you at your dinner venue, which will really impress your date.
Wander the Best Beaches in Los Angeles
Sometimes the simplest things are the most meaningful. One thing Los Angeles has in abundance is beaches; there are more than 80 miles of coastline from which to choose. A long walk with your partner is the perfect way to spend quiet, quality time together. If you do not fancy walking on the sand, head for a beautiful garden, such as The Japanese Garden—Suiho En—a 6.5-acre Japanese garden with tea room and tea ceremony garden. The Getty Center’s manicured gardens have a stone waterfall and floating maze of azaleas. There is also the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library, 120 landscaped acres with 13 themed gardens and a wide range of rare and exotic plants.
Spend a Day at a Spa in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has many good quality spas, and a romantic way to spend an afternoon is relaxing with your partner while you both are pampered from head to toe. Some spas are more suitable for couple’s treatments than others are. Le Petite Retreat Day Spa provides indoor and outdoor areas for couple’s treatments, and offers a couple champagne bath. Spa 415 has an extensive menu of two-person therapies, including facials, massage and weight loss treatments, plus many extras such as champagne on ice, chocolate cake, berries, and cheese.
Visit Disneyland in California
Finally, Disneyland is not just for kids. Watch the fireworks at Sleeping Beauty Castle hand-in-hand, or comfort your partner on Pirates of the Caribbean or in the Haunted Mansion. Disneyland is full of happy people, and that feel-good energy is contagious. Relax and have fun with each other, and you could end up having the most romantic time ever.
As you can see, there are many ways to inject some romance into your trip to Los Angeles, whether you want to treat your loved one on his or her birthday or your anniversary, or want to find a unique way to propose while you are in the city. Remember your camera to capture each romantic moment.