2012

Top 10 Romantic Cities

Top 10 Romantic Cities


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Scottsdale, AZ

Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo: Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Scottsdale, AZ's many spas, restaurants, art galleries, night clubs and shopping centers make it a lush, cultural oasis in a beautiful desert region. A suburb of Phoenix, Scottsdale offers couples a more intimate, less hurried vibe than the big city, yet still a fun atmosphere with plenty to celebrate. Downtown Scottsdale's collection of bars and clubs create a party atmosphere where people literally dance in the street.

From Taliesin West, a home and studio built by Frank Lloyd Wright, to the Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, the city has plenty to intrigue and inspire art-minded visitors. An assortment of spas and resorts offer plenty of ways to be pampered together, from hot rock massages to swims in cool, crystal blue pools. Many restaurants in Scottsdale provide private dining experiences, but even the more wide-open places feature romantic atmospheres and scenery. The surrounding desert and its captivating views beckon adventurous explorers, whether by Jeep, bike or horseback.

Where to Stay: Clean lines, bright colors and mid-century style greet guests at Hotel Valley Ho, which features floor-to-ceiling glass openings onto private patios or balconies, oversized tubs and lively gathering areas.

Hot Spot: Hot air balloon rides float over the Sonoran Desert, which is covered by legume trees and columnar cacti. Arizona Hot Air Balloons, and most balloon companies, offer sunrise and sunset flights with champagne.

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