Dreaming of a trip together? You can make any getaway a romantic one—whether you’re watching every penny or think money is no object.

Here are some ideas for fun flirtations in four easy-to-get-to cities, plus recommendations for where to stay and eat—straight from AAA Inspectors.

Romantic Weekend Getaways: Las Vegas


The Fountains of Bellagio put on one of the city’s most mesmerizing shows—for free. The choreographed dance of water, music and light plays every 30 or 15 minutes, depending on the day and time. Stake out a spot together on The Strip or grab a cozy table with a view. The patio seating at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino’s Mon Ami Gabi is among the best bets. For a different kind of breathtaking—and free—view, stroll through the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden, which dazzles with a different floral display each season.

AAA Inspector picks: Experience dinner with 360-degree views at Top of the World, a rotating restaurant perched more than 800 feet above The Strip. Capture romantic photos against a medieval castle backdrop at Excalibur Hotel & Casino; it even has on-site wedding chapels.


Spring for an indoor or outdoor gondola ride for two at The Venetian Resort ($34–$39 per person, depending on when you go). Your singing gondolier will guide you along a romantic re-creation of Venice’s Grand Canal, gliding under bridges and balconies and alongside cafes. Or, add some high-flying thrills to your getaway with a nighttime helicopter ride over the neon glitter of The Strip. A 12- to 15-minute flight runs about $100–$150 per person and includes a champagne toast. Back on the ground, get tickets to The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil (starting around $79) while it plays at The Mirage.

AAA Inspector picks: Share an intimate dinner at Michael’s Gourmet Room; it’s draped in plush red fabrics and features a Tiffany glass door and skylight. And for a romantic overnight, no place beats the legendary Bellagio. The public spaces are lined with marble, and, over the lobby rests a large, Dale Chihuly overhead sculpture composed of hand-blown glass flowers.


Romantic Weekend Getaways: Orlando


Cozy up in a swan-shaped paddleboat on Lake Eola, where views of Orlando’s downtown skyline sparkle at dusk. A 30-minute ride is just $15. Or stroll through the flamboyant flora of Leu Gardens (camellias, azaleas, roses, hibiscus and more bloom throughout the year). Adult admission is $15 for adults ($10 for children, active military and veterans)—except on select free days. If theme parks are your thing, visit AAA.com/Fun before you go for member-exclusive discounts on tickets. For a no-ticket-required taste of a theme park atmosphere, shop, eat or catch a show at Disney Springs or Universal’s CityWalk.

AAA Inspector picks: Its prime location near rides and shops on International Drive makes Cafe Tu Tu Tango a popular date night spot. For an overnight stay that won’t break the bank, check out Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, which features three pools.


Experience the magic of Walt Disney World’s nightly fireworks reflected on the water—from the deck of a chartered boat. You can sail from one of the marinas at the resort; a 25-foot boat starts at $399 (it seats 10 if you want to bring other couples to share in the fun). For a different—but just as mesmerizing—view, rent a private capsule for two on The Wheel at ICON Park for a dizzying look at the city from 40 stories up. The package includes a 40-minute ride and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine or cider.

AAA Inspector picks: Stay the night at the Rosen Shingle Creek, a sprawling 255-acre resort with four pools and a nature trail for exploring hand in hand. Enjoy an intimate Italian meal in the on-site restaurant Cala Bella—and don’t skip the dessert menu; the limoncello is an inspector favorite.

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Romantic Weekend Getaways: Chicago


Find a spot to snuggle amid 2 acres of tropical flora under glass at the free Garfield Park Conservatory. (There are 10 acres of outdoor gardens to explore, too.) If your heart’s set on a touring Broadway show, two Hot Tix locations sell half-price tickets for day-of performances. (Planning ahead? Check AAA.com/Tickets for member-exclusive discounts.) For an insider’s guide to the city, go on a free Chicago Greeter tour led by a local; you just need to book 10 business days in advance. And don’t leave without snapping a photo together at the Cloud Gate sculpture—aka The Bean—in Millennium Park.

AAA Inspector picks: Spacca Napoli serves up authentic Italian food—including amazing Neapolitan-style pizza. Stay the night at ACME Hotel Company, just two and a half blocks from Michigan Avenue. Guest rooms feature high-tech extras like streaming LED TVs and Amazon Echo smart speakers.


Go on a shopping spree together along The Magnificent Mile—a stretch of Michigan Avenue packed with high-end boutiques, upscale department stores and even an eight-story mall. Give your feet a break and take the elevator to the 95th floor of 875 N. Michigan Ave. (formerly known as the John Hancock Center) for cocktails with a view at The Signature Room at the 95th. For the ultimate in relaxation, sink into the thermal pools at Aire Ancient Baths, housed in a restored factory that dates to 1902. The Grand Indulgence – Experience for Two includes a soak in the baths (hot, warm and cold), a full-body massage, a foot massage and a lavender body scrub for $700-plus.

AAA Iinspector picks: Introduce yourself to molecular gastronomy at Alinea, where the multicourse dinner isn’t just a meal but an experience designed to impact all five senses. (You’ll need to make online reservations before you go.) For an overnight stay, the Viceroy Chicago wows with floor-to-ceiling windows in every room.


Romantic Weekend Getaways: Nashville


Two-step together down Lower Broadway, where the honky-tonk twang of country music drifts out of just about every doorway. Nashville’s downtown entertainment district is the place to find free, live concerts any time of day. For a quieter moment, you don’t need a room at the opulent Gaylord Opryland Resort to stroll its nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls. Be sure to head back downtown for a photo op on the pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland River. The historic span boasts dramatic nighttime lighting and spectacular skyline views.

AAA Inspector picks: The Treehouse offers dim lighting and multiple dining rooms surrounding a large tree. Servers are happy to recommend shareable plates and wine pairings. Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown offers uniquely decorated rooms and even an upper deck pool.


Trade the boots for bow ties and ballgowns and head to the magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where the Nashville Symphony presents more than 150 concerts each year. Craving something sweet? Stop for an ice cream sundae at the Goo Goo Chocolate Co.—home of the iconic Goo Goo Cluster candy. Or spring for the $50-per-person Taste of Goo Goo experience, which comes with a hands-on candymaking session. If things are getting serious, book a Proposal Package at Ryman Auditorium. You get to pop the question on the legendary stage and take a self-guided tour.

AAA Inspector picks: Housed in a former theater, Sinema Restaurant + Bar offers cozy dining on two levels with curtain partitions and a seasonal menu. If you’re in the mood for steak, get a table at Kayne Prime, where the wagyu filet mignon paired with the creamed corn brulee is an inspector favorite. Reserve a room at The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel and marvel at the art pieces integrated into the hotel’s design.

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