We're approaching the summer, which means it's time to start planning (or daydreaming) that perfect vacation getaway. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the many possibilities out there. You've got friends who are trekking through Europe for a month, others who are jetting off to a tropical paradise and even some who are staying local to take in the sights that the country has to offer.
Those options don't narrow by much if you're going away while hand-in-hand with the love of your life. Romantic possibilities can be found all across the globe, whether your idea of love is set beach-side, in a charming old world city or against the backdrop of an iconic skyline. However, not all romantic getaways are created equal, and even some of the most renown hotspot couples' destinations can come with hiccups and concerns unknown to first-time visitors.
For this list of cities that don't quite measure up to their romance hype, I've accounted for both the inherent potential for having a bad experience and the level of expectation associated with the destination. Paris makes for a far more enjoyable trip than Acapulco, for instance, but ranks higher on this list based on the lofty expectations it faces.
15 Laguna Beach, California
14 Nassau, Bahamas (Atlantis Resort)
13 Lima, Peru
12 Istanbul, Turkey
11 Athens, Greece
10 Acapulco, Mexico
9 Niagara Falls (Canada or New York)
8 Honolulu, Hawaii
7 Buenos Aires, Argentina
6 Dublin, Ireland
5 Orlando (Disney World)
4 Paris, France
3 Miami, Florida
2 Rome, Italy
1 Las Vegas, Nevada
Having your bachelor/bachelorette party? Looking for a wild weekend away to let off some steam with your buddies? Vegas is your place. Seeking a romantic journey with a loved one? Maybe Sin City isn't for you. Las Vegas may do big, showy and spectacular, but it isn't exactly known for authentic and classy. The Venetian gondolas and the High Roller ferris wheel seem cheap and hokey, while lining up for any club or lounge will make you feel far too old and sober once you are confronted by the hammered, sloppy 21-year-olds behind you. In other words, hope you are a big gambler or a crazy Celine Dion fan.
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