Let's be honest, sometimes couples need to spend some time apart. You and your significant other may be head over heels for one another, however, it's actually healthy to give each other some space. So where does one go to find some time to relax alone or bring a few pals for a quick getaway?
There are a plethora of cities in the U.S. and in Canada that offer just about everything for everyone. If you want to escape your girlfriend for some time, why not check out some of the restaurants, bars, and clubs in bustling cities like New York City, Chicago or Toronto? If you are looking to relax by a beach or soak up some sun, find your way to Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. Or maybe you're more of an outdoorsy person and want to hike up and along one of the most stunning parks in Canada named Gros Morne National Park and take in Mother Nature's beauty. Whatever it is that helps you unwind, we've listed it below.
While we aren't saying to escape your significant other for good, it is important to spend time apart so you both can share different experiences with one another and have something to talk about. Hey, after your time alone or with pals in these few cities, maybe you'd consider bringing your girlfriend the next time around! Check out these 15 places in the United States ideal to escape your girlfriend and ten in Canada!
25 Las Vegas, Nevada
Obviously, we had to include Sin City to this list. There are hundreds of spots to check out in Las Vegas, Nevada from nightclubs, casinos, restaurants and comedy shows. Some of the most popular places to see while in the City of Lights include Tao nightclub to get your party on, The Laugh Factory to watch comedians take the mic and even ATV Tours for those seeking more adventure where you can speed through the sand dunes and rocky trails of the Las Vegas desert. If you and your pals want to party at the pool with a DJ or rent a cabana, one of the best places to check out is Encore Beach Club at Wynn.
24 Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee is known for its legendary country music venues like the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and honky-tonks with live music. However, even if you aren't a big country music fan, you should still check out what Nashville has to offer. Walk through the famous neon lights of the Broadway honky tonks, which are a strip of bars that offer live music every day of the week and even stay open until the early morning. The main street is also known for its plethora of restaurants, retail shops and plenty of attractions.
23 Daytona Beach, Florida
If you're a warm weather person, you'll love heading to Daytona Beach, Florida to get away from the girlfriend, soaking up the sun and relaxing. There's an amusement park on the boardwalk and the Daytona Lagoon, a water park that offers laser tag and waterslides. You can also check out a number of restaurants along the boardwalk and a seafood spot on Main Street Pier. If you're looking for more adventure in Daytona after a fun day at the beach, check out the Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February's iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race.
22 Ocean City, Maryland
Another great spot to escape the girlfriend for a bit is Ocean City, Maryland where you'll find miles of beach and a wooden boardwalk lined with restaurants and attractions. You and your buddies can kayak the surrounding waters, rent paddleboats, and jet skies and later eat at one of the over 200 restaurants serving up delicious and fresh seafood. Ocean City is also famous for having the most scenic and challenging golf course in the Mid-Atlantic region if that is more up your alley. You'll always find something to do in this city and you might even want to consider taking your girlfriend here for a romantic weekend getaway.
21 San Diego, California
If you are considering taking a trip to California, but don't want to be around the hustle and bustle of places like Los Angeles, check out San Diego, which offers plenty of things to do, has near-perfect weather and relaxing beaches. Stay at the Hotel Del Coronado, a luxurious oceanfront resort and check out the cities lively neighborhoods and their internationally known craft beer scene. You'll also want to check out Liberty Public Market, which boasts more than 30 vendors offering diverse food options to satisfy any craving. If you're looking for adventure on the water, there are waterfront parks that offer stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and cruises.
20 Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona is known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures and there is a chock-full of things to do. If you're in Phoenix, you must visit the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, with hiking trails and even helicopter rides to see it all from a bird's eye view. Hiking is one of the best activities in the city, so try it out for yourself on the famous Camelback Mountain to see incredible views. After your morning hike, grab a beer at Four Peaks in Tempe, known for its creative and seasonal brews and chow down on a delicious steak at Mastro's, which had its first ever location in North Scottsdale.
19 Louisville, Kentucky
The Kentucky Derby at the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack is one of the most well-known attractions in Kentucky, however, there are a ton of other things to do than watching horses race around a track. Louisville, Kentucky is known for its Bourbon Distilleries, fun downtown area, and sports town. Louisville is a college basketball town, which you'll find during the winter, but its minor league baseball park is rated one of the best in the country. You'll also want to take a stroll through the Louisville Slugger Museum and even take a tour at the Louisville Mega Cavern, which encompasses roughly 100 acres of underground space and an array of adventure courses.
18 Miami, Florida
If you want to relax on a beach, but also want a fun-filled night, Miami, Florida is the place to be. South Beach is known for its beaches and glamorous nightlife and on Ocean Drive, you'll find an array of art deco hotels with cafes and restaurants. You also can't go to Miami without tasting delicious Cuban food. One of the most popular locations for Cuban fare is Versailles restaurant, which offers tasty Cuban sandwiches, Cuban coffee, and authentic Cuban pastelitos. There are also tons of rooftops to check out, party and grab a drink at like Sugar and One Hotel.
17 New Orleans, Louisiana
Escape to New Orleans, Louisiana for the best nightlife you'll ever experience. Take a buddy or two with you and explore the historic French Quarter, famous for its cast-iron balconies and well-known Bourbon Street, which features jazz clubs, Cajun restaurants, and fun-filled bars. For a quiet outing, check out the French Market for gourmet foods and local crafts. Do we have to mention that Mardi Gras takes place here? The best bars in the city come to life during the festivities and it'll be a time you won't ever forget.
16 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City is a resort city known for its casinos, high-rise hotels and nightclubs. If you're looking to gamble off some money, head out to this New Jersey city, and whether you win or lose, you're sure to have a good time. During the hot summer months, head to the beach and check out Atlantic City's iconic boardwalk, which features a variety of shops and restaurants. A few fun-filled places to check out include the Quarter at Tropicana, where there are a number of dining options, casino games, shopping, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. If you want something more upscale, check out the Borgata, where you'll find poker rooms and many places to dine.
15 Pebble Beach, California
If you want to escape your significant other to do a little golfing, there is no better place than Pebble Beach, California. Pebble Beach is known as the number one golf resort in America and easily the most stunning, with golf courses wrapping around California's Monterey Peninsula. "Whether you are skirting the scenic sand dunes at Spanish Bay, threading the towering pines of Spyglass Hill, or challenging the cliff-swept shoreline at Pebble Beach, a golf trip to Pebble Beach Resorts is full of memorable thrills," Pebble Beach's website writes. If you love to golf, this is definitely the place you want to be.
14 New York, New York
New York City literally has it all. Whether you want to hit up a few bars with your pals or check out a Broadway show, this city has a lot to offer. Shopping is definitely a must here and there are over 20,000 restaurants in Manhattan alone! If you're the artsy type, there are a plethora of museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. If you want to dance and party with friends, the city has plenty of lounges, cozy dives and famous clubs with tons of space to show off your moves. While in New York, check out a rooftop to get a dazzling sight of the city from up above.
13 Honolulu, Hawaii
The cosmopolitan capital city of Honolulu, Hawaii is magical and we're sure your significant other would be pretty jealous if you escaped here without them. Honolulu has everything you're looking for, from historic landmarks to delicious food to world-class shopping. Let's not forget the stunning Waikiki Beach, one of the most recognizable beaches in the world and easily one of the most beautiful. Relax on the beach all day and at night, check out the nearby streets when the area buzzes after dark with waterside cocktail bars and lots of fine dining.
12 Chicago, Illinois
Like New York City, Chicago is known for its towering skyscrapers, museums, and cool architecture. Millennium Park, where you'll find the famous "The Bean" art installation is the most popular gathering spot during the summer where you can catch shows and free concerts. See the city from over 1,000 feet above the streets standing in a glass box at the Willis Tower Skydeck and later walk around Chicago's premier commercial district named the Magnificent Mile for shopping, fine dining, and posh hotels. There are plenty of landmarks here too, including the historic Chicago Water Tower and the 100-story John Hancock Center, which has a rooftop observation deck with panoramic views of the city.
11 Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas is known for its lively music scene centered on country, blues, and rock. If you want some outdoor adventure, Austin offers that as well with its many parks and lakes popular for hiking, biking, swimming, and boating. One of the most iconic streets in Austin, Sixth Street, offers a variety of bars like the wild-west themed bar Buffalo Billiards, one of the best music venues in town named The Parish and Iron Cactus, which offers up tasty Mexican food, margaritas and has a rooftop. The capital city of Texas also has celebrated history museums and one of a kind shopping if you're into that too.
10 Windsor, Ontario
Windsor, Ontario is across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit, Michigan. The city is home to many attractions like Caesars Windsor, which sits along the riverfront and where you can try your luck at a casino table and enjoy the views from the bar. There is also a ton of history here and you can explore it for yourself, check out the notable iconic buildings like Willistead Manor, a mansion designed by architect Albert Kahn. If you love being outdoors, take a bike ride with pals starting at the Ambassador Bridge and continuing through the city.
9 Toronto, Ontario
If you are looking for more fun, make your way to Toronto, with its soaring skyscrapers, like the CN Tower, which was once the world's tallest tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame because we all know Canadian's rule at the sport, and the Distillery District, formerly the home of the largest distillery in the world, where you'll find shops, restaurants and of course, lots of beer. If you have time to spare, make your way to the St. Lawrence Market where you'll find a generous amount of shops featuring homegrown produce from local farmers and antique dealers trying to make a buck.
8 Montreal, Quebec
Montreal provides plenty of entertainment for just about everyone with its museums, landmarks, shopping districts, and nightclubs. To have a relaxing day without your significant other, check out Parc La Fontaine, an 84-acre park full of picnickers in the summer and others paddle boating around the two large ponds. The city is multicultural, so you'll find great eats here as well as hip bars for a drink. Wander around Old Montreal, an impressive neighborhood that dates back to the 17th century and is home to some extremely stunning buildings like the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica.
7 Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a bustling seaport in British Columbia that is surrounded by stunning mountains and offers tons of entertainment to its visitors. Vancouver is known for its art, theatre and music scenes and is a popular location to film movies. You and your pals can take a car and drive up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, which is rated one of the most beautiful drives in the world seeing jaw-dropping vistas and waterfalls. Head to the popular and trendy neighborhood of Gastown where you'll visit European eateries and cocktail lounges. If you happen to be in Vancouver between October and April, check out the Vancouver Canucks when they go head-to-head with other NHL teams.
6 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax in Nova Scotia is a major business center known for its maritime history. A must see historic sight here is the towering Citadel, a fortress used as a naval station during the reign of the British Empire. If you want some more history and possibly a drink while learning more about this are, check out Alexander Keith's Brewery, one of the oldest breweries in North America. There are also tons of outdoor actives to participate in if that's more up your alley, including taking a stroll through the beautiful Public Gardens, hiking in the many trails provided and sailing the Halifax Harbor on a ferry.
5 St John's, Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland has a wide array of outdoor adventure, festivals attractions and some of the most breathtaking seascapes and scenic drives in the world. To get one of the best views of St. John's, make your way to Signal Hill and if you're looking to hike in the area, take the East Coast Trail, which is a series of 26 connected trails where you'll stumble upon views of the ocean. After your long hike, stop and grab some food at Mallard Cottage in Quidi Vidi for brunch and taste local dishes.
4 Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls is simply stunning and a great little getaway if you want to spend some time outdoors and see how beautiful and vast Mother Nature really is. But there is so much more to do here than taking in the views of the falls, you can actually take a wine trail across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties, charter a fishing boat for a day, enjoy a speed ride upriver into the Niagara Gorge to the edge of the whirlpool, and check out Old Falls Street for shopping and food. If you want a better view of the falls, you and your buddies can take a helicopter ride and see the beauty of the falls in a whole new perspective.
3 Prince Edward Island
See red sand beaches, lighthouses and fertile farmland and eat the best seafood you've ever had like lobster and mussels on Prince Edward Island. You'll want to take your buddies to this maritime province where you'll enjoy festivals and plenty of events and activities like golf, kayaking, fishing. If you're looking to relax or take a leisurely stroll, check out the pristine beaches with smooth warm red sand. With the land being so rich here, you'll eat some of the freshest vegetables, oysters, shellfish, and fish around. Ingredients from farmers and fishermen make for delightful meals here on the island.
2 Gros Morne National Park
If you're looking for some outdoor adventure, make your way to Gros Morne National Park, a stunning site covering 1,805 kilometers and a beautiful park in our world. You can actually hike the jaw-dropping landscape along the earth's mantle or climb to summits. Find yourself along the water through fjords carved by glaciers millions of years ago and see stunning cliffs and waterfalls. During summer days, set up your own campsite along the shores or take a boat tour that takes you through the parks fjords. Gros Morne National Park is definitely a wondrous place and a great place to escape for a day or two.
If you intend on hitting the slopes, there's no better place than Calgary. This city is a home base to many winter activities like skiing thanks to it being perched in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. You will simply be in awe when finding yourself staring at the beauty of the mountains. However, there is a lot more to this city than the numerous hiking trails and ski slopes. The city itself offers numerous things to do including having a great nightlife scene, and lively cultural scene including art, theatre music, and dance.
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