Solo travel is a fantastic experience, but there are some places that are just better to visit with a person who you really care about because of their sheer beauty and the typically romantic activities that are on offer -- and who doesn’t feel close to someone when they are having candlelit dinners or moonlight massages?

It helps to know which cities are celebrated for being charming and romantic if an individual wants to make the first time they say, “I love you,” or get down on one knee, a particularly memorable event. Destinations like Bora Bora and St. Barths are the must-visit spots for relaxed beach holidays, where visitors can kiss on the white sandy shores and swim in the turquoise waters without a care in the world. But city breaks also have an allure, especially historic locations like Paris and Bruges, which offer the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of manmade structures.

There are many destinations that are celebrated for the romance factor and are continually finding their way onto lists for those looking to set the right mood, and below are 20 cities (or islands) that allow couples to get closer, without the distraction of everyday life.

20 In Aspen Things May Get Cold...But In A Good Way

Aspen is a ski resort in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and what could be more romantic than a trip to a ski resort? When you come inside from the cold, you can have a coco with your loved one, watch the fires flicker, and whisper sweet nothings in their ear.

But depending on the time of the year you visit, there are plenty of other things to do besides skiing, and Trip Savvy notes that these include hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, paragliding off Aspen Mountain, and, perhaps the romantic of all (because the way to a lot of people’s hearts is through their stomach), is learning to cook a gourmet meal.

19 Big Sur Is Fabulously Romantic And Even The Inspiration For Great Literature

Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California coastline that has been the subject of literature (it’s even the title of a Jack Kerouac's novel), but it has also found its way onto lists comprising of some of the most romantic places in the world -- including this one.

According to The Atlantic, Big Sur is “fabulously romantic,” and the publication notes that of all the romantic places to stay, the Post Ranch Inn holds the top spot in that category.

18 Paris Is Known To Be The City Of Love And Lights

Paris is the city of light and love, and it’s the perfect place to take your partner if you want to really spark romance. The city is so incredibly beautiful and there are plenty of historic sites to explore, streets to walk, and pastries to eat, while in the French capital.

According to an article in Travel + Leisure in 2018, Paris had “top marks for romance” in the most recent World’s Best Awards survey because there are so many activities for couples to do.

17 The Maldives Is Relaxation At Its Finest, And A Chance To Really Connect

There are few places as beautiful as the Maldives, with its white sandy shores, coral islands and warm turquoise water, which makes it the perfect spot for a romantic vacation or a honeymoon.

The Maldives is a popular destination for holidays, and according to Lonely Planet, every resort has its own private beach, and there are more than 100 to choose from. This seems to suggest more privacy for travelers, but Visit Maldives also points out that a holiday like this is a great way for couples to spend quality time together, away from the distractions at home.

16 The Amalfi Coast Is So Spectacular It's Even A UNESCO Site

Italy is home to some of the most spectacular locations, and the Amalfi Coast is one of them. With its unmissable pastel-colored architecture on the cliff face of the coast, this is a destination that is hard to forget. In fact, it’s such a special place that it was declared a UNESCO world heritage site, Amalfi Coast reports.

There are many romantic things for couples to do and see while here, and according to Couple’s Coordinates, these include Positano Beach (which is a great place for a proposal), or a boat trip, and the Amalfi pier is a must to take in the views.

15 Looking For A Destion For A Unique Proposal? Look No Further Than Bali

If a beach holiday is what you like, then Bali is an island that should be visited. The Indonesian island has become a popular tourist location for people who want to relax on the beaches or enjoy a yoga or meditation retreat, but it’s also a fantastic place for romance. E-Dreams even rates Bali as the perfect place for a unique proposal, and it seems that it happens often -- I even recently saw a girl on my Instagram feed get engaged there.

14 Jamaica Is The Destination For Moonlight Massages And Candlelit Dinners

The Caribbean island of Jamaica is tropical destination known for its reef-lined beaches, reggae music, and really fun nightlife, and Travel US News notes it’s also one of the most romantic places in the world. The site claims that there are places here, like the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, where couples can enjoy candlelit dinners or moonlight massages. And there is no further explanation needed now as to why this would be a charming and romantic place to go with a loved one.

13 Explore The Historic And Breathtaking Canals Of Venice

Venice is another place that’s commonly associated with romance. The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region is beautiful and built over hundreds of small islands, which means that there are miles of canals to explore via gondola (which are known for being really romantic). But there are also fantastic restaurants, architecture, and museums, Trip Savvy notes.

And despite the many tourists that visit, Venice can create romantic memories. In fact, it was named by National Geographic as one of the world’s most romantic destinations.

12 Take A Carriage Ride Through A New York City Park

New York City is the city that never sleeps, but it’s also a city where romance can flow. According to E-Dreams, there are plenty of romantic things to do here, including a horse-drawn carriage ride, beautiful parks to stroll through, or rowing in a small boat. All of these things sound like they come out of a romance film, and if you want to ensure that the moment to say “I love you,” or “let’s get married” is perfect, then the publication notes you should go in autumn when the color of the leaves are changing.

11 Isle of Skye In Scotland Was One Of The Filming Locations Of 'Harry Potter' -- And It Will Set The Right Mood

Looking at this photograph of the Isle of Skye in Scotland is reason enough to visit because the landscape is truly spectacular, but according to National Geographic, it’s also one of the most romantic destinations in the world to visit.

There are many reasons to plan a visit here, including the Glenfinnan Viaduct Bridge serving as a filming location for Harry Potter. But there are castles and lighthouses to explore, the Gap Year notes.

One thing you can be certain of if you choose to visit this area, is that you’ll get the perfect selfie after declaring your love.

10 Mykonos Is The Greek Island For Party-Goers And Romantics

Mykonos is an island in Greece that is less laidback than the other Cycladic islands because it’s gotten a bit of a reputation for being a destination that’s great to visit if you want to party. According to Lonely Planet, there are several clubs in Hora, and the summer months of July and August are filled with party-goers.

But Mykonos also has golden beaches, beautiful pedestrian streets filled with overhanging flowers, and even art galleries and museums, all of which make for a holiday filled with charm.

9 The Hamptons Is Not Just A Beachy Playground For Rich Kids

The seaside community of The Hamptons, the east end of Long Island, is known to be the playground for the rich and famous, and a holiday destination for those who want to escape New York. But it’s also a destination that has gotten a name for the romance factor.

Many people go here to get married, or to enjoy an escape to a winery, or a beachside hotel, and there is so much choice here that there are articles suggesting where to go; like The New York Post’s “guide to the most romantic wedding, proposal and date spots in the Hamptons.” Enough said!

8 Bruges Is A City That Looks Like It Came Out Of A Fairytale

According to Culture Trip, a visit to the Belgium city of Bruges is like “stepping into a real-life fairytale.” As for why it’s a magical destination? Well, according to the publication, this is because of the cobblestoned streets, interesting buildings, chocolate shops, and the pretty canals which are home to swans.

According to Lonely Planet, the Medieval town of Bruges is one of the best preserved European cities. And the medieval historical center is reportedly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7 Mexico's San Miguel de Allende Was Voted As The Best City In The World

The city of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico was voted as the Best City In The World in 2017 based on Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. The appeal of this city is that it’s filled with color, interesting baroque architecture -- arguably the centerpiece of the city is the neo-Gothic 17th-century church, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel --  and many great resorts, This Is Insider reports.

But it’s also a city where love can start flowing because Travel US News claims it’s one of the most romantic places in the world. Lovers can stroll the streets, enjoy good local food, and take part in wine tastings or art workshops.

6 St Barths Is Exclusive (Therefore Private) And Has Breathtaking Tropical Landscapes

TimeOut makes a good argument for visiting St Barths if you want to up the romance, and that’s because the publication lists the French-speaking Caribbean Island as a region that’s “heavy on the romance.” And it is really not difficult to see why, considering it’s filled with glamour and has been visited by many celebrities, but also because it’s a destination which has breathtaking tropical landscapes.

The publication notes that St Barths is more exclusive than other destinations, which suggests that couples are able to enjoy their privacy.

5 Martha’s Vineyard Is A Charming Spot For A Short Getaway

Martha’s Vineyard is an island in Massachusetts, a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Cod, which is typically thought of as a summer holiday destination for the wealthy, including many A-list celebrities. But the beaches, the brightly colored summer cottages, the lighthouses, and the farmers' markets also makes this island a charming spot for a getaway, and according to Travel US News, it's a must for a relaxed and romantic couple's break.

Have a meal of oysters (also thought to be an aphrodisiac) or relax on the golden shores, whatever you choose to do, it’s sure to be a memorable trip.

4 Santorini Is The Supermodel Of The Greek Islands For Its Sheer Beauty

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands, and while Mykonos may be known as the party place, Lonely Planet describes Santorini as the “supermodel” of the Greek islands because of it’s sheer beauty -- and you can imagine how watching the sunset from a waterfront would be the perfect place for a proposal.

According to the publication, every year 1.5 million tourists travel to the island, and there is definitely a lot to do, whether that’s learning about the history, enjoying dry white wines, walking through the beautiful streets, or planning a tour.

3 Look No Further Than Kauai For The Most Romantic Outdoor Break

Kauai is an island that’s part of the Hawaii archipelago, which contains dramatic cliffs, sandy shores, and fantastic hiking spots. If you’re a nature lover and want to spend time in the great outdoors, then this may be the place to visit, and according to Huffington Post, it’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth not only for the landscape but also the charm of the destination.

The publication claims that Kauai has a “small town charm” and despite a considerable number of tourists each year, it’s maintained a sleepy town feel.

2 Bora Bora Is A Dream Honeymoon Destination

Travel US News notes that the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. And it’s hard to argue with this statement because it is a destination for those who want beauty, romance, and beaches. It’s also filled with colorful coral reefs, deep blue water, and is a fantastic spot for scuba diving.

Plus, according to Tahiti, it’s an “internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination” because couples feel as though they’ve escaped from the drone of everyday life to enjoy true luxury.

1 Las Vegas May Not Be Typically Romantic But It's All About Love

Many people go to Las Vegas (which is located in Nevada’s the Mojave Desert), to elope, and although this may not seem like the most romantic city in the world, it definitely has its charm. The city is not short of things to do, so you’ll never be bored, but it also encourages spontaneous romance.

There are places in the city that are considered to be “romantic,” and Las Vegas Jaunt notes that these include The High Roller at The Linq hotel, Gondola Rides at The Venetian, or a couples massage.

References: Trip Savvy, The Atlantic, Travel + Leisure, Visit Maldives, Lonely Planet