Paris. Venice. Santorini. Those are the places that come to mind when you think of the "most romantic destinations in the world." But not all newlywed or engaged couples want (or can afford) to jet off to the usual suspects. Though, a lot like love itself, you can find romance in the most unexpected spots across the globe.
If you're looking to get out of town for a weekend with your fiancé before the wedding, make a quick trip to the nation's capital or head down south to Charleston for a scenic, movie-like moment. For the travel-obsessed couple who's already been just about everywhere on the map, celebrate your marriage somewhere more unexpected like Brussels or Marrakech.
Here, seven cities that are surprisingly romantic.
Washington, D.C.: The monuments might look cold at first glance, but sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking out at the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument at sunset is a quintessential movie moment. Grab dinner along the Potomac River and we guarantee love will be budding like the beautiful cherry blossoms in spring!
Brussels, Belgium: What says romance more than chocolate? Known for the decadent dessert, Brussels offers the perfect balance between culture and quiet — and, of course, delicious sweets!
Charleston, South Carolina: Between the majestic plantations, historic B&Bs, and cobblestone streets lined with horse-drawn carriages, this Southern destination is perfect for a short, but sweet trip.
Lisbon, Portugal: The ancient city dwells below a castle — seriously! Factor in the palm trees, cobblestone streets, and vintage trams, and you've got a fairy tale-meets-tropical getaway.
Marrakech, Morocco: The spices, bustling markets, and colorful tapestries found in this vibrant city are spellbinding. A camel ride through the nearby Sahara desert at sunset is a seriously adventurous alternative to a staid romantic stroll.
Providence, Rhode Island: Can't make the flight to Venice? Head to Providence, Rhode Island instead. Make a reservation at an Italian restaurant, and then cozy up on a gondola ride along one of Providence's three rivers.
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam is a lot more sophisticated than you think. With more waterways than Venice, couples can explore the city by boat or hop on a tandem bike and ride down the windy streets. Legend says to steal a kiss on the Skinny Bridge to guarantee everlasting love.