Assuming you have a romantic partner with whom to experience all that Los Angeles has to offer, this city can be one of the most romantic places in the United States. The diversity of opportunities for romance is unparalleled anywhere in the world.
From a beach getaway to a mountain retreat, from urban gardens to private sunset flights over the city, from champagne spa baths for two to sexy underground nightlife, if you can't find something in Los Angeles to set just the right romantic mood, you just aren't looking hard enough.
Grab your significant other, explore the following list, and plan your romantic getaway to Los Angeles—you're sure to find something you both enjoy.
Take a Walk on the Beach
"I love long walks on the beach" has become the cliche of the personal ad and online dating profile for the simple reason that almost everyone enjoys a day at the beach and finds walking along it romantic—even if you're the kind of person who would instead walk on the paved beach path than get your feet sandy.
This activity should almost be a given for any couple visiting Los Angeles. After all, with more than 80 miles of coastline, the beach is one of Los Angeles's top attractions. Be sure to check out not only Los Angeles beaches, but also nearby Orange County beaches, known for the mansions and affluent neighborhoods that have sprung up among them.
Share a Dinner with a View
There are many romantic restaurants all across Los Angeles, but somehow sharing a special meal over a stunning view makes it even more memorable. Restaurants such as Yamashiro, perched over the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Geoffrey's Malibu, which offers views of the coastline, bring the romance to new levels.
Go Dancing at a Sexy Nightclub
Most women love to dance and appreciate a man who is willing to make an effort, regardless of skill level. Besides, getting your freak on at one of the city's dance floors is an excellent way to end—or begin—a romantic night on the town. With a variety of clubs ranging in price from free entry to expensive cover charges, you're sure to find a great place to dance without breaking the bank—unless you want to impress your date! Exchange LA is favorite for EDM fans, while A-listers flock to Avalon Hollywood.
Stroll Through a Garden
The greater Los Angeles area has an abundance of beautiful public gardens, from encyclopedic botanic gardens to intimate Japanese meditation gardens.
Among the top garden destinations in the city, the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is perhaps the one destination you can get the most out of your garden adventure, offering more than 120 landscaped acres with 13 themed gardens for your enjoyment. Along with the exotic plants of the many gardens, you can also browse through collections of ancient manuscripts including the Gutenberg Bible from around 1455.
Take a Romantic Gondola Ride
You don't have to travel to Italy to take a romantic gondola ride. There are several locations in Southern California where you can be serenaded as you're guided along calm inland waterways.
Gondola Getaway in Long Beach offers rides around the canals of Naples Island and Alamitos Bay, while Gondola Adventures in Newport Beach provides the most ornate gondolas around. Both offer competitive pricing and a range of ride times that can fit into your budget and your schedule.
Don't forget to bundle up for your romantic gondola ride though, as it gets cold out on the water after the warm L.A. sun disappears behind the horizon. This gives you the perfect excuse to cuddle close to your loved one.
Spend a Day of Magic at Disneyland
You may think Disneyland is just for kids, but if you take a moment to get into the prince and princess fantasy, there are a lot of opportunities for romance at the "happiest place on earth," including a few hold-each-other-tight rides.
You might want to take advantage of a perfectly picturesque best places to kiss at Disneyland, or you could spend the whole day getting lost in childlike wonder amongst your favorite childhood cartoons. No matter which way you look at it, a trip to Disneyland in Los Angeles is a magical adventure you won't want to miss.
Learn Something Together
Whether it's a cooking class, a surfing lesson for two, or a couple of hours at trapeze school, sharing a learning experience can be a great way to spend bonding time during your trip to the City of Angels. Offering lessons in everything from ax throwing at Kraken Axes to ballroom dancing at Ballroom Dancing LA, Los Angeles is a makers' and doers' paradise. If you and your loved one really love learning, be sure to search out a class while you're in town.
Take a Sunset Champagne Flight Over the City
A private sunset air tour of Los Angeles in a helicopter or a small plane is a great prelude to a romantic dinner for two, and some tour companies will even fly you to dinner at a top-notch restaurant. This is a great way to sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet.
There are a variety of air tours of Los Angeles to choose from, including one from Orbic Air that takes guests on a 45-minute tour over Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, and the downtown skyline all while sipping on complimentary champagne, snacking on a delicious dessert, and cuddling close with your loved one. You even get a souvenir photo to commemorate the experience.
Have a Picnic in Los Angeles
Sharing a picnic in a special location is a romantic way to spend time together, and you can go the budget route and grab your favorite fast food or assemble a gourmet feast from a local supermarket, or you can go all out with champagne and caviar or a basket from your favorite high-end restaurant.
The Bistro Garden, Clementine Catering & Café, and Marston's Restaurant are among the best places in the city to get a prepared picnic-to-go, and once you've got your meal, consider heading over to Corona del Mar State Beach in Orange County or Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills for an ideal setting to enjoy your meal.
Go Horseback Riding
If you both enjoy horseback riding, a romantic horseback ride in the Santa Monica Mountains or on the beach can be a great way to spend time together.
The Los Angeles Horseback Riding company offers rides at sunset, sunrise, or under the moonlight, with or without food. All rides are guided, so coordinate with your guide for the setting and space you need. You can also book a private sunset horseback ride to view the Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park.
Share a Thrilling Motorcycle Ride on Mulholland Drive
For those who enjoy sharing the adventure of the open road on the back of a Harley or other motorcycle, Mulholland Drive winds along the mountains between the L.A. Basin and the Valley giving you stunning views of both.
You don't have to bring your own bike though, as there are a number of great rental companies right along the Pacific Coast Highway, such as EagleRider. Keep in mind the rentals can get expensive, especially if you plan to drive all the way up to San Francisco and return the motorcycle to a vendor there.
Take a Drive Down the Coast in a Convertible
Maybe a motorcycle might be too much of a thrill for you and your partner. Riding down the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible on a sunny day adds a little sex appeal to your adventure through Malibu. You could also follow the coast through neighborhoods all the way around the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The Orange County coast is another option, or you can spend a whole day driving from Malibu to South Orange County with stops at viewpoints along the way. Depending on the rental car company you choose (and how far you drive), prices will typically run between $100 and $300 per day.
Enjoy a Night of Music at the Hollywood Bowl
A picnic and a bottle of wine shared in a box, or even on the highest bench seats at the Hollywood Bowl can make for a delightful evening. Be sure to bring a blanket to cuddle under and keep each other warm during a chilly Southern California evening. With a variety of big-name and small-time acts gracing the stage, buying your loved one a ticket to one of these great concerts is sure to put him or her in the romantic mood.
Spend a Romantic Evening Ballroom Dancing
Dancing With the Stars has demonstrated just how sexy ballroom dancing can be, and it's still perfectly romantic to hold your partner and whirl him or her around the floor even if you're just a beginner. Fortunately, there are plenty of lessons and clubs where you can dance the tango, waltz, salsa, foxtrot, swing, and more.
For a casual experience, Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank has swing dancing every Tuesday and a variety of dance styles and other live music on other days of the week.
Share a Kiss on a Ferris Wheel
There's something a little old-fashioned and inherently romantic about riding a Ferris wheel—taking in the elevated view and sharing a kiss at the top. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is a great choice, offering a scenic view along the coast, with or without an accompanying walk on the beach.
A more recent alternative is the Pike Ferris wheel in Long Beach at twilight with a view of Shoreline Village, the Pike, the Rainbow Harbor Lighthouse, and the Queen Mary.
Take a Romantic Stroll on the Queen Mary
Keeping with the theme of nostalgia, a stroll along the deck of the 1936 Art Deco Queen Mary ocean liner with a starboard view of the Long Beach skyline is romantic at any time of day, but best as late afternoon turns to evening.
You can watch the sunset from the observation bar and watch the lights of the city come on at twilight. Make a night of it by dining in one of the ship's restaurants, and you can even get a room on board at the Queen Mary Hotel.
Rent a Pedal Boat
A leisurely pedal boat (paddle boat) ride is a pleasant way to share an hour or two outdoors, especially on a hot day, and Los Angeles has plenty of fun places where you and your loved one can experience this fun activity.
Kayak to a Picnic at Huntington Harbor
Still-water kayaking can be a romantic way to spend a few hours on a sunny Southern California day. It's easier to have a conversation while gliding along inland waterways, disturbed only by the occasional wake of a motorboat, than to have to holler over the ocean waves. Moseying along side-by-side in individual kayaks is more conducive to flirting than when you're seated one in front of the other, but if one of you is a much stronger paddler, it's best to get a tandem kayak so the weaker paddler doesn't get frustrated trying to keep up.
One of the best spots to rent kayaks is at Huntington Harbor in Sunset Beach, where there are tiny little pocket beaches so you can pull over and picnic.
Shop for Diamonds in the Los Angeles Jewelry District
Even if diamonds aren’t yet on the horizon, you'll find all kinds of trinkets in the Los Angeles Jewelry District in downtown Los Angeles. It's the largest wholesale jewelry district in the country with almost 5,000 businesses. Your significant other will be so dazzled that he or she won't mind that you're shopping wholesale! The main core of the district is on Hill Street between 5th and 8th Streets, with more businesses on the parallel streets of Olive and Broadway.
Pick a Romantic Spot for a Proposal
If you're thinking about popping the question, Los Angeles has some truly unique opportunities to make it a memorable moment. A few memorable ideas: while on a horseback riding tour of the city's beaches, on top of the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, or on the famous Ribbon Board at Dodger Stadium.
Take a Romantic Getaway
Maybe you've already explored all that Los Angeles has to offer, or perhaps you and your loved one just need to get out of the city for a while. Either way, there are plenty of romantic getaways within a few hours of the City of Angels, perfect for a weekend or day trip with your significant other. A quick road trip from Los Angeles—think a camping trip to Malibu, a day spent in sunny Santa Barbara's State Street shops or exploring the Old Mission Santa Barbara—is a great idea.