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Romance in the City of Angels
Assuming you have a romantic partner with whom to experience all that Los Angeles has to offer, LA can be one of the most romantic places in the United States, and 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.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Take a Walk on the Beach
"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 rather 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 over 80 miles of coastline, the beach is one of LA's Top Attractions. Be sure to check out not only Los Angeles beaches but nearby Orange County beaches, known for the mansions and rich neighborhoods that have sprung up among them.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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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. Our list of "LA's Best Romantic Restaurants with a View" features establishments that not only have exceptional food but also provide a feast for the eyes with views of the city, the Pacific Ocean, or the surrounding mountains.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Go Dancing at a Sexy LA Nightclub
Most women love to dance and appreciate a man who is willing to at least make the effort, regardless of skill level. Besides, getting your freak on at one of the city's dance floors is a good way to end—or begin—a romantic night on the town.
Be sure to explore this list of the top Los Angeles dance clubs and find the scene that suits you and your partner's needs. 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 really impress your date!Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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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. Perfect for nature-lovers and those who want to escape the city's busy streets, the best public gardens in Los Angeles provide ample entertainment in picturesque, romantic settings.
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 over 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.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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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, for instance, offers rides around the canals of Naples Island and Alamitos Bay while Gondola Adventures in Newport Beach offers the most ornate gondolas around, and 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 LA sun disappears behind the horizon, which makes for a perfect excuse to cuddle close to your loved one.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Charter a Sailboat or Yacht
There's nothing quite like a private excursion on the water to get the romantic blood flowing, and with plenty of options to choose from Los Angeles is one of the best cities to rent a sailboat or charter a yacht to take you and your special loved one on a private cruise of the bay.
You can either book a charter with a skipper, or if you're a skilled sailor, rent a boat and pack a picnic for a day out on the water—either way, you and your loved one are sure to enjoy the sites and sounds of this relaxing day trip.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Take a Romantic Brunch or Dinner Cruise
Some prefer the independence of a sailboat picnic, but for those who would prefer to be waited on out on the water, you can take a brunch or dinner cruise from various Southern California locations with Hornblower Cruises.
Although there are a variety of pricing options, trips on this luxurious brunch cruise typically cost between $50 and $100 per person and last from boarding time at 11:30 a.m. until pulling back into port around 2 p.m.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Get a Spa Treatment for Two
Many spas have couples treatment rooms, but some are a cut above, with better ambiance and more unique services, which we've compiled into this list of "Top Couples Spas in Los Angeles."
These exclusive spots have the most romantic treatment rooms where you can share an hour massage, a champagne bath, or a full day of pampering with your special someone to get them relaxed and show them just how much you care. Treatments range in price from moderately cheap to extremely expensive, depending on where you go, but no matter what, you're in for a treat if you stop by a spa on your trip to Los Angeles.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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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 these 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.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Learn Something Together
Whether it's a cooking class, a surfing lesson for two, or a couple 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 ($39 per person) to ballroom dancing at Ballroom Blitz (six lessons for $69), 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.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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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. A great way to sweep her off her feet!
There are a variety of air tours of Los Angeles to choose from, including one from Orbic Air ($349) that takes guests on a 45-minute tour over Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, and the Downtown skyline all while sipping on a complimentary champagne toast, snacking on delicious dessert, and cuddling close with your loved one—you even get a souvenir photo to commemorate the experience.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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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 at Coldwater, Clementine on Ensley Avenue, and Marston's in Pasadena 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.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Romantic Horseback Riding in Los Angeles
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 has 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, and there are additional ranches offering rides from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes and Huntington Beach. See all the options in this guide to horseback riding in LA.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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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 LA 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 (PCH), but keep in mind these can get expensive, especially if you plan to drive all the way up to San Francisco and return the motorcycle to a vendor there.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Take a Drive Down the Coast in a Convertible
Maybe a motorcycle might be too much of a thrill for you and your partner, but riding down the PCH in a convertible on a sunny day adds a little sex appeal to your adventure through Malibu, or following 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.
You can compare rates for convertibles at Expedia.com (search Los Angeles car rentals and check off the convertible box), but prices will typically run between $100 and $300 per day, depending on how far you drive.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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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 (although the music and view will be way better from a Box). Be sure to bring a blanket to cuddle under and keep each other warm on 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. If you're both big fans of music and looking for more options though, don't forget to visit our Los Angeles Summer Concert Series page.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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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 truly retro Fred and Ginger experience, get dolled up and try the Sky Room in Long Beach, and for a more 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.
For tango dancing, visit Tango Aficionado LA; for salsa dancing visit The Conga Room at LA Live or Vida Salsera Salsa Dance Listings; and for swing dancing check out Memories in Whittier, Southland Strutters Ball in Orange, CA on Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Atomic Ballroom in Irvine.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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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.
Both locations also have a classic merry-go-round for a little more nostalgic play, but make sure your date isn't afraid of heights before you plan this outing!Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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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!Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Rent a Pedal Boat in LA or Orange County
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.
You can rent pedal boats from Fast Kayak Redondo Beach, and Alfredo's Beach Club has Aqua Cycles at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach and Pedal Boats at Whittier Narrows while El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach also rents pedal boats. Alternatively, you can try out wheel fun rentals at both Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley (OC) and the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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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, we recommend a tandem kayak so the weaker paddler doesn't get frustrated trying to keep up.
There are many lovely places where you can kayak through peaceful canals, marinas, or inland bays. One of our favorites is at Huntington Harbor in Sunset Beach, where there are tiny little pocket beaches where you can pull over and picnic.
Another is kayaking around Naples Island in Long Beach. The route around the small inner island under all the bridges is charming, but there's nowhere to stop and picnic. However, there's plenty of... beach along the peninsula where you rent the kayaks, and also another stretch at Marine Park on the opposite side of the big island.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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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, 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. Find out more about the Los Angeles Jewelry District and spend the day ring shopping with your special someone.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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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. Check out these top romantic (and sometimes crazy) ways to propose in Los Angeles, including 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. Many of the items on this list, in fact, are mentioned above!Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Take a Romantic Getaway
Maybe you've already explored all that Los Angeles has to offer, or maybe 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.
Check out these quick road trips from LA and plan your getaway advanture—you and your partner are sure to love a day spent together on the open road and exploring some of California's best destinations. From a camping trip to Malibu to a day spent in sunny Santa Barbara's State Street shops or exploring the Santa Barbara Mission, California is full of unique locations and fun adventures.