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What to do in Zurich

By The Hub team

Passion Passport is a community-based website that tells meaningful travel stories and facilitates global connections. Our team hails from across the United States and Canada and is always up for an adventure. To learn more about where we're going and what we're doing, visit our website: PassionPassport.com

On the surface, Zurich, Switzerland, is known for banking and finance — but those who dig a little deeper discover just how enchanting the city really is. If you have the opportunity to visit, check out some of our favorite spots in this charming, upscale destination.

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Enjoy the view

Known for its scenic environments and outdoor attractions, Zurich is a perfectly walkable city. The waterfront is also a great location for picnicking and sailing. To refuel after your lakeside adventures, head to one of the area's charming restaurants — we loved Seerestaurant Quai 61 and Fischers Fritz.

After you've refueled, embark on a shopping trip for Swiss goods and souvenirs in Bahnhofstrasse, a thoroughfare that connects Lake Zurich with the city's main railway station. Home to an array of boutiques and department stores, this area presents countless opportunities to soak up the surrounding views.

waterfront in Zurich

Since Bahnhofstrasse is a highly popular locale, you'll get a more intimate experience if you venture off of the main thoroughfare and explore the areas of Augustinergasse and Rennweg Street. While they are home to a number of beautiful shops, they also acted as the city's most significant streets during the Middle Ages. Today, the popular areas are filled with boutiques, but photographers will attest that the historic, pastel buildings are now the streets' biggest draw.

For a closer look at Zurich's history, visit one of the city's most famous landmarks: the Grossmünster Cathedral, a Protestant church dating back to 1100. If you climb to the top of one of the building's two towers, you'll be greeted with views of Zurich's lake and rooftops beyond.

Another one of Zurich's famed churches is St. Peterskirche, which also happens to be the oldest in the region. Built in the ninth century, St. Peterskirche is home to the largest clock face in all of Europe, measuring 28.5 feet (8.7 meters) in diameter. The tower also features five bells that date back to the late 1800s. Visitors can explore the stunning clocktower and tour the church's minimal — yet historical — interior, which features remnants of a medieval mural.

Swiss flag along stairwell in Zurch

St. Peterskirche in Zurich

Taste the traditions

No visit to Switzerland would be complete without sampling the country's sweetest delicacy — chocolate. Zurich's famous confectioner Confiserie Sprungli is a dream for visitors with a sweet tooth. With a legacy of over 175 years, the shop's popularity endures with delicious handmade desserts ranging from truffles to cakes.

Another favorite of ours is Zeughauskeller, a locale serving traditional Swiss cuisine and local beer. Built in 1487, Zeughauskeller is also historically significant, as the building was initially used to store weapons in medieval times — though in 1926, it evolved to be a welcoming social spot for hungry patrons. As an added bonus, the menu is traveler-friendly — meaning it's written in eight different languages — and includes Zurich specialities like zürcher geschnetzeltes (sliced veal in gravy) and rösti (Swiss hash browns).

Birds flying above buildings in Zurich

Bask in beauty

After taking in Zurich's stunning sights, you might want to view them from an entirely different perspective. If that's the case, consider embarking on a Limmat River Cruise. While riding a motorized boat along the Limmat River, you'll pass the quaint features of Old Town and Lake Zurich — so be sure to bring your camera along! A round-trip cruise lasts about 50 minutes and costs 4.40 CHF (roughly 4.43 USD) for adults.

Regardless of what time of year you visit, Zurich always has plenty to offer.

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Spending a week in Iceland

By The Hub team

Passion Passport is a community-based website that tells meaningful travel stories and facilitates global connections. Our team hails from across the United States and Canada and is always up for an adventure. To learn more about where we're going and what we're doing, visit our website: PassionPassport.com

Iceland is a place of incomparable beauty. We recently visited some of the country's most popular destinations and explored the stunning landscapes that it is most known for. If you have the opportunity to travel to this country full of otherworldly views, be sure to check out some of our favorite places.

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Visit the capital city

Reykjavík may not be a large city, but it still offers plenty to do and see. The capital's relatively small size makes it easy to visit its most notable attractions on foot or by bicycle. Architecture enthusiasts should stop by Harpa Concert Hall to marvel at the iconic glass building, while music lovers should check out the hall's events and enjoy its array of shows, such as Iceland's Symphony Orchestra performances.

For great photo opportunities and gravity defying architecture, seek out Hallgrimskirikja, the largest church in all of Iceland. Designed by Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937 and inspired by the shapes that emerge when lava cools, the church can be spotted from almost anywhere in the city. Visitors can also climb to the top of its tower for the best views of the city below — so don't forget your camera! Once you've seen this architectural beauty, explore the city center on foot. If you're looking for a place to shop, visit Laugavegur Street, Bankastræti, Skólavörðustígur, and Lækjargata.

One of the many swimming pools in the Reykjavik area.

If you want a truly Icelandic experience, visit one of the many swimming pools in the Reykjavík area. Located behind Hallgrimskirikja, Sundhöll Reykjavíkur is the country's oldest public bath. Or, take some time to relax at Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 30 minutes from the capital city by car — though, if you're not looking to rent a car, you can also take a bus from Reykjavík to the spa. The locale is open year-round, and the water in the large lake is always warm and beautifully hued. Experience the seemingly magical powers of geothermal seawater at this natural spa and enjoy a mask bar, a massage, an in-water bar, and a sauna and steam room. Note: this is a popular activity, so be sure to book in advance.

Travel along the Golden Circle

If you want to road-trip around iceland, the Golden Circle is the perfect route for you. It features three of Iceland's most popular destinations: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. There are also many Golden Circle tours to choose from, if you prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery without the hassle of driving.

Your first stop will likely be Thingvellir, which became a national park in 1930 and later, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to Thingvellir's fascinating geology and unique history, visitors are often enchanted by its proximity to tectonic plates, lava rocks, and surrounding volcanoes. Interestingly, the land was once used as a meeting place for the parliament of the Viking Age commonwealth (its name actually means "the fields of parliament"). Today, the park is also a popular draw for those interested in bird-watching, diving, snorkeling, and viewing the Northern Lights (come winter).

Thingvellir national park in Iceland

Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

The second stop along the route is Gullfoss Waterfall, a stunning waterfall located in an ancient valley. The two-tiered fall is beautiful during both the winter and the summer, offering cascades of ice in cold weather and an abundance of rainbows just after the spring thaw.

From here, Geysir Hot Springs Area is just a short drive away and a 50-minute trip from Thingvellir. Although the geysir is a famous hot spring, it isn't the only geyser in this geothermal area. Keep an eye out for the region's most active, Strokkur, which sprouts hot water approximately every few minutes. Have your camera ready and keep a safe distance from the boiling eruption.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Immerse yourself in beauty

Stunning vistas are not uncommon in Iceland. It seems like everywhere you look, there are natural wonders to observe and photograph. One of Iceland's most beautiful destinations is Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, an area filled with blue waters dotted with glistening icebergs. What's more, this particular location is also popular among those aspiring to spot the Northern Lights. If you want to get up close and personal with the frozen landscape, the lagoon hosts amphibian boat tours, which allow you to sail alongside the icebergs. You might even spot some seals leading the way. While the lagoon is nearly six hours from Iceland's capital, it's a beautiful drive, which offers roadtrippers the chance to observe a range of Icelandic scenery along the way.

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What to do in Sydney

By The Hub team

Passion Passport is a community-based website that tells meaningful travel stories and facilitates global connections. Our team hails from across the United States and Canada and is always up for an adventure. To learn more about where we're going and what we're doing, visit our website: PassionPassport.com

Between its sparkling beaches, gorgeous vistas, and plentiful outdoor adventures, Sydney is a paradise that often feels a million miles away. On a recent trip, we explored the best of this coastal city, and we want to help you do the same. In that light, here are a few of our favorites activities in the Land Down Under.

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Get to know the city

Sydney is known around the world for its friendly atmosphere and welcoming hospitality. In addition, its sunny disposition, good weather, unique architecture, vibrant gardens, and hidden gems merit a place at the top of any bucket list.Whether your stay in this Australian city is short or extensive, your first stop should be Sydney's most recognizable structures: the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Their iconic designs helped put Sydney on the map, and their location on the waterfront makes them all the more beautiful.If you're jetlagged and are in need of some downtime, spend an afternoon relaxing in the city's multiple green spaces. From the unique, sunken plots of Paddington Reservoir Gardens (built on land that used to supply water to the city) to the thriving flower beds of Wendy's Secret Garden (established by a local in the 1990s), you'll have your pick of parks and nature reserves. Commit to an afternoon in your chosen locale, and if you're so inclined, bring along a picnic lunch, a camera, or a sketchbook.

Sunrise over three sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia

Explore the great outdoors

No trip to Australia would be complete without exploring the country's beaches and peaks.

The Blue Mountains are the best option for those looking to escape the bustle of Sydney without the long haul of a multi-day journey. This stunning range is part of a national park, which lies just 60 miles (100 kilometers) outside of Sydney proper. The mountains themselves offer plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking, canyoning, and mountain biking — so be sure to pack your walking shoes!

During your time in Sydney, don't pass up Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which is home to pristine shorelines and sparkling blue waters. No matter the season, this national park will stun you with its abundance of wildlife and cultural legacies. While you're at the park, keep an eye out for brightly colored birds, and stretch your legs with a trek on the Aboriginal Heritage walk, where you can see handprints and rock carvings from the area's aboriginal people. No one's quite sure how long these artifacts have been there, but archaeologists estimate that the carvings are more than 7,000 years old.

Finally, get up close and personal with Australia's most famous animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park. If you've always wanted to cuddle a koala, pet a dingo, or hold a baby crocodile, this is your chance. The park is run by a team of animal specialists, who love to teach visitors all about the animals and their ecosystems, and they'll gladly snap a photo of you interacting with these uniquely Australian species!

Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

Spend some time on the water

Water enthusiasts rejoice! Sydney is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, and the sandy shorelines certainly live up to the hype.

Make Sydney Harbour your first stop and venture into the water for activities such as kayaking and whale-watching. Or, if you'd prefer to stay on dry land, you can always explore Barangaroo, a dynamic precinct that bustles with attractions, including restaurants, boutiques, gardens, and art installations. Although Barangaroo's development is still ongoing, this creative hub will be the centerpiece of the waterfront for years to come.

For beautiful views of the harbor, take a stroll down Circle Walk. If you do, remember to wear sneakers — after all, the trail is 37 miles (60 kilometers) long! You can either traverse a small portion of the walk or you can commit to taking several days to complete the entire route. Regardless of which option you choose, the scenery makes this trek a must-see.

Lastly, whether you consider yourself a beach enthusiast or not, Bondi Beach has something for everyone. While water-lovers take to the crystal-clear water to swim or surf, other visitors can traverse the coastal cliff tops, shop at the area's many markets, or grab a bite at one of Bondi's famous eateries. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy this area's iconic offerings!

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A weekend in San Francisco

By The Hub team

Passion Passport is a community-based website that tells meaningful travel stories and facilitates global connections. Our team hails from across the United States and Canada and is always up for an adventure. To learn more about where we're going and what we're doing, visit our website: PassionPassport.com

Enchanted by the beauty of San Francisco? This summer, we traveled to the west coast to explore all that this city by the bay has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite locations.

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Chinatown in San Francisco

Explore the city

Mission District — The Mission District is known for its multicultural enclaves and host of delicious restaurants, including Taquería Cancún, a popular place to grab a burrito (or three), and Foreign Cinema, a restaurant that features both foreign and independent films in its gorgeous outdoor courtyard. That said, the district is most well known for housing Mission Dolores, the oldest building in San Francisco. Many travelers visit the gardens and cemeteries of the site and stand in awe of the centuries-old structure. For gorgeous views of the downtown area, head down the street to Dolores Park.

Union Square — As the main commercial area of San Francisco, Union Square offers a variety of shopping opportunities, as well as plenty of theaters, hotels, galleries, and restaurants. To support local artistic ventures, venture to the American Conservatory Theater, a non-profit theater company. Union Square is also known for the iconic Cable Car Turnaround at Market and Powell streets. Taking a cable car is a great — and popular — way to experience San Francisco and to catch some incredible views of the city as well — plus, seeing the cable car turnaround is an experience in itself.

Chinatown — San Francisco is home to North America's oldest Chinatown enclave, which has welcomed generations of Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans over the decades. Wander through the neighborhood, and you'll stumble across a host of markets, traditional restaurants, and intriguing shops. You'll likely traverse the main thoroughfares of Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, but if you duck into side streets and alleyways along your route, you'll discover hidden treasures, such as Tin How Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in the United States. If you get hungry from all of the walking, take a break and enjoy egg tarts and other traditional sweets at Golden Gate Bakery on Grant Avenue. To learn more about the Chinese immigrant experience in the U.S., visit the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum. If you're lucky enough to visit during Chinese New Year or the Autumn Moon Festival, you'll have the chance to experience lively celebrations with plenty of parades, dances, food, and entertainment.

California Street in San Francisco

Admire stunning views

California Street — California Street is a beloved locale that doubles as a photographer's playground. As one of the longest streets in San Francisco, this famous thoroughfare encourages visitors to traverse the Financial District, Lincoln Park, Chinatown, and even Nob Hill. To fully experience the street, take the California cable car route.

Lombard Street — You've undoubtedly seen photos of this famous street before, because it's known as one of the steepest and curviest in the United States. Lombard Street's most famous section is in the Russian Hill neighborhood, which features eight sharp turns that make for interesting photo opportunities. There is an abundance of beautiful mansions scattered across the area, and in the spring, you'll also be able to spot a plethora of flowers blooming.

Twin Peaks — Have an affinity for beautiful views? Twin Peaks is a must-visit location for photographers and hikers alike. These peaks provide stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the downtown area, nearby Angel Island, and more. That said, many travel to the north peak parking lot for views of the city. While you'll find plenty of photo opportunities here, be sure to take some time to explore. Hike the trails across the peaks and enjoy the wildlife that roam the area.

Pier 9 in San Francisco

Wander along the waterfront

Fisherman's Wharf — To experience San Francisco's most beloved tourist attraction, head to Fisherman's Wharf. With historic ships, seafood restaurants, boutique shops, and entertainment venues, this area has something for everyone. Learn about sea lions at the Sea Lion Center, experience maritime history at San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, and enjoy theatre, music, and comedy performances at nearby venues. You can arrive at the wharf by ferry or take to the water and explore the bay via boat. You can also take a boat from Fisherman's Wharf to visit both Alcatraz and Angel Islands.

Embarcadero — Walk (or bike) along the Embarcadero waterfront, and you'll spot a variety of piers, parks, and restaurants. Check out the iconic Ferry Building, which houses shops, restaurants, and an abundance of food stalls. For more shopping, dining, and live entertainment, head to Pier 39. And, if you've got a hankering for sustainable seafood, pay a visit to Fog Harbor while you're there — it also offers great views of the water. That said, dessert lovers should walk to the end of the Embarcadero to visit Ghirardelli Square, which features various shops, restaurants, and (free) chocolate samples.

Crissy Field — Crissy Field was transformed from a former military airfield into a beautiful environmental area where visitors can stroll on windswept beaches and enjoy a picnic lunch with a view. Perfect for walking, biking, or just relaxing, the promenade offers stunning views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge at any time of day.

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Iceland: A place that wows at every turn

By The Hub team

"It felt like a different planet. Everywhere you go is beautiful."

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Iceland: A land of diverse and breathtaking Nordic landscapes – from glistening glaciers, incredible waterfalls, exploding geysers and more, you can find it all across this vast land of marvelousness.

For freelance photographer Tim Landis, a trip to Iceland was a dream come true – an island of immense beauty asking to be captured through a lens.

But Tim's dream was fulfilled both professionally and personally. Thanks to United's MileagePlus® program, Tim's wife Staci and their three children -- Makenzie (16), Madden (13) and Amara (11) – came along for the incredible experience.

"Soaking it all in was amazing but watching my family experience it as well was even better," said Tim.

World-famous Blue Lagoon

It was the ultimate family adventure – four days filled with the best of the best that Iceland has to offer. The trip kicked off with a stop at the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa whose vivid turquoise water attracts tourists from all over the world. Each day that followed brought a new sense of curiosity and wonder.

Day 2

A drive along the Golden Circle, stopping to marvel at the gorgeous sights of Thingvellir National Park, playing the waiting game anticipating when the geysir will erupt and taking in the massiveness of the Gullfoss waterfall.

Dyrh\u00f3laey cliff

Day 3

Continuing on to Vik along the stunning southern coast of Iceland visiting various sites along the way, including two of Iceland's most famous waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. A bit of rain and fog didn't deter plans to check out Dyrhólaey, where the sea meets the dramatic cliff and where you can catch a glimpse of a puffin, Iceland's most famous bird.

Kayaking through the J\u00f6kuls\u00e1rl\u00f3n Glacier Lagoon

Day 4

The fourth day began with an early wake-up call to drive to Skaftafell National Park, home to some of the most precious natural pearls of the country. Here, you'll find breathtaking scenery, rugged mountains and beautiful glaciers, and a variety of plants and wildlife. The day continued with a boat excursion at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where you can cruise between the marvelous icebergs which regularly break off the glacier and make their way to the sea.

The Landis family will forever be able to look back on their Icelandic adventure through the awe-inspiring photography they captured. But beyond the unreal scenery, unforgettable memories and unbelievable experience, the family's #UnitedJourney trip strengthened the Landis' most precious treasure: their unbreakable bond.

"One of the biggest takeaways from the trip is that we all saw each other grow in a small way. As parents, we got to see our kids be creative while also allowing them the space to interpret the world in their own way," said Staci. "I didn't travel much as a kid so being able to be alongside them during this opportunity and watch them take it all in is truly special."

As for Tim, he says the chance to share this journey through Iceland with his family is almost indescribable.

"It was incredible to experience a multitude of 'firsts' together – new and different foods, a variety of new experiences, landscapes we're never seen before and experiencing the grandeur of so many amazing piece of natural history," he said. "This trip was one for the books and we're so thankful for the opportunity."

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

5 tips & tricks we learned during our Icelandic experience:

  • Layers, layers, layers! A famous saying in Iceland is: "If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes." The expression reflects the notoriously changeable weather of the country, so pack for all four seasons because chances are, you'll experience them all in one day.
  • Rent a car. Most of Iceland's top attractions are remote and spread out around the island, and with no railway system, your options of getting around are limited. Rent a car and hit the road for the ultimate road trip! *Note: Car rental is quite pricey in Iceland but use your MileagePlus® miles to book via Hertz and earn miles for your next adventure.
  • Factor in time for extra stops. Driving around Iceland is far from boring and each turn reveals a breathtaking landscape after the next. Plan for extra stops along the way because trust us, you will want to stop and take in the beauty. Note: Fill up whenever you see a gas stations – you never know how long it'll be before you see another one.
  • Order fish and chips at least once. Surrounded by the North Atlantic, no wonder Iceland offers some of the freshest seafood around. Our favorite? The classic fish and chips, specifically from the small red shack at the entrance to Skógafoss. A must, if you ask us!
  • Prepare to throw off your sleeping habits. During the summer months, Iceland has daylight for up to 20+ hours per day while in the winter, the may only be a few hours of daylight. Either way, adjusting your body to a sleep schedule is tricky.

Inspired to take your Icelandic adventure? United offers seasonal, daily nonstop flights from Newark to Reykjavik – only a four hour and forty minute flight! Book at United.com.

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7 destinations for couples based on your travel style

By Betsy Mikel

No two couples seek the same travel experience. Whether it's your first trip together or your tenth, your dream vacation comes down to what you enjoy doing together.

Do you seek action and adventure? Rest and relaxation? Some couples might find kicking back on a beach totally rejuvenating, while others might find it totally dull. If you're planning an upcoming trip with your partner, consider these couple-friendly destinations based on your interests.

Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

For lovers of ancient history and traditions

Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto provides the opportunity to truly feel like you're stepping back in time. Over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines invite you to experience ancient Japan, infusing a reflective and reverent tone throughout the entire city.

While the city is walkable, you'll want to consider renting bikes while there to cover the most ground. Kyoto boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with temples and shrines around almost every corner. The striking Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) is well worth the visit, even though you'll most likely be sharing the view with a large crowd. Visit Gion, the city's historic district, around dusk when you're most likely to see geishas in full traditional dress and makeup tiptoeing around the cobblestone streets on their way to evening engagements.

Experience Japanese culture to its fullest by staying in a centuries-old ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. Ryokans are sanctuaries of serenity, tradition and Japanese design. The rooms are simple, but the customer service is excellent — many feature in-room dining as well as your own private hot springs and gardens.

Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

For adventure seekers and eco-conscious travelers

Want an adrenaline rush as you zip through the rainforest and paddle through roaring rapids? Costa Rica is a popular destination for couples who seek adventure and excitement. The country's lush rainforests and natural beauty make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Because Costa Rica's natural resources and wildlife are the main attractions for visitors, the entire country is committed to eco-friendly travel with natural lodges and sustainable hotels.

Adventure-seeking couples can use La Fortuna as their home base. The small town is the gateway to Arenal, an active volcano only a few hours away from the San Jose airport. Many companies in La Fortuna offer tours and excursions to experience the surrounding area and its natural beauty. Join a guide at the Arenal volcano to hike its trails or explore via a mountain bike tour. Zip lining and whitewater rafting are some of La Fortuna's most popular excursions, as are the area's hanging bridges and the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall. Always try to book the first tour or excursion of the day. Other travelers are more likely to get started later, which means you'll have the guides and rainforest all to yourselves in the morning.

After a day or two of adventuring, La Fortuna's hot springs offer the perfect respite for tired muscles. Many of the area's hotels are built next to thermal waters heated by the Arenal volcano, and you don't need to be a hotel guest to enjoy them. Day-long and half-day packages sometimes include a meal. It's recommended to pre-book your visit as many of the hot springs set a maximum capacity to make for a more private and relaxing experience.

Milky Way over Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, U.S.

For outdoor buffs and nature lovers

Want to take your vacation outdoors? Revel in majestic landscapes surrounded by snow-capped mountains at Rocky Mountain National Park. It's one of the country's largest national parks with 265,769 acres of pristine wilderness. At just a two-hour drive from Denver, you can make it an easy day trip or spend several days camping in one of the park's more remote areas. From easy and accessible walks to more difficult and challenging terrain, you can enjoy the 355 miles of trails no matter what your experience level is.

Couples can enjoy the park any time of year. From skiing or snowshoeing under a full moon in the winter to gliding through the lake on a kayak or paddle boat in the summer, it's more fun to share these experiences with a partner. Depending on where you explore within the park and during which season, you'll also likely spot some wildlife. Bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer all call Rocky Mountain National Park home. The park also offers horseback riding, fishing, and night sky and astronomy programs during the summer months.

This is also a great destination for couples who want to tie the knot; the park offers 13 pre-scouted locations for weddings and other ceremonies. You'll just need to reserve them ahead of time and pay the $150 fee.

Buckingham fountain and Chicago downtown skyline

Chicago, U.S.

For art lovers and foodies

Take in world-class art, architecture, outdoor public art and natural history in the Windy City. The Art Institute of Chicago contains famous paintings from nearly every era, including works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Georgia O'Keeffe, among others. The Art Institute Modern Wing and the Museum of Contemporary Art are havens for those who love contemporary art. The two museums stand just 1.5 miles apart off Michigan Avenue, the city's largest shopping district.

Chicago offers a plethora of other opportunities to take in world-class art and culture. The Field Museum of Natural History houses the skeleton of the largest dinosaur that ever lived. Photo opportunities abound in front of the many famous public artworks, which include the giant reflective Cloud Gate, Picasso's 50-foot sculpture of a monkey and the iconic Alexander Calder-designed Flamingo sculpture. Just 10 miles to the west of the city is Oak Park, which is home to an enclave of historic buildings by the Prairie School architect Frank Lloyd Wright, including The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Unity Temple.

After a day of exploring museums and contemplating art, discuss your favorites over dinner at one of Chicago's 25 Michelin-starred restaurants. If fine dining isn't your style, there are plenty of more up-and-coming and established restaurants that span nearly every type of cuisine and price point. Head to the lively West Loop neighborhood to eat and drink, just a short cab or subway ride away from Chicago's downtown. From upscale Chinese and sushi to laid-back barbecue and the city's most sought-after burgers, West Loop offers a dining experience for every palate imaginable.

Bays and towns along the Dalmation Coast

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

For a European city and beach destination

Croatia offers a part-city, part-beach experience for couples looking for a hybrid vacation. Start in Zagreb, the country's capital, where you can visit ancient churches, museums and farmers' markets to get the full old European city experience. Then head to the coast where the bright blue waters of the Adriatic Sea await — crystal clear and made for strolling and relaxing. Go on a sea kayak excursion, take a ferry or hire a private boat to explore the many islands and inlets that dot the coast.

Some of Croatia's most famous beaches are off the coast of Split, the country's second largest city, and Dubrovnik, Croatia's most southern coastal city. The beach options are varied, ranging from more popular to more secluded. Generally, the longer a trip it is to get to the beach, the less crowded you can expect it to be. Some are sandy and others are lined with pebbles, but all offer beautiful shorelines and pure, turquoise-blue water — perfect for enjoying the sun and the sea.

Kilauea Beach in Kauai, Hawai

Kauai, Hawaii

For a stress-free and relaxing vacation

Need to unplug and unwind? Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit in Kauai, Hawaii's oldest and northernmost island. Kauai is lush, green and beautiful. It's nicknamed the "Garden Isle" thanks to the tropical rainforest covering most of the island. You'll feel like you're in paradise as you relax on its peaceful beaches with sparkling blue water lapping at your feet.

You may choose to spend most of your time at one of Kauai's many resorts, which go above and beyond to ensure guests have a relaxing experience. Many offer oceanfront views, white-sand beaches, on-property pools and luxurious spas.

If you choose to venture out to explore more of the island, even driving in Kauai is relaxing. Scenic lookout points with beautiful photo opportunities dot the coastal roads. One of Kauai's popular natural attractions is Wailua Falls, a dramatic 85-foot-high waterfall that's easy to access by car. If you have more time, visit Waimea Canyon. It's known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, offering panoramic views of the colorful red, brown and green canyon.

vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

For wine and nature lovers

Sitting at the foot of the Andes Mountains and in the heart of wine country, Mendoza is one of Argentina's most romantic and beautiful cities. The wine is plentiful, the local culture vibrant and the scenery spectacular. With its wide tree-lined streets, a mix of art deco and modern architecture, and many plazas adorned with ornate fountains, Mendoza invites leisurely strolling. The city is lively and laid-back during the day, and becomes even more vibrant at night.

Many come for the wine — this is South America's top wine region, after all. Mendoza's sunny climate makes this region ideal for growing malbec grapes, its most celebrated wine. Everyone from novice drinkers to serious oenophiles will enjoy wine tasting and touring vineyards. The Mendoza region is vast with more than 1,500 wineries. If you're overwhelmed by the options, many private and group tours are available to guide your experience. There are even wine tours by horseback or bike.

There's far more to do here besides drink wine. Olive oil is another regional specialty; visit scenic olive groves for tours and tastings. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Consider whitewater rafting and ziplining through the Andes Mountains. Once you've worked up an appetite, indulge in Argentinian cuisine and sample asado grilled meats. And no romantic vacation is complete without some R&R. Take a day trip to the Cacheuta Hot Springs, just 18 miles from Mendoza, where you can soak in thermal waters, mud baths and hot pools while taking in the mountain view.

Getting there

When you've figured out the best getaway type for you and your partner, book your flight at united.com or by using the convenient United app, and share your story on social media with the #UnitedJourney hashtag.

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