Anniversary Vacation Ideas

Anniversary Vacation Ideas #1: Astoria, Oregon - For our anniversary every year, my husband and I look for a small retreat that we can enjoy without any of our three children. We found a beautiful and affordable nook in Astoria, Oregon. This just goes to prove that you don't need to go far from home to enjoy the luxuries you crave on a getaway.

We stayed at The Cannery Pier Hotel. We had a private balcony, a claw foot tub, phenomenal room service - complimentary bicycles, and a complimentary "old fashioned limo" to drive us anywhere we pleased within the town limits.

I couldn't have felt more like a princess without actually dressing in an extravagant gown and having my hand kissed.

The eateries were first rate, hiking to famous historical lighthouses, rich history, and small town charm encircled us everywhere we went. This is an A+ anniversary vacation idea - relaxing and fun. We simply can't wait to go back! - Holly from Oregon

#2: Anniversary cruise - It was our 6-year anniversary and we wanted to go somewhere warm and romantic. We decided on a cruise; it would be our first.

We chose a 4-night 5-day Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean. Every day when we get up, there was free breakfast buffet, we could each as much and drink as much as we wanted.

After breakfast, there were tons of activities, from library reading, to shopping, to attending shows, taking dance lessons, arts lessons, hot tubs, swimming, sun tanning, gambling at the casino, etc. The list of activities never ended.

Caribbean Cruise Ship
Caribbean Cruise Ship

Then it was lunch time, and again, food was unlimited; same thing with dinner. Whenever the ship landed, we could get off the ship and go out and shop at local stores, try cultural food, sightseeing, etc.

But the best part was just relaxing with each other, watching the sea, enjoying the wind and the sun, watching sunrises and sunsets. The cabin was very comfortable, and the maid came to clean the room every day, and always left some free chocolates on the pillows!! Life was great and I fell in love with cruise vacations ever since! - Brook, from Central New Jersey

Anniversary Vacation Ideas #3: San Francisco. I spent my honeymoon in San Francisco. It is just a lovely and romantic city.

Neither my husband or I had ever been there before, and we absolutely loved the city - its energy, its history and culture, and the great variety of things to do and see while we were there. We stayed busy the entire time we were there, simply because there were so many things we wanted to see and do.

Among those activities were multiple trips to Pier 39, touring Chinatown, visiting Ghirardelli square, and seeing the huge redwood trees and Muir Woods. We also took a guided tour of Alcatraz, took a city tour than included seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and visiting Golden Gate Park, and visited the aquarium at Pier 39.

Our favorite part of the trip was probably the tour of Alcatraz - it was interesting and informative to see, being one of those places you always hear about. All in all, our anniversary in San Francisco was wonderful and filled with lots of fun and interesting activities. I would recommend a trip there to anyone! - Sarah from Minnesota

Sea Lions Congregate at Pier 39

#4: Our anniversary getaway to the Northeast - Maine - We spent our second anniversary in Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor is beautiful, and known for its history, its shops and especially from our point of view, its restaurants.

View Looking Down on Bar Harbor, Maine
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My wife had seafood (mostly lobster) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for five straight days. Lobster is cheap and it’s everywhere on the coast of Maine. Even McDonald's sells lobster salad rolls. This trip was the first time either of us had to deal with a whole lobster on a platter. Dissembling it and extracting the meat is a messy and delicious task.

Other things we did near Bar Harbor include a whale watching trip out in Frenchman's Bay, and driving through Acadia National Park. The park drive features magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as you cruise along. Try to go in the early fall, just after school starts. That cuts down on the crowds, but also gives you plenty of gorgeous fall foliage to enjoy. Be sure to bring or rent a car to enjoy the drive. - Bruce from Ohio

Anniversary Vacation Ideas #5: Cruising to Alaska - We took cruise ship adventure to Alaska on the Celebrity Cruise Line. It was out anniversary present to each other. The trip was relaxing and fun and the crew members really made the experience worthwhile. We went on a trail that took us through the Juan De Fuca strait, and stopped at many scenic towns in Alaska, from Juneau, to Ketchikan, even to Anchorage.

Along the way, we took land excursions to the mountain ranges of the area, and at one time even went zip lining through the forest. The trip had amazing photo opportunities- we saw glaciers, wildlife, and even a few whales on the trip.

Let me tell you, there really is nothing like waking up in your cabin and finding that a real live Orca whale is swimming right outside your window! We had some unforgettable experiences on the deck of the ship, too, including at one point when we were surprised by a live mariachi band, right next to the pool. We ended up staying up way too late that night, dancing the night away in the surprisingly warm air. -Eric from Oregon

Alaska Glacier Cruise

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