Portugal: Porto and the Douro Valley
Full-bodied port, wine fortified with brandy, comes from only one place on the map: Portugal's northern city of Porto. Above: A traditional flat-bottomed boat (called a barcos rebelos) loaded with barrels of port delivers its wares on the Douro River, with Porto's historic Ribeira district in the background.
Chile: The Central Valley
After raising a glass at your nuptials, continue the celebration with a honeymoon in one of the world's romantic wine regions. Chilean wines come from grapes grown in the valleys between the soaring Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The surrounding national parks are great for walking and hiking.
Travel agents have been known to call South Africa "a world in one country." Visit this nation -- with its cosmopolitan cities, breathtaking beaches, gorgeous wine country, and jaw-dropping game parks -- and you'll feel as though you've had a half-dozen vacations rolled into one. Here, the Outeniqua Cho-Tjoe takes passengers on an 82-mile trip through the Garden Route.
Visiting the town of Oia on Santorini is like walking around in a postcard: Everywhere you turn there is a picture-perfect view. Whitewashed homes are built into a steep slope, and the town overlooks a caldera -- a sea basin created by a volcanic eruption -- making it the perfect spot to catch a sunset.
This city in western Turkey feels larger than life, delighting visitors with its blend of East-meets-West culture. The narrow, winding streets of the Cukurcuma district are well worth exploring; the area is scattered with shops selling valuable antiques.
There is an extravagant, dream-like quality to Venice -- its palazzo with their crazy quilts of ornate facades, its gilded basilica and graceful baroque, its stripe-shirted gondoliers weaving sleek crafts down the Grand Canal. If renting a gondola for a lazy trip through the canals isn't in your budget, grab a waterside table at a cheerful ristorante, order a plate of pasta, and watch the boaters glide by.
Florence is the urban center of this region of rolling vineyards interlaced with groves of olive trees and deep-green cypresses. A terra-cotta-tiled villa near the town of Montepulciano affords stunning views of the cypress-dotted Tuscan landscape. The region is known for its olive oil and red wine.
Hawaii: The Big Island
Although it is one of the liveliest and most popular honeymoon destinations, you can still expect to find the unexpected in Hawaii, including isolated beaches and lots of adventure. Here, a rushing waterfall accents green mountains and jagged cliffs on the Big Island's northeast coast -- one of the many beautiful sights on this geographically diverse island.
Molokai is a wonderful choice for couples who want to wander off the beaten path and get a taste of authentic Hawaiian culture. Ranching is part of life on the island, where few things are more romantic than a sunset trail ride along the cliffs.
Grand Canyon National Park
The scale of the Grand Canyon, found in northern Arizona, is so vast that only a fraction of its more than 150-mile length can be seen even from the finest vantage point. Its diverse terrain is just as impressive: It has forested land at its upper elevations and desert basins at its lower ones.
Once a sleepy suburb of Phoenix, Scottsdale blends the historic cultures of Arizona -- Native American, Spanish, and Western pioneer -- with a vital and modern feeling all its own. The landscape of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North features the unique flora of the High Sonoran Desert.
This tiny island, 30 miles from Cape Cod, is ringed with secluded, romantic beaches. Brant Point Lighthouse, which stands at the entrance to Nantucket Harbor, is a wonderful place to pick up shells, watch sailboats glide by, and savor the sunset.
Few places can match the purity of St. John's white-sand beaches. The smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands chain, it is home to one of America's most unusual national parks, found underwater just off the island. Visitors can follow a snorkeling trail through bright schools of tropical fish.
Quebec: Quebec City
Quebec City residents so love winter that they build grand monuments to honor the season, which lasts from November to April. One example -- and one of the city's most popular attractions -- is the Ice Hotel, which features a bar, nightclub, grand hall, chapel, and guest rooms made of ice and snow.