Niagara Falls ranked third in the world for most romantic destination

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Published March 16, 2022 at 10:22 am

If you can get a view of Niagara Falls from your hotel room, you might not want to leave.

Only two destinations around the entire globe edged out Niagara Falls as the “most romantic tourist attraction” in the world, according to a survey done by TripAdvisor.

However, the two locations above the falls on the list are across the world so perhaps it’s best to stick with Niagara Falls as it was easily the highest ranked North American venue.

Niagara Falls hit the Romance-O-Meter with a score of 18.4 out of 20 with 27.2 percent of those surveyed being couples and 266 reviews using the word “romantic.”

The number one spot with a perfect 20/20 were the famous Grand Canals of Venice, Italy, the gondola-filled backdrop of such notable films as James Bond’s “Casino Royale” starring Daniel Craig and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” starring Harrison Ford.

The number two spot would be Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia with a score of 19/20. While certainly a little less famous than the Grand Canals of Venice, its gothic, medieval architecture lent itself perfectly for filming scenes for the HBO hit “Game of Thrones” – that is with some heavy CGI to toss in a castle or two where none exist.


The Grand Canals of Venice, Italy made for a colourful backdrop for the movie “Casino Royale” starring Daniel Craig, left, while the 500 year old streets of Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia, right, has lent a medieval feel to many “Game of Thrones” episodes.

Said one couple on TripAdvisor of North America’s top romantic destination, Niagara Falls: “Love watching this wonder of the world. This time we had a falls view room. Just stunning. We will return.”

Added another: “In the winter, the walk along the falls is especially beautiful! The moisture freezes on the trees and it looks so magical!”

With Niagara Falls slotted in third place, score-wise it’s a bit of a drop-off to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco with a score of 16.9/20. With over 1,000 acres of greenery and attraction smack-dab in the middle of modern urban architecture, it’s perhaps not as well known as its New York City counterpart.

Rounding out the Top Ten is Tallinn Old City in Estonia (16.2/20), New York City’s Central Park (16.1/20), Nevada’s Lake Mead (15.9/20), Australia’s Sydney Opera House (15/20), Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak (15/20) and the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront, also in Hong Kong (14.9/20).

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