By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog
It might an even more gimmicky holiday than Valentine's Day, but our hearts are nevertheless aflutter for Sweetest Day, which happens October 17 and honors lovebirds everywhere. Stuck for something to do? Consider a last minute getaway to any one of the destinations, which practically guarantee amore and romance any time of the year. Here are 7 adventurous, romantic things to do on Sweetest Day.
Take a sunrise hot air balloon ride: Santa Fe, New Mexico
The best weather for a ride up in a hot air balloon is clear skies, light winds and no rain. Enter
in October when the skies are reliably blue and sunrise temps hover in the balmy 60s. Lift off and soar above America's oldest and highest elevated capital city and inhale the clean air as you take in the scenic vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. Afterward, head downtown for a romantic breakfast for two.
Order the most expensive dessert on earth: New York, New York
Want to watch your sweetheart literally digest the price equivalent of a pretty amazing engagement ring? According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive dessert in the world is the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae at Serendipity III on the Upper East Side in New York which uses a blend of 28 cocoas, is decorated with .17 ounces of edible gold and is eaten with a diamond-encrusted gold spoon which you can keep. Talk about a sweet deal.
Book a private cabin at the world's tallest observation wheel: Las Vegas, Nevada
knows no limits, both at the tables and elsewhere around town. Despite its penchant for the glitzy and gaudy, it remains a prime destination for an over-the-top weekend of romance. Try this: At the High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel which is tucked behind the new Linq hotel, you can rent out an entire cabin for two. The experience last about half an hour and soars 550-feet above the Strip allowing plenty of time to join the Mile High--make that 1/3 of a mile high--Club.