6 of the Best Places To Celebrate Your Anniversary

From New York to Peru to Switzerland to South Africa, a world tour of fantastic journeys for your celebration.

Updated April 2017 — Choosing just the right destination for a special wedding anniversary trip can be challenging. Why not take your travel cue from modern anniversary gift ideas?

1st Anniversary: Clocks
Celebrate your first year of wedded bliss by visiting one of the Alps’ most elite and luxurious resorts. Decadent options include Riffelalp, situated 7,290 feet above sea level next to a pine forest; the Lodge Verbier, Sir Richard Branson’s stunning 9-bedroom mountain retreat; or the historic Kulm Hotel, nestled in the heart of St. Moritz, a popular year-round resort town. In Geneva, be sure to stop in the shop of Swiss watchmaker Patek Phillippe & Co. or wander the city’s most exclusive shopping district, Rue du Mont-Blanc.

5th Anniversary: Silverware
With a host of romantic and historic attractions, England is an ideal destination for lovebirds celebrating an anniversary. Some not-to-miss experiences include touring the ancient city of Cambridge aboard a flat-bottomed boat known as a punt (as the Edwardians did). The guided excursions wind along the River Cam under famous bridges and past historic colleges. Afterwards, spend the night at the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford, which is just a short walk from noted landmarks, museums, cafes, and bars. Or wander the grounds during a stay at the 900-year-old Amberley Castle, noted for its gourmet restaurant and 19 luxury guest rooms. If vibrant London is more your cup of tea, try Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, a five-star hotel with butler service and the Michelin-starred Quilon Restaurant that’s just a stone’s throw from the city’s best parks, theaters, and shopping.

10th Anniversary: Diamond Jewelry
New York City
If your sweetheart likes jewelry, then you may want to celebrate your 10-year anniversary by visiting New York’s Diamond District. Situated along 47th Street, the district is home to hundreds of traditional shops and independent booths where merchants sell a variety of diamonds, gemstones, watches, and other jewelry. You’re also likely to find something special at Tiffany & Co.’s iconic flagship store on Fifth Avenue, which opened in 1940. To really make your New York anniversary celebration special, book a room at the Ritz-Carlton at Battery Park, where some of the luxury rooms have telescopes so you can get an up-close look at iconic Big Apple landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty. Top-notch restaurant options include the acclaimed Per Se, which offers a nine-course tasting menu with classic French ingredients.

20th Anniversary: Platinum
South Africa
In the North West Province, where much of the world’s platinum is mined, Africa’s Big Five — lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo — roam freely. Enjoy this rich landscape with a safari at the private Tau Game Lodge. If a restful holiday is in order, stay among the rugged cliffs, ancient forests, secluded beaches, majestic mountains and sweeping lagoon at Conrad Pezula on the Eastern Head of Knysna on the coastline of the Western Cape. Or up the adventure on a luxury Geographic Expedition to discover the countryside and cities of the southernmost tip of the African continent.

25th Anniversary: Silver
Curving along the east coast of South America is a land of contrasts: remote jungles and densely populated cities. Sunrise/sunset rooms are available at the luxurious and eco-minded Titilaka resort on a private peninsula on the western Peruvian coast of Lake Titicaca. Trek the Inca Trail and chat with an archeologist over coffee on an exclusive tour with InkaNatura. World-renowned creative Peruvian fusion cooking is the star at Huaca Pucllana, a beautiful restaurant with scenic views nestled in the compound of a 1,500-year-old adobe pyramid.

50th Anniversary: Gold
For this momentous occasion, skip the big, overcrowded boats and instead charter a yacht and cruise up the Inside Passage. This coastal route, which winds past magnificent glaciers, islands, and wildlife, rewards visitors with idyllic stillness and quiet. And with a chartered yacht, you can enjoy it all at your own preferred pace. Extend your journey with a northern rail tour of the Northern Lights, nature’s most spectacular light show, or consider a more remote experience with such as Iniakuk Lake Wilderness Lodge Aurora and Dogsled.

Laura Laing is a freelance writer based in Baltimore.

Photography courtesy of the Lodge at Verbier, courtesy of Amberley Castle, Getty Images, courtesy of Pezula Resort & Spa, Getty Images

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