Where to stay: Atlanta’s urban Buckhead neighborhood is booming, with shiny hotels, chic restaurants, and designer shops constantly cropping up. Check in to the recently opened AC Hotel adjacent to the area’s tony Phipps Plaza. marriott.com/hotels/travel/atlac-ac-hotel-atlanta-buckhead-at-phipps-plaza/
Where to have dinner: Just across Peachtree Street, cozy up at St. Cecilia for homemade pasta (don’t miss the cacio e pepe) and succulent treats from the eye-popping raw bar. stceciliaatl.com
Where to go for drinks: There’s arguably no more special spot in town for cocktails than the St. Regis Atlanta, on nearby West Paces Ferry Road. The hotel’s luxe bar is a romantic spot to cuddle up over a classic cocktail. stregisatlanta.com
What to see and do: Take in a game or concert at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, head to a play at the Fox Theatre, or peruse famous works at the High Museum of Art. mercedesbenzstadium.com, foxtheatre.org, high.org
Los Angeles (Frontier)
Where to stay: Downtown Los Angeles is having a moment, and the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on Wilshire Boulevard places guests within easy reach of all the action. dtla.intercontinental.com
Where to have dinner: L.A. has high-low down pat. For a splurge-worthy romantic meal, book a table at the InterContinental’s La Boucherie. For something low key, head to Felix on Venice’s buzzy Abbot Kinney Boulevard for hearty, homemade pasta, breads, wine, and craft cocktails. felixla.com
Where to go for drinks: On the 73rd floor of the InterContinental, Spire73 is the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. And with sleek fire pits, gourmet bar bites, and cozy seating, jaw-dropping views of L.A. aren’t the only draw.
What to see and do: Get your art fix at the Broad Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), or take in a Los Angeles Philharmonic performance at the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Or get your blood flowing with a hike to the Griffith Park Observatory or through Runyon Canyon Park—and keep your eyes peeled for A-list celebs. thebroad.org, lacma.org, moca.org, laphil.com, griffithobservatory.com
Where to stay: To avoid a spring break–style honeymoon, set your sights beyond Cancun’s hotel zone. Just 15 minutes from the airport, Nizuc feels worlds away and has its own sliver of soft beach. nizuc.com
Where to have dinner: Resort restaurants aren’t always the best choice in town, but at Nizuc, that’s not the case. Need proof? Book a table at beachfront Ramona or Asian-inspired Indochine and see what we mean.
Where to go for drinks: Margaritas are a must when in Cancun. Nobody does it better than the bartenders at Nizuc’s Bar A-Kan.
What to see and do: If the urge to venture out strikes, make your way to Xcaret park for eco-adventures. History buff? You won’t want to miss seeing the Mayan ruins at Coba, especially by bike. xcaret.com, inah.gob.mx/es/zonas/515-zona-arqueologica-de-coba
Frontier Airlines: For reservations: (801) 401-9000 or flyfrontier.com
AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza: (470) 231-3030, marriott.com
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown: (800) 424-6835, dtla.intercontinental.com
Nizuc: (855) 696-4982, nizuc.com