Take a dream getaway with that special someone on Federal Lands
Looking to experience the great outdoors with your significant other? We've rounded up the top locations across the USA that are perfect for your next romantic getaway.
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
It doesn't get much more romantic than this historic, unique, rustic, eclectic and ultra-cozy hotel set against Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point. The hotel was built in the 1920s. And between its dining, atmosphere, scenery and the magic of Yosemite, you'll be hard-pressed to replicate another experience like it.
Hike Part of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
Washington State, Oregon and California
This National Scenic Trail spans California desert valleys to Northwestern rain forests, with starting points in Canada and Mexico. The trail is designated for its scenic significance and great elevation change, from near sea level to the crest of the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges.
The Henderson Americana Center for Culture & the Creative Arts
Hunt Hill Farm, New Milford, Connecticut
Litchfield County, Connecticut just has that quaint, country, New England feel. Not only does the Hunt Hill Farm offer an annual Valentine's Day Food and Wine Pairing Dinner and regular cooking and baking classes for adults and kids, but this cultural center's museum, gallery, beautiful grounds and historical farm structures will leave you and your sweetheart with that warm, fuzzy feeling for days.
Take a Winter Mountaineering Course
Grab your guy or girl and take a winter mountaineering course together in Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, Mt. Shasta Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, Golden Trout Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, or any other winter wonderland. Build your partnership by expanding your hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding and camping experiences together. What could be more romantic than building an igloo for two?
The Night Sky
Plan a late-night date, brew up some hot cocoa for two, bundle up and step outside to gaze at the dazzling heavens.
Travel the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway and Take a Ski Trip
With postcard-quality scenery, snowmobile, snowshoe or cross-country ski on this winter getaway and head to an idyllic holiday on the Continental Divide at Lost Trail Powder Mountain. Nothing tops off a day with your loved one better than cozying up in a winter ski cabin.
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego, California
Set in San Diego's romantic Balboa Park (where lots of weddings take place), what began in 1874 as The San Diego Society of Natural History, was an effort by one group of amateur naturalists to understand the then unknown area of Southern California and Baja. Now the museum interprets the natural world through research, education and its many exhibits. Take an afternoon to enjoy the story of southern California and the Baja peninsula together and then enjoy your evening in downtown San Diego.
Mountain Bike in Moab, Utah
Visit Moab, Utah for some of the best mountain biking on the planet. With trails for mountain bikers of every level, drastic colors, scenery and rock formations, such an active and magical trip will not only spark both of your adrenalin levels, but you'll leave with memories that'll stick with you forever.
South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium
Spend the day in awe of creatures that were once mistaken for mermaids, stunning life-size dioramas and dramatic exhibits, artifacts, fossils and human, maritime history. Surrounded by waterways, the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, a day in southwest Florida is bound to be delightful.
By Christina Scannapiego