This Valentine’s Day, instead of a customary approach like dinner, flowers, jewelry etc., break with tradition and go on an adventure with your significant other. It’s the perfect excuse for a vacay — much-needed quality time for you and your special someone. Who says you can’t combine romance and adventure for the best of both worlds? Here are our top picks for U.S. destinations where you can have fun, adrenaline-pumping adventures and also enjoy a romantic experience that creates lasting memories.
1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
With its many natural wonders, Yellowstone is an awesome choice for an adventure. The park boasts hiking trails, waterfalls, horseback riding, boating activities, fishing, and lots of sightseeing. For adventure, take a hike along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and marvel at the beautiful scenery. For some romance, take a soak in one of the park’s unique hot springs or take full advantage of the outdoors by camping under the stars. Snuggle up in a tent with your loved one, enjoy the serenity, and bask in your connection with each other and with nature.
2. The Adirondacks, New York
The Adirondacks has a lot to offer in adventure and romance. Explore the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves through a self-guided tour with your significant other or take a guided tour inside the caves if you don’t mind getting a little dirty. If you and your partner are really the daring types, take advantage of the cliff jumping spots at the park, such as Calves Pen or West Dollar Island, and take a whitewater rafting excursion that will quickly get your adrenaline pumping. The Adirondacks also offers scenic trails along rivers and waterfalls, so you can hike to the lookout that provides the most gorgeous backdrop for couple selfies.
3. Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
The Poconos is a great couple’s destination year-round. With 100-plus trails for you and your partner to explore and an abundance of water activities, you will never run out of things to do. Water-lovers can enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking, just probably not all on the same day. After you’ve had enough adventure and you’re ready to slow your pace, head to one of the area’s award-winning wineries and take a picturesque vineyard tour. Fit in some romance while you stroll through the vineyard, then relax and unwind with dinner with a glass of wine sourced from the same vineyard you just strolled through.
4. San Diego, California
From biking along the San Diego cost to visiting state parks, there is so much to do and see in San Diego. Valentines Day is the perfect time to embark on a couple’s trip; especially to the exciting and romantic, San Diego. Everyday California is offering a California Living + Loving package which includes a BOGO offer on surf lessons and complimentary specialty cocktails at the local hotspot, Barbarella. Use the code “Valentines” when booking this package.
5. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The Grand Canyon National Park is a must-visit for adventurous couples. With its beautiful trails and overlooks of the canyon, it offers many options for hiking and exploring. Camping is also common, as some of the trails are too tough to make a round trip in the same day. One of the highly rated activities is Havasu Falls which can only be accessed by a 10-mile hike, but the waterfall’s beauty makes it worth the trek. You also can’t visit the Grand Canyon without taking a rafting trip along the Colorado River. You’ll see the park’s beauty from a different angle and appreciate the vastness from the calm waters that flow through the canyon.
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