Backpacking and ‘romantic getaway’ don’t always go hand in hand. Usually, the exhausting hikes, dirty clothes, and the inability to take a shower or clean off can sometimes take away from the romance. Most couples might prefer to stay at a resort or lodge instead of pitching a tent. However, some of the most romantic getaways are the kinds in which a couple can get away from the stresses of everyday life by working together to conquer a trail, spending a night sleeping under the stars, or by sharing a deep conversation (or kiss!) atop a high mountain peak. While it might not be meant for all couples, these backcountry spots are sure to make some ‘sparks fly’, and not just from a campfire.
Couples can come and explore the backcountry together by taking in all Sedona, Arizona has to offer. This spot is known for its famous red rocks which are not only an amazing sight to see, but the perfect scene for a cute photo-op with your babe. Whether you fancy a long hike, sleeping under the stars, or sharing a picnic under an infinite blue sky, there is so much for couples to do together. Take on one of the less-crowded trails, like the Kel Fox Trail or the Girdner Trail where you can take in the beautiful views privately.
Amelia Island State Park
Located not too far from Jacksonville, Florida, Amelia Island State Park is a great place for a couple to spend some time together. With 200 acres of pure wilderness, love-birds can come for a hike along the water, do some fishing, or watch the sea turtles who come up to the shore in the summer to lay their eggs. Couples can spend the night sleeping under the stars by pitching their tent at Fort Clinch, where six miles of off-road trails will certainly provide some meaningful alone time together.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Only a short drive from Traverse City, Michigan, which happens to be the cherry capital of the world, couples can expect to have a sentimental stay at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. If you want to ‘wow’ your significant other, the Empire Bluff Trail and Pyramid Point provide some amazing and rewarding views after the hike up. Additionally, the park has everything you could ever want when planning a romantic getaway. From a stunning shore, high dunes that look over Lake Michigan, lively wetlands, wildlife observing, and all the beautiful, scenic hikes, it’s a great place to fall in love all over again.
Experience something romantic, Wild West style. The town of Telluride, Colorado used to be a silver mining town, and still looks like one. The Telluride region is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, the most rugged part of the Rocky Mountains where you can conquer some of the difficult terrain of one of the fourteeners, or make your way from one crystal blue Alpine lake to another. Check it all out with your partner on an ATV, or hike the trails around Bear Creek Falls where the beautiful scenery will lead you to peaceful waterfalls and an awesome view. There are over 90 different hiking trails here, which will bring you two back for a romantic getaway again and again.
Door County, Wisconsin
Door County prides itself on being a place where couples can disconnect from their everyday lives and reconnect with one another. Whether you decide to cuddle up in sleeping bags under the stars, or burn some calories together on a windy trail in Peninsula State Park, there are many activities for you to experience as a couple. It is also a great place to go if it’s your first time in the backcountry together, as the trails here are not too difficult or remote. Head to Potawatomi State Park for an easy but steep hike, as well as some unforgettable wilderness. With tons of state parks filled with hiking and biking trails, beaches, outdoor adventures, and a variety of campgrounds to choose from, the options for some unique backcountry romance are endless.
Big Bend National Park
Located in Texas, Big Bend National Park is the perfect place for couples to come and spend some real time in the great outdoors. The area has over 200 hiking trails which are ideal for backpacking, bird-watching, wildlife viewing, or spending an afternoon canoeing on the Rio Grande, whose unique ‘bend’ around the border gives this park its name. What makes this place truly romantic is that it is one of the best places to come and stargaze at the over 2,000 stars you’ll be able to see in the night sky here. Maybe you’ll even catch some shooting stars while you’re here, too.