Love is in the air in February and there’s nothing better than going outside to breathe it all in. This coming February, why not ditch break the traditional dinner out and take your sweetheart on one of these adventure-packed romantic Valentine’s Day getaways? Regardless of ages, sparks will ignite, not only for romance, but also your passion for adventure!
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. It’s a great time to celebrate your love for the outdoors and adventure!
So, why not escape the winter doldrums and plan one of these outdoor-minded Valentine’s Day getaways instead? These highly recommended romantic destinations in the United States are great ways to treat yourselves to the outdoors with excitement and adventure mixed in.
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10 Valentine’s Day Romantic Getaways for Adventure Seekers!
Key West, Florida
Key West isn’t just for old snowbirds and drunk spring breakers. It’s actually the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day getaway retreat that plays host to almost every adventure under the sun. It’s a favorite Florida coastal destination for lovers and sunseekers wanting to escape the cold. Even if it’s just for a weekend, trading in mundane routine for magic romance in the southern most Florida Key is the answer. And, trust me when I say, you won’t be staying inside your hotel room or AirB&B!
Treat yourselves to a couple’s massage and date night fine dining at one of Key West’s finest cuisine restaurants. And if you’re up for adventure, go on a rum and reggae snorkeling cruise aboard a catamaran. Or snuggle tight with your honey on a full-sail sunset schooner cruise or sunset sip & sail.
The warm island vibe will make you want to stay forever because the romantic sunsets, sand between your toes and sparkles of the Gulf waters are all you need to keep the champagne flowing and sparks going.
If you and the love of your life is into true outdoor adventure, Moab, Utah will not disappoint. While the temperatures may be a little cooler than the warm coastal destinations, if you’re wanting a different outdoor experience away from sandy beaches and rum lines.
Moab is simply amazing anytime of the year! But February offers great outdoor recreation with a twist; seeing beautiful white snow atop the red rocks and crimson arches! Since you may only have a weekend or a couple days, we highly recommend renting a jeep for off-roading exhilaration and touring a couple Utah’s 5 National Parks!
And if you’re up to joining the mile high club with your lover, there’s none of that. However, you can book a sky-high adventure over Monument Valley, the Arches and Bryce Canyon.
We’re sure Moab will become, not only your favorite Valentine’s Day getaway, but the ultimate adventure vacation destination because, well, it’s MOAB!
For more on what to do in Moab, check out Your Ultimate MOAB Adventure and Visitors Guide!
Just because Vail may be cold, it certainly isn’t for the cold hearted! Some adventurous couples prefer to take to the snowy slopes over sandy beaches. And Vail, Colorado is the name of the game when it comes to using the S words; skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, and skating.
Literally, you’ll both will fall head over heels in love with Vail. What better place to proclaim your love for each other than atop Lover’s Leap. But, if strapping skis and snowboards to your feet isn’t quite your forte, you may want to go on a snowmobile tour to check out the snowy backcountry and mountainous views.
And, if you want to still want adventure but want to beat the cold, you can take in the Vail Valley’s original Escape Room Experience. Or, you can snuggle and drink hot cocoa by an outdoor fire at one of Vail’s many hotels after a fun hour of sledding. Oh, and if you’re feeling a little nostalgic, head over to the Alderhof Ice Rink in Lionshead Village. Lace up your ice skates to glide on their skating rink.
And lastly, for that night of romance, most hotels in Vail have hot tubs and heated pools to soothe your aching feet while snowflakes flutter down upon you. So, make your own wintery bliss Valentine’s Day getaway into your own romantic Hallmark movie.
Most adventurous couples won’t even think of Sedona, Arizona as a place to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day. Maybe that’s why it’s one of America’s best kept secret destinations for lovers?
There’s plenty of outdoorsy activities that you and your lover can do during your stay. You can do it all; from hot air ballon rides, horseback riding adventure tours, Jeep off-roading (in pink jeeps!), hike the amazing brilliantly colored red sandstones to taking a tour on the Verde Canyon Railway.
The best part is February in Sedona is considered their slow season, so you’ll practically have the place to yourselves (or so we’ve heard!). The outside temperatures are a bit cooler. So, pack winter hats and mittens for this adventure. You’ll fall in love all over again; waking up to a new fallen snow dusting the red rocks with breakfast in bed!
Las Vegas, Nevada
You’ve heard it before, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” However, Sin City isn’t just about mobsters, show girls, excessive imbibing and tack Elvis weddings. In Las Vegas, Nevada, there’s much more to prove your unwaivering love for each other. There’s a plethora of incredible outdoorsy things to do in Las Vegas to keep you both out of trouble on your Valentine’s Day getaway.
Not saying you can’t enjoy the bright lights, big city night life. But if you’re yearning for spending quality time with your love, there’s so much more out in the Nevada deserts. So, whether you’re flying, driving or bringing your RV, you’ll want to pack your hiking shoes and daypack. Because there’s 8 amazing places to bring out your Sweetie’s wild and crazy adventurous side.
There’s no more perfect place to become enamored with the red rocks of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Speaking of State Parks, on the west side of Las Vegas is the magnificent Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and Mount Charleston. And to the east of Vegas, the amazing view of Lake Mead National Recreation Area will make you not want to return to the snowy cold.
So, while Las Vegas may be fun for a few hours to take in dinner and a show, the most beautiful sunsets and starlights are those beyond the City of Sin. Viva Las Vegas!
The Spanish refer Lajitas, Texas as “little flat rocks”. Early inhabitants were driven out by Apaches and Comanches. Anglo settlement began in the middle part of the 19th Century, mercury was discovered and the town boomed with settlers and miners.
Today, though the population of Lajitas is only 50 permanent residents, but don’t let that make you think it’s some podunk little run down town. Lajitas is now a beautiful and unique resort town where golf, mountain biking, hiking, and paddling river tours are the games of passion.
The Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa (2020 KAYAK Best Resort) is host to a beautiful 18-hole golf course, 4-star restaurant and a few motels. After a long day of outdoor adventures, immerse yourself at their spa and indulge your appetite in their 4-star restaurant, the Candelilla.
The two big outdoor attractions that will fill your need of adventure is Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. And in between, go catch dinner and outdoor show in the super eclectic, historic town of Terlingua, Texas. Soar above through the desert sky while you Zipline in Quiet Canyon.
Lajitas Resort has its’ own airfield if you’d like to fly in. But if you’d rather bring your own bed with you, there’s the nicely spaced Maverick Ranch RV Park with it’s own little history right outside the gate. And there’s great camping spots that have backdrops people pay big bucks to have in their own backyards. Once you get there, you’ll see why it’s one of our favorite getaways for Valentine’s Day.
Napa Valley, California
Outdoor adventures don’t always mean lacing up hiking boots or grabbing your paddles. If you’re more of a wine connoisseur, Valentines Day is the perfect time to enjoy the warm sun over the vineyards of Napa Valley, California. In fact, it’s one of the best Valentine’s day getaways to celebrate love, romance and yes, adventure!
Enjoy your coffee treats watching the hot air balloons pepper the morning sky and sipping wine as the sun sets over the grape rows. And if you’re wanting to take your Sweetheart to new heights, there’s nothing like a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Napa Valley. What a great place for a proposal or reaffirmation of your vows or commitment to each other?
Take in a stroll through the scenic 2-mile loop at the outdoor sculpture park and check out the birds on Winery Lake. If you’re into art museums, spend the afternoon at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.
While Napa Valley is known for is their amazing wine, the region’s beautiful landscape is truly breathtaking and unforgettable. Bring your hiking boots and sun hat to enjoy a private Active Wine Adventure (or two!).
You can enjoy the outdoors with great pairings; hike and wine tours or hike and beer tours through forests of the big Redwoods and tall pines. You’ll enjoy a romantic outdoor lunch and wine tasting. And if hiking boots are out of your realm, walking shoes are just perfect for their walk and wine tours of downtown Napa!
For more incredible Valentine’s Day getaways, check out Visit Napa Valley’s Ultimate Guide to Valentine’s Day-Napa Valley Style.
Borrego Springs, California
Don’t let the words ‘small town’ scare you away from making plans at this incredibly eccentric Valentine’s Day getaway. Borrego Springs has a big heart and is for lovers of the outdoors. It literally screams “go outside!” Located east of San Diego in the Sonoran Desert and just outside of Anza Borrego State Park.
You can hike and take your Jeep throughout Anza Borrego to where there’s 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and miles upon miles of hiking trails! Take a ride out to enjoy a romantic tailgate lunch and watch the sunset over Anza Borrego’s Badlands, Font’s Point with your favorite peep.
And, if that’s not enough, go on a memorable scavenger hunt to finding all the 130 full-size metal Sky Art Sculptures peppered throughout the desert landscape. The metal artworks range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.
And, if you’re lucky, you may just catch the beginning of the Super Bloom when flowers emerge from every inch of the desert floor to the tops of Chollas, Yuccas and cacti. And, if you’re interested in seeing something strange yet fantastic, you’ll want to take a short drive to the infamous Salton Sea.
Read about our humorous life-changing visit: Our Salton Sea Mis-Adventure!
Kauai is the fourth largest island in Hawaii. The island is often referred to as the “Garden Island” and for good reason. An aerial view of Kauai will give you breathtaking views of spired mountains, sharp cliffs and beautiful lush green valleys.
If you’ve not been to the Hawaiian Islands, you’re surely missing out on a ton of Pacific Ocean and coastal adventures. And for those seeking sunshine, sand and surf, Kauai, Hawaii is that diamond in the Pacific Ocean that sparkles. As it should be, it’s one of our highly recommended adventure getaways for Valentine’s Day weekend!
For you adventurous couples looking to see where your feet take you, hiking amidst the green jungles and along the curvy rivers will make you not want to leave.
Instead of sipping wine in a vineyard, throw back some sweet rum drinks on a rum safari! Or, go tubing that floats you down through some of the most remote and beautiful sections of the island. And if you both prefer to stretch your legs instead, take a memorable hike on Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast’s Kalalau Trail to Hanakāpīʻai Beach! Kauai will make you want to visit the other Hawaiian Islands for other Valentine’s Day getaways!
While Washington state is notorious for it’s wet precipitation, don’t let that dampen your Valentine’s Weekend. Leavenworth, Washington is “everything Bavarian”! So, you’ll definitely want to look into this as one of your Valentine’s Day getaways!
The village is in the Cascade Mountains located in central Washington State. Alpine-inspired restaurants serve amazing German food and German brews will warm your bellies before or after your winter wonderland adventures. And don’t forget to visit Leavenworth’s Nutcracker Museum where thousands of nutcrackers that are hundreds of years old are displayed.
Take a gander on the Wenatchee River’s Waterfront Park to check out the eagles and ospreys. The Leavenworth Village is also the perfect starting or ending point of your Valentine’s day escape as it’s the gateway to nearby ski areas and wineries.
For you adventure-compatible lovers, bundle up and do some backcountry skiing, ice climbing, snowboarding or alpine skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. But you sweethearts who’d rather not work up a sweat but still want to enjoy the February vibe at Leavenworth, go for a romantic wagon or sleigh ride, fun snow tubing and sledding.
And once you’re finished with your outside adventures, head inside to warm up in the town’s 100 unique shops and boutiques, eclectic or fine dining for foodies, wineries, several cider houses and breweries. Or, if you’re a bit bolder, you and your sweetheart can experience tastings of gin, rum, vodka, whisky, and tequila at the Blue Spirits Distillery.
The memories you make at Washington’s ‘Little Bavaria’ this Valentine’s Day excursion will leave you wanting to return in June, July and August to see and enjoy summer adventures!
Wrapping up our Valentine’s Day Getaways for Adventure and Romance
Now that we’ve shared 10 great Valentine’s Day Getaways, which will you choose to take your best girl or guy? Will it be a winter wonderland adventure or an escape to a warm sun and sand excursion? Whichever you choose, the memories you make together will last a lifetime!
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