If you’re tired of trying to impress your significant other with the same old dinner and a movie routine, it might be time to think outside the box, with an emphasis on “outside.” Few things can be more romantic than getting outdoors with your loved one and hiking a trail that culminates with a breathtaking view. If that sounds like the kind of date you could get behind, here are some of the most romantic hiking destinations in America.
Anacortes, Washington is only 90 minutes north of Seattle, but you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from the big city when you hike this island in Puget Sound. The trail itself is only a three-mile loop, so you don’t have to worry about barreling down and focusing on endurance. Instead, you and your significant other can focus on spending quality time with each other while you take in the gorgeous pine trees, birds, and deer that you’ll spot along the trail. The “cherry on top” of this trail is Heart Lake, where you’ll find awesome photo ops, including old train bridges and plenty of rolling hills.
Santa Clara River Reserve
Zion National Park in Utah offers plenty of hiking opportunities, but if you head forty miles west, you’ll find the Santa Clara River Reserve. It’s public land, and it offers one of the most romantic moonlit hiking opportunities on the planet. If you head out to the location just before sunset, you can hike to the top of a big plateau and look out over the Mojave Desert as the sun goes down. The orange and pink color is one of the most beautiful natural sights you’ll ever encounter. Then, hike the 2.5 miles back to your car in the moonlight. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that.
The San Francisco Bay Area has no shortage of amazing views, but Point Reyes is home to the Palomarin Trail, which might just be the best of the best. From amazing waterfalls to picturesque sea cliffs, you’ll find plenty of natural beauty to appreciate with your loved one.
The Kalalau Trail on Kauai, Hawaii is 11 miles of amazing coastline. It’s not the easiest stroll, so you’d better plan on a whole day if you intend to hike it in its entirety. From lush valleys to secluded beaches, this is one of the most romantic venues that Hawaii has to offer.