Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching us, and we couldn’t be more excited! Instead of doing dinner, a movie, chocolate and flowers, why not extend the holiday and find the perfect Valentine’s Day outdoor destination for you and your S.O.? Camping trips, the trip to get to your destination and talks around the campfire will give you more memories to cherish than flowers any day! The holiday happens to fall on a Thursday this year, too, so use this as an opportunity to take few days off work and head out on a romantic getaway you’ll never forget.
Below are a few perfect Romantic Camping Escapes for you and your Valentine’s Day love.
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Getting to the scenery is definitely quite a trek, but it’s certainly worth it. The Badlands are also ideal for the most breathtaking stargazing views, and you can choose between its two campgrounds: Cedar Pass or Sage Creek. If a log cabin is more your style, you can check out the Frontier Cabins Motel, which is only six miles from the Badlands. Couples have 33 unique and fully furbished cabins to choose from all with private baths. You’ll have the option to explore the Badlands, or you can stay on the Frontier Cabins Motel property and use the sauna, hot tub or picnic area. The Cabins are just right for a scenic retreat for couples who are looking to escape the hectic city life for a day or two.
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
If two of your favorite things are beaches and camping, this place is for you. Check out its sandy beaches, marshes, forests and coastal bays. Wild horses also populate the area, and while they’re beautiful, be sure to leave them alone. The beach is their turf, after all.
Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands, Florida
Romance is a natural thing at the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands. Check out the sunset kayaking, private beaches, romantic candlelit dinner and smooth waves all create the ideal getaway for Valentine’s Day. Located halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, all personalities will love its secretive coastal hideaway that’s perfect from getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Choose to spend the day sailing together while catching amazing views of dolphins and seabirds, enjoy waterfront Italian dining at Portofino’s on the Peace River in Port Charlotte or even plan your wedding with Extraordinary Eventz!
First Landing State Park, Virginia
If you want to camp but still want something close to tourist attractions, dig deeper into some details of the First Landing State Park located in Virginia Beach. Campsites are nestled away in small alcoves right off the main campground road are ideal for the ultimate romantic evening at your site. There’s 19 miles of trails to keep you busy when you’re not checking out the tourist attractions. First Landing is Virginia’s most popular state park, having over a million visitors each year. It’s also quite literally the site of the first landing of settlers to Virginia, so why not brush up on some history while you’re here?
Spearfish Canyon Lodge, South Dakota
Get ready for the perfect adventurous and romantic getaway at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge in South Dakota. The surrounding area of the lodge has two of the highest peaks east of the Rockies and has well over 300 miles of perfectly-paved out snowmobile trails and ski slopes. Don’t forget to sign up for the lodge’s Romantic Rendezvous Package! It includes a dinner for two, a rose petal turndown, champagne and breakfast in bed the next morning. It’s the ultimate way to end your action-packed day. The package is offered year-round, too, so don’t worry if this sweet package seems like too much of a good deal to pass on.
Your Own Back Yard
We get it. We know these romantic weekend getaways don’t always work out, so that’s when you look to your back (or front) yard to spend some time together. So grab a tent, a few sleeping bags, blankets and pillows and some board games or a deck of cards. To set the mood in your tent, hang up some fairy lights to keep your tent lit up. You’ll also need a cooler to keep your wine, champagne and snacks cold. And who could camp out without a fire? If possible, create a small fire to share some s’mores and a bottle of red wine. Want to take it even further? Find the perfect romantic Dutch oven recipe to share with your S.O. and make it and amazing experience neither one of you will forget.
Hunting Island, South Carolina
This semi-tropical beachfront features several camping spaces, over 4 miles of beachfront, walking trails, plenty of fishing spots and even a working lighthouse. What beachfront is complete without one? If you’re visiting for a day, pack up a picnic and chairs and hang out on the beach. On the island’s north end, a walk will put you in an area with crashing waves and falling trees, giving the visitor total seclusion and serenity. Just watch the tide chart. Bring your dogs, dig your toes in the sand. Stay at one of their 3,000 different campsites and stargaze in the Appalachians with roasted marshmallows and you have yourself the most private, secluded Valentine’s Day getaway ever.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Let us know!