Play Together, Stay Together
You do remember what’s right around the corner, don’t you? That day in February when we pull out all the stops and make a grand demonstration of our devotion? That’s right – Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. And because of this year’s calendar, the romantic holiday falls during Presidents Day weekend, which happens to be the next set of fee-free days in the parks!
So what will you do? You’ve done the romantic dinner and night on the town. You’ve presented the flowers and candy before. But this year has to be different. It has to be memorable.
Here’s a little helpful hint, a reminder of sorts, from us to you: a couple that plays together, stays together. If you want to make it an unforgettable and romantic day, get out into your national parks and create some new memories with each other.
To take the guesswork out of the planning process, we’ve pulled together unique recommendations, reimagining your tried-and-true, fail-safe ideas and jazzing them up a bit, national park style. Make this year’s romantic weekend memorable by:
- Canoeing the mangrove-fringed shorelines of Biscayne National Park (Florida).
- Enjoying a wine-tasting and chef-prepared hors d'oeuvre aboard a train as you travel through Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio).
- Skiing or sledding the snow-covered terrain of Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve (Idaho).
- Hearing the epic love stories immortalized in constellation mythology at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Colorado).
- Relaxing beneath the stars as you hear about the natural and cultural stories of Joshua Tree National Park (California).
- Taking an evening stroll through some of our nation’s most iconic memorials at National Mall and Memorial Parks (Washington, D.C.).
- Exploring Padre Island National Seashore (Texas) as you watch for the park’s beautiful and enchanting bird life.
- Listening to the calming ocean and watching it for breathtaking sites of migrating gray whales at Point Reyes National Seashore (California).
- Snow-shoeing at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan).
- Getting lost in the endless starry sky at Tumacácori National Historical Park (Arizona).
If you need a few more ideas to get your mind running wild with the endless possibilities, download our free “I Heart Parks” guide, filled with romantic escapes in your national parks, or the “Gimme Shelter” guide, chocked full of ideas on where to stay during your next adventure.
Whether you choose to explore a national park that’s close to home, or discover a new national park with an exciting getaway, one thing is guaranteed: time spent connecting with each other, creating unforgettable memories, is never time ill-spent. After all, in the words of English novelist and poet Mary Ann Evans, “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined - to strengthen each other - to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories?”
Last updated January 20, 2015.