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5 Romantic Road Trips You’ll Love Taking This Valentine’s Day

After finally getting back into routine after New Year’s, it always seems like Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Sometimes it comes up too fast and if you’re planning on celebrating with your significant other, it may feel like there’s not enough time to plan the perfect gift. But instead of worrying about picking up expensive jewelry and lavish items, all you really need is some quality time together out on the open road.

Along the way you can stop in quaint towns, experience local dining and shopping at its finest, take in beautiful scenery out your window, and even stay in charming B&Bs.  So skip out on the chocolates this Valentine’s Day and instead, take that special someone on one of these scenic routes to make it a much more memorable and romantic holiday.

1. Highway 101, the Oregon coast

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Photo by Daniel Hershman, Wikipedia

Instead of driving California’s Pacific Coast Highway, try making a trip up the Oregon coastline. This stretch of Highway 101 is just as scenic, and even continues up to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Along the way there are several places to stop and explore, including charming small towns (we love Cannon Beach, Florence, Newport, and Yachats), gorgeous state parks, sea stacks, beaches, and lighthouses.

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Where to stay:

If you’re making the trip in an RV, pull up to Sea Perch RV Resort near Cape Perpetua or Sea & Sand RV Park in Depot Bay.  If you’re making the trip in a car, look into a stay at the charming Heceta Head Lighthouse or Cliff House Bed & Breakfast.

2. Loop the Olympic Peninsula in Washington

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Photo by Sam Beebe

Just north, Washington has a dreamy loop you can take all the way around the Olympic Peninsula. At 300+ miles, the route leads up Washington’s coastline and around Olympic National Park, where you can stop and explore further. Along the way, stop in small towns like Forks, Sequim, and Port Angeles, local restaurants & coffee shops, and hike to see amazing Pacific Northwest scenery at places like the Hoh Rainforest, Ruby Beach, and Sol Duc Falls.

Where to stay:

The Hoh Rainforest has a popular year-round campground for tents and trailers. For those not bringing the RV, Robin Hood Village Resort in Union offers more comfy accommodations. The 1930s resort includes rustic cottages that were actually built by the Robin Hood movie set designer. You can get rates & reservations for them here.

 3. Overseas Highway, Florida

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via Sathish S

Nothing says paradise like the Florida Keys.  Spanning 113 miles, the Overseas Highway links Miami on the mainland all the way down to Key West with lots to stop and see. Some of the highlights include Key Largo, Marathon, and Big Pine Keys, where there are beautiful sandy beaches and opportunities for fishing, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Where to stay:

Several RV parks and campgrounds have reopened since Hurricane Irma, like Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge and Bahia Honda State Park.  Or if you’re traveling by car, there’s a wide selection of hotels, waterfront rentals, and scenic accommodations like Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort.

4. The Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia & North Carolina

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Photo via UNC Asheville Office of Admissions

Blue Ridge Parkway is better known for its fall foliage, but the beauty here doesn’t stop after autumn. It’s open in the winter too, subject to weather conditions (which you find the most recent updates here). Nearby you and your date can also check out several skiing and snowboarding resorts, or drive stretches of the parkway that are open and take in the heavenly snow-blanketed scenery.

Where to stay:

A full list of campgrounds and RV parks is available here. A few of our favorites include: Moonshine Creek Campground, Rutledge Lake RV Park, and Secluded Valley Campground. If you’re just making the trip in your car, check out Virginia’s Afton Mountain B&B or NC’s Chestnut Street Inn for lodging.

5. The charming Route 100, Vermont

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via Happy Vermont

Vermont’s Route 100 is one of New England’s premiere fall foliage drives, but it’s also a popular destination in the winter for skiing. It runs up the center of the state through many charming small towns like Wilmington, Ludlow, Warren, and Stowe, with several skiing resorts directly on or just off the 216-mile highway.

Where to stay:

There are not many RV campgrounds open this time of year, but you can find some sites available year-round at Gold Creek Campground in Stowe.  Take the car instead for this trip and stay in a homey B&B like the Rendezvous Bed & Breakfast or Grunberg Haus B&B Inn and Cabins.

See also: The 5 Best All-American Roads For RV Travel



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