Romantic Getaway, Unexpected Adventure

Escape to a National Park for a Romantic Getaway

There's nothing quite like the romance found in nature. From pristine beaches and sparkling reefs to solitary mountains and impossibly clear night skies, the features of our national parks have a way of bringing couples together. 

Discover something new this summer, and head to one of these parks for a perfect romantic getaway.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West, Florida
Romance in the Keys

Nestled on a remote cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the least well-known beach destinations in the Florida Keys, which makes it all the better for a romantic getaway. The park spans 100 square miles – most of it open water – and offers seemingly endless opportunities to explore, hand in hand, with someone special.

Go for a swim: At this park, you don't have to go far to find a beach. Lie back in the sand, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, or head a little farther from shore on a pair of kayaks or paddle boards. Snorkeling and diving: Vivid coral reefs and sea grass communities provide a dazzling display of life and color in the waters of Dry Tortugas National Park. Snorkeling and scuba diving are great activities for couples, and the offshore waters also harbor a wealth of exciting shipwreck sites. Camp on the beach: Pitch your tent on one of the park's secluded beaches, where you can watch the sun set over the water right from your campsite. Explore the fort: Located on Garden Key, Fort Jefferson is one of the nation's largest 19th-century forts. Tour the fort's interior, or just stroll along the beach outside the fortress walls. Visit Loggerhead Key: The park's largest island is Loggerhead Key, covering just shy of 50 acres. Visit the Loggerhead Lighthouse constructed in 1857, or go beneath the surface to explore Little Africa Reef and the Windjammer Wreck.

Dry Tortugas National Park is accessible only by boat or seaplane. Ferries depart daily from Key West, and you can also arrive in your own private boat with the proper permit.

Things to Do

  • Boating
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Children's Programs
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Lifetime of Adventure

The tallest sand dunes in North America are the centerpiece of this Colorado national park’s otherworldly landscape, which ranges from arid desert to lush forest and snow-capped mountains. Whether you and your loved one decide to spend your nights camping out under the stars or staying cozy at a nearby lodge, your days are sure to be adventure-filled.

Take a hike: This park has dozens of hiking trails that traverse some of the most beautiful scenery in the Southwest. Follow a marked trail through the woods, or set your own course as you backpack across the dunes. See the stars: There's an undeniable romance in the night sky, and Great Sand Dunes National Park has some of the clearest, darkest skies in the United States. On the night of a full moon, you won't even need a flashlight to light your way. Head out on horseback: The mountain scenery looks even better from atop your trusty steeds. Go on a guided horseback trip, or bring your own horses and stay at one of the equestrian camps. Cool off at Medano Creek: Meandering through the sand dunes, Medano Creek is the perfect place to take a dip or soak up some sun. This seasonal stream runs at its highest level – just deep enough to lie back and float gently downstream – during May and June.

Things to Do

  • Biking
  • Arts & Culture
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Children's Programs
  • Climbing

Sharing adventure with someone you love is the perfect way to explore your national parks. This summer, head to a park near you for a romantic getaway. If you don’t have a travel partner, we have 3 amazing solo national park trips planned just for you. Be sure to check out our infographic for even more travel ideas!

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