When you’re lucky enough to have your love by your side, home isn’t a place — or at least, not a house at a specific address. It’s just like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros sing: Home is wherever I’m with you.
And with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate love than to take a road trip — and find some new places to call home, even if just for a little while, with your sweetheart.
If you ask us, road trips are already inherently romantic. Zipping down the open highway with nothing but your best friend and your best set of maps (and, okay, your Passport America membership card, too), not a single worry on your mind other than what kind of fun you’ll get into at your next destination… I mean, can you say dreamy?
But if you’re looking for ideas to make your romantic Valentine’s Day road trip getaway even more exciting, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for some of our lovey-doviest suggestions for romantic road trip vacations for couples.
Road Trip Ideas for Couples
Here are some of the most romantic road trip ideas we’ve come across.
1. Road trip in your own private oasis on wheels.
The best romantic road trips for couples are the ones that give you the space and privacy to focus on nothing but yourselves… which is why an RV is an absolutely perfect way to travel with your sweetheart. No thin hotel room walls or cramped plane seating charts to deal with — just you, your boo, the open road and everything you need for your adventure right there on board and ready!
If you don’t have an RV of your own, it’s super simple to rent one, and if you go through the process on the peer to peer rental marketplace here at RVshare, you’re sure to find a unique model bursting to the seams with charm and character. You’ll also score a better deal than you might at a big, commercial dealership!
2. Surround yourself with sentiment.
If you’re traveling by RV, go ahead and turn it into a totally embarrassing love den. No one else is going to see, anyway!
Those romantic photos from your early days of dating, your favorite blanket to snuggle under, or even the stuffed animal you won together at that carnival three years ago — display them all prominently in your rig for the duration of your romantic ride. (Heart-shaped garland is optional… but highly recommended.)
Romantic Road Trips: Routes We Love
No matter what part of the USA you call home, there are beautiful, romantic road trips to be taken in your area! Here are some especially charming routes we recommend for couples.
3. Navigate the northeast.
Quaint towns, stunning seascapes, and the freshest maple syrup on the planet… there’s nothing quite as romantic as New England, even in wintertime. Just make sure you don’t forget your coat! Even the warmth of love can’t stand up to a February day in Vermont or New Hampshire.
4. Suffuse yourselves in southern charm.
From the city squares of Savannah to the Spanish-moss-draped oaks of Charleston, a trip to the American south won’t just warm your bodies, but your souls… especially once you start digging into the local cuisine!
If you want to really heat things up, take a trip down to Florida. You might even be able to get a beach day in, regardless of the season.
5. Get off the beaten path.
If you’ve never tried it before, take it from us: Boondocking, or dispersed wilderness camping, was basically custom-made for couples. Your nearest neighbor might not even be in sight, let alone earshot, and there’s nothing to do but sit back, relax, and enjoy the landscape… and each other’s company, of course.
Just make sure you choose a campsite that’s public and legal to camp on; lots of unmarked land is actually privately owned. The BLM website is a great resource for finding good boondocking spots, as is the online camping community. (But be forewarned: those in the know are sometimes hesitant to reveal their best boondocking spot secrets! No matter, though; you and your sweetheart can explore and find a dream site of your own.)
Romantic Things to Do on Road Trips
Wondering how to make the best couples’ road trips even romantic? Try out some of these fun, intimate activities on the road.
6. Get lost together.
Okay, don’t really — whenever you’re entering a wilderness area, you should always at least bring a map and possibly even a GPS navigator.
But taking a hike or bike ride together in a beautiful landscape is one of the most refreshing ways to celebrate your romance. Plus, wooded trails make an excellent background for those ooey-gooey couple selfies. (It’s okay. We all take them.)
7. Try something new.
Trying something new together is a great way to reconnect and rekindle the excitement you felt when you first started dating, and doing so in a brand new destination only intensifies the fun. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you’re doing — that’s the whole point! Pick something in which you’re both beginners. That way, you’ll both be nervous, and you’ll both get the giggles as you learn together — and both smile later as you share the memory of “that time we tried…” for a lifetime to come.
Fun Romantic Road Trips
Romantic road trips are one of the best ideas for a Valentine’s Day to remember, but the fun doesn’t have to end just because Cupid’s birthday is over!
Couples who travel together form lifelong memories and share experiences that can bring them closer together and help them learn more about each other… not to mention having a whole ton of fun with each other in the process.
In fact, we’re pretty sure that the only thing in life we love as much as our partner is RV living itself. Add the two together, and well… it just doesn’t get any better.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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