Romance on the Road: Road Trips for Couples

By Kimberly Graf. Published on January 27, 2023

Sometimes, all a rocky relationship needs is a weekend away. The hustle and bustle and stress of day to day living can take a toll on any relationship. While hitting the road and going on a trip isn't a cure-all by any means, it does give you a lot of time alone to think and talk without distractions.

So hit the road and recharge your romance with these beautiful trips! You'll feel like the only two people in the world with the open road stretched ahead of you.

Blue Ridge Parkway

If you're looking for a beautiful, isolated drive that still has plenty of services and couples' recreation, you might consider taking the Blue Ridge Parkway! It runs for a total length of about 470 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, and winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains, a beautiful stretch of forested countryside, absolutely brimming with flowers in the springtime and fall foliage in the fall.

Blue Ridge Parkway Linn Cove Viaduct

And that's when we recommend taking a romantic drive down this Parkway – in the middle of the fall. What sounds better than a hot cup of cocoa, a couple of cozy sweaters and a windows-down drive-through lane of golden leaves? Experiencing all of it with your significant other.

There are plenty of places along the road to pull out and look at the scenery while cuddling together. It connects the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, which are the perfect book-ends for this adventure. If you're into hiking or camping, there are plenty of places along the road to stop and do those things. Wake up to a gorgeous fall morning, or take a long look at the autumn stars after the sun goes down.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in East Tennessee sets the stage for a beautiful romance

If you're both into history, there are State parks and historical places along the road you can stop at and scratch that itch. Plenty of chateaus and restaurants will fuel the flames of your romance. Make it a week-long getaway and enjoy a slow stroll through thousands of feet of elevation and different degrees of beautiful leaves!

Beartooth Highway

Beartooth Highway has been called one of the best motorcycle roads in America, but that's not all that this road has to offer. It's a compelling drive full of twists and turns, switchbacks and entertaining driving opportunities. You'll pass through forests and tundra on this winding road. It's a 68-mile drive that starts near Red Lodge, Montana and ends at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

This is a couple on the Beartooth Highway - what a view!

You'll climb elevations up to 10,000 feet or more, allowing for snowy conditions most of the year. In the lower elevations, you'll get to observe the beautiful forests and plains that benefit from that snowfall. The road curves this way and that all the way through, with plenty of scenic pull-offs along the way. Take your camera and take in the sights with your sweetheart!

There are a few hotels and resorts along the way if you feel like stopping for the night before you come across Yellowstone, but otherwise you can drive right up to the northeast entrance of the park. You might encounter a variety of wildlife along the way, including the possibility of wolves, grizzly bears, and elk. So watch for animals on the road!

Happy couple travel to Yellowstone National Park

When you've reached Yellowstone, take some time to explore it as well – catch an eruption of Old Faithful or observe any of the natural wonders that it has to offer. This will be a romantic trip that neither of you will ever forget!

Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway, or US Highway 1, is one of the most popular road trip destinations in the country. It runs the coast of California, through cities like San Francisco with its amazing culture and outstanding restaurants, through hundreds of miles of forests, ocean views, and gorgeously simple two-lane highway.

awesome view of Pacific Coast Highway

No matter which direction you choose to go along this route, you'll run into gorgeous beaches, views of the Pacific Ocean stretching on for miles and miles, as well as towering redwood forests and smaller pine tree groves. In the northern portion, you'll run into the vineyards that this part of California is famous for.

Vineyards usually have bed and breakfasts attached, or at the very least, restaurants and wineries where you can stop for dinner and a drink. It's perfect for a couples getaway. In the far northern part of the state are the redwood forests that people come for miles and miles to experience. These towering ancient trees shelter miles and miles of trails, so you can truly get away from it all and explore the forests!

Best US Wine Regions to Visit - Finger Lakes, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley - Thrillist

All along the road are award-winning seafood restaurants and spots that tailor directly to the people who travel this road. The Pacific Coast Highway perfectly blends a getaway with a staycation – you can have all the comforts of home while getting away with the one that you love!


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