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8 Romantic Van Life Destinations for Valentine’s Day


Looking for a memorable way to spend Valentine’s Day with your adventure partner? You’re in luck. We’ve gathered eight of the dreamiest destinations across the country to head to for the holiday of love. What could be more romantic than experiencing new things for the first time with your better half? 

Whether you want to stroll through streets filled with picturesque architecture or get your heart pumping in nature, you’ll find options on this list. From ski slopes and hot springs to balmy white sand beaches, we’ve got something for every van life duo here.

Plus, the road trip to your chosen spot will be half the fun. When it comes to quality time with your significant other this V-day, it’s about both the journey and the destination. So choose a location to enter into your GPS, stock up on your favorite snacks, queue up the best playlists to sing along to, and get ready to make memories together. 

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

In the mood for a well-rounded itinerary featuring both adventure and relaxation? Pagosa Springs offers the best of both worlds. Spend the day chasing thrills at the Wolf Creek Ski Area. Then warm up at The Springs Resort, where you can soak in a dazzling array of 20 hot spring pools with a day pass. Opt for the Relaxation Terrace Package to access an additional five exclusive pools and an adults-only area. The silky mineral-rich water, steam, and views over the San Juan River are sure to create a magical ambiance. 

Bar Harbor, Maine

Head to the coast of Maine for a quiet escape with a smorgasbord of Valentine’s Day plan options. Scope out charming lighthouses, stroll arm-in-arm through the Village Green, or enjoy a movie and slice at Reel Pizza. Nearby Acadia National Park is a winter wonderland perfect for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even snowmobiling. For more on the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast,” check out our guide to Acadia National Park. Cap off your evening with some top-notch stargazing.

Naples, Florida

If you’re craving a honeymoon-style getaway, turn your attention to the balmy beaches of Naples, Florida. This city on the Gulf of Mexico has a resort-like feel with access to all of the finer things in life. Even so, you’ll probably spend most of your time on the white sugar sand beaches. We recommend lounging at Vanderbilt Beach or walking around Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. For more to explore, head to Marco Island. This barrier island can be reached by van and offers a tidal lagoon for paddleboarding and kayaking. Paradise found. 

Fredericksburg, Texas

This idyllic small town in Texas Hill Country checks all the boxes for a V-Day trip. Fredericksburg is known for its numerous wineries, scenic rolling hills, and unique German history. If you and your sweetheart dream of European vacations, Fredericksburg can provide that ambiance stateside with German-style architecture, wine tastings, and boutique stores. These attractions have earned it a place in Travel & Leisure’s list of “America’s Most Romantic Winter Destinations” and CNN Travel’s “Six of America’s Most Romantic Small Towns.”

Cannon Beach, Oregon 

When talking about romantic getaways, Cannon Beach comes up often. That’s because this coastal city offers breathtaking views of the iconic Haystack Rock, farm-to-table restaurants, cozy beach fires, and spa experiences for couples. Oh, and there’s a little something called the Chocolate Cafe. Looking for a lighthearted date straight out of a rom-com movie montage? You and your boo can play arcade games, ride an old-fashioned carousel, and rent a tandem bicycle in Seaside, Oregon less than 15 minutes drive from Cannon Beach. 

Asheville, North Carolina

Looking for some excitement this Valentine’s Day? Head to the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina for an exhilarating mix of outdoor sports and city culture. Get your heart pounding with outdoor activities in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Take your valentine on a winter waterfall hike or sign up for the 5k or 10k runs in the adjacent community of Black Mountain. Then reward yourselves with a cozy dinner at one of Asheville’s many intimate restaurants. Other draws of the city include state-of-the-art museums and a booming live music scene.

Hudson, New York

The Hudson Valley region in Upstate New York attracts city dwellers for a slower-paced getaway with peaceful nature, interesting architecture, and hip artisanal shops. These same qualities make it perfect for a romantic van life trip. We suggest making the small and stylish city of Hudson your home base in the region. Take a sightseeing cruise on the Hudson River, compare notes with your partner at wine and cider tastings, and hunt for treasure–or a small souvenir–in the area’s multiple antique shops.

Savannah, Georgia

Set the stage for romance with the Southern charm of Savannah, Georgia. This enchanting city provides endless dreamy settings to bond with your love, from the classic fountain at Forsyth Park to the bustling River Street. Not to mention that there are 22 different city squares to wander through together. Foodie couples can enjoy an informative and delicious food tour where participants sample and learn about some of the city’s most renowned cuisine.  

Whichever destination you choose from this list, you’re on your way to a holiday you’ll never forget. Looking for more romantic travel ideas? Check out Dreamiest and Steamiest Hot Springs to Venture to this Valentine’s Day.” 

Thinking about embarking on the adventure of a lifetime with your love? Find your new traveling home at RecVan. We carry a wide selection of the best camper vans on the market. Then read Tips for Cohabitating with your Partner in a Van for more helpful information from real van life couples.