6 Camping Destinations for a Romantic Fall Getaway
We all know summertime camping means overcrowding, muggy weather and constant swarming insects—which is why we vote autumn as the ultimate time to connect with nature. Plus, the colder weather gives you just another reason to cozy up with your partner—and break out that cute winter gear. Check out our favorite destinations to enjoy and explore the great outdoors, below.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania
If you're willing to hike up this area of the Appalachian trail, Pine Grove Furnace State Park offers breathtaking views of the changing leaves. Fitness junkies? Take a bike ride along the beautiful Fuller lake or rent a kayak, canoe, or fishing boat for the afternoon. If you're there in late October, stick around for the hay wagon rides at the Fuller Fest, a two day celebration with vendors, live music and pumpkin carving.
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
This beautiful national forest—which also runs into Western Maine—has over 148,000 acres of wilderness, giving you the chance to see beautiful fall foliage no matter where you are in the state. If you and your partner are up for adventure and rugged hiking trails, book a reservation for a cabin in the woods (which doesn't have running water, so come prepared). If you're not one to rough it in nature, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway is a scenic trip you can take without getting out of your car.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks, California
These parks are great for the couple that can never make a decision—the twin forests are nestled side-by-side in the heart of central California and have a diverse landscape filled with deep canyons, huge mountains and the towering Sequoia trees (which means you get the best of both worlds). Choose between staying in a luxury lodge or sleeping under the stars in one of 14 different campsites scattered throughout the parks.
Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, Alaska
If glamping sounds better to you than true camping (it does to us), Sadie Cove is a top 10 eco resort, according to Forbes Traveler. Located on a private beach in Kachemak Bay State Park, this completely eco-friendly lodge is run by local couple Keith and Randi Iverson. Because the resort can only accomodate up to 10 guests at a time, you'll never have to worry about crowds. Are you engaged? This could be a great place to tie the knot—Keith is an ordained minister, and can help you say “I do" while standing on a pristine Alaskan glacier.
McKinney Campground, Georgia
McKinney Campground, located right on the water of Lake Allatoona, is a few miles north of Atlanta, which makes it a great city-escape destination. It has a free boat launch ramp, so if you rent a rowboat you can (almost) reenact the famous boat scene from The Notebook.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Want to spend a weekend in a restored ghost town (or at least have an interesting experience to tell your friends about)? This resort village is the place to go. Rent one of 13 authentically restored cabins and live in luxury with a beautiful mountain landscape just outside your door. Unplug from your cell phone (the resort doesn't get service—but they have high-speed internet!) and remember to take a dip in their unbelievably romantic open-air hot spring, which will easily be the high point of your trip.