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They say variety is the spice of life. And when it comes to relationships, that includes finding new and exciting experiences to enjoy. From an athletic outing to a stress relieving getaway in the High Sierra, these fun things to do in California for couples will leave a lasting impression on you and your better half.

Paddle Your Way To Fun At Convict Lake

fisherman enjoying the view at Convict Lake
Image appears courtesy: Visit Mammoth

There’s something about an alpine lake that makes you feel at peace with the world. Maybe it’s the glassy waters. Or that you’re surrounded by HUGE peaks. Regardless of the reason, one of the top spots for fishing, boating, and kayaking is Convict Lake. Despite its name, this sapphire gem of the High Sierra is one of the more unique fun things to do in California for couples. You can rent kayaks, canoes, or even a SUP directly from the Convict Lake Marina during the warmer months.

Soak Up The Good Life At Benton Hot Springs

the front of the inn at Benton Hot Springs
Image appears courtesy: The Inn At Benton Hot Springs

If you’re looking for a true get away from it all, the Inn at Benton Hot Springs is the ultimate destination for couples. Miles from any large civilization and no televisions, this heavenly place will reconnect you with your better half. Bathe away in one of the dozen private hot spring pools reserved for guests only. Rent a house, pitch a tent, or go the extra mile by staying in one of the historic inn rooms and get a B&B experience like no other. And be sure to ask the front desk for the self-guided Historic Benton walking tour map ($5 donation to preserve the historical area).

Cruise America’s Most Beautiful Path

east shore trail on Lake Tahoe
Image appears courtesy: North Lake Tahoe

There are a lot of amazing bike rides throughout the High Sierra. But when it comes to a dedicated off-road path, although not technically in California the one that bubbles to the top is the East Shore Trail. Opened in June 2019, this three mile 10-foot-wide paved trail starts in Incline Village, giving you access to the legendary Sand Harbor. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe this engineering marvel. As you pedal alongside the cobalt blue waters of Tahoe with your partner, you won’t be able to hold back the endless smile as the scenery unfolds in front of you.

Cuddle, Stargaze, And Chill

To really experience stargazing at its best, you must escape the city and get away from light pollution. Due to the vast majority of the High Sierra being protected, it’s one of the rare places left to take in stargazing at its peak. An incredible spot to watch meteor showers, the Milky Way, or whatever else the universe provides is Pinecrest Lake. As the sun sets over the horizon, wrap a blanket around you both waiting for the show to begin. Sipping on a cup of hot chocolate, the darkness overcomes you and the night sky reflects against the lake acting like a mirror lighting up the entire area. This is the moment you’ll realize this is one of the most fun things to do in California for couples. Period.

It’s been proven that vacations can improve any couple’s relationship. Taking a break from the daily routine will invigorate you both and make you feel more alive. These fun things to do in California for couples is but a sample of the adventures in the High Sierra. Regardless of time of year be it spring, fall, summer, or even winter, there isn’t a bad time for a romantic couples getaway.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at https://localfreshies.com



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