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Things that didn’t bother you before, now do. Daily routines have become just that… routine. As travel restrictions ease, it’s time to start dreaming and planning a vacation with your better half. What better way to create happy positive memories than by heading out on a road trip via a summer romantic getaway.

Highway 395

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The Historic Ghost Town Of Bodie On A Gorgeous Evening

On one side, you have the massive looming mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Look the other way and you’ll see miles and miles of sagebrush desert. No matter which end you start, the natural attractions, obscure activities, and down-home towns are the perfect road trip away from it all. The landscape is dotted with sights like Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie, and even open-air hot springs like Keough Hot Springs. For adventurist couples, the Eastern Sierra provides a way to re-charge those batteries.

Highway 49

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Photo appears courtesy: Calaveras County Visitors Bureau

People nowadays are in such a rush to get to their destination. Road trips, on the other hand, give you a chance to see the country up close and personal. Especially if you take the smaller roads and scenic byways like California Highway 49. Built in 1934, the road is known as the “Golden Chain” highway since it connects the historic mining communities of the 1849 Gold Rush. While the mining is pretty much gone, you can still saddle up and get a sarsaparilla at a saloon, try your luck at gold panning, wine tasting, or just take in the historic charm of towns like Sonora or Angels Camp. This road trip is the perfect romantic getaway for couples that love to dig deep into history and charming towns.

Majestic Mountain Loop

Sequoia National Park Tunnel Log Driving
Image appears courtesy: Visalia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Not a singular highway per se but rather a route, the Majestic Mountain Loop connects you to three of California’s largest national park: Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. Although you could technically see one park on each day, it would be a better idea to spread it out across a long weekend or better yet a week. You’ll get a chance to see the largest trees in the world, roaring waterfalls, and a myriad of other natural beauty like Moro Rock that’s arguably some of the prettiest sights in the world. This itinerary is the perfect one for couples that love nature and want to get a taste of what these parks have to offer.

There’s really nothing that brings couples together better than a romantic road trip getaway. From the planning to the actually going, you’ll come home re-energized and ready to take on the world together!

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

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