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You’ve been cooped up in the house all winter long. Work hours have blurred from one day to the next. Everyone’s patience has frayed to the point they’re about to snap. With spring arriving in a big way across the lower elevations of the High Sierra, why not use this time to plan some romantic spring break getaways! To help, here’s a few ideas to consider.

Let Water Falls Wash The Stress Off Of You

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Photo by: Rachid Dahnoun – Image appears courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

The booming sound of liquid falling from up above. The electric smell of freshness coming from the moving water. The icy cold feel of the torrential mist. The visual beauty of it. Water falls in the High Sierra in every sense wash those daily stresses away. For a spring romantic getaway consider, checking out Eagle Falls in Lake Tahoe. The crowds will be smaller. The falls will be bigger. And you can finish off by snuggling up in a rustic cabin or even a hot tub soak at a lakefront resort.

Tip Toe Through The Tapestry Of Wildflowers

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Photo by: Kenny Karst – Image appears courtesy: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

Flowers are romantic. Instead of buying a bouquet to show your affection, gift that special someone with a visit to the High Sierra and take in Mother Nature’s bounty instead. Imagine a meadow filled with sunny oranges, fiery reds, and majestic purples. That’s WAY better than a bunch of flowers in hand. And near the top of every person’s wish list for wildflower viewing should be Yosemite. Instead of just a short window for wildflower season. Yosemite’s is months long due to its HUGE elevation gain. To catch the natural fireworks in early spring, focus on the foothills in places like Hite Cove. Not enough? Here’s a few more wildflower hiking opportunities across the entire California High Sierra.

Contemplate Life From A Vista

Alabama Hills Spring at dawn
Photo by: Dennis Jahn – Image appears courtesy: Bishop Visitor Center

Scenic overlooks for some reason slow down time. Maybe it’s because the sun is slowly setting or that you’re just enjoying a moment in life with someone you love. Regardless of the many reasons, a great place to explore and take in a romantic view is the Alabama Hills just an hour south of Bishop. You’ll find plenty of activities to go along with it too like hiking, biking, and even bouldering. If it’s good enough as a backdrop for hundreds of Hollywood flicks, it’s good enough for us.

Gaze Upon Some BIG Trees

Dawn coffee toast at Moro Rock
Image appears courtesy: Visit Visalia

Sometimes we get caught up in all the drama of our daily lives. That the laundry isn’t cleaned or dishes put away. We need something to shake us up and put things into perspective that our time on the planet is short. A great place to do this is by strolling through the Giant Sequoias within the legendary Grant Grove in Sequoia National Park. Seeing these majestic giants at over three thousand years old will make you appreciate and savor the moments we have with our loved ones.

Sure, you could have a candle-lit dinner or buy flowers to express your love, but why not take it up a notch and go for a romantic spring getaway. Or if you’re visiting in the winter, be sure to check out our winter romantic getaway ideas as well.

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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