National parks are often top the list of vacation destinations for families, friends, solo adventurers, and couples. There's no denying that there's truly something special, even romantic, about being in nature, especially when it's untouched and preserved. For couples, ideal locations that include fiery sunsets, secluded cabins/campsites, stunning beaches, majestic waterfalls, and more set the scene for the perfect romantic outing. So whether you're looking to head out into the picturesque expanse of wilderness or simply spend some quality time with your significant other in a seriously gorgeous setting, there are more than a few national parks that can accommodate you. That said, here are ten national parks with the most romantic views for your next couple's getaway.
10 Virgin Islands National Park
For love birds looking for a national park that abuts pristine white sand beaches, then the Virgin Islands National Park is for you. This particular park actually covers two-this of the island of St. John—making this an ideal destination for anyone who prefers stunning Caribbean views and drinks. In addition to having incredible beaches (both public and secluded), this park is brimming with local history, private boat rentals, majestic hidden coves, plus some of the best coral reef diving and snorkeling (at Trunk Bay or Hawksnest Beach).
9 Banff National Park
If sparkling turquoise lakes and one-of-a-kind mountain scenery high in the Canadian Rockies is more your speed, then Banff National Park is a perfect choice. Besides having incredible views, this park has 1,000+ miles of well-maintained trails, which are great for couples who are hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers. For some unbelievably romantic lake views, Moraine and Louise Lakes are worth checking out here—both carved out by glaciers, they're shockingly blue. Plus, this lovely national park offers easy access to the impressive Banff Upper Hot Springs and a quaint yet charming mountain village for even more romantic scenery.
8 Dry Tortugas National Park
Yet another island meets national park getaway that is simply superb for couples is located in the Florida Keys. Here, in Dry Tortugas National Park, couples can enjoy a secluded version of the Keys with comparable beauty surrounded by blue open water. In total, this park consists of seven small islands and is accessible only by boat or plane. But a romantic getaway is more than possible since this national park is also home to a no-frills campsite—ideal for catching romantic sunsets and enjoying uninterrupted stargazing.
7 Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is one of the U.S.'s timeless treasures and boasts some incredibly romantic and serene views. Here, in Wyoming, travel couples can enjoy a picturesque afternoon riverside at the Yellowstone River. This free-flowing waterway also has some serious waterfalls that will take any outing to the next level. The Grand Prismatic Spring is another park feature that is a must-see with its beautiful, vivid coloration. Plus, love birds should make it a point to catch the marvelous view of Old Faithful (the most popular geyser in Yellowstone) while spending some quality time in the park.
6 Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park is an excellent choice if your romantic getaway calls for sweeping vistas, delightful geological formations, and scenic desert landscapes. Couples can marvel at the tall sandstone towers that dominate the land and camp out underneath the stars. This national park is actually known for its pitch-black nightly skies, so some cozying up by the fire and stargazing are definitely in order if you opt to spend the entire day here. There are also a few astronomy and night sky programs available if you prefer to stay somewhere else but still want to enjoy the star-filled skies.
5 Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is known for its awe-inspiring views and scenic stretches of the Colorado River. With ample in-park accommodations, couples can relax and enjoy some of the most breathtaking sights at the Grand Canyon, next to a lodge fire, or over a romantic dinner. But that's not all; like so many other U.S. parks, this natural wonder also has some phenomenal sunrises and sunsets. So make sure you catch a sunrise/sunset or two, and while you're at it, check out the canyon's North Rim for even more spectacular views sans the big crowds.
4 Olympic National Park
For adventurous couples, a lovely little trip to Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington is another excellent choice. With its endless acres of old-growth forest land, striking mountain ranges, spectacular tide pools, and a rugged yet lovely coastline, this is definitely the perfect setting for lovers. Here, you and your main squeeze can spend time enjoying unique coastal hiking, an abundance of outdoor recreational activities, and romantic oceanside campsites. There are also cozy cabin rentals a bit further inland for couples who prefer to glamp it.
3 Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, located in Maine, offers couples the opportunity to catch some impressive sunrises. In fact, you and your significant other can head out early for amazing front-row views of the sun coming up that make you feel like you are the only two people in the world. From October until late March, lovers can also catch the illumination of Cadillac Mountain by the dawn light, which is rumored to be pretty breathtaking. So if this sounds like a romantic pursuit that's right up your alley, then what are you waiting for? Get out there and check out this downright dreamy national park.
2 North Cascades National Park
Only three hours out from Seattle, the pristine and quiet North Cascades National Park is more than suitable for couples looking to traverse the lush inland forests, incredible Alpine peaks, and shimmering coastlines. Adventure types can take in all the beauty here while backpacking it, rock climbing, on a whale-watching tour, or when catching some marvelous sunsets via a nature cruise. In the way of lodging options, lavish romantic stays surrounding North Cascades are available, as well as in-park cozy campsites for couples who want to be front-row and center in this magical wilderness.
1 Presidio Of San Francisco
Last but definitely not least, nature-loving couples can spend some time in the Presidio of San Francisco. Though this is technically not a national park, this gorgeous, expansive nature reserve is operated by the National Park Service. Here love birds can catch a glittering glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy lovely beachside picnics and lush hiking trails, plus marvel at this area's beautifully placed historic landmarks and sculptures. In addition to all this, Presidio is home to Lover's Lane, a genuinely scenic tree-lined pathway that leads back to the city with some romantic lore that makes this spot even more special.