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5 Outdoorsy Romantic Winter Ideas in Yosemite
Blog 5 Outdoorsy Romantic Winter Ideas in Yosemite
Alex Silgalis | 11/28/2022Arts & Entertainment, Camping, Hiking, Nature, Road Trip, Seasons, Waterfalls, Winter Fun |   

From those who’ve been in a relationship for years or just embarked in a new one, time together outdoors is one of the best ways to create positive memories that will last a lifetime. Get away from the day-to-day routine. Embrace the moment. Have a chance to connect with no modern distractions. You don’t have to be a mountaineer or super athlete to enjoy time outside. Don’t believe us? Here’s five outdoorsy romantic winter ideas anyone can enjoy in Yosemite.

Walk Amongst Giants

What could be more romantic than walking through the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Just imagine many of these trees were alive when Cleopatra and Mark Antony were around. And if you’re here around Valentine’s Day, you can even go on a guided hike with a naturalist where you’ll hear stories about the grove’s most famous trees amongst the serene setting of winter’s slow pace. Depending on conditions, you’ll either snowshoe or hike to see them.

Venture Beyond the Trails with a Professional

                 Snow shoeing with the Giants

Photo by: Local Freshies

For those couples that ooze adventure and are looking for a one-of-a kind experience, consider booking a spot with the Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service as part of their Discovery Snowshoe Hike. You'll start at the Nordic Center at the Badger Pass Ski Area and snowshoe hike 3-4 miles while learning about Yosemite's basic winter ecology from an expert guide. Upon your return, stop in the lodge for a hot chocolate and sit fireside with your honey!

Listen To The Sounds Of Water

Ahhhh... the sound of water rushing over a granite slab. The sight of light bouncing off the cascade. When it comes to romance in the land of waterfalls, you knew we had talk about them. During the colder months, a great option is to head over to Hetch Hetchy and see the Wapama Falls. At a whopping 1,341 feet in height, think of it as the Bridalveil Fall of the valley except with the force of Yosemite Falls at its biggest volume of the year.

Pick Up A Brush

Yosemite is the epitome of artistic inspiration. From the likes of Thomas Ayers to Ansel Adams, this park has inspired generations. Order up a few canvasses, purchase some paints, and flip on an old school Bob Ross tutorial. Although you may come out with less of a Monet and more of a paint-by-number display, you’ll have a souvenir unlike any before! Or, if you feel like being surrounded by artists, consider joining a Plein Air outing with Yosemite Western Artists.

Schuss Your Way Outside

Combine your time outdoors together with a good workout. Give downhill skiing, cross-country skiing or snowboarding a try. Badger Pass Ski Area is open mid-December through March and is the perfect setting for a heart pumping adventure.

As they say, “A couple that gets outside together, stays together.” We hope these romantic winter ideas inspire you to create some memories today.


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Alex Silgalis

Alex founded localfreshies.com® in 2014 to be the #1 website providing the “local scoop” on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer.

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