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With all those stunning vistas and the superlatively beautiful greenery, it’s not hard to make a trip to Tahoe and Yosemite romantic. Here are our five picks for a romantic visit, whether you’re looking to fall in love or rekindle an old flame.
1. Full Moon Snowshoe Walk. During the winter, go for a Full Moon Snowshoe Walk tour in Yosemite. The crisp, still night air, the daylight-bright silver of the moon and the opportunity to cuddle close together as you take in some of the park’s most legendary sites make this a foolproof romantic move.
2. Take a sunset gondola ride at the Heavenly resort. The gondolas afford spectacular views of Tahoe, and the viewing platform would be the perfect place to pop any questions (ahem) you might have.
3. Take a cruise on Lake Tahoe. Get out on the lake, either by buying dinner boat tickets, or renting your very own sailing sloop. There’s nothing like a day out on the water to work up an appetite for true love.
4. Try a hot air balloon. Get a ticket to ride - in a hot air balloon, that is. Balloon rides are a northern California staple, and there are few things as likely to set hearts afire as an afternoon floating above the world, a champagne toast during the ride, and an intimate dinner once you’ve touched down.
5. Take a sleigh ride. If you have the chance to visit in winter, you can find out exactly what “Jingle Bells” is all about when you hop into a sleigh. The countryside will rush by while you stay wrapped up with your main squeeze drinking cider.
We do believe that anything can be romantic with a very special person on your side. Here are a few suggestions to make your trip unforgettable:
1. Sunset/Sunrise at Glacier Point. Do this during the summer months; Glacier Point Road is closed during the winter months.
2. Hike around Tenaya Lake (Tioga Pass Road) and enjoying a gourmet picnic on its shore.
3. Enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars on the patio at Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant. You’ll have the fountain and lit-up Château du Sureau in the background.
4. Snowshoe to Mariposa Grove to see the giant sequoias.
5. Take a horse sleigh ride through Oakhurt’s winter wonderland.