Weekend getaways in California for couples are all about outstanding alpine vistas in Lake Tahoe, the sumptuous mountain resort Heavenly, and decadent drinks on the beach in the summertime. You'll also fall for California's pioneer heritage, Spanish and Mexican flair, and a seemingly endless coastline. While cities like San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles bring big city glamour, a plethora of small, secluded spots beckon across coastal California: perfect for snuggling with your sweetheart.
Live the California dream
Big Bear Lake combines mountain scenery with pristine water for swimming. Arrive via the Rim of the World Scenic Byway for spectacular panoramas, perfect for couple selfies. Winter is all about flying down pristine slopes together, while summer is for adventurous mountain bike tours and jet ski races on the sparkling lake. Unwind together afterward with cocktails on a sun lounger or romantic apres ski.
Romantic getaways in California aren't complete without a stop in Monterey. Continue your amorous adventure by swimming with dolphins together, spotting sea lions and whales in the glittering Marine Sanctuary. Monterey houses an impressively preserved collection of Spanish and Mexican style buildings. The historic quarter downtown is very atmospheric, but don't forget to wander through popular Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, of Steinbeck fame.
Romantic weekend getaways in California find a spiritual home in Mariposa, which means 'butterfly' in Spanish. On the fringes of the spectacular Yosemite Park, Mariposa has a glittering past as a gold rush town and can rely on its pioneer heritage, exciting museums, and breathtaking scenery for its allure today. With an old-world aesthetic, chic boutiques, and the largest town square in California, Sonoma is a charming stop off on romantic weekend getaways in California. Steep yourself in the ardent atmosphere of Sonoma State Historic Park, before heading to the Napa Valley's 400 wineries for wine tastings and tours in this beautiful, balmy setting, together with your sweetheart.