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With so many romantic things to do in California year-round, couples never have to spend a boring night on the road.

From epic outdoor activities to harbor cruises, wine tasting, and snow-filled weekend getaways (yes, it does snow in California winter!), there are many things you can arrange for you and your partner to have a good time.

Whether it’s your first time traveling together, you’re in a long-term relationship and looking to spice things up, or are looking for ways to surprise your partner, we’ve got you covered.

Fun & Romantic Things To Do in California

Visit Santa Monica for Wine Tasting

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If you both love wine, the Santa Monica Mountains are the perfect destination to visit. Hidden in the mountains’ canyons are plenty of vineyards that offer unique experiences for anyone who loves wine.

Some are small wineries and are more discrete, ideal for couples who want to get away from the public eye. Others are commercial enterprises and offer a complete vineyard experience, from wine tasting to creating your own wine.

The most famous wineries in the region are Rosenthal Malibu Estate and Malibu Family Wines. If you’re not sure which winery to visit, take a drive along the well-known Mulholland Highway and explore hidden gems along the way.

There are plenty of car rental options in California, and this is a great stop to include on a Californian roadtrip, though remember not to drink and drive! (Toss a coin as to who has to be the designated driver!)

Enjoy Intimate Time Together in Mono Springs

If you’re looking for an intimate spot to enjoy with your partner, consider Mono Springs. This is a hot spring resort in Fresno County that wont disappoint. Mono Springs is excellent for enjoying nature-based time with your partner.

There are plenty of romantic things to do here, from dipping in the hot springs to having a picnic in nature. You can visit all-year-round and enjoy plenty of peace, intimacy, and breathtaking landscapes.

Whether you’re looking for luxurious or simple accommodation, rest assured you’ll find it here. From cabin lodge accommodation to spa centers, you’ll find an accommodation option that suits your needs.

Organize a Hot-Air Balloon Date in Napa Valley

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The idea of hot-air balloon dates has always been romantic – the perfect way to spend a romantic afternoon with your partner and experience a different kind of date.

A unique date like this would let you fly over Napa Valley, which is pretty breathtaking as you soar over acres of vineyards. To make your date even more romantic, grab a bottle of champagne and a camera, and record your day.

Enjoy an Intimate Dinner at A.O.C

A.O.C is an upscale spot in Los Angeles and will allow you to rekindle your love and indulge in a unique dining experience. It’s known for its five-star meals, premium wines, and an intimate atmosphere.

After opening critically acclaimed Lucques in 1998, award winning chefs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne embarked on A.O.C., the area’s pioneering wine bar that first paired an indulgent list of wine by the glass with a menu of market-driven small plates.

Original wood paneling lines the walls, ceiling and floors offering a glimpse of their extensive wine collection, balconies overlook our lush outdoor garden patio – all under the watchful eye of a bronze bull.

It’s incredibly intimate and romantic!

Enjoy Sunset in Del Mar

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If you’re out near San Diego, it’s a must to explore La Jolla Cave and enjoy the sunset in Del Mar (incredibly romantic, and a hot tip from Del Mar escorts on where to bring your date).

If you’re up for an adventure, take a kayak tour around La Jolla Cave, where you can see sea lions and seals. After your tour, prepare a picnic and enjoy the sunset in Del Mar.

Torrey Pines State Reserve is 20 minutes from La Jolla Cave and offers breathtaking coastal hikes. If you want to continue your adventure, go around 6 p.m. to start your trek and finish it with a fantastic view of the San Diego coastline and the Pacific Ocean during sunset.

If you want to sit and admire the sun’s slow descent, you can take your picnic basket and enjoy the view. Afterward, you can grab dinner at a nearby Del Mar restaurant or back in La Jolla.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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