Taking a trip in your RV is a fun way to celebrate special occasions and holidays. But, of course, you’ll want to do something special when you reach your destination. And, for those of you who full-time in your RV, special occasions, holidays, and date nights are all occurring when you’re in the RV, so you’ll definitely want these all to stand out from a regular day.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of seven creative date ideas that are easy for most RVers. Best of all, many of these can be repeated along your travels, with a different experience every time.
1. Hike for Two
Beautiful hikes can be found just about anywhere. Try looking for one at the state park you’re camping at, or a nearby National Park or National Monument. If you’d like to feel like you two have the whole world all to yourselves, plan a sunrise hike. Even some of the most popular hikes are surprisingly quiet if you leave just before sunrise.
You can also plan a sunset hike. These might be a bit busier. But if timed right, you’ll be able to catch a beautiful sunset together halfway through your hike. No matter what you choose, be sure to pack snacks, water, proper sun protection, and layers.
If you’d like to plan a trip around a special hike, here are a few of our favorites:
- Sunrise hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House in Banff National Park could give you a rustic tea house nearly all to yourself.
- Sunset hike to Arches National Park’s Delicate Arch or to White Sands National Monument can be very romantic.
- For hikes with very few others around, you might want to try a National Monument, like Colorado National Monument or Utah’s Natural Bridges.
2. Sunset Al Fresco Dinner for Two
Do you like boondocking? If you do, this will be a fun date for you. (If you haven’t tried boondocking, be sure to get your feet wet before planning a boondocking date!) Dates are usually alone time for couples, and there’s no better way to find alone time while RVing than exploring the vast public lands in the U.S.
First, find yourself a beautiful patch of BLM land. (Note, that this is much easier to do in the western half of the country.) Then, plan on upgrading your menu with a fancier cut of meat or a nicer bottle of wine. And don’t forget to buy a dessert for after the main course.
You can serve your meal seated on the ground with cozy blankets, cushions, tea lights, and a covered surface of some kind for a table (like an overturned plastic bin, foldable side table, etc.). Or try setting up a table for two underneath your awning. Light the space with fairy lights or garden light. And if you’re feeling particularly fancy, hang some sheer white curtains.
If cooking with propane or RV stoves is not your strength, replace dinner with a board game instead. Or “make” seafood by ordering two pounds of snow crab legs or a half-pound of cocktail shrimp (ready to eat) at the local market. Pick up lemon, butter, some greens, serve … and done! Super special with zero cooking.
3. Wine Tasting
You have a few different options for wine tasting as an RVer. Try wine tasting and overnight camping at a winery with a Harvest Hosts membership. Or you can plan an RV trip out to a wine region and taste wine at multiple wineries over the course of a few days.
Napa Valley, Sonoma, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, or B.C.’s Okanagan region are all great options. However, small wine regions like Fredericksburg, TX, Arizona’s Cochise Valley, or Ontario’s Prince Edward County are also lovely.
For something a little unexpected, plan a trip up to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake and hop from winery to winery in your RV.
4. Library Date
If either of you are bookworms, try a date at a unique library or quaint Indie bookstore. If you’re camping near Mt. Ranier, save a day to go into Seattle and visit their beautiful public library. And keep with the theme by visiting one of the city’s many independent bookstores.
Smaller cities have unique local independent bookstores and bookstore cafes to explore. You may even happen across something completely unexpected like Singing Winds Bookstore, a bookstore within a ranch in Wilcox, AZ.
5. Sunrise Coffee
For some good conversation, beautiful views, and serene calm, try a sunrise coffee date. Plan ahead and bring along a special blend in the RV. For a bit of a fancy flair, try pour over, French press, or espresso (here’s our go-to espresso maker). But hey, drip coffee and K-cups work great too! For an added bonus, bring along some yummy pastries from a nearby farmer’s market, local bakery, or even pre-packaged biscotti.
If you’re not a full-timer, your RV dinette might be plenty cozy for your sunrise coffee date. Take in the inviting aroma of the coffee, chat, and watch the sunrise out of your RV windshield or window. If you full-time, try taking the coffee outside and build a campfire.
If you’re feeling adventurous, pack the coffee in a thermos and hike to a spot to watch the sunrise. For example, try the Delicate Arch hike mentioned above, and have your coffee together watching the sunrise. If you find yourself at a Florida State Park in the panhandle or on one of the coasts, take your coffee to the shore instead.
A very easy, but still romantic RV couple’s date is stargazing. Stargazing is best during a new moon and with as little artificial light pollution as possible. Still, you can have a good time stargazing even at a state park or RV park.
For an extra-special night of stargazing, try planning this date while staying at an International Dark Sky area. Unless you totally rocked your Astronomy 101 class, try picking up a night sky map so you can identify more than Orion’s Belt when you’re looking up.
7. Random Roadside Picnic
Sometimes, the most romantic thing is to not have a plan at all. Discover something new together by sitting down to a roadside picnic.
Some of our favorite places are places we didn’t know existed and couldn’t have actually planned for. Of course, you don’t want to end up eating at Walmart, so set yourself up for success and choose a scenic byway to explore. These usually have picnic areas scattered along the way.
Some of our favorites are the Icefields Parkway, Niagara Falls to Niagara-On-The-Lake, the Cherohala Skyway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Dinosaur Diamond, Pacific Coast Highway (if you go in your tow car), Salmon River Scenic Byway, and Flagstaff to Sedona on 89A (if you go in your tow car).
Take in the beauty, bring out your packed picnic at a stop, or find a pull-out and take the view in through your windshield while you eat.
One of the great things about RVing is the ability to easily get out and explore new places. Whether you’re setting out to explore one of these places or just have coffee in a new place, the road is your playground and, with a little imagination, a great date awaits!