Romantic Walks & Hikes for Valentine's Day

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The author of "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon", Adam Sawyers shared with Tra'Renee some of his favorite romantic walks and hikes.

Cathedral Park

Portland’s best bridge also shelters one of the city’s most romantic parks. The park earned its name from the Gothic arches that support the bridge on the east bank of the Willamette River. A beautiful, inspiring stroll.

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Lighthouses are inherently romantic. And Cape Meares ups the beacon of light romance game with a beautiful tree-lined stroll down to the stately lighthouse’s perch over the Pacific. In addition, a short walk to the “Octopus” or “Candelabra” tree is almost guaranteed to light your romantic flame. Grrrawr.

Nestucca Spit

Is there anything more patently romantic than a sunset stroll on the beach? Pop culture tell sus no. The Nestucca Spit is home to some hauntingly beautiful forest and some classic views of Haystack Rock and Cape Kiwanda, but with a little more solitude. Oh my.

Smith Rock

The birthplace of modern American rock climbing, is also a great place to take a waterside stroll along the Crooked River.

Painted Hills

Mother Nature’s endless capacity for beauty is on display at all three units of Central Oregon’s John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. But perhaps the most optimal walks for the romantically inclined are the Painted Hills Overlook and Painted Cove Trails at the Painted Hills unit.