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10 Valentine's Day activities for outdoor lovers

Candy and flowers are sweet gifts for Valentine's Day, but outdoor adventure offers more excitement. If you're an outdoor lover, enjoy this Valentine's Day guide filled with 10 great activities you'll love.

Winter hiking is a great way for an active couple to celebrate Valentine's Day
Sandy Wallace

Hit the trail together for a winter hike. If you live on the East Coast, the Appalachian Trail is within driving distance. The 2,180 mile footpath winds through 14 states from Georgia to Maine.

If you're on the West Coast, check out the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT stretches 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Even if you can't reach either of these trails, you'll find trails for winter hiking at state and local parks around the country.

Go running together. Run in a local road or trail race or lace up and hit the nearest park. Leave the headphones at home and enjoy the company and the scenery.

Work on your snowboarding skills. Most ski resorts offer snowboarding lessons or you can just wing it and teach each other as you go along.

Ice skating hand-in-hand can be very romantic. If you live near New York, visit Central Park and enjoy a winter tradition. Many resorts offer ice skating too.

Cross-country skiing is a great way to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the woods during winter. Strap on your skis and see where you end up.

You'll feel like little kids again when you're snow tubing or sledding. Visit a ski resort or head to your favorite hill. Be sure to warm up afterwards with hot cocoa.

Head to the mountains and try your hand at ice climbing. If you live in Colorado, check out Ouray Ice Park in the Uncompahgre River Gorge, a man-made ice climbing park that's free and open to the public.

Grab the bikes and enjoy a cycling date for Valentine's Day. Bike your favorite trail or choose somewhere new to ride. Pack along a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

Disc golf courses can be found in many parks. Learn more about the sport of disc golf and find a disc golf course near you at DGCourseReview.

Take a walk on the beach. The beach is the perfect outdoors destination any time of the year. Choose the beach closest to you and enjoy a weekend getaway.

Don't just give flowers or chocolate for Valentine's Day this year. Pick your favorite outdoor adventure, grab your sweetheart and enjoy an outdoors Valentine's Day.

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