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Utah may not be the place for "long walks on the beach" (unless you count the briny shores of the Great Salt Lake), but the state offers plenty of ways to connect with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.
Whether your idea of a romantic outing involves cultural experiences, the great outdoors, fancy hotels, or just cuddling up on the couch with a nice, warm blanket, the following activities are sure to strengthen any romantic bond.
But, you don't have to be chasing romance in order to appreciate this list. These activities are perfect for anyone — young or old, couples or singles.
Squaw Peak, Provo
There's nothing like a good hike to get both your heart and endorphins pumping, and Utah has no shortage of good hikes. If you're in Utah County, be sure to try the Squaw Peak trail. Though not a beginner trail, the intermediate challenge of the climb is more than worth it for the view waiting at the top.
If you plan to hike at any point before July, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket for the views at the top.
Memory Grove Park, Salt Lake City
Who can resist a romantic walk in the park — particularly when you're surrounded by picturesque scenery, running water, beautiful monuments, hiking/running trails, and photo ops galore? Memory Grove Park is a peaceful getaway tucked within the bustling city.
Ensign Peak, Salt Lake City
For the couples who want to enjoy a gorgeous sunset without working up a malodorous sweat, the Ensign Peak hiking trail is an easy way to get a good view of the city. Located on the north end of Salt Lake just above the Capitol building, Ensign Peak is a simple 1-mile round trip hike almost anyone can enjoy.
La Caille, Sandy
With a 20-acre estate situated at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, La Caille is unquestionably one of the most romantic destinations to take your date. Opened in 1975, the restaurant is known for its French cuisine and decorative charm. Enjoy dinner seven days a week or come for brunch on the weekends.
Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon
Located up by Brighton Ski Resort, this beautiful, shallow lake is surrounded by the beauty of the trees and mountains. While winter might not be an ideal time to hike around the lake, there are some accessible spots around the water that make for a great place to stop and appreciate the beauty of winter with your loved one.
Be advised that you might need four-wheel drive and/or chains to get to this spot up Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Mystique Dining, Gardner Village
Impress your date or loved one with a little magic and delicious dining. This experience is one neither of you is soon to forget. First, you'll be served a scrumptious five-course meal in an intimate setting. Just as you're clearing the last plate, you'll be wowed by the stylings of highly-acclaimed magicians.
Since the room only holds 30 people, you'll feel like a part of the show instead of someone in the crowd. Get your reservation in ahead of time so you can secure your romantic evening.
Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City
Just because it's wintertime, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a fresh garden. Red Butte has the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West, and visitors can get a peek at what's coming in the spring by visiting the greenhouses in the winter months.
In addition to a beautiful assortment of plants and flowers, Red Butte also offers award-winning horticultural classes art exhibits. Come back in the warmer months and you can enjoy outdoor concerts and hiking trails around the garden.
Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City
If you and your significant other have a romantic weekend getaway planned, stay at the beautiful Grand America. It is a 24-floor, 775-room hotel offering upscale amenities in every room. You also get a balcony with either city or garden views and bathrooms constructed with Italian marble. You can go out on the town or stay in and enjoy the 24-hour room service at your leisure.
The Roof, Salt Lake City
Known throughout the region as one of the most romantic dinner spots, The Roof is a stunning place for love. Inside the restaurant, located on the top floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the entire dining area is surrounded by windows. You can see views of the Salt Lake Temple, the city and the mountains.
Not only are the views breathtaking, but the food is delicious as well. Wait staff quietly slip in and out of the way to top your glasses off and remove extra buffet plates. Reservations are recommended.
Utahns are big fans of the performing arts, and if your valentine wants to enjoy a good show, there are plenty of options to choose from just within Salt Lake City. Designed by a world-renowned architect, the new George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater on Main Street features a grand six-story lobby and a 2,500-seat theater that hosts national touring Broadway, concerts, comedy and other popular entertainment events. But if you'd prefer to skip the play and simply enjoy a good meal, the theater also offers a full-service bistro.
For information on upcoming events, visit the Broadway at the Eccles website.
The perfect gift for your valentine
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