Balloons, Picnics, And A List Of The Most Scenic December Road Trip Spots In Your Area
We've all been there. Anxious for adventure but lazy with weakness from the past week. Especially in the busy colder months. Winter has become known as the season to hibernate, stay cozy and stay away from anything outdoors unless...
by The Venue Report

We've all been there. Anxious for adventure but lazy with weakness from the past week. Especially in the busy colder months. Winter has become known as the season to hibernate, stay cozy and stay away from anything outdoors unless it has something to do with buying all those holiday gifts. It's time to wake those bones up, folks. We gotta get out there! And what better way to explore than to explore with your better half, your person, your human. This month we challenge you to plan a surprise date adventure that will WOW that special someone. Whether you've been dating for 5 months, married for what may seem like centuries, or just trying to get inspired for a first date. From East to West, North to South, we've got you covered with the best places to road trip and sites to see this winter. 

What prompted this report? Well, our very own, Nathan Mueller, recently gave his gal a balloon and whisked her away to Palomar Mountain just in time to catch the winter gloom and fog after a passing storm. Yea, it all started with a balloon. You see, when you give a girl a balloon you must follow with a surprise adventure and a picnic at a scenic location. It's the perfect formula for a winter date. Sometimes life's best adventures are the most simple. Want to copy and paste at a rad sought out destination near you? See below!



10 December Date Adventures: 

- Roadtrip to the mountains for a picnic. Don't forget the balloons!
- Build a campfire and make s'mores. 
- Bundle up, grab some hot cocoa and take a sleigh ride. 
- Go glamping in your own backyard. 
- Scout out a perfect frozen pond or local rink and go ice skating!
- Head to the river for a picnic on a kayak. 
- Go sledding and build a snow fort. 
- Pretend you're tourists and head to the museum or snap photos around your city.
- Take a day trip to local scenic landmark or the next state over!
- Take a ferry trip.


Take a roadtrip here in The West, USA: 

- Arizona's One Mile Meteor Crater
- Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
- Antelope Canyon, Arizona
- Sedona, Arizona 
- Palomar Mountain, California (The best day to venture here is after a storm or rainfall. Catch the winter gloom like these two.) 
- Big Sur, California
- Trojan Point, California
- Granite Mountain, Washington
- Jade Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
- Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
- Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
- Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon
- Glacier National Park, Montana
- Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
- Zion National Park, Utah
- Arches National Park, Utah
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 
- Hot Springs State Park, Wyoming 
- Maroon Lake, Colorado
- Pikes Peak, Colorado 
- Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 
- Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
- White Sands, New Mexico



Take a roadtrip here in the The Midwest, USA: 

Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Warren Woods State Park, Michigan
- Flint Hills, Kansas
- Wichita, Kansas
- Custer State Park, South Dakota
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Medora, North Dakota
- Hocking Hills, Ohio
- Old Market District, Nebraska
- Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
- Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota
- St. Croix River, Wisconsin and Minnesota
- Canoe Bay, Wisconsin
- Parke County, Indiana



Take a roadtrip here in The South, USA: 

- Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
- Congaree National Park in South Carolina
- Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina & Tennessee
- Cummins Falls, Tennessee
- Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee
- Audobon Park, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
- Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
- Everglades National Park, Florida
- Biscayne National Park, Florida
- Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
- Red River Gorge, Kentucky
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
- Big Bend National Park, Texas
- Marfa, Texas
- Blue Lagoon, Texas
- Nature Falls State Park, Oklahoma
- Windsor Ruins, Mississippi 
- Doyle Arm, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi



Take a roadtrip here in The Northeast, USA: 

- Acadia National Park, Maine 
- Monhegan Island, Maine
- Strawbery Banke, New Hampshire
- Mt. Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire
- Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Vermont
- Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
- Hit all of Cape Cod's Light Houses, Massachusetts
- West River, Guilford, Connecticut
- Wadsworth Falls State Park, Connecticut
- Niagara Falls, New York
- Finger Lakes, New York
- Get Lost in The Big Apple, New York 
- Newport Mansions, Rhode Island
- Falling Water Home by Frank Lloyd Wright 
- Amish Country, Pennsylvania
- Passaic River Great Falls, New Jersey
- Historic New Castle, Delaware
- Trap Pond State Park, Delaware
- Japanese maples at Cylburn Arboretum, Maryland



Photo Credit: Nathan Mueller 



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