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8 national parks to visit with your Valentine

Jan. 31, 2013, 11:28 a.m.
Romantic Fort Jefferson

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Fort Jefferson

Location: Dry Tortugas National Park, Fla.

Ideal audio accompaniment: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz (our apologies to Jimmy Buffet)

While the Florida Keys are rife with romantic possibilities, lovebirds pining to decamp from the tacky, tourist-clogged streets of “Margaritaville” should fly (or set sail) nearly 70 miles west to Dry Tortugas National Park, a string of seven uninhabited islets where remoteness (it’s one of the hardest to access of the national parks) and pristine tropical beauty (the coral reefs provide for primo snorkeling) are the main draws. While some of the keys within Dry Tortugas National Park are closed to the public or open only seasonally, Fort Jefferson, a 19th-century coastal fort located on Garden Key, is open year-round. Hot-blooded history buffs will no doubt find amorous appeal in the massive masonry structure, as it’s a fascinating place to explore the past while getting to better know your special travel companion.