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8 national parks to visit with your Valentine

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 31, 2013, 11:28 a.m.
Romantic Crescent Lake

Photo: Anna-Mari West/Shutterstock

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Lake Crescent

Location: Olympic National Park, Washington

Ideal audio accompaniment: “My Love” by Sia

Your and (your teenage sister’s) favorite vampiric romance/fantasy series has generated somewhat of a mini-tourism boom in the “Twilight Zone,” aka the tiny logging outpost of Forks, Wash., that is the fictional home of Bella, Edward and the gang. This, of course, has also brought more visitors into the massive (nearly a million acres) and overwhelming (Temperate rainforests! Rugged coasts! Giant mountains!) Olympic National Park. So where then, would a teenage girl and her bloodsucking manfriend escape to for a romantic rendezvous (heavy petting sans the necking if we’re going by the first two books/films) within this oh-so conveniently located national park? Lake Crescent is a pretty good bet. Not only is the lake itself a mind-blowing beauty, but the Roosevelt Fireplace Cottages at the Lake Crescent Lodge feature rustic, turn-of-the-century trappings that a 104-year-old vampire would surely appreciate.