Sheena Cimino / February 2023

7 Places To Park Your Truck/SUV For the Perfect Valentine's Day Camping "Taildate"!

Truck Tent Camping

What Is Taildating?

Taildating –  the act of bringing the entire date to whatever exciting or romantic location you choose and enjoying a beautiful dinner with your partner from the comfort of your truck or SUV!

This Valentines day, skip the reservations at your favourite restaurant and plan something off the beaten path with an unbeatable view that he/she will never forget.

Pack a picnic with all of your partner’s favourite foods, or if you’re feeling ambitious, break out the barbecue (like any of these from HitchFire) and impress your boo with your culinary flare by cooking dinner from scratch.

Make setup a breeze with a Sportz Truck Tent or Sportz SUV Tent and don’t forget the rose petals and fairy lights for the perfect ambiance to set the mood.

Where to Camp This Valentine’s Day?

Since February is cold in Canada and parts of the USA, we’ve compiled a list of warmer spots we think would make the perfect backdrop for your 2023 Valentine’s Day Camping or Taildate.

1. Joshua Tree National Park, California USA

Joshua Tree National Park | Napier Outdoors
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With its unique rock formations, breathtaking views, and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration Joshua Tree National Park is one of our first picks for Valentines Day – there’s just so much to see! Hike through the beautiful desert landscape, stargaze under the clear, dark skies and explore the iconic Joshua Trees that look like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Take a scenic drive, visit a hidden oasis, or simply relax and enjoy each other’s company after whipping up a delicious dinner in the peaceful, quiet surroundings. 

2. Big Bend National Park, Texas USA

Big Bend National Park | Napier Outdoors
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With its breathtaking views of the Rio Grande and rugged Chihuahuan Desert, this park is perfect for couples who love to explore. Whether you’re hiking through canyons, stargazing in the dark skies, or floating down the river, you and your significant other will be able create unforgettable memories at Big Bend this Valentine’s Day.

3. Big Sur, California USA

Big Sur, California | Napier Outdoors
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Here you’ll find some of California’s most memorable ocean vistas between Carmel and the northern tip of San Luis Obispo County. With its rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and breathtaking sunsets, this iconic stretch of California’s central coast is well suited for making romantic memories. Take a drive along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, enjoy a candle lit dinner with an unbeatable view pretty much anywhere you decide to park, or simply enjoy each other’s company while listening to the waves rolling in.

4. Yosemite National Park, California USA

Yosemite National Park | Napier Outdoors
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From breathtaking waterfalls to towering granite cliffs, this iconic park offers endless opportunities for adventure and romance. Take a scenic hike, enjoy dinner with a view, or simply relax and take in the stunning surroundings. Experience a moment of pure romance at El Capitan’s Horsetail Fall! As a fiery glow illuminates the fall in mid-late February, it creates a breathtaking and intimate setting for you and your loved one. Check ahead for camping guidelines and restrictions for information on where you can park.

5. Saguaro National Park, Arizona USA

Saguaro Desert National Park | Napier Outdoors
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This desert park is known for its towering Saguaro cacti and warm weather, making it a popular destination for couples who enjoy outdoor adventure and exploring the beauty of the great outdoors year round. Take a scenic hike with your boo and after a day of fun in the sun, whip up a romantic dinner under the stars.

6. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

Guadalupe Mountains National Park | Napier Outdoors
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This remote park in western Texas is known for its rugged beauty and warm weather, making it a popular spot for couples who enjoy exploring and camping in a scenic setting. The best views are not for the faint of heart, but if you and your sweetheart are up for the task, the 6-8(ish) hour hike to the top of Guadalupe Peak is totally worth it.

7. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA

Anza-Borrego State Park | Napier Outdoors
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When you think of a desert, you don’t typically think of romance but this this vast desert park is known for its warm weather, towering dunes, colourful rock formations, wildflowers, diverse wildlife and stunning views. At night the sky is filled with millions of glittering stars and the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets are an equally spectacular experience. 

Whatever you plan for your Taildate this Valentine’s Day, regardless of location, remember to focus on quality time together and make the experience all about your connection. With a little effort and planning, you can create a Valentine’s Day date that will be remembered and cherished for years to come!

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