Summer in nature: where to go in the USA to spend unforgettable time outdoors
Few remedies relieve stress quite like quality outdoor activities, but getting back to nature doesn't require long hikes or camping. Some nature resorts in the US combine wilderness with a touch of luxury. Travel&Leisure.
If the mountains are calling, these gorgeous wilderness-focused resorts could be the answer. Holidays in these 13 beautiful spa resorts offer exciting adventures, stunning scenery, wellness facilities and an unrivaled natural attraction: the dark starry sky.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, New Mexico
Go to a Spa Resort Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs in northern New Mexico to immerse yourself in nature, including soaking in scenic hot springs. Tucked away among otherworldly cliffs along the Ojo Caliente River, this hotel boasts one of the most tranquil thermal springs in the country. Guests can sleep and wake up with desert views in the hotel's adobe houses. Luxurious itineraries include vinyasas in a yoga yurt, hiking or cycling through the secluded high desert, and relaxing under the canyons at the breezy Artesian farmhouse restaurant.
The Green O, Montana
With rest in The Green O, combining luxury and adventure, in the forests of Paws Up, you will definitely reboot. The hotel offers a serious nature orientation, from 12 forested Tree Haus, Round Haus, Light Haus and Green Haus houses with hygge-filled fireplaces, to a network of on-site trails and exciting quad bike tours and scenic paddleboard excursions.
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Soaking under the stars in a private hot tub after a culinary safari at Montana's hippest new restaurant, Social Haus, is sure to impress.
Sheldon Chalet, Alaska
For a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure, it's hard to find anything better than an extensive Sheldon Chalet in Alaska, located in Denali National Park.. Let's start with superlatives. Chalet Sheldon is 16 km from Soaring Peak Denali. It is located 80 km from civilization and will forever be remembered by guests for its colossal peaks of the Don Sheldon amphitheater. It is also at the top of Ruth Glacier. With all that said, it's no surprise that Sheldon Chalet prioritizes outdoor adventures like ice climbing, snow cave spelunking, and crack exploration. Relaxation after the tour is almost as extreme, with a five-star dinner followed by what is arguably the best Northern Lights spectacle in the country.
Amangiri treats its guests to some of the most breathtaking desert landscapes of the Colorado Plateau. The stunning, nature-inspired hotel blends seamlessly with striking cactus-dotted surroundings, from canyon-view stone suites to the new Camp Sarika. Here, luxury comes with a bit of dust. Breathtaking adventures include via ferrata, guided hikes across the Colorado Plateau, and excursions to the region's favorite national parks: Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Zion. As soon as sunset sets in, prepare to be amazed by the constellations and galaxies that seem to be at arm's length.
Wild Rice Retreat, Wisconsin
Part artist escape, part health resort, new Wild Rice Retreat in Wisconsin gives guests the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in the soothing forests of northern Wisconsin.
The Retreat is located on the rocky shores of Lake Superior, where steady waves create a soothing soundtrack for on-site activities such as yoga and meditation in the Peace Pod or detox in the sauna. Trails give travelers a chance to warm up their blood between meditation sessions, while farm-to-table outdoor dining leaves guests full and ready for more.
Twin Farms, Vermont
One of the best dives in New England nature awaits you at a private farm Twin Farms in Vermont. Here, the Green Mountains provide almost as much of a soothing backdrop as the pastoral meadows around. Twin Farms, about 90 minutes from Burlington, features 10 tree oasis cottages, a private pond, and numerous hiking, biking and cross-country trails to help develop an appetite for these locally sourced dishes. For an unforgettable outdoor experience, take advantage of the Twin Farms Pond Picnic Offer. Or take a packed lunch and enjoy it on your bike ride. Just don't miss elegant dinners by the fire in the rustic chic dining room of the main house.
Post Ranch Inn, California
Hotel Post Perched atop the rugged cliffs of Coastal California overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Ranch Inn is more than a Big Sur base camp. This is an immersion in the nature of the mountains and the ocean, and the whole atmosphere is focused on returning guests to nature. The 40 luxurious rooms feature panoramic windows with sea views and patios that make Big Sur the star of the show. Meanwhile, resort activities such as falconry, morning yoga, forest meditation, and guided nature walks further integrate guests into the neighborhood. Picturesque dinners prepared using produce from the chef's garden are the highlight of this natural California retreat.
Baker's Cay, Florida
At the resort Baker's Cay in Key Largo, Florida, nature isn't just a nice feature; it is the meaning of existence. This ocean-facing escape and its panoramic balconies promise guests the tranquility that only turquoise waters can provide. Just as importantly, Baker's Cay offers travelers the opportunity to pay tribute to the nature they enjoy here. The resort conducts monthly beach and underwater cleanings and partners with 1000 Mermaids and the Ocean Rescue Alliance for coral restoration initiatives. In addition, guests can learn about the fragile ecosystems of the Florida Keys during nature walks. Baker's Cay is the first resort in the US to partner with Dock to Dish, an initiative that helps restaurants support small-scale, sustainable fisheries.
Amara Resort & Spa, Arizona
Don't just visit the red rocks of Sedona. Wake up to sun-drenched views of them from the spa Amara Resort & Spa, a modern, nature-inspired resort nestled along the tranquil Oak Creek Canyon, just two blocks from the bustling outskirts of Sedona. Amara's natural delights run the gamut: mountain bike rentals on site, hot air balloon rides, and a pool overlooking red rocks, to name but a few. The acclaimed SaltRock Kitchen takes its cocktails seriously, with agave-based drinks such as an artisan margarita that complement these lovely backdrops perfectly.
Terramor Outdoor Resort, Maine
Nature in Maine is very different, and glamping Terramor The Outdoor Resort helps visitors make the most of it. This retreat, located just 20 minutes from Acadia National Park, offers astounding wildlife with a touch of luxury in 64 tents. Amenities include morning yoga, open-wall massages at the wellness tent, and adventures like bird watching and kayaking.
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Terramor's delightful evening events promise the perfect recipe to top off the experience: bonfires, live music, beer tastings and artisan snacks - including Nutella and peanut butter.
Lake Placid Lodge, New York
Relax in nature and feel like a queen in your favorite Lake Placid Lodge, a chic mountain resort in the heart of New York's Adirondacks. The design of the houses is as mesmerizing as the hilly landscape. Admire the hand-carved wooden beams and stone fireplaces expertly crafted by local masons in one of the 30 rooms. But don't spend too much time indoors. The pristine waterfront views provide the perfect starting point for outdoor adventures. Try kayaking, boating or fishing as the chefs prepare your fresh catch. For fun on land, hit the trails of the Adirondacks on foot or by bike. End the day with dinner by the fire at Lake Placid Lodge's upscale Artisans restaurant.
Camp V, Colorado
Camp V is a place where you can choose an adventure in nature. Enjoy the wilderness with cozy amenities in one of the hotel's trendy cabins. Or get back to nature with glamping, camping, Airstream stays, or—the latest addition—the Canyon View Jupe, a pod-like hideout created by designers from Tesla, Airbnb, and SpaceX. Regardless of accommodation, expect unreal desert fun. Paddleboard at Camp V's pond at sunrise, then head out for a ride right from your cabin or tent door. If you feel like you're up for an adventure, head to Naturita for a thrilling UTV with Rimrocker Adventures.
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Michigan
There is an aura of ease that strikes travelers crossing the bridge from Lower Michigan to the Upper Peninsula, and that serenity is even more palpable for those traveling all the way to Keweenaw. Surrounded by Lake Superior, the Keweenaw Peninsula is nearly as wild as the Midwest and one of Michigan's northernmost resorts. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, immerses guests in this untouched beauty.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel has its own network of mountain biking and hiking trails. And he's spearheading a drive to create the first Keweenaw International Dark Sky Park — a particularly enticing move considering the area is one of the best aurora fishing spots in the lower 48 states.
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