By 2027, experts estimate adventure tourism will grow by 20%, with travelers spending more than $2.5 billion worldwide, according to a recent market report.
These types of trips, which often involve traveling to a remote location for intense outdoor activities, can test travelers both physically and mentally. It’s a complete sensory experience that reawakens your love for nature while getting your adrenaline pumping. But you don’t have to venture to the farthest corners of the world for an adventurous expedition. In fact, there are many resorts and lodges that can help you connect with Mother Nature without leaving the United States
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Not all tents and small houses are as well. From glacier-top lodges in Alaska to lakeside log cabins in New York, these ultra-luxury excursion hotels will help you take a transformative trip in the great outdoors, without the need for a passport.
The Green O in Montana
Quiet and secluded, The Green O in Greenough is perfect for nature lovers who don’t shy away from amenities. Its 12 townhouses, called hauses, are camouflaged under pine trees and range from Tree Haus 23 feet above ground to Round Haus with curving views of the wilderness. This luxurious, all-inclusive adult resort is a sister property and neighbor of the famous Paws Up Farm. Here, guests can ride ATVs through the wilderness, try fly-fishing or horseback riding along the Blackfoot River by day and enjoy a 10-course meal by the fireplace at the popular Social Haus by night. Guests here also have their own Lexus to explore the 37,000 acres of land in style. Next year rates start around $2,200 per night, including round-trip airport transfers from Missoula Montana (MSO) and three meals per day, including drinks.
Sheldon Chalet in Alaska
From start to finish, a stay at the Sheldon Chalet in Denali National Park is a comprehensive excursion. After the arrival of a helicopter tour, up to 10 travelers can settle into this private five-bedroom lodge set on a glacier. Guests here have every 35 square miles of Sheldon Amphitheater to explore on foot with expert guides. Depending on the season, you can try snow cave exploration, ice climbing, bouldering, rock climbing, or avalanche watching. When you’re ready for hot cocoa prepared by your private chef, head back to the inn to enjoy the sauna with views of Denali Peak. Three nights minimum required, all-inclusive rates start at $47,000 per couple.
Camp Sarica, Utah
A five-minute drive from the popular Amangiri resort, in the remote desert of southern Utah, Camp Sarika is a more secluded getaway. Here, 10 tent suites sit alone against a rocky mesa. The perfect spot for daily yoga sessions, it’s also close to a number of national parks, including Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Guests can sign up for the Via Ferrata Challenge, an Italian-born style of mountain climbing using stationary ladders and ropes. Or explore the amazing geology on horseback or hike the area’s canyons. Relax in your private pool before sunset and light up the Sarika campfire. Rates for the remainder of 2022 start at $3,200 per night.
Scarp Ridge Lodge in Colorado
At Scarp Ridge Lodge, hidden in Crested Butte, a custom designed snow cat arrives at your doorstep daily to take you into the mountains. Guides show guests the best trails on over 1,000 acres of powder for all types of skiers and snowboarders. This property also has two cabins on the mountain for recharge. Step into the lodge, where five plush guest rooms, an indoor saltwater pool, private chef, and hot tubs await. Rates start at $940 per night based on double occupancy in the summer, but for the winter experience, rates start at $21,400 per night to purchase the entire inn (based on 10 guests with a two-night minimum stay). This includes breakfast, lunch, and appetizers each day, plus equipment to use during your stay, drinks, and more.
Vermejo, Ted Turner Sanctuary in New Mexico
There are more than 1,200 roaming wild bison in the posh Ted Turner Preserve in northern New Mexico. On its stunning 550,000 acres of land, you can peek at it on horseback or go fishing in one of the estate’s 19 lakes. Hop in your UTV to discover bear, elk, antelope, deer and more on a safari-like guided tour. There are dozens of unique activities, from ice skating around historic landmarks to the Survivor Challenge. Vermejo has four different accommodation types and rates, which start at about $1,500 per night and include all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and two activities per day.
Red Creek Lodge in Wagonhound, Wyoming
At this working cattle ranch in Douglas, adventurers can put the cattle on horseback or paddle board in an alpine lake. Customized trekking itineraries can include e-bikes, stargazing, archery and more to get your group of family or friends breathing the fresh air of the Rocky Mountains. Next, the group heads back to the 8,000-square-foot private inn to roast marshmallows by the fire, play pool or soak in the bathtub. At Reid Creek Lodge, a private chef also caters to your group’s culinary desires, including an optional dinner over a campfire in the mountains while the stars twinkle above. Rates start at $15,000 per night (up to 22 guests).
Tank Verde Ranch in Arizona
There is no shortage of luxury excursion hotels in the Grand Canyon State. Tanque Verde has been in business for over 150 years and is the best farm in the state. Set on 60,000 acres of the Tucson Desert, it offers swimming, hiking, biking, and fishing, but horse-related activities are the star. Choose a short ride, sunset ride, team ceremony or equestrian for all levels of rider. This family-friendly escape has separate activities for kids including horseback riding and archery lessons. Rooms can be booked for around $300 per night.
The Pointe in New York
Built by the Rockefellers in the 1930s, this New York City retreat is an Adirondacks establishment on Saranac Lake. Guests here are encouraged to do as much (or as little) as they want in this plush wooden hideaway. Outdoor activities here vary according to the season, from water skiing and badminton in the spring and summer to snowboarding and curling in the fall and winter. Back in the log cabins, small children and roaring indoor and outdoor fires attract guests. In 2022, nightly rates at The Point (which include use of equipment, all meals, afternoon tea, wine and spirits for two adults) start at $2,050.
Little Saint Simons Island in Georgia
Tucked among salt marshes and old live oaks, there are six distinct cottages and inns on some of Georgia’s most protected conservation lands. Located on the state’s barrier islands, naturalists lead you on guided excursions such as bird watching in distant swamps and fishing in tidal streams. Guests at Little St. Simons Island can also venture out themselves on any number of hiking or swimming trails along 7 miles of oceanfront. This all-inclusive stay is designed to completely immerse you in the nature, cuisine and culture of this lesser known island. We found rooms from $525 per night before the end of 2022. A minimum of two nights is required.