California cool isn’t only on the coast, as evidenced by the awesome Lake Tahoe. Treat your mind, body and soul to a four-day vacay in the Sierra Nevada mountains. “Easy does it” is the mantra for this laid-back long weekend. Though you’ll meditate, hike and try a bit of yin yoga, the slow pace, ooey-gooey s’mores and sunset dinner cruise keep this lake and mountain trip as chill as the craft beer in your hand.
A breath of fresh mountain air. The sound of autumn leaves crunching under your boots. Sudden sightings of mountain goats, elk and black bears. If that’s your idea of an awesome mountain trip, follow us on this eight-day hiking and biking tour of Colorado and Utah. You’ll spend time exploring the Rocky Mountains, a fantastic contrast to the days spent kicking up dirt in the canyonlands of Utah. This exciting two-state adventure combines green forests and red-rock deserts with two of the West’s most iconic national parks: Rocky Mountain and Arches National Parks.
Moose, grizzly bears, beavers and more roam throughout Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton mountain range. Even low-impact hiking trails can lead you straight to prime wildlife viewing if you’re lucky. By far, one of the coolest species to stumble upon are the wolves of Yellowstone. Tag along on this trip to the mountains of both parks, and an experienced wolf tracker will show you where these hounds hang out. Come evening, practice your howl – and your yee-haw – with dinner, drinks and entertainment in the frontier town of Jackson, Wyoming.
Alaska is far from just about everywhere, but – home to some of the best mountains in the US – America’s largest state is well worth the trek. This five-day mountain trip starts and ends in Anchorage, as you explore the best of the majestic Kenai Peninsula. You’ll visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center, before traveling overland to the coastal town of Seward, which is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Here, you’ll navigate peaks and glaciers, spotting orcas and humpback whales along the way, before visiting the icy tundra of the Exit Glacier, where you’ll take the reins of a dog sled.
Hiking, food and great wine are all inseparable on any California adventure, so prepare your boots and belly for this seven-day cross-state mountain trip. Work up an appetite in Yosemite National Park as you hike into the wilds in search of famous granite landmarks like El Capitan and Half Dome. Next, travel to Napa Valley to savor Californian wine and gourmet food. Left wanting more? Don’t worry, there are plenty of bottles waiting for you in Sonoma Valley and on your journey along the Pacific coast to San Francisco.