The glassine waters of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada peaks converge to create a contemplative backdrop for this four-day wellness-minded trip. If you’re a stressed-out Silicon Valley type, you’ll be amazed at the distance you’ll feel after a short drive north and days filled with woodland hikes and lakeside boat trips, followed by wholesome evenings spent stargazing and s’more-toasting by the fire. Guided yin yoga and meditation sessions are accessible to all, as are the craft-beer gatherings in the hotel hot tub.
The Wild West era of gun-slinging saloons and high-noon shootouts may (mercifully) be a thing of the past, but the landscapes endure in the national parks of Utah and mountains of Colorado. Grab your stetson and join a posse of like-minded adventurers on this small-group tour that takes in red-rock deserts and the Rocky Mountains over eight adrenaline-fueled days. You’ll tick off a trio of big hitters – hiking through the Moab area, biking in Arches National Park and rafting on the Colorado River – but hush-hush hidden extras, such as cocktails at a seen-on-screen hotel, come thick and fast.
New Yorkers, we see you – that city lifestyle can be exhilarating and exhausting, all at the same time. But luckily, this digital-detox break in the Hudson Valley has your back, with four days of stand-up paddleboarding, silent meditation and self-discovery in the Catskills. It’s all about balancing yin with yang on this meditative mini-break, with time to sketch out your creative side in an artist-led workshop, matched with celebratory spirit-lifting meals.
Never been to New Orleans? Shame on you, music lover, for this is a city that puts out a clarion call to fans of jazz, rhythm and blues. On this toe-tapping tour, you’ll get to explore the Big Easy with a small group, gaining backstage access to Preservation Hall for a live-music performance and joining an insider-led exploration of the fun-loving French Quarter. A steamboat cruise down the Mississippi and a kayak along the Manchac will leave you with a new-found love of Louisiana.
The wilds and winelands in Northern California come into renewed focus on this seven-day Golden State tour. Led by a Local Insider, you’ll start in San Francisco before hitting up Yosemite and hiking around the sequoias and Sierra Nevadas. Detouring via lakes and meadows, you’ll head up to Napa and Sonoma for wine tasting and lunch at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. The final days tip down to the Pacific coast, via the Russian River and Goat Rock Beach, before tracing back to civilization via the Lands End Trail.