The Best Resorts In The U.S. For Those Who Love The Outdoors


Some vacationers prefer the action of a high-end Las Vegas casino resort. Others want a suite among the hustle and bustle of the world’s busiest cities. But what about those of us that prefer the natural beauty of the great outdoors?  Is there any hope of finding decent lodging that speaks to our interests?

In short, absolutely!

Here’s a list of the some of the best resorts in America for vacationers that want a mix of luxury and the great outdoors.

Salish Lodge & Spa


Just outside of Seattle lies Snoqualmie Falls, a relaxing waterway and set of falls that help melt away stress. At the top of the Falls sits Salish Lodge & Spa, with 84 rooms boasting fireplaces and spa baths. Step outside the resort, and you can head down any number of hiking paths and enjoy activities like kayaking, river rafting, and fishing. If golf is your thing, you’re only a few miles away from half a dozen excellent courses.

Resort at Squaw Creek


If your appreciation for the outdoors increases during the winter months, this is the resort for you. Home of the first ever Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is a winter sports lover’s dream. The Resort at Squaw Creek sits amidst the valley’s 270 ski trails and offers guests 200 suites, complete with fireplaces, oversized tubs, and granite kitchens.

Miraval Resort & Spa


From the natural surroundings to the flat fee (including gratuity), the Miraval Resort & Spa is meant to provide a complete package of relaxation for its guests. You can select just how luxurious you want to live during your stay, with three separate lodging options. The resort’s standard rooms and suites are fantastic, but if you really want to live it up, you should spring for one of The Villas. These are the most luxurious options available and really allow guests to experience the best in desert life and personal wellness.

Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa


Boasting 55 cabins with kitchenettes and soaking tubs, the Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa in Moab, Utah is all about nature. With the Colorado River only a stone’s throw away, guests can explore the surrounding red rocks on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Finish the day off with a relaxing bonfire.

Dunton Hot Springs


Natural hot springs have a way of getting you in touch with nature like few other activities can. Relax in the Dunton Hot Springs while you take in the surrounding beauty of the Dolores River and the San Juan Mountains. There are 12 cabins at the resort, and the staff prides itself on helping guests customize their activities based on their interests and the season, be it mountain biking, skiing, hiking or ice skating. You can even gear up for a dog-sledding experience if it suits your fancy.