This Presidents’ Day, take the weekend to go beyond your comfort zone. Whether that means snow biking in Wyoming or scrambling around rocks in Utah, push yourself and make the most of your three-day weekend. We promise you’ll come back home eager to plan your next epic vacation. (And if you’re looking for one more hoorah before winter wraps up, check out 10 National Park Adventures That Should Be On Your Radar This Winter.) And a word to the wise: Pack all the damn Tiger Balm you can fit in your weekend bag. Your muscles are going to need it.
The 10 Best Off-the-Grid Trips to Connect With Nature
Togwotee Mountain Lodge in Moran, WY
About 45 minutes outside Jackson Hole lies the gateway to Grand Teton National Park, where you can spend your holiday weekend at North America’s premier snowmobiling destination. At Togwotee Mountain Lodge, enjoy miles of groomed trails in 2.5 million acres of wilderness snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or snow biking (converted dirt bikes). When you’re sufficiently zonked, retire to perfectly appointed cabins, many equipped with their own electric fireplaces.
Courtesy of Aramark Red Mountain Resort in St. George, UT
This adventure- and wellness-focused resort is at the ready to blow your expectations. Start PDW with a long hike weaving through Utah’s iconic red rocks, then plot your day with the resort’s activity calendar: Whether you want to go rock climbing and rappelling, canyoneering, or hang out with wild mustangs will be a tough decision to make. Be sure to carve out a morning or afternoon for hiking at the nearby Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks, sans crowds.
Courtesy Image C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, CO
We probably don’t have to sell you on this luxury dude ranch 15 miles outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, but just in case: You can play with wild abandon in the snow, ride a horse, strap on skis or snowshoes for cross-country treks, lace up for ice hockey on the pond, or go snow tubing until the sun goes down. Learn more about C Lazy U Ranch’s President’s Day Weekend offerings here. And if you want a proper downhill ski day, Winter Park is about a half-hour away.
Courtesy Image The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT
Enough with just hearing about Paws Up, time to experience it with your own senses. This year, Paws Up’s annual WinterFest culinary and vino extravaganza falls over President’s Day Weekend, a welcome evening reward after a day of hitting it hard with dog sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and more adrenaline-fueled adventures. Life without a private outdoor hot tub will never be the same.
The Resort at Paws Up Whistler, Canada
Where should you start? Good question, now that we’re on the other end of things with our Epsom salt recovery bath. First, ski or snowboard at Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains connected via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, and be sure to get up early for Fresh Tracks. Then, test your Robinson Crusoe capabilities with a two- or three-day backcountry tour to the Claire & Kees hut or a guided heli-ski day tour. If all of this doesn’t tire you out, knock off one last hoorah with a helicopter tour to remote ice caves and a gourmet lunch. Our vote for your digs? Fairmont Chateau Whistler or Nita Lake Lodge.
Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Swap snow for sand and head to this year-round temperate climate where mountainside bobsledding, ziplining, and more awaits at Mystic Mountain. Or enjoy the scenery of Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountains National Park on wheels via Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours. When you need to change your sweat-soaked tee and recover from the altitude, retreat to Sandals Ochi, perched directly on the beach.
Beautiful Destinations Redding, CA
Take in the Shasta Cascade region with The Thunderbird Lodge in downtown Redding as your home base for venturing to waterfalls, lakes, national forests, and more natural wonder than you can take. Tip your hat to Theodore Roosevelt, at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, which #26 once called “the eighth wonder of the world.” Once you’re done hiking a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail or waterfall-gaping at Lower McCloud River Falls and Hedge Creek Falls, say bottoms up at Woody’s Brewing Company—you certainly earned that Hopzerker.
Courtesy Image Sage Lodge in Pray, MT
You know a lodge means business when its situated on a mile-stretch of Yellowstone riverfront. Book your “Ski, Soak, Sage, Repeat” adventure and the “Winter Wolf Expedition” package, where you’ll have the chance to track wolves through Yellowstone National Park. Restore your tired extremities with the sage hand and foot recovery treatment or soothe your body with the Yellowstone River rock massage.
Sage Lodge Six Senses Bhutan in Thimphu, Bhutan
When that travel bug really bites you, why not embrace your inner wanderer? Bhutan is calling you loudly and clearly with Six Senses Bhutan. Made up of five lodges, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is a slice of paradise you may never want to leave. Archery and tea? We’ll meet you on the range.
Courtesy Image San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Cayo, Belize
Once you’ve established your base camp at San Ignacio Resort Hotel, take a power nap. You’ll need it for the caving and tubing tours, water adventures, jungle exploration, and ziplining to come. Once you’ve canoed and zipped yourself to exhaustion, appreciate some cultural wonders like the Maya ruins. Even better: There’s a temperate climate here year-round, making it a comfortable escape if you’re currently residing in a wintry vortex.
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