Travel yields some of the coolest experiences modern life can offer. Over my decade of travel writing, I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to stay a night in a castle in Ireland, in a gypsy camp in Slovenia, in a tent at the base of the Swiss Alps, in a remote cabin in Iceland, and now, I’ve stayed in a 1909-themed club dining train car in Minnesota. Sometimes the place you stay can add tremendously to the experience, so why not give it some extra thought when you’re booking your next trip? I always do, for good reason.
In northern Montana, along a beautiful road south of Glacier National Park is a little slice of heaven known as the Bear Creek Guest Ranch. With mountains outlining the horizon, the Bear Creek Guest Ranch is a historic bed and breakfast with horseback riding adventures, cattle drive vacations, and a collection of private cabins. This accommodation is a short drive of under 40-minutes from the West Glacier entrance of the national park and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural areas I’ve ever seen.
In the heart of the stunning Grand Tetons, the Bentwood Inn is a bed and breakfast that offers a unique flavor unlike any other. The Grand Teton mountain range is a part of the North American Rockies, and is often described as being among the discussion of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The mountains jut up and out of the earth, and far into the sky, running north to south from Yellowstone and beyond Jackson city. On one side, Wyoming’s sweeping prairie and badlands slope up along the Teton range and then come down into Idaho, offering scenic views, opportunities to see wildlife, and to adventure in the great outdoors, where much of the forest remains generally unspoiled.
Among perhaps the most beautiful place in America sits the Jackson Hole Hideout. The Grand Tetons are a range of amazing mountains south of Yellowstone and north of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Park, which is renowned for its beauty and its powerful jutting peaks. Infamous for being one of Ansel Adams’ playgrounds, Grand Teton range is a seriously impressive chain of mountains that awe the spectator like few places around the world can. Second to only Europe’s Alps and perhaps Glacier National Park in my book, the Grand Tetons are a place everyone must experience for themselves.
Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower is among the more unusual natural formations in the American west. The tower juts up and out of the ground like an ancient volcano with rippled walls, which can be seen for miles. Although it’s visited by tourists and includes a visitor’s center, it is a very sacred place for Native Americans and when you walk around it, you can find their tobacco prayer ties wrapped around countless trees at the base of the tower.
There are times on my travels that a place surprises you, and I had that pleasurable experience at Burnap’s Bed & Breakfast and Beyond. This family-owned B&B is the definition of a hidden gem, located in Sodus, New York, within a few miles of Lake Ontario. This grand Victorian mansion was built in 1876 and has been restored to much of its original glory by the Burnap family, who now run it as a versatile accommodation and events center.
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