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Beach View at the Bird’s Nest BungalowRelaxing refuge set on a lush hillside in the quiet seaside town of Stinson Beach. Feel transported by the Asian inspired design and tranquil outdoor shower and soaking tub. Indulge in treetop ocean views from the comfort of a queen bed, and watch the sun set from the privacy of a wooden deck. Walk only five minutes to three miles of perfect beach.
Crazy Mountain Container CasaAwaken to a panoramic view of the Crazy Mountains, Shields River and the deer, eagles, songbirds and assorted visitors that share this unique setting. Constructed from two shipping containers, we provide home base while you venture out to explore Yellowstone Park, hiking or mountain biking the Bridger and Crazy Mountains, or shopping and sightseeing in Bozeman or Livingston. Enjoy a glass of wine near your cozy gas stove or soak in the sunset and stars around the deck firepit.
The Winnie A-frame near Yosemite & Bass LakeCome enjoy a stay at this cozy a-frame perched on the edge of the Sierra National Forest & Yosemite National Park. Surround yourself with oak, pine, and manzanita trees while indulging in the comforts of home. Stay inside to enjoy the modern design while relaxing with a book or explore the wonders of nature just outside the front door. Located only 15 minutes from Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake, the opportunity for adventure is limitless! Try local restaurants, bars and shops too!
Stretching more than 3,000 miles from northern Canada to the southwestern United States, the majestic Rocky Mountains are one of the defining landscapes of North America. Formed millions of years ago, these picturesque peaks — which wend across some of the most scenic Western states, are home to alpine tundras, sprawling pine forests, dune-filled desert, lakes, rivers, and ten national parks between Canada and the United States. These ranges are populated by a cavalcade of megafauna, including wolves, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, and moose.
Humans flock here to revel in the natural beauty and to hike, rock climb, fish, mountain bike, ski, and snowboard. Hike out of the wilderness and you’ll find yourself in striking distance of such vibrant mountain cities as Denver, Jackson, and Bozeman. You can see the Rockies from the vantage point of a pair of skis, a jeep navigating a scenic byway, or the steamy waters of a natural hot spring. If you have the time, why not try them all?
There are several major airports from which you can begin your Rocky Mountain journey, including Denver International Airport (DEN) and Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). Thanks to their vast reach and the numerous scenic highways, the Rocky Mountains make for an epic road trip that allows for a mix of city sightseeing, glimpses of small-town life, and plenty of hiking opportunities. Another option is to explore by train. Several sections of the Rockies can be accessed via Amtrak, including parts of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico, as well as Rocky Mountain National Park.
Winter is for snow sports like skiing, while hiking and river rafting call for spring and summer. The national parks attract large crowds during the summer, so consider visiting them in the shoulder seasons for a more laid-back experience. Temperatures tend to cool off in alpine environments, so pack layers. There are plenty of events set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rockies, especially music festivals like Jazz Aspen Snowmass, every June in Aspen, Colorado, which brings major music acts to the ski mecca, and the Grand Teton Music Festival, held every summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which celebrates classical music.
Few feats of architecture astound quite like these cliffside masterpieces built more than 700 years ago by the Ancestral Puebloans, an ancient Native American people. Located in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, you can explore these complex homes — some comprising more than 150 rooms — on ranger guided tours that highlight the archeological wonder of the place.
In terms of sheer volume of attractions, Yellowstone is tough to beat. This two-million-acre wilderness that straddles Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho includes sights such as the Old Faithful geyser, which rockets a 184-foot plume of hot water into the air about 20 times a day, and the Grand Prismatic Spring, a rainbow-colored thermal pool that owes its hue to naturally occurring bacteria.
This laid-back town is known for art and wellness. Explore classic adobe architecture here, especially at the Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Native American community that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Visit artists’ homes turned galleries at sites like the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Blumenschein Home and Museum. During the winter, Taos is a relaxing base for ski trips into the local stretch of the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristo Range.