They say that the preservation of precious lands from Acadia to Yosemite—through the founding of the National Parks, that is—was America's best idea. But we've got some pretty good ideas, too, like this week's Escape to the base camp of Yellowstone National Park.
You and a fellow outdoor activist will spend two nights in a First Class or Mountain View Room at the Huntley Lodge at Montana's Big Sky Resort. Travel now though July 2 or September 4 through October 10 ($240), or visit July 3 through September 3 and receive a $25 resort credit ($361).
Making yourself at home will be easy in the rustic Huntley Lodge, complete with crisp white linens, light wood furnishings, two outdoor Jacuzzis, and a swimming pool. Situated in the heart of the Big Sky Mountain Village, the property makes for a perfect jumping-off point to explore the 3,000-some square miles of park.
You'll never be at a loss for fun with two included activities per person. Choose from 18 holes of golf, ziplining, or even paintball and laser tag. For a bird's-eye view of the stunning scenery, you'll enjoy one included scenic lift ride per person.
Yellowstone is a national treasure for a reason: It's spectacular landscape is dominated by mighty mountains, cavernous canyons, and even a supervolcano whose eruption remnants can be traced across the park. And don't forget Old Faithful, the geothermal geyser that's been waiting patiently for your visit.
"They grow their mammals and geysers big up in Yellowstone, America's first national park," says Lonely Planet. "It's home to half the world's geysers. And when you factor in the plethora of alpine lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, you'll quickly realize you've stumbled across one of Mother Nature's most fabulous creations."
And just when you think you've pretty well covered those 3,000 square miles, you'll happen upon a wooly bear or massive bison that leaves you speechless. Now that sounds like a great idea.
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON June 3, 2020
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON October 10, 2012
Big Sky Resort
A Two-Night Stay for Two from Now to July 2 or September 4 to October 10 ($240), or July 3 to September 3 with $25 Resort Credit ($361), Two Activities per Person, and One Scenic Lift Ride per Person
- from $240