USA’s Best Ranches and National Parks

America’s definitely been top of our minds and all over the news at the moment, and mostly for all the wrong reasons. That’s rather unfortunate, because if we shift our focus away from orange men with funny hair we’ll find a plethora of wonderful experiences waiting to be uncovered. And this week we’ve got some help from our friends at Adventure World to help us discover the best America has to offer.

Take Texas for example. Internationally renowned for football, BBQ, cowboys and chilli, there’s so much more to experience outside Texas’ main centres.  Perfect for travellers wanting to experience the area in a short time, the seven-day self-drive adventure from Dallas to Fort Worth Experience the Texas Triangle stops at Wildcatter Ranch for two nights, allowing travellers to take part in horse riding, skeet shooting and archery, or relax in the hot tub and infinity pool.

Further north, from the jagged peaks of the Tetons to the stunning lakes of Glacier National Park, road tripping through the Northern Rockies in Montana and Wyoming is a nature-lover’s dream. Immerse yourself in a world of snow-capped peaks, scenic lakes, geological curiosities and cowboys on horseback.

yellowstone-national-park-1581879_1920The Yellowstone to Glacier road trip ticks off the great national parks in the region, including the world’s first – Yellowstone National Park, with its colourful hot springs, mud pots and geysers – and Grand Teton, with more than 3000km of trails. This 12-day journey starts in Jackson, Wyoming, before winding through the National Parks, Cody, Red Lodge and the laid-back college town of Bozeman. Continuing north, the adventure then heads to Missoula and Glacier National Park before ending in Whitefish, Montana.

A combination of stunning coastal scenery and natural wonders, the Southwest of the USA is a fantastic region to explore by road, full of awe-inspiring bucket-list moments. Covering California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and more, the Southwest is a cacophony of sights, national parks, flavours and sun. More than a third of the USA’s National Parks are in the Southwest, making the region a fantastic opportunity to cover several in one road trip – especially as a large portion of the iconic Route 66 runs through the area. It’s also the home to numerous traditional ranches, including the authentic Zion Mountain Ranch, the luxury Broadmoor and the secluded Sorrel River Ranch.

If this sounds like you the 16-day Four Squared road trip starts in Denver, Colorado before venturing through two unique national parks – Arches and Canyonlands – and continuing on to the more well-known Bryce Canyon and Zion. The adventure continues in Sedona, Albuquerque, Colorado Springs and Santa Fe before heading back to The Mile High City of Denver.

No matter where you are in the Golden State of California, there’s likely a National Park within reach. Whether you’re searching for deserts or mountains, forests or beaches, the diversity of parks in California is awe-inspiring.

kings-canyon-1525148_1920.jpgIf it’s wilderness you’re after, the National Parks of California 10-day road trip takes in the most iconic and world-renowned national parks in California. From Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia to Death Valley and Joshua Tree, the self-drive adventure is the perfect amalgamation of natural wonders and history, with activities such as rock climbing, horseback riding, camping and nature trips on offer.

Despite what’s going on in the political side of the USA at the moment, America still ranks highly on the travel radar and should absolutely feature on any traveller’s bucket list.

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