Traveling our great country soon? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best U.S.
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort Spa, Curio Collection by HiltonIndian Wells, CaliforniaCasey Figlewicz / Miramonte Indian Wells Resort amp; Spa
What to do: Whether you want to relax or stay active, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort Spa has plenty of options. Rent bikes and pedal through the Indian Wells community, play golf at the nearby Indian Wells Golf Resort, relax at the spa or kick back at one of three pools.
Why go: This beautiful property, located at the base of the Santa Rosa mountains, is set on 11 acres amidst trees and a sculpture garden in the Palm Springs desert. It makes for a quintessential natural escape.
What to do: The Greenbrier offers something for all ages.
Play a round of golf, rejuvenate at the mineral spa and even try your luck with on-site gaming.
Why go: For a true grand hotel experience, it doesn’t get much better than The Greenbrier.
Many famous people, including 27 presidents, have stepped on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark built in 1778.
Why we picked it: With its picturesque mountain setting, the Greenbrier is a bucket list resort with amazing amenities like 10 lobbies, 11,000 acres, five golf courses, 20 eateries and more than 30 shops.
The Stonewall ResortThe Resort at Glade SpringsPalmetto Dunes Oceanfront ResortHilton Head Island, South CarolinaPalmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
What to do: Love the outdoors? You can get your fill at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, which offers three championship golf courses, a tennis center, pickleball, paved bike paths and kayak and paddleboard rentals.
Why go: Located centrally on Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Dunes is a classic Southern resort with grand oaks draped in hanging moss, palm trees and abundant sea oats.
Why we picked it: A great multigenerational destination, the resort offers a range of vacation rentals from homes to one-bedroom units each with washer/dryer, full kitchen and separate bedrooms.
Accommodations are ideal for giving each person their own space, while activity beckons in the lovely outdoors.
What to do: Guests can hang beachside at Crystal Cove, just a short shuttle ride from The Resort at Pelican Hill, grab a lounge chair at the iconic Coliseum Pool (one of the largest circular pools in the world) or join in an outdoor yoga session at the on-site fitness center.
Why we picked it: For the ultimate in luxury, book a stay at The Resort at Pelican Hill, which offers guests everything under one roof from a spa and 36 holes of golf to upscale shopping and dining, all within gorgeous natural surroundings.
Montage Laguna BeachRitz-Carlton Laguna NiguelBoulders Resort Spa, Curio Collection by HiltonScottsdale, ArizonaPeter Malinowski / The Boulders Resort and Spa
What to do: This resort has a range of activities, including golf at one of the two championship courses, horseback riding or soaking up the sun by one of four pools. There’s even a 12-million-year-old boulder pile you can climb!
Why go: Experience the desert in luxury at this 1,300-acre resort near Scottsdale.
Why we picked it: This unusual property, which is set in front of ancient boulders, makes an ideal adventurous getaway with many nearby outdoor activities from rock climbing and hiking to ATV tours and hot air balloon rides.
The vast spa includes a meditation labyrinth and uses ingredients indigenous to its desert surroundings for treatments.
Gateway Canyons ResortL’Auberge de SedonaLa Playa CarmelCarmel, CaliforniaLa Playa Carmel
What to do: Rent bikes from the resort and explore the town on two wheels, enjoy its champagne breakfast buffet daily as you enjoy views of the fog rolling in over the ocean and take a drive to nearby Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for coastal beauty and plentiful seals.
Why go: Experience the beauty of the foggy northern California coast and Carmel-by-the-Sea with its fairytale homes and winding roads. Built in 1905, the property has the feel of a grand old resort and features lovely gardens, courtyards, private terraces and a pool.
Why go: The Naples Grande Beach Resort is a modern escape with fantastic Gulf of Mexico views, a spa and three pools. Don’t miss the lovely nature walk to the beach through a 2,000-acre mangrove estuary.
Why we picked it: For a gulf-side Florida vacation, the Naples Grande is a great spot to lay your head — and your towel. Naples deep blue calm waters are a great spot for swimming or just hanging out on the beach in one of the resort’s loungers.
What to do: Of course, you can try your luck by gambling the night away, catch a show at the on-site theater or hang out at its water park complete with sand. There’s also the 30,000-square-foot spa or the Shark Reef Aquarium.
Be sure to splurge on a meal from a James Beard award-winning chef at Libertine Social restaurant.
For a quieter option, consider the Delano, which is a boutique hotel attached to Mandalay Bay.
Why we picked it: You’ll be hard-pressed not to find something fun to do at Mandalay Bay whether you’re up for relaxing, partying or just seeing the sites of Sin City.
What to do: There are plenty of activities on the property of West Baden Springs, including a spa, multiple golf courses, fine dining and even gaming at its sister property the French Lick Springs Hotel. The evening atrium light show is a must-see.
Why go: Known for its massive atrium, which spans 200 feet, the hotel was built in the 1800s and feels a bit like stepping back in time to a period of utmost elegance.
What to do: Soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes or hiking the Rocky Mountains in the property’s hot tub, by the outdoor fireplace or in the outdoor heated pool. There’s even a co-working space if you need to put in some office hours while on vacation.
Why go: Vail in the summer or winter is a lovely sight to behold and the Doubletree by Hilton Vail is a comfy spot with free shuttles to Vail Village, three on-site restaurants and on-site ski and bike rentals.
Why we picked it: The Doubletree by Hilton Vail provides mountain lovers an affordable place to stay and easy access to lifts for skiing and snowboarding in winter and other activities like hiking and mountain biking in summer.
SonnenalpVail’s Mountain HausThe Cloister at Sea IslandSea Island, GeorgiaThe Cloister at Sea Island
What to do: You’ll want to enjoy the beauty of the southern coastal surroundings at The Cloister at Sea Island, including its 5 miles of private beach, three golf courses, kayaking through marshes, as well as beach biking and sailing lessons.
Why go: If you’re looking for privacy paired with luxury, a visit to this island off the coast of Georgia is an excellent option.
What to do: Experience the upscale resort’s many amenities, including two pools, tennis and pickleball courts, a casino and bike rentals for exploring the local area. Don’t miss one of Santa Barbara’s famously fire-red sunsets over the harbor.
Why go: Santa Barbara, nicknamed the “American Riviera,” is a quaint and charming city along the Southern California coast known for its red-tiled roofs. It’s full of shops and restaurants, lovely harbor and excellent wine tastings.
The Spanish-style Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara places you in the heart of the city with luxurious amenities like a spa, cozy fireplaces and fine dining.
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront ResortKimpton GoodlandRitz-Carlton Bachelor GulchAvon, ColoradoRitz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch
What to do: Adventure lovers can take a spin on a mountain bike, hike to nearby Beaver Lake or hop on the lift right outside the resort. For a relaxing getaway, book a treatment at the spa or hang out at the outdoor heated pool.
Enjoy a true fine dining experience of mountain-style cooking at on-site restaurant, WYLD.
Why go: A great spot for families and multiple generations on vacation, this property, built in the style of a grand National Park lodge, offers plenty of activities and dining all in one location with the Rocky Mountains as your playground.
Why we picked it: A true gem in the Rocky Mountains, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is tucked away close to Beaver Creek Resort for nearby amenities, but offers a sense of secluded privacy.
Viceroy SnowmassThe Westin Riverfront Resort SpaBig Cedar LodgeRidgedale, MissouriBig Cedar Lodge
What to do: What isn’t there to do at Big Cedar Lodge? The Missouri resort offers a nature park with butterfly garden, outdoor shooting academy and the “fun zone,” a 50,000-square-foot amusement complex with an arcade, bowling lanes and laser tag.
Did we mention the views of Table Rock Lake?
Why we picked it: An activity-filled midwestern getaway in the heart of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Big Cedar Lodge is a wilderness resort surrounded by stunning natural scenery.
What to do:The Rocky Mountains are an adventure-lovers playground, and you can experience much of it on or near The Broadmoor. Activities at the grand resort include falconry, golf, tennis, guided mountain biking, hiking, rock-climbing tours and fly-fishing.
Plus, the resort owns and manages attractions like Seven Falls (a series of waterfalls) and The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure zip-line courses.
Why go: This historic 5,000-acre resort opened in 1918 and has been hosting the travelers on their western retreats for more than 100 years.
What to do: An outdoor wonderland, there’s lots to do in Kohler — like yoga on the lake (a studio with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Wood Lake), electric bike rentals, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding and archery, and the list goes on.
Why go: Golfers will appreciate the scenic courses in Kohler, including Whistling Straits along Lake Michigan and Blackwolf Run. The Kohler Waters Spa is also the only five diamond spa in Wisconsin and features water-inspired treatment rooms and therapeutic water treatments.
Why we picked it: A lovely historic property in the heart of the small village of Kohler, Wisconsin, The American Club is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort hotel with five eateries, several lovely courtyards and the Kohler Waters Spa in the nearby Carriage House.
What to do: Hang out in fun and funky Boulder with a stroll over to Pearl Street Mall and a walk down the Boulder Creek Path, and be sure to check out the speakeasy-style License No.
1 Bar in the basement of the hotel.
Why go: An historic landmark that is more than a century old, the Hotel Boulderado is a Victorian-style mountain luxury hotel.
It’s convenient to all the city has to offer and is just 30 miles from Denver.
Why we picked it: Hotel Boulderado is a unique historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places with fun features like an original Otis elevator and the option to stay in the historic or modern portions of the hotel.
What to do: Keep active at the Omni Grove Park Inn’s 50,000-square-foot sports complex with an indoor pool, racquetball court and fitness classes, as well as a golf course, tennis courts, multiple restaurants and outdoor pool. Enjoy all that Asheville has to offer from white-water rafting to the Biltmore Estate to hiking and biking.
Why go: Experience the resort’s incredible underground grotto-like spa with rock walls, waterfall pools, underwater music and fiber optic stars on the ceiling.
The Inn on Biltmore EstateChetola Resort at Blowing RockThe Palace HotelSan Francisco, CaliforniaThe Palace Hotel San Francisco
What to do: Get out and walk San Francisco, exploring the Embarcadero, not far from the hotel, hopping a ride on a trolley or streetcar or making your way to the wharf to see loudly barking sea lions.
Why go: The Palace, which originally opened in 1875, offers you an amazing chance to stay at one of America’s grand old hotels and experience how the elite traveled at the turn of the century.
Be sure to enjoy tea in the incredible stained-glass atrium with Italian marble pillars and Austrian crystal chandeliers.
Why we picked it: The Palace, which is located in San Francisco’s Financial District, is a convenient spot to explore the city while spending your overnights in luxury.
Hotel Del CoronadoThe Grand Hotel