The first national park in the USA and possibly in the world, Yellowstone National Park draws over 2 million visitors every year, who come to see 3,468 square miles of geothermal features, canyons, lakes, rivers and pasture dotted with wild bison. The park also offers the opportunity to see elk, wolves, mountain lions along with grizzly and black bears and hundreds of other animal species.
The Rockies area of the USA boasts some of the best ranches around in terms of fantastic scenery, authentic cowboy experiences and western hospitality. You can choose to stay in a working ranch (like Black Leg Ranch in McKenzie, North Dakota) where you get involved in daily tasks, a guest ranch (like the Rocking Z Ranch near Wolf Creek, Montana) where you live with the ranch owners, a dude ranch (like the High Country Guest Ranch in South Dakota) or a Resort Ranch (like the former US Cavalry post, now Paradise Guest Ranch, Wyoming). See our full range of ranch accommodation here.
Wild West Towns
For rootin’-tootin’ Old West towns, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat the historic districts of the Rockies. How about watching a shoot em’ up in downtown Deadwood? Or experience the frozen-in-time old capital of Montana Territory – Virginia City, which was once the home of Calamity Jane and is now a National Historic Landmark. There are plenty of old mining towns to discover.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016, Mount Rushmore has become one of the stand-out landmarks that epitomise the USA. The monument, in the Black Hills near Keystone, South Dakota depicts 60-foot high sculptures of the heads of Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Around 17 miles away, the Crazy Horse Memorial is just as iconic.
Along with Yellowstone, the Rockies encompass nine National Parks offering landscapes from soaring mountains to hot springs and huge sand dunes. There are also historic sites and trails, recreation areas, national forests and monuments, all with opportunities for outdoor pursuits. If you like your views to be epic, this is the right place to come.