From sea to shining sea, the United States of America is a giant tapestry of beauty and wonder just waiting to be explored. In celebration of our country’s independence, Ker & Downey has assembled our Top 10 All-American Experiences, featuring highlights from our newly minted offerings in the American West, from Texas and Montana to California and Alaska. This is “America the Beautiful,” Ker & Downey style.
Monument Valley, Utah
Explore Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley, a series of sandstone masterpieces towering at heights of up to 1,000 feet and one of the most photographed places on earth. Your Navajo guide will lead you to some of the valley’s sacred sites and cliff dwellings, many of which are only open to the native Navajos and their guests.
Sonoma Valley, California
Taste your way through Sonoma County’s wineries on a tour through a handpicked selection of private vineyards and tasting rooms. Known as the birthplace of the California wine industry, the Sonoma Valley is home to some of the earliest vineyards and wineries in the country.
Iditarod Trail, Alaska
Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail plays host to the annual Iditarod Great Sled Race—dubbed the “Last Great Race on Earth.” From the comfort of Winterlake Lodge, experience the trail by both land and air, taking your own dog sled out on the course and following the trail’s epic landscapes of high mountain vistas and deep ocean fjords in a private helicopter.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Escape to the epic romance of America’s iconic Wild West at The Ranch at Rock Creek. Set in Montana’s legendary ranchland, this luxury-infused “home on the range” encourages you to don your cowboy boots and experience the unspoiled outdoors of Big Sky country, whether fly fishing on a Blue Ribbon trout stream at sunrise or horseback riding through the Rockies’ rolling foothills at sunset.
Mii Amo Spa, Arizona
Embark on a life-enhancing journey at Mii Amo Spa at Enchantment Resort, ranked the #2 destination spa in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2014. This 24,000-square-foot oasis is infused with the rich traditions of the Native American people and the striking energy of Sedona’s legendary Red Rocks, a setting of vermillion cliffs that consistently leaves its visitors “wowed” by its beauty.
Salt Lick BBQ, Texas
Follow the meandering farm-to-market road to the town of Dripping Springs for a taste of world-famous Texas barbecue. The charming Salt Lick restaurant serves up “finger lickin’ good” feasts of brisket, steak, turkey, and sausage, all basted in the Roberts family’s 200-year old recipes and chock full of Texas Hill Country flavor.
Snake River, Wyoming
Float down the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Whether a leisurely flat-water float or an action-packed whitewater adventure, a journey down the Snake River affords up-close encounters with the majestic Teton Mountain Range, the limestone cliffs of Snake River Canyon, and the horizon of Grey’s National Forest, as well as a wealth of bald eagles, moose, beavers, and osprey wildlife.
Coastal Highway 1, California
Set out on America’s dream drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway. This cliff-hung roadway winds 1,000 miles along the state’s Pacific boundary and threads through breathtaking wild coastal beaches and hidden natural masterpieces. Along the way, visit John Steinbeck’s historic Cannery Row, stop for beachcombing in Pt. Reyes National Seashore, witness the mountains plunge into the Pacific at Big Sur, and walk through the Armstrong Redwoods, some of the tallest trees in the world.
Prince William Sound, Alaska
A private glacier cruise along Prince William Sound takes you up Blackstone Bay to the sheer cliff walls, tumbling waterfalls, and tidewater glaciers of Alaska’s southern coast. Enjoy a snack of fresh Alaskan fish and have your camera ready as you cruise up to a thousand-strong bird rookery and step ashore onto the natural geology of this glacier carved fjord.
Zion Mountain Ranch, Utah
Get back to nature at Zion Mountain Ranch, a country cabin resort at the entrance of Zion National Park. Watch the herds of buffalo roam through the open plains and mountain forests, dine on the bountiful joys of the Utah soil, and indulge in late-night s’mores around the campfire, gazing into the magical expanse of stars above.
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