America’s rugged north-west is a land of wild national forests and vast mountain ranges. Walk in the footsteps of brave explorers, Native Americans, fortune-hunting gold prospectors. On Rocky Mountain holidays you'll hike through some of the country’s wildest corners from the pristine wilderness of Yellowstone National Park to the wild prairies of Montana where you can experience the ranch life of old Western movies. While nature is the north-west's real showstopper, there’s more to be experienced on a Rocky Mountains holiday. Head to Oregon and Washington for vibrant cities full of vitality and to Seattle for its avant-garde,
bohemian vibe that champions all the latest trends from craft cider to vegan ice creams that are as flavoursome as they are healthy.
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What can you expect on Rocky Mountains and north-west holidays that you won't find anywhere else?
The scenery is almost otherworldly in this corner of the Earth – a sort of natural beauty that’s so awe-inspiring it seems photoshopped. In addition to the stunning backdrop is a famous history that adds more than a hint of movie magic to the already jaw-dropping landscape. Whether you’re following in the footsteps of Wild West icons like Butch Cassidy and Calamity Jane, stumbling on relics from the gold rush, or tracing the region’s fascinating Native American history, Rocky Mountain holidays are overflowing with startling, dramatic moments that are cinematic in scale. For a getaway that’s immersed in nature, culture and adventure, a stay here takes some beating.
What are the best ways to discover the Rocky Mountains and the north-west?
Begin with a whistle-stop tour along the Pacific Coast and the beautiful coastline of Oregon and Washington State, staying for a night in compelling cities like Portland and Seattle. Further inland, hop from national park to national park, including Wyoming’s Yellowstone and Grand Teton, or Alaska’s Denali and Glacier Bay, and you’ll have a front-row seat to some of America’s natural highlights. End your trip of a lifetime in a rustic log cabin on the prairies of Montana and feel the free abandon of existing miles from civilisation. The copious rivers, mountains and valleys here are the perfect adventure playground. Go mountain biking, fishing, white water rafting and riding or partake in an archery or cooking class, then kick back every evening with a barbecue and roaring fire as you replay the day’s adventures. Rocky Mountain holidays rarely disappoint.
Special things to do in the Rocky Mountains and north-west
Experience life on a ranch in Montana
Have your very own Wild West moment on an authentic ranch. Try your hand at a rodeo with the help of real-life cowboys, ride through the awesome scenery of the American West and kick up your heels with some country dancing. Rocky Mountain holidays are never short of drama.
Visit the battlefield of Little Bighorn
A key moment in the history of the American frontier, in 1876 the famous battle of Little Bighorn took place between General Custer’s 7th cavalry and the combined might of Native American tribes. Following a deadly clash, the tribes claimed a remarkable victory. Transport back to the heart of the historic event with a Native American guide.