When many people think of resorts, they often think of vast, all-inclusive properties on the ocean with every amenity under the sun, but there are so many other types of resorts to visit that offer cheap, nature vacations for those who love to be outdoors! Whether you love the comfort of a suite or want to rough it a little more in a log cabin, there are options in areas famous for their proximity to mountains, lakes, hiking trails, and more. Here are just a few of the many places to visit for nature lovers:
Though Branson is often visited for the many amusement parks and similar family attractions, it also offers visitors plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the weather! The Ozarks is the ideal place to visit for all things hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, rock climbing, skeet shooting, and more.
There are dozens of trails to explore for people of all ages and experience levels including the Waterfall Trail, Murder Rock Trail, and Sunset Walking Path. When the weather’s warm, you can spend your days on Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, or Bull Shoals Lake where you can try out fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water skiing, and boating.
If all that Branson offers wasn’t enough, Branson at the Meadows offers its guests multiple outdoor swimming pools, a playground, and an activities program so you can spend even more time outdoors!
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Enjoy the great outdoors when you stay in a traditional cabin at this well-known camping destination. On-site hiking trails, an outdoor pool, an enclosed run area for your dog, campfire pits, horseshoe pits, and private bus tours through the Badlands can all be found when you visit Rushmore Shadows Campground.
If you want to explore even further, Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, Sioux Recreational Park, and Custer State Park are just a few minutes away and where you can find a lot of your favorite outdoor activities. You can even spend time at the Reptile Gardens where you can learn a lot about different reptile species and become an archaeologist at Dinosaur Park!
Of course, we also can’t forget about all the sightseeing you can do at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and what you can learn about these immaculate presidential sculptures.
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When you stay at Smugglers’ Notch Resort, you can also take advantage of their year-round zip line, on-site skiing lessons during the winter season, and close proximity to Mount Mansfield.
Located within the Green Mountains, Smugglers’ Notch is a New England favorite for all things outdoors-y. During the warmer months, visitors can explore the many trails at their disposal with hiking and biking to breathtaking places like Moss Glen Falls, Sterling Pond, and Prospect Rock.
Golf is also extremely popular in these parts with a number of impressive courses, as well as plenty of swimming, kayaking, tubing, canoeing, or paddleboarding opportunities at Jeff Falls, Lake Elmore, Ranch Brook, and Bootlegger’s Basin.
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Jackson Springs, North Carolina
If your idea of spending time in nature is sleeping in it, Sycamore Lodge is the ideal place for you. Choose between RV sites, tent sites, or the luxurious log cabins available and take in all of the amenities including a stocked lake for catch and release fishing, nature trails, a playground, a baseball field, an outdoor swimming pool, and plenty of themed events throughout the season.
This North Carolina vacation spot has more than enough outdoor activities for people of all ages. Adults will love to spend time on the Pinehurst Golf Course and Foxfire Golf and Country Club to take in the many scenic views. Families love the local parks like Camelot Playground, Reservoir Park, and Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve where they can find playgrounds as well as hiking and biking trails.
Parents and kids can also spend their time learning at Sandhills Horticultural Gardens and seeing some of the stunning wildlife that North Carolina has to offer and walking the nearby farmer’s markets where locally grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs can be found.
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