Once the furthest frontier of a radically different world, the Western United States has settled itself pretty nicely. By that, I mean you’re far more likely to walk into a bar and be met with a hipster cocktail than a hip-slinging bandit.
Ridiculously diverse – in environment, population, and lifestyle – it still conjures a sense of adventure in us. Thankfully, we’ve now got an equally diverse range of accommodations to enjoy it, and far fewer Mexican stand-offs.
From the Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Northwest, these are the best in the west.
Our top picks: The Best in the West
Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
What’s more California than a converted Airstream perched on a hilltop lookout in the Sierra Nevada Mountains? The trailer itself is great, but frankly, you’re not gonna spend any time inside.
Instead, kick back by the fire pit, throw some grub on the grill and take in the best Cali has to offer. Bliss.
Plus, you don’t get many views like that for $119 a night.
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When the pioneering settlers worked their way across the country, the desert was an unforgiving place. If they could look at the stunning Sanctuary Camelback Mountain oasis, they might say it was worth it in the long run.
A heavenly retreat in the middle of the Arizona desert, Camelback is designed impeccably, serene in every way, and equipped with everything required to make a stay as luxurious as possible.
Fort Ebey Treehouse
Fort Ebey, Washington
The forests of the Pacific Northwest are special. Staying there should make you feel a part of it, and few places create that feeling better than this divine treehouse.
Nestled among the trees, this property is built for one purpose – escape. Use it as a couples’ getaway or for some alone time. Either way, you’ll come out much more in tune with the world
Our Other Top Picks
This coastal Malibu mansion is precisely what you’re picturing
This quaint Oregon inn makes for an affordable getaway
Get in the thick of the Seattle Skyline at this excellent hotel
Experience Yosemite in all its glory in this woodland chalet
If you can’t head west, take the Wild Wild West to the East coast