America's Wildest Hotels
Dream vacations often call to mind sandy beaches, frosty cocktails and poolside massage service, but adventurous travelers can opt to wrangle cattle, sleep in trees, run zip-line courses and ski trails accessible only by helicopter.
Seven years after owners Russell Walters, Suzie Hockmeyer and Jim Yearwood first rafted down Maine's Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead rivers in 1976, they built a year-round adventure resort in the area. Most guests still come for the unparalleled white-water rafting, but there's also fishing and kayaking in summer and snowmobiling and ATV tours come winter. From $79 for lodges, from $11 BYO tent or RV; northernoutdoors.com.