46. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Why go: The region’s cold conditions help create some of the most consistent ice in the country, making it a mecca for ice climbers. In Hidden Galls, there’s easy access to different level climbs. In the park itself, roads stay open so you can catch a glimpse of the wildlife roaming free—elk, mule deer, and moose are regularly spotted along the Colorado River.
Where to stay: Base yourself out of nearby Estes Park. Ram’s Horn Village Resort is just one mile from the main entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and two miles from Estes Park itself. The Four Seasons property offers eye-popping views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.
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