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5 Wilderness Retreats to Soothe Your Soul  

Imagine a getaway where you are intimately connected with nature, enjoying all that the wilderness has to offer while simultaneously kicking back in a cozy shelter with plentiful amenities. Sound too good to be true? Turns out, these places do exist—and you’ll want to put them on your travel itinerary ASAP. From the Hill Country of Texas to the high peaks of the Adirondacks, these five wilderness wellness retreats offer the best of both worlds.

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Odyssey Lodge | Alaska

The untamed Alaska wilderness is the playground of an Odyssey Lodge all-inclusive package. From June through September, families, couples, and groups can book a customized experience that includes a stay in a treehouse or bay view suite, along with opportunities to hike, go on a deep-water fishing excursion, or enjoy a plane ride to Lake Clark National Park to hike and view grizzly bears.  

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The Broadmoor Wilderness Experience at The Ranch at Emerald Valley | Colorado

The iconic Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs offers an option for those who want to experience the wilderness in comfort. The Ranch at Emerald Valley is an all-inclusive cabin property surrounded by 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest. Outdoor exploration opportunities include hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, and much more.

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Paintrock Canyon Ranch | Wyoming

Visitors to Paintrock Canyon Ranch fly into Cody, Wyoming, and travel for about an hour to the town of Hyattville. There are eight fully furnished safari-style tents at this property, and visitors have the opportunity to learn about the ranch on horseback or enjoy the property as a base camp for pack trips. Locally sourced, chef-prepared meals are included in every stay.

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Elk Lake Lodge | New York

The high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains is home to Elk Lake Lodge, with 40 miles of private trails for guests. Stay in one of eight unique historic cottages with private front porches and breathtaking views of the mountains. Guests can enjoy outdoor activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and hiking.

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Walden Retreats | Texas

How does glamping in safari-style tents that overlook the Pedernales River sound? This Texas Hill Country retreat offers guests a slice of country solitude with a convenient location near two of Texas’ most loved state parks: Pedernales Falls State Park and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Rock climbing, stargazing, biking, and hiking are some of the plentiful outdoor adventures nature lovers can experience in this beautiful part of the Lone Star State.

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