We often take for granted the beautiful destinations in our own backyard – now is the perfect time to explore somewhere a little closer to home! Check out these North American vacation destinations that are currently topping our wanderlists!

Amangiri + Amangani – Utah/Wyoming

North America Vacation at Amangiri
Amangiri

An otherworldly desert retreat, Amangiri is situated on 600 pristine acres in Canyon Point, Utah with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Located in the centre of the Grand Circle, the all-season resort, its landmark Aman Spa and its secluded camp known as Camp Sarika by Amangiri are surrounded by such iconic attractions as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Bryce and Zion National Parks. The region has been home for centuries to the native Navajo tribe and presents the raw landscape for which the American Southwest is famed.

River Oaks Travel Amenities

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • Spa credit of $125 per person, once, for up to 2 guests, applicable to spa treatments scheduled between 9am-3pm
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
North America Vacation at Amangani
Amangani

Amangiri’s sister property, Amangani (which means “peaceful home”) is a favorite of skiers and all lovers of the outdoors. Fitting seamlessly into its Wild West surroundings, the resort is a vision in sandstone columns and floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of the Teton Mountains. Comfort comes first, as you’ll see in your opulent suite adorned with a king-size bed, window-side daybed, all manner of entertainment systems and a spacious deck. Of course, this being Wyoming, you’ll want to play a bit; spring and summer bring hiking and fly-fishing, while winter offers ample skiing opportunities.

River Oaks Travel Amenities

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom (served in restaurant)
  • A complimentary lunch for up to two people, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Paw’s Up – Montana

Hot air ballooning on a North America Vacation at The Resort at Paws Up
Paws Up

Known as The Last Best Place, The Resort at Paws Up may be just that. A pristine escape in the Rocky Mountains, taking full advantage of the Big Sky countryside, this wilderness outpost offers something for all energy levels. Explore the land on horseback, cast a fly for trout or simply indulge in spa treatments at Spa Town®. As for accommodations, you can choose from 28 luxurious vacation homes, or you can experience upscale camping in one of 36 luxury tents, with decadent furnishings, your own private bathroom and even the services of a Camping Butler. It’s nature served on a silver platter.

River Oaks Travel Amenities

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast
  • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers
  • Bottle of wine in room on arrival
  • A $300 USD activity credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in, late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Los Cabos

North America Vacation at Zadun
Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Ah… Los Cabos! This paradise at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula just keeps getting better and better. While the stunning southern coastline between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas is already home to many of your favorite luxury brands (think Rosewood, One & Only, Montage and Waldorf Astoria) the eastern coast of the peninsula is looking to provide a new destination in the area. With properties like the newly opened Zadun (a Ritz Carlton Reserve) and the Four Seasons already open and a new Aman coming next year, Los Cabos is set to continue as a top destination through 2020 and beyond!

Miraval – Austin, Arizona, The Berkshires

North America Vacation at Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Looking for some relief from the Coronavirus stress? Look no further than the amazing Miraval Spa and Resort. With three locations there’s a property perfect for everyone! 


The Classic – Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa located on 400 scenic acres at the base of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains. Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine, as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Miraval helps guests live life in the moment.


The Hippie – In keeping with the spirit of Austin, Texas, Miraval Austin Resort and Spa does things a little bit differently. The properties 220 awe-inspiring acres, enveloped by the vast Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, offer an array of meditation, fitness, outdoor adventure, hiking, yoga, equine, farm activities, culinary experiences, and spa-curated by their specialists and tailored to the tune of Austin.The choices are endless and are always based on your intentions – each one crafted to help you create a life in balance.


The Newcomer – Opening in May 2020, in the quiet comfort of the Berkshires, the new Miraval Berkshires offers guests the chance to take a stroll through history on the lush grounds that have housed industrialists, clergy, writers, musicians, golfers, and culture lovers in Massachusetts while maintaining their mission of helping individuals live a life in balance which enriched by the traditions and culture that surround them.

River Oaks Travel Amenities – Miraval Arizona

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, served in restaurant
  • $100 Resort Credit, per person, per stay to use toward spa services, activities and private sessions (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A Miraval Journal

River Oaks Travel Amenities – Miraval Austin

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for two daily, per bedroom for duration of the stay
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • A Miraval journal delivered to the guestroom on behalf of the Virtuoso advisor
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

National Parks with Backroads

Have you always wanted to explore the many US National Parks but worried about doing it all alone? Adventure company Backroads is here to change all that! Each trip is meticulously planned and led by knowledgeable guides and gives guests the chance to get out and interact with the world around them, whether they are biking, hiking, or even kayaking through! With trips specially designed to appeal to families with children or to adults traveling solo or with friends and itineraries exploring everything from Yellowstone and Zion National Parks to the California Coast and New England Folliage, there is something to satisfy everyone. 
With all the uncertainty in the world right now, discover a new world, close to home!

Interested in exploring the world with Backroads? Contact your River Oaks travel advisor and we’ll help match you to the best trip!

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