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The Real America region contains literally thousands of square kilometers of rugged and spectacular terrain. From mountains and forests to rivers, plains, and desert, the landscape offers visitors the opportunity to interact with nature at it’s most pristine.
From the Black Hills of South Dakota to the ski slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho; Montana's Glacier National Park to the awesome expanses of Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, the Real America region is blessed with an unspoiled natural beauty that beckons visitors from around the world.
Whether your ideal holiday involves hiking or horseback riding, skiing or snowmobiling, whitewater rafting or world-class fly fishing, the Real America states of Idaho, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming offer a myriad of outdoor activities sure to create a lifetime's worth of unforgettable memories.
Experience the great outdoors at its most majestic in South Dakota, where glacial lakes, prairies and mountain peaks offer travelers a chance to relive the rustic pioneer days of yore. Hike or bike the trails of Custer State Park, a 71,000-acre wildlife refuge where 1,300 bison roam free. Go horseback riding through the Black Hills National Forest, backpack through Badlands National Park, fish the mighty Missouri River or kayak and canoe the four immense reservoirs known as South Dakota's Great Lakes. Or visit in wintertime, when skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are among the state's most popular pastimes.
With two spectacular national parks - Yellowstone and Grand Teton - Wyoming is an outdoor lover's paradise. Yellowstone offers nearly 3,500 square miles of wilderness amid one of the most active geothermal areas on earth. Hiking, fishing, boating and backpacking are just a few of the activities available in Yellowstone during the warmer months. In wintertime, the park is accessible by snowmobile or snowcoach tours.
Grand Teton National Park attracts mountain climbers and hikers to its peaks that tower up to 13,000 feet, and bicyclists to its many roads winding through the valley. Known as Jackson Hole, this area is renowned for its world-class skiing. Jackson and Cody, both gateways to Yellowstone, offer warm-weather pastimes such as fly fishing and whitewater rafting.
Known as the "Crown of the Continent," Montana's breathtaking Glacier National Park offers 700 miles of trails for hiking, camping and more. Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort along with Whitefish Mountain Resort are popular winter and summer destinations. They both offer world-class skiing in the winter, and summer fun includes hiking, zip-lines, cycling, horseback riding and fishing. Would-be cowboys, meanwhile, can live out their Western fantasies at numerous working and guest ranches. And for thrill seekers, a whitewater rafting trip down one of Montana's many rivers is a must.
From caving and rock climbing to skiing and snowmobiling, Idaho's rugged yet beautiful terrain offers a picture-perfect setting for your outdoor Western holiday. Take a jet boat trip down the Snake River in Hells Canyon, or playa round of golf on the world's only floating green on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Ski the world-famous slopes of Sun Valley. Travel in the footsteps of the legendary Lewis and Clark expedition. Enjoy the zip lines, mountain biking, rafting, hiking, boating, fishing and horseback riding available in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Or simply marvel at the state's natural beauty by driving one of Idaho's 30 Scenic Byways.