The Best Thing to Do in Every State This Summer: Northwest
Looking for things to do in the American Northwest? These states come alive in the sunlit days of summer—all the better for sampling locavore ice cream, fly fishing at a brand new resort, and tracking wild horses on the run. Interested in more U.S. regions? See here for the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest.
Fly Fish at Montana’s Newest Resort
Opening this summer, Sage Lodge is as cinematic as Montana resorts come, set in verdant meadows along the Yellowstone River about half an hour’s drive from Yellowstone National Park. Thanks to their on-site casting pond and partnership with Sage Fly Fishing equipment company, this is the very best place to wade into your next favorite hobby. We can’t guarantee that Brad Pitt lookalikes will be there (remember A River Runs Through It?) but we have high hopes.
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See the Gem State By Hot Air Balloon
Trust us, there's truly no better way to experience Idaho than from above. Book a sunrise flight in Boise, which takes you on a 60-minute tour of the state's stunning landscape. You'll fly over the Boise River, forested landscapes, and lush valley while sipping champagne and soaking in the breathtaking views.
Eye the Most Exquisite New Museum Addition
You could easily mistake the Anchorage Museum’s brand new wing (which added 22,000 square feet to the once 3,000-square-foot space) for MoMa, but the salt-lick fresh air beyond its doors is a dead giveaway. With soaring ceilings and an airy, loft-like feel, the Art of the North galleries are the place to see indigenous artworks alongside Romantic period landscapes from the 19th century that could be Thomas Kincaid progenitors with their deft capturing of light and longing.
Explore Japan’s Horticulture in Portlandia
Hidden away in Portland’s West Hills, you’ll find one of Portland’s best kept secrets, especially in the humid heat of an Oregon summer: the Portland Japanese Garden. Recently expanded by Japanese starchitect Kengo Kuma to the tune of $33.5 million, the 12.5-acre wonderland of water terraces and koi ponds now has a new tea house inspired by Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple that could satisfy Queen Elizabeth II herself, with teas from Tokyo-based Jugetsudo tea company and snacks from Ajinomoto.
Take a Wild Horse Safari
You don’t have to slog to Africa to catch wild animals with unbridled beauty in action—just head to Wyoming’s Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary, located on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Lander, where 130 mustangs storm the prairie like it’s 1799. Book a guided tour ahead of your visit to see them up close and personal from the safe confines of a wagon or ATV.
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