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Terry Ward, Contributor

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When it comes to all-inclusive resorts in the U.S., travelers are often surprised to learn there are more options than they even imagined. From luxury ranches where you can channel your inner westerner on horseback to cold-weather escapes where you might see the Northern Lights while dog sledding, America’s diverse landscape lends itself to some of the more unique options for all-inclusive stays. At the best all-inclusive resorts in the U.S., there’s no cooking, cleaning up or even having to plan what the day’s adventures hold—it’s all been figured out for you.

If you’re seeking a vacation within the U.S. where all you have to do is show up and enjoy the ride, there are multiple excellent options. For families seeking endless entertainment alongside plenty of outdoor activities, we recommend Pennsylvania’s Woodloch Pines and the old-school summer camp feel of Minnesota’s Fair Hills Resort. For jaw-dropping views and a shot at seeing the Northern Lights, it’s hard to top the majestic Susitna Adventure Lodge. Below, our selections for the best all-inclusive resorts in the U.S.


Best High-End All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S.: Castle Hot Springs

Castle Hot Springs

Who Will Love It: Adventurous couples who love a good natural hot spring

All-Star Amenities: The resort’s private via ferrata with incredible Sonoran Desert views

What Not To Miss: Waking up early to have the hot spring all to yourself as bird sound starts filling the valley

Location: Arizona

Secreted away in the Bradshaw mountains just an hour’s drive from Phoenix, this adults-only, all-inclusive property with just 30 villas and suites surrounds you with Arizona’s iconic desert views under star-spangled skies. Castle Hot Springs’ coup de grace is its mineral-rich natural hot spring, tucked into an impossibly scenic canyon on property, just for guests and open 24 hours a day. Accommodations have outdoor stone tubs with piped-in spring water and telescopes on their balconies for stargazing. There’s also a gorgeous onsite spa for water therapy, CBD massages and the like.

All-inclusive rates include three daily farm-to-table meals with seasonal ingredients, daily beverage credit, access to the natural hot springs and activities such as guided yoga, meditation, pickleball, lawn games and cruiser bikes to explore the property. For an additional fee, you can go horseback riding, test your mettle on Arizona’s first via ferrata course or embark on an eBike or UTV tour into the desert. Just staying on this glorious property and soaking your weary bones in the glorious springs all day counts as vacation time maximized, too.


Best All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S. For Families: Woodloch Pines

Woodloch Pines

Who Will Love It: Families who love action that goes all day and into the night

All-Star Amenities: Snow tubing along the lakefront with winter wonderland views

What Not To Miss: Escaping to the adults-only sister property, Lodge at Woodloch, for a spa treatment

Location: Pennsylvania

For a winter wellness and adventure resort with something for everyone in your family and all-inclusive rates that make it easy to dive into absolutely everything, this 160-room Pennsylvania property in the lake region of the Poconos Mountains serves non-stop fun. Open all year, lakefront Woodloch Pines brings each season to life through included activities that range from water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and archery in the summer to snowshoeing, snow tubing and ice skating come winter time.

All your meals can also be wrapped into the all-inclusive package and you can look forward to entertainment all day long and along the lines of acrobats, jugglers, magicians, DJs, cover bands and more. The sprawling property also has indoor and outdoor pools, go karts, a fishing dock, indoor forest playground, scenic boat tours, tennis and nature trails that wind through the surrounding forest.


Best All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S. For Romance: Twin Farms

Twin Farms

Who Will Love It: Couples who like to keep it hygge

All-Star Amenities: A private ski hill with six runs

What Not To Miss: Private driving tours to see fall foliage and covered bridges in autumn

Location: Vermont

Set on 300 acres in a typically bucolic stretch of rolling Vermont countryside roughly 90 minutes from Burlington, this iconic New England all-inclusive resort allows you to enjoy the company you’re with in one of the prettiest natural settings imaginable. All 28 suites and cottages at Twin Farms have amenities created to bring on the coziness, including stone gas fireplaces and soaking tubs. With so much beauty out the door, you can spend your time picnicking among fields of wildflowers during the warmer months, kayaking on Copper Pond and hiking along mountain trails or taking advantage of the property’s private ski mountain (it has six runs), ice fishing or fat tire biking come winter.

Farm-to-table fare for all meals is included in the rates, as well as fine wines and spirits and evening cocktails and canapés. The resort can make your meal extra romantic with room service or by serving it in one of the many picnic-ready locations across the property, including by the pond or high atop the ski hill.


All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S. With The Best Views: Susitna Adventure Lodge

Susitna Adventure Lodge

Who Will Love It: Anyone who dreams of seeing the Northern Lights or Midnight Sun (although not at the same time)

All-Star Amenities: Dog-sled team arrivals to the property during the snowy months

What Not To Miss: Snowmachine tours into the surrounding backcountry

Location: Alaska

Alaska’s views are superlative in every sense, whether you’re looking at a glacier or ogling North America’s highest peak. When you stay at this luxurious all-inclusive Alaska adventure lodge along the Denali Highway, you might see the Northern Lights lighting up the winter sky at night and catch views of the Alaska Range all around in all its glory by day. Guests arrive by SUV, dog sled team or flights (ski planes in the winter) to Susitna Adventure Lodge, where the accommodations include a three-bedroom main lodge, three-bedroom log cabin and three single cabins.

In addition to all meals, the all-inclusive rates wrap in activities designed to get you out enjoying the spectacular surrounds, ranging from gold panning, ATV rides and guided alpine hiking and fishing in the summer to snowmobiling tours, ice fishing, dog mushing and Aurora Borealis viewing by dog sled during the snowier months. Don’t blink or you might miss something utterly magical here.


Best Value All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S.: Fair Hills Resort

Fair Hills Resort

Who Will Love It: Families who love a resort with a wonderful camp feel

All-Star Amenities: Prairie links-style course at Wildflower Golf Course

What Not To Miss: Board games and sunset drinks with your gang at lakeside Perch on Pelican restaurant and bar.

Location: Minnesota

Americana is at its most inviting at this family friendly all-inclusive resort with just over 100 free-standing cabins along the shores of Pelican Lake in Northern Minnesota. At Fair Hills Resort, owned and operated by the same family for roughly a century, you can enjoy bingo nights and Capture the Flag games, and everyone in your family can take part in included sailing lessons, waterskiing, pickleball, tennis, golf and more.

During dedicated weeks, kids five and under even stay for free on the beautiful property. The rates are exceedingly affordable anyway–especially considering they wrap in all meals and so much wholesome family fun. The property is open from May through September, hitting the sweet spots of summer and prime fall foliage in this spectacular stretch of Minnesota’s lake country and North Woods.


Best All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S. For Foodies: Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm

Who Will Love It: Travelers who come to eat, laugh and enjoy around the table

All-Star Amenities: Spa treatments at The Wellhouse inspired by the region’s gardens and forests

What Not To Miss: Appalachian-inspired dinner in the hotel’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant

Location: Tennessee

Blackberry Farm is storied for a reason: honest Appalachian cuisine reaches peak glory at this 4,200-acre mountain estate and all-inclusive resort in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Accommodations here include historic rooms, cottages, suites and three to five-bedroom houses perfectly positioned to take advantage of the region’s incredible outdoor adventures, ranging from horseback riding and fly fishing to paddleboarding, biking and hiking.

If you’ve come to eat, prepare to be wowed. Meals at the lodge, included in your rates, showcase the heritage of the region’s “Foothills Cuisine,” tapping the farm’s own larder and gardens as well as Appalachia’s cornucopia of first-rate products. The property’s gourmet roots run deep, with its own forager, cheesemaker, butcher, master gardener and sommelier to make sure the table is always set for another meal to remember.


Best Spa And Wellness All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S.: Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Who Will Love It: Active travelers who love a wellness slant to a stay

All-Star Amenities: Aromatically-infused shower heads in the rooms

What Not To Miss: Wild swimming in the open lake at sunrise or sunset

Location: Texas

Plan a restorative retreat just 30 minutes from Austin in the Texas Hill Country with a stay at this all-inclusive, adults-only hideaway on the shores of Lake Austin. With just 40 rooms and a bounty of wellness activities on tap, Lake Austin Spa Resort is the ultimate destination spa, wrapping things like fitness classes, wellness lectures, yoga, canoeing and kayaking and hiking into your stay. At the resort’s 25,000 square foot LakeHouse Spa onsite, treatments combine Eastern and Western modalities. There are private indoor and outdoor suites for couples and an Olympic-length heated lap pool in the Pool Barn, too.

For wellness connoisseurs, the most decadent spa treatment on the menu is The Regal by Valmont, a three-hour facial created especially for the resort that costs over $1,000. The resort’s all-inclusive rates include three gourmet meals and snacks daily, scenic boat cruises, culinary and cocktail classes and unlimited smoothies and fresh juices. Checking out and back to real life may prove to be the most difficult part.


Best All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S. For Adventure: Alpine Falls Ranch

Alpine Falls Ranch

Who Will Love It: Outdoors-loving families and friends groups who love to enjoy quality time together

All-Star Amenities: Included white water rafting trips during the summer

What Not To Miss: Snuggly up under a blanket during a snowy horse-drawn sleigh ride timed for when the flakes are falling

Location: Montana

When you stay at Alpine Falls Ranch, roughly 45 minutes from Missoula, you get a two-for-one ranch experience, since guests also get access to all the amenities at the brand new, neighboring sister property, Black Bear at Alpine Falls Ranch. All-inclusive packages here are offered for stays of four nights and longer and wrap in three daily meals as well as two on-ranch activities, with things like UTV rides, horseback riding, clay shooting and snowmobile rides among the options. Guests also get one off-ranch activity (fly fishing, horse-drawn wagon rides, river rafting, downhill skiing) included during their stay.

Accommodations at Alpine Falls Ranch include a five-bedroom mountain mansion for fourteen people, a stagecoach cabin for two with its own private sauna and even glamping tents for summer among the varied options. Other included amenities might see you hopping on an e-bike or strapping on snowshoes to get out and explore the beautiful land. When you’re ready to head over to Black Bear at Alpine Falls Ranch for something different, there’s also ice fishing, clay shooting and even big game hunting in Lolo National Forest to consider.


All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S. With The Best Amenities: Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Who Will Love It: Families and couples who want to experience the luxe western life

All-Star Amenities: Archery instruction on a 3D shooting course

What Not To Miss: Seeing the sleigh pull up in the afternoons to feed the horses and the excited frenzy that ensues

Location: Colorado

For an all-inclusive Colorado ranch experience in summer and winter with a maximum of 50 guests and where the opportunity to unplug and enjoy comes naturally, Vista Verde Guest Ranch is hard to top. Check into one of the Steamboat Springs-area property’s one, two or three bedroom cabins or comfortable lodge rooms and get ready to dive deep into the wild beauty of the west. All-inclusive rates for stays include all gourmet meals and beverages as well as guided seasonal activities that range from horseback riding, sleigh rides, fly fishing and ice fishing to cross-country skiing across a lake, wine tasting and cooking classes and special programs for kids, tweens and teenagers. There are even guided backcountry ski tours for the adventurers in your group.

The property reserves certain times of the year for adults-only stays in case you want to visit when the atmosphere is all grown up. The ranch’s 12 cabins are particularly cozy, with lodgepole pine beds, woodburning stoves and private hot tubs on the covered decks, from where you might be able to soak while spotting the ranch’s horses as well as passing wildlife.


Best Warm Weather All-Inclusive Resort In The U.S.: Miraval Arizona Resort And Spa

Miraval Arizona Resort And Spa

Who Will Love It: Travelers looking to stay active and mindful all at once.

All-Star Amenities: The amazing and anti-inflammatory Sonoran Monsoon treatment at the resort’s Life in Balance Spa

What Not To Miss: Strolling the resort’s peaceful labyrinth while reflecting on your journey.

Location: Arizona

Miraval resosrts are known for a focus on wellness with natural beauty and soft luxury touches all around, and the brand’s flagship resort, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa in Tucson, makes for an ideal warm weather destination when you’re looking for a decadent all-inclusive vacation where you can dive into as much of the wellbeing-focused elements as you like. Situated on 400 acres in the Santa Catalina Mountains, the property taps into the natural serenity of the Sonoran Desert for a mindful stay complete with workshops, classes, meditative moments and adventure programming among the inclusions.

Your experience here can be completely customized to your interests, choosing from activities like zip lining, off-property hikes, slacklining, cardio drumming, aerial yoga and more. All locally-sourced meals–think avocado toast and huevos rancheros for breakfast and grass-fed beef tenderloin or vegan chorizo tostadas for dinner–are included, but you’ll pay extra for alcohol.


About Terry Ward, Your U.S. All-Inclusive Resorts Guide

I’ve dedicated my career to covering travel as a freelance writer since 2000 when I quit my first (and only) desk job to travel the world. I visited Indonesia, Fiji and Australia as a budget backpacker, and I have lived in Sydney, Southern France, coastal New Zealand and my current home, Florida. I have explored all corners of the U.S. from the mountains in Colorado to the forest of West Virginia. You’ll find me reporting on such diverse travel topics as scuba diving, educational vacations and cultural trends in publications like CNN, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, AARP and many others.

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