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When Nature Calls, We Listen

This post is part of our Escapes Editor’s Picks series, where LivingSocial travel expert Nick Stafford talks about great destinations to travel and tour.

There’s nothing like National Great Outdoors Month to inspire a return to nature for your next getaway. Whether luxe lodging is a prerequisite or going off the grid entirely sounds better to you, it’s time to lace up your boots and set off to one of our favorite places from our great outdoors collection.

Those seeking rustic and romantic seclusion should look no further than a houseboat on the Hood Canal. Located on the Puget Sound’s Olympic National Forest, cast away your cares with champagne in hand and escape the chill of Pacific Northwest nights with a dip in your private hot tub. Bubbles + bubbles = <3.

If you’d rather be oceanbound, consider this gorgeous hideaway in California’s Monterey Bay. The inn boasts lush green gardens as far as the eye can see as well as an on-site monarch butterfly habitat.

The more rugged adventurers can make a splash on a family-friendly West Virginia river rafting trip that epitomizes the state’s “wild and wonderful” motto. Explore each bend and meander of the New River and then doze off beneath billions of stars at a remote campground.

For those in need of a little detox, this New York fitness retreat pairs serenity with sweat amidst 23 acres of lush Catskills countryside. Attend daily training classes, enjoy healthy guided meals and reward yourself with a restful night’s sleep in this cozy 19th century mansion.

Adventurers will appreciate a six-day tour of Utah’s Mighty Five national parks. This expedition across America’s National Parks Capital takes nature buffs on guided tours of sprawling canyons, looming mountains, and brilliant red deserts like you’ve never imagined.

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