Sinks Canyon is an incredible natural feature at the base of the southern Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. The Popo Agie River vanishes underground near the mouth of the canyon and reappears in a trout-filled pool about half a mile down the canyon! There are many different hiking trails at Sinks Canyon State Park where diverse birds and wildlife can be seen. The Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River is a great fishing spot, and Sink’s Canyon’s huge cliff faces are some of Wyoming’s best climbing areas. Children can join the Sinks Canyon Junior Ranger Program where they answer questions in a booklet and earn a ranger badge once they complete it.

Strawbale Winery Twilight Flights is a unique dining experience with a private helicopter tour for 2-3 guests. The night begins with appetisers and wine tasting at Strawbale Winery in Renner. Guests are then taken on an incredible helicopter ride to downtown Sioux Falls that overlooks ‘Winter Wonderland’ at Falls Park. ‘Winter Wonderland’ is a festive light show where trees and light poles are decorated with dazzling LED lights. To end the night, guests are flown back to Strawbale Winery where they can enjoy dessert and wines. Flights are offered this December 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21 and bookings open in November.

One of the best ways to learn more about the intriguing history of the U.S.A. is to visit North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. It includes four galleries, two theatres, and an outdoor amphitheatre. The museum has thousands of interactive exhibits and artefacts like a life size T. rex skeleton, mars spacesuit, and unique beadwork. There is a Treehouse exhibit where children can climb the mini treehouse for a scenic view of the museum. They can then explore exhibits which are aimed at engaging children including a bank, fire station and steamboat. While some exhibits are permanent, others change around. A new exhibit you should see is ‘North Dakota and the Great War’ which tells the World War I story of North Dakota through military weapons and documents.

The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana is the perfect place for a family holiday. You can stay in one of four styles of accommodation; Granite Lodge suites, a converted Historic Barn, Luxury Homes or Canvas Cabins if you want to go glamping. The Ranch at Rock Creek has different dining areas including an elegant restaurant and an open-air breakfast and lunch place. Activities at The Ranch include horseback riding, fly fishing, yoga, skiing, hiking, archery, wildlife viewing, and a ropes course. The Ranch has a Little Grizzlies Club which introduces children to the Frontier West and a Ranch Life Day where wranglers teach children about horse riding, care and safety. The Ranch at Rock Creek even won the ‘2018 Best Family Program’ by Virtuoso!

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is an all-ages winter getaway that is much more than just a ski area. It offers ski terrain, Nordic and snowshoe travels, and a tubing hill as well as many other fun activities. Just last year Bogus Basin added Idaho’s first alpine Coaster called ‘Glade Runner’ which speeds through the beautiful Boise National Forest at over 40 kilometres per hour. The coaster is perfect for all abilities as riders can control their own speed by pressing the handles. Another unique game at Bogus Basin is disc golf where you bring your own discs and try to frisbee them into the raised holes. Bogus Basin is great in every season with 23 mountain biking trails, summer tubing, a bungee trampoline, scenic chairlift rides, hiking and horseback riding.

The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar is a unique western bar which was established in 1937 and is located on the town square of Jackson, Wyoming. This unique bar is famous for its cowboy theme which includes western memorabilia, murals and genuine saddles for bar stools! The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar has seen famous country western acts such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Tanya Tucker take the stage here in the past. With western dancing and live music six days a week, this vibrant atmosphere is the perfect place to relax with a drink. Enjoy a beer or wine and eat some delicious food including salads, burgers, chicken wings. If you want something different, head to The Million Dollar Steakhouse which is located below the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The steakhouse chef Paulie offers some of his signature dishes like pasta, cheeses and sausages, as well as lamb shanks and steaks.

The Black Hills is home to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a huge sculpture of the four Presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, carved into the mountainside. The Mount Rushmore Society and the National Park Service interpretive staff now offer self-guided tours where you are provided with a personal device that works like an iPhone. It will explain why and how Mount Rushmore was carved, with pictures and videos. With the tour translated into Spanish, German, French and Lakota, and 29 fascinating stops along the way, this will be a great experience for all. This tour is ideal for families as there is a new adventure called ‘Junior Ranger Quest’ where children can take part in 16 challenges at different tour stops. After completing 12 challenges, they receive a Junior Ranger badge from a ranger desk! There is also an on-site Presidential Trail, gift shop, dining hall and two museums. Read more about Mount Rushmore self-guided tours.

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is an interesting place to go for a hike with friends and family. You can explore caves, craters and lava flows which duplicate the surface of the moon as closely as anything else on Earth. There are many daytime tours such as ranger-led tours every day in September that venture into the lava tube caves. For those who want to learn more about photography, head to Craters of the Moon visitor center on the 22nd September where nature photographer Douglass Owen will give tips on how to best photograph nature. This preserve is recognised by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as a designated International Dark Sky Park, so it has incredible views of the night sky. To view the fascinating landscape under a full moon at night time, go on the ‘Full Moon Hike’ on the 23rd September. Read more about the activities offered at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

For a meal you will never forget have a Pitchfork Steak Fondue in Medora, where chefs put steaks onto pitchforks and fondue them western style. You can enjoy your meal overlooking the picturesque Badlands while listening to live performances from The Coal Diggers Band from the Medora Musical. Your steak will be flavoursome as it comes with fruit, salad, coleslaw, vegetables, baked potatoes and garlic toast, with brownies and cinnamon doughnuts for dessert. Vegetarians are recommended to enjoy “Just the Fixin’s” Pitchfork Steak Fondue meal which includes everything except the steak. Lemonade and coffee are served alongside your meal and if you feel in the mood you can go to the Tjaden Terrace Bar for a beer or a glass of wine. The Pitchfork Steak Fondue is available from 1st June to 8th September. Read more about the Pitchfork Steak Fondue.

Lewis and Clark Caverns is Montana’s first State Park and features a decorated limestone cavern lined with stalactites and stalagmites. There are various nature trails outside of the cave where you can go hiking, boating or camping. This park is full of wildlife including bats, birds, deer and coyotes, making it an ideal spot for bird watching, fishing and photography. The park area is open all year round, however the caverns are only open from May until the end of September each year. There are two visitor centers here that provide fascinating information about the park’s history and caverns. The Main Visitor Center focuses on the unique geology, flora and fauna, while The Cave Visitor Center provides insightful information into the caverns with a video, museum and cave exploration room.