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Great American Basecamps

Enjoy the freedom of an iconic American road trip without the hassle of hotel hopping when you stay at these drive-worthy destinations.

Exclusive Resorts private, multi-million-dollar residences make the ideal basecamp for exploring some of America’s most iconic regions and roads. The Club’s recent partnership with All Roads North, celebrated for their meticulously designed luxury road trips, pairs Members with an area specialist to create a custom itinerary to perfectly match their interests. Experience enriching — and private — encounters through All Road North’s network of local experts including naturalists and fishing guides to academics and artists. Add a one-of-a-kind itinerary to an existing stay or create a standalone itinerary.

Here, All Roads North founder Sam Highley shares his favorite drives and experiences around Exclusive’s top U.S. destinations:

Norrbom Estate | Sonoma, California
Sunset View | Sonoma, California

Sonoma and Napa, California

This is perfect basecamp territory, within easy reach of the Bay Area and relatively compact. Dine at some of the best restaurants in California or let our team arrange behind-the-scenes food tours with local producers and chefs as well as tastings at private wineries not typically open to the public. Day trip to bustling wine country towns like Healdsburg and Yountville or work off the farm-to-table meals with a hike in the redwood groves of the Russian River. The proximity to the Sonoma coast makes it easy to tack on kayak adventures near Point Reyes, where you can shuck your own oysters for lunch. Further afield, I recommend exploring lesser visited Mendocino and areas like the Anderson Valley, home to family-run wineries, quirky towns and small-scale farms. The drives along the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts rival Big Sur.

Stay

Carneros Resort & Spa: 4 residences | 2-3 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms

Sonoma: 2 residences | 3-4 bedrooms | 3.5-4.5 bathrooms

Sea Island, Georgia and Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Both of these luxury destinations are dream bases to explore the Lowcountry coastline of South Carolina and Georgia. From your Exclusive Resorts residence, you can easily take a day trip to Charleston, Savannah and lesser-known places like Beaufort. All Roads North can arrange insider city tours with historians, architects or designers as well as chef-led food crawls that might entail a Low Country boil on a remote beach. Members can learn about the region’s rich Gullah-Geechee cultural heritage or explore the area’s stunning barrier islands—like Cape Romain—by private boat or kayak.

Stay

The Cloister at Sea Island, GA: 14 residences | 4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms

Kiawah Island, SC: 8 residences | 4-5 bedrooms | 4.5-5.5 bathrooms

Colorado

There are endless opportunities to explore Colorado’s iconic mountain towns like Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Telluride and Durango with stunning drives over high mountain passes. This state is an adventure lover’s playground. Fantastic mountain biking, rafting, hiking and fly fishing are never far away. Visit diverse national parks, from the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park to the Puebloan cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park or harness your inner cowboy or cowgirl with time on a working ranch. Colorado is also home to some of the top luxury wilderness stays in the U.S. Spots like Dunton Hot Springs and Taylor River Ranch make perfect add-ons to your Exclusive Resorts stay. While Colorado offers endless options for extended road trips without even leaving the state, Members willing to travel further afield, can head south and explore the towns of Santa Fe and Taos in New Mexico or visit the red rock landscapes of southern Utah.

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One Steamboat Place: 6 residences | 4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms

The Timbers Club Snowmass: 5 residences | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms

Heritage Crossing Telluride: 6 residences | 4 bedrooms | 4-4.5 bathrooms

Tahoe, California

Fresh mountain air and turquoise waters have made this a dream base for active families since the turn of the 20th century. A perfect week of adventures might include SUPing on the lake and sunning on Chimney Beach, fly fishing the West Carson River, mountain biking the famed Flume Trail and tubing the Truckee River. Head further afield to explore remote mountain lakes and waterfalls that dot the Sierra Nevada. From Tahoe, Members can continue north through the Sierras towards Lassen National Park, before heading across to the Northern California coast for a road trip south to San Francisco. Alternatively, drive along the Eastern Sierras before entering Yosemite over the Tioga Pass and perhaps then end your mountain journey in Sequoia National Park to the south.

Stay

Mountainside at Northstar: 7 residences | 4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms

Scottsdale, Arizona

No longer just about golf and winter sun, Scottsdale is becoming an outdoor adventure destination, with great hiking and biking trails. It’s also a hot bed of art and architecture with places like the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West leading the way. The unique desert landscape is best observed at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Scottsdale is the perfect starting point to explore the Southwest. To extend your road trip, drive north and climb in elevation to the red rock landscapes of Sedona before reaching the Colorado Plateau and the otherworldly landscapes of the Grand Canyon and beyond. Or head south and visit the desert landscapes surrounding the fun town of Tucson and explore a corner of the wild west in the far south of Arizona in places like Tombstone and Bisbee.

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The Rocks Club: 12 residences | 3-4 bedrooms | 3-4 bathrooms

Ironwood | Deer Valley, Utah
Montage | Deer Valley, Utah

Deer Valley, Utah

Deer Valley is best known for its exceptional skiing, but come summer and fall, this top destination is a mecca for fly fishing, mountain biking and rafting. All Roads North can direct Members to hidden natural hot springs or arrange powerboat and jet ski rentals on Lake Jordanelle. And a trip to the Olympic Center in Park City should be an essential detour. From Deer Valley, you’re perfectly placed to either turn south towards Moab and explore Southern Utah’s national parks or travel south towards Wyoming and Montana.

Stay

Ironwood Deer Valley: 9 residences | 4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms

Montage Deer Valley: 5 residences | 3 bedrooms | 3.5-4 bathrooms