Resorts Within Reach: Best of the U.S. These 10 resorts offer lots of activities—no advance planning required. Budget Travel Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009, 2:30 PM The historic Casa Marina Resort is home to the largest private beach—a sinewy strand of white sand over 1,000 feet long—on tropical, laid-back Key West, Fla. (Courtesy Casa Marina Resort) Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Resorts Within Reach: Best of the U.S.

The historic Casa Marina Resort is home to the largest private beach—a sinewy strand of white sand over 1,000 feet long—on tropical, laid-back Key West, Fla. (Courtesy Casa Marina Resort)
Built in the 1920s, the Casa Marina Resort is in Key West, where Ernest Hemingway bummed around in the 1930s (The Old Man and The Sea is based on his experiences here). (Courtesy Casa Marina Resort)
At Casa Marina Resort, book a day of water sports or relax in a cabana by one of the two oceanfront pools. (Courtesy Casa Marina Resort)
One of the 311 rooms at the beachfront Casa Marina Resort. (Courtesy Casa Marina Resort)
Sunriver Resort is in central Oregon, about 15 miles from Bend, and offers year-round outdoor pursuits like skiing, golf, and horseback riding in the 2.5-million-acre Deschutes National Forest. (Courtesy Sunriver Resort)
Each room at Sunriver Resort has a gas fireplace, and a private balcony with views of the resort's 3,300 wooded acres and the Deschutes River. (Courtesy Sunriver Resort)
Sunriver Resort is located at the base of the Cascade Mountains. (Courtesy Sunriver Resort)
The Outrigger Maui Eldorado is in Kaanapali, near Lahaina on Maui's west coast, an area known for its pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters. (Courtesy Outrigger Resorts)
All 90 units at the Outrigger Maui Eldorado include a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a private balcony with partial ocean or garden views. (Courtesy Outrigger Resorts)
The Outrigger Maui Eldorado has three pools and four poolside gas grills. (Courtesy Outrigger Resorts)
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, a 1,500-acre resort in Thompsonville, Mich., has 45 ski slopes, 25 miles of cross-country skiing trails, and a 20-person outdoor hot tub for post-skiing decompression. (Courtesy Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa)
There are more than 260 lodging options available at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, from standard hotel rooms to four- and five-bedroom mountain-view condos and cottages. (Courtesy Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa)
The 940-acre Canyon of the Eagles Lodge, in the Texas Hill Country, is state certified as ecofriendly; guests can hike among wildflowers, rare butterflies, and endangered birds like the golden-cheeked warbler on the nature park's 14 miles of trails. (Courtesy Canyon of the Eagles Lodge)
Canyon of the Eagles Lodge is about 90 minutes northwest of Austin by car. (Courtesy Canyon of the Eagles Lodge)
Located about 10 miles outside Phoenix in a secluded area near the base of South Mountain, the 640-suite Arizona Grand Resort completed a $52 million renovation this year. (Courtesy Arizona Grand Resort)
The Arizona Grand Resort has an 18-hole golf course, a massive athletic club with more than 45 weekly classes, a spa, and this outdoor patio. (Courtesy Arizona Grand Resort)
Oasis Water Park at Arizona Grand Resort is organized around an eight-story tower with three water slides, a wave pool, river tubing, and a 25-person hot tub. (Courtesy Arizona Grand Resort)
Earthshine Mountain Lodge, a 10-room, hand-built cedar-log lodge is in Lake Toxaway, N.C., 50 miles south of Asheville, atop an Appalachian ridge. (Courtesy Earthshine Mountain Lodge)
The 1,350-acre Amelia Island Plantation is on Florida's Amelia Island, a finger of land just off the state's northeastern coast that is known for its 13 miles of beaches and abundant birdlife. (Courtesy Amelia Island Plantation)
All 249 rooms and suites at Amelia Island Plantation have private balconies with ocean or resort views. (Courtesy Amelia Island Plantation)
Amelia Island Plantation has amenities that include 72 holes of golf, 23 tennis courts, a full-service salon and spa, two pools, and a nature center. (Courtesy Amelia Island Plantation)
Minutes from Lake Tahoe in California and just below the Squaw Valley mountains, the all-season 195-acre Resort at Squaw Creek provides lift service to Squaw Valley USA, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. (Courtesy Resort at Squaw Creek)
The Resort at Squaw Creek's 405 rooms feature slate and granite accents; some have gas fireplaces and kitchens. (Courtesy Resort at Squaw Creek)
Hilton Oceanfront Resort is on Hilton Head Island, less than a mile off the South Carolina coast. The resort has three golf courses. (Courtesy Hilton Oceanfront Resort)
At the Hilton Oceanfront Resort, all 295 rooms, 20 oceanfront suites, and eight inn suites have private balconies and mini kitchens. (Courtesy Hilton Oceanfront Resort)
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