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Green River

Rewarding visitors with a combination of rich river history and exceptional bouldering, eastern Utah's Green River sets the stage for accessible adventure. Row the river that continues to make history, wind your way into the primal beauty of Joe's Valley to climb or venture into Black Dragon Canyon on foot. Pictographs from ancient Fremont peoples dot the landscape, one fertile enough to yield sweet delights for the annual September Melon Festival. Mellow and affordable, Green River allows guests to unwind from the first.

Moab

Moab Few places provide such ready -- and varied -- outlets for all the adrenaline you can muster. Beyond the acclaimed single-track and slick rock mountain biking that draws riders from around the globe, the Colorado River tempts all categories of paddlers with strong flow rates and singular vistas. Ken's Lake makes base camp a bonus experience as memorable views of the La Sal Mountains and red rock fins surround with startling beauty. Full amenities make launching into the wild convenient even for first-time visitors.

Torrey

Home to the towering Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey's tree-lined streets provide welcome rest from the rigors of hiking to the day-capping Sunset Point and the humbling scale of Chimney Rock. As the southern Utah sun illuminates a mind-blowing cornucopia of formations, Glen Canyon beckons with cool water and deep shadows found few other places in the United States. Lodging choices keep the traveler content as does a wide range of dining options.

Blanding

Modern-day time travelers are welcome in a place characterized by ancient landscapes and human history stretching back to the resilient Anasazi peoples. Touring Arch Canyon by ATV or wandering the gargantuan formations of National Bridges allows appreciation of Utah's grand scale on your terms. Nearby Indian Creek sends climbers heavenward with crack climbing worth the trip alone. Small-town hospitality encourages guests to stay, play and be changed forever simply by embracing the moment.

Kanab

Even beach lovers will forget the ocean's majesty when encountering the expansive Lake Powell in the sands of Lone Rock Beach. Camping among the granular dunes of Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park tops the charts for campfire bliss as the night sky stretches well beyond human comprehension. Shooting stars point the way to even greater exploration as rappel-inducing canyoneering in Hog Canyon brings on classic slots no Vegas casino can match.

Springdale

Dig deep back to your school day language lessons as you encounter fellow travelers drawn to amphitheaters, alcoves and flows forged in Earth's early days found only in Zion National Park. Checkboard Mesa is a must-hike formation close to towering Ataxia with the 250-foot Ashtar multi-pitch route found on nearly every climber's Life List. Springdale itself sets the table for adventurers with cuisine both humble and sublime.

WaypointsPursuing Places of Passion

Gallery: 20 Incredible Cabins Around The World

Published on 04/04/2013

by Arya Roerig

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  • Cabins are the best. Remote places with only nature and the passing of time. Whether it is an old rickety shack that compliments the snowy surroundings or a modern reinterpretation of a secluded retreat, it’s all about the longing for a distance from the everyday.  The simpilist of shelters between the earth and sky.  What’s your idea of escape?  These are some of our favorites.

  • Case Inlet, Washington

    Located on the eastern side of South Puget Sound with views to the Olympics from across the water, this architecture from MW Works offers mountain views for 360 degrees.

  • Callicoon, New York

    It may seem rural with no wi-fi, cell service, television, phone or room service, but it does have that all-important Japanese soaking tub. It  Rents for 250$ a night.

  • Asyen, Chile

    Simple is the key to this cabin 180 feet above Melimoyu Bay. The goal is to emphasis the lush  tropical landscape rather than the manmade. It can only be reached via a quarter mile of wooden walkways.

  • The Netherlands, Hilversum

    About as literal an interpretation as you can get, this “log” cabin is actually a recording studio for entertainer Hans Liberg. When closed flush, the shutters melt into the sides and it looks exactly like a pile of wood.

  • Eco-Temporary Refuge by Cimini Architettura, Switzerland

    Made to keep its footprint small and powered primarily by the sun, this cabin can house up to six people. Located in the Swiss Alps the views are wonderful, but the truly amazing parts are its little environmental impact. Under-floor heating, solar electric powered appliances, and reserve bioethanol emergency heating. It even sits on stilts and can be transported to and from any site via a helicopter.

  • Fantastic Mountain Hill Cabin, Norway

    About as remote as you can get, during the winter this snowy wonderland can only be reached on skis.  The large sun-facing windows break up the sloping roofs in order to flood the interiors with light and heat. The cabin’s sloping roof, which mimics the slope of the mountain, also protects the interiors from snow and wind and can be skied down if the urge is there.

  • Wintergreen Cabin, Methow Valley, Washington

    Carved out of a hillside, the Wintergreen Cabin features glass-enclosed spaces open amazing views of nature.

  • Ski Hut, British Columbia

    A 4k hike from the road and where everyone you know wants to be this weekend.

  • Sunset Cabin, Ontario, Canada

    A camouflage bedroom offers extreme privacy, even in the great outdoors. Built in a spot perfect for watching the sunset, this wood-encased glass cabin interacts with its surrounding light and terrain to truly blend in with its surroundings.

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  • Roan Mountain, Tennessee

    12 x 24 cabin built with sleeping loft by Jimmy Mills near Roan Mountain in Northeast Tennessee.

  • Stara Fuzina, Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

    This three-bedroom hut features sustainable heating designs and includes a sauna on the top floor. Based on a traditional Alpine hut, this modern version’s giant windows allow for sunlight to help heat the cabin during the day.

  • Crazy Bills, Fall River Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park

    This one probably isn’t still standing, but we can dream, right? Taken in the summer of 1940, this picture is from the photograph collection of the Rocky Mountain National Park Library. The cabin was built by Bill Currance, an eccentric miner who was kicked out of the park on multiple occasions.

  • The Wedge Cabin by Wheelhaus

    The Wedge cabin is what’s called a recreational park trailer, or RPT. Though they can be towed to campgrounds or RV parks with no additional permitting, the Wedge goes a little beyond your regular Scamp tow-behind. With a total living space of about 400 square feet and an exterior of reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing, they range in price from $65,000 to $85,000.

  • Lasqueti Island, British Columbia, Canada

    A cabin built off the grid from on-site timber and only serviced by a passenger ferry connecting the island to the community of French Creek when the weather permits.

  • The Mushroom Dome Cabin, Aptos, California

    This little guy is used as a vacation rental and rents for around $90 per night.  The semi-rustic cabin rests under a geodesic dome surrounded by oak and redwood trees.

  • Cliff Cabin at Crazy Bear Wilderness Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

    Crazy Bear Wilderness Lodge is a spin and fly fishing lodge on Crazy Bear Lake, British Columbia. They are big on that whole silent solitude thing and can only be reached by a 20 min floatplane ride.

  • Thousand Islands, Saint Lawrence River

    Straddling the U.S. - Canada border are a bunch of little islands that have a bunch of little houses. The smallest of the inhabited islands is called ”Just Room Enough” and only when the water level is low is there enough room out front to be called a yard.

  • Hatcher Pass, Alaska

    Located in the Willow Creek mining district in a mountain pass through the southwest part of the Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska, this A-frame was photographed by David August in the fall of 2012.

  • Chicago, Illinois

    An urban tree house cabin on Bell Ave between Bowmanville Ave and Berwyn Ave in Chicago. We can even escape in the city.

  • Chesieres, Switzerland

    Sometimes all you need to know about is the view.

  • Unknown

    Talk about a beachfront view. With crystal clear water right down the steps I’m not sure there is need for a shower.

  • Monbazillac, France

    This little castle in the woods is a re-production of the original Chateau de Monbazillac in the South of France. It says it sleeps two, but I think you could squeeze a few more in there. 

  • Hatch, Utah

    This COE ( Cab-over Engine Truck) sits in Utah as an additional hotel room for guests to use. Hopefully one day it will hit the road, where it seems it would be most comfortable. 

  • Fogo Island, Newfoundland

    A very functional cabin, serving the cod fisherman of Fog Island. Not only a place for shelter, but over the years it has become a place to socialize amongst the boys. 

  • Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Sweden

    Sometimes the basics are all you need and all you want. This Eco cabin works to minimize any environmental impact while still providing furniture and appliances for your comfort.

  • Unknown

    This looks like a cozy cabin to enjoy a rainstorm. 

  • Bordeaux,France

    Inspired by the night owls of the region, your views of the landscape are through the “eyes” of the bird. The geometrical shape and beautiful wood quality enhance the interior ambiance. 

  • Costa Rica

    Turning a Boeing 727 into your comfy cabin is probably the most rare design on this list. The interior is lined with high quality wood giving a more comfortable feel than you might expect. 

  • Bajina Basta, Serbia

    A peaceful wonder “floating” in a Serbian River. Built in 1968 it is amazing to think this cabin has battled through that many years of weather as it sits atop this rock that rests fairly close to the water. 

  • Whistler, Canada

    This pod cabin is built around the trunk of a hemlock tree and function’s as a hikers shelter or short-term living quarters. Built on public land gives anyone access, but its remote location may give you some trouble. 

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