Up next: Two vacations that couldn’t be more different (so much so that you will know immediately which one is right for you). And it all comes down to other people—as in, how many do you want to be around? One destination gets you solitude, serenity, and morning birdsong in a temperate rainforest. The other is a Midwestern Mardi Gras, a glorious mash-up of loopy Americana and serious barbecue.
Pull out a map and find the western coast of Vancouver Island. From Pacific Rim National Park, head north to Tofino, hopscotch over Meares Island, and follow rugged Bedwell Sound to where it meets Bedwell River. There, tucked under the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, you’ll find the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Guests stay in spacious, white canvas, safari-style tents, under the forest canopy or alongside an estuary. This is British Columbia in all it’s glory, with morning mists wreathing the thousand-year-old cedars, and curious sea otters and bears going about their business. As for the tents, the lamp-lit interiors are meltingly sumptuous: antiques, pillowy duvets, remote-controlled propane wood stoves and heirloom china. (Guests also enjoy a spa and top-flight restaurant, but that goes without saying). Choose a Luxury Tent (with lavish ensuite bathroom) or a Deluxe Outpost Tent (private bathroom facilities located just outside the tents).