Located in Yellowstone Country
If hot springs, fresh air and local flavor are your pleasure, then the Paradise Valley lives up to its name. Begin in artsy, low-key Livingston, where red meat comes courtesy of the Rib and Chop House and the historic Murray Hotel resides mere steps from the vintage Mint Bar.
Head south on Hwy 89 to fish or raft the Yellowstone River, boulder in Yankee Jim Canyon, hike up Pine Creek Falls or trail ride to Thompson Lake. Recover with down-to-earth gourmet at the Pine Creek Café (featuring live local music) or the decidedly western Livery Stable for steaks or The Old Saloon for breakfast and lunch.
Soak up the Valley's southern end (literally) at historic Chico Hot Springs Resort, complete with a hotel and garden-to-table restaurant or the el-natural Boiling River, just inside Yellowstone National Park north entrance. For a final photo op, stop at “the Arch” in Gardiner, dedicating the Park to “For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”