Head out on the open road from Montana to Arizona to discover some of the USA’s best craft beer paired with amazing landscapes. Enjoy distinctive brews filled with local flavor and dramatic desert and mountain scenes peppered with stunning red rock formations.
Start your craft beer adventure in Polson, Montana, and try delicious beers from Glacier Brewing Co and Moscow Brewing. Head toward Lewiston, Idaho, known for its “Banana Belts” climate of warm, sunny days—a great spot for a biking, hiking or rafting excursion.
In Idaho’s state capital of Boise, start on the Boise Ale Trail, a self-guided craft brewery tour. Make your way through yummy craft beer tastings, varied menus and great conversation.
When you arrive in Jackson, Wyoming, stop at the popular Snake River Brewing Company and Roadhouse Brewery. Stretch your legs and head for a hike or take in the majestic mountains which surround Jackson, giving it its nickname “Jackson Hole.”
Your next stop is Salt Lake City, Utah, a flourishing metropolis nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. Sip local brews at Unita Brewing or Squatters Pub, which started as a local brewery in 1989 and now has nine ales that can be found throughout the West.
Only 30 minutes separates Salt Lake City from Park City, a well-loved ski town that’s also home to the renowned Sundance Film Festival. After you’ve settled in, head to the family-owned Shades of Pale for exceptional craft beers. The trendy Talisker serves short rib shepherd’s pie and actor Robert Redford’s Zoom restaurant is a rustic treat.
Next is Colorado, home to more craft breweries than you can visit on one trip. En route to Denver, stop in Fort Collins for a tour of New Belgium Brewery, the third-largest and one of the most popular craft breweries in the USA. Don’t pass up Boulder, a college town with a hip vibe. While you’re there pop into Twisted Pine for some Espresso Stout, and browse the eclectic shops on Pearl Street. A 30-minute drive will take you to Denver. The Mile High City is worth a multi-day craft beer exploration and features many well-regarded breweries such as the Denver Beer Company.
Back on the road, the drive to Sedona, Arizona promises even more awe-inspiring landscapes. Slide Rock State Park has beautiful red rocks, tree-lined roads and amazing outdoor activities like swimming, hiking and fishing. Afterward, head towards Oak Creek Brewery for a variety of tasty brews.
After a gorgeous three-hour drive you will be in the Greater Phoenix Area, where outdoor adventure and craft beers await. Head to the famed Camelback Mountain, a name derived by the shape of its humps, for a short hike. Afterwards, sip your last few pints at Phoenix Brew or Four Peaks Brewery before you head home.
What to bring: taste buds ready for microbrewed favorites, a love of local culture and conversation and hiking gear for mountain trails.
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