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Redbeard’s Ranch

Lebanon, Missouri
Sleeping Quarters Three Sioux-style tipis on a 295-acre campground in the Ozarks, bordered by the Class I Niangua River. What You Get In each tipi: Three air mattresses on a redwood floor; a gas-log fire pit; and battery-powered lanterns. On the premises: A general store; canoeing, kayaking, and tubing; and a fishing instructor who reenacts the exploits of Redbeard, the urbanite turned mountain adventurer who established the camp. What to Bring Bedding and bathing suits. 417/533-7337; www.redbeardsranch.com; tipis $65, plus a $5 camp fee for adults, $3 for children over four.

Allen Ranch

Hot Springs, South Dakota
Sleeping Quarters Eight tipis at this family-owned ranch in the Black Hills. What You Get A fire pit for cooking, inner tubes for floating down the Fall River, Lakota Sioux storytellers, and for a fee, guided horseback rides. What to Bring Sleeping bags and mats. 605/745-1890; www.gwtc.net/~allenranch; tipis $30.

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Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

Santa Barbara, California
Sleeping Quarters A faithfully reproduced Conestoga wagon kitted out with four army cots in the Santa Ynez Mountains, 15 miles from Santa Barbara. What You Get A chuck wagon-style restaurant, pool, volleyball court, and camp store. Riding available for an extra fee. What to Bring Bedrolls and jeans. 805/683-5686; rancho-oso.com; wagons from $69.


Crowne Plaza at Union Station

Indianapolis, Indiana
Sleeping Quarters Thirteen permanently stationed Pullman train cars house 26 rooms in this full-service hotel, located in America’s first union station. The Romanesque-revival structure, built in 1888, is still an active station. What You Get An indoor pool, proximity to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Zoo, white fiberglass statues dressed in Steam-era garb, and the rumbling of passing trains. 800/227-6963; www.ichotelsgroup.com; doubles from $159.

Northern Rail Train B&B

Two Harbors, Minnesota
Sleeping Quarters Eighteen box cars have been converted into guest rooms on the north shore of Lake Superior, 30 miles from Duluth. What You Get Breakfast in the Depot; weekend campfires; Gooseberry Falls State Park; and for rail fans, the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, the Lake County Historical Society Depot Museum in Two Harbors, and train excursions on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. 218/834-0955; www.northernrail.net; doubles from $149 for two, $10 for each additional guest (children 10 and under free).


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