For some travelers, the ideal vacation involves shopping, sightseeing, and leisurely days spent sipping cocktails next to a resort pool. For others, however, a vacation from the ordinary means adrenaline rushes, bragging rights and breathtaking sights.
If you’re an adventure seeker, here are some must-see destinations:
1. Moab, Utah – The wild west is still an adventure-seeker’s paradise, and National Geographic recommends Moab for its authentic cowboy charm, Native American influence, and world-famous Slickrock trail for mountain bikers.
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2. Costa Rica – The rain forests of Costa Rica offer natural wonders at every turn. National Geographic says you can see Costa Rica by kayak, raft, or on foot. Thrill seekers can try zip-lining through the forest canopy where it’s not uncommon to get up close and personal with exotic monkeys and colorful toucans.
3. Grand Canyon, Arizona – Besides the amazing scenery and history, U.S. News and World Report says you can explore the canyon on foot with some arduous hiking. However, if you want to really get your adrenaline pumping, opt instead for an extreme whitewater rafting excursion in the Colorado River.
4. Patagonia, Chile – Sitting east of the Andes mountains, Travel and Leisure says Patagonia has long been a popular destination for adventurers who are into serious trekking and climbing. However, it now also caters to the luxury-minded traveler with the increase of upscale resorts and lodging options that could be the perfect indulgence after a day’s adventure.
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5. South Africa – On the bucket list of many adventure travelers, destinations like Kruger National Park give wildlife lovers a chance to see up close the complete cycle of life from miraculous birth to sometimes violent death, says National Geographic.
6. Queenstown, New Zealand – The very birthplace of bungee jumping, according to National Geographic, Queenstown offers the opportunity to bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge, try extreme jet boating, and even heli-skiing.
7. Adirondacks, New York – For adventurers seeking some East Coast thrills, U.S. News and World Report suggests skiing Whiteface, going canoeing, or trying out the bobsled runs at the Olympic Sports Complex.
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