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Embrace exhilarating outdoor pursuits and spectacular scenery in these adventurous getaways.
More and more couples don’t just want to just relax and lounge on vacation. They want to share experiences that forge long-lasting memories. Whether you want to brave white-water rapids or enjoy challenging hikes before relaxing poolside, these adventure vacations provide ample opportunities:
Lake Como & Bellagio Walking & Hiking Tour
It’s time to get to know the Great Lakes on the other side of the Atlantic. Spend a week in the shadow of the Alps, surrounded by exquisite villas and gardens, potted flowers and perfect piazzas. There are endless quiet corners in picturesque villages to which you can escape with your loved one. In a setting like this, you cannot help but feel you’re in the midst of an ancient fairy tale.
Canadian Rockies Snow Adventure
This is a winter destination in the Northern Hemisphere and a quieter, more personal time to travel to the Rockies. Whether you are first-time snowshoers or avid ice-hikers, get ready to experience the Rockies in a unique and under appreciated way. After a full day out in the snow, nestle into cozy fireside lodges, enjoy some phenomenal cuisine and take in the panoramic views of your freshly explored territory.
Douro River Cruise Bike Tour
The Douro River Cruise is a hit list for city after city of date-night opportunities on lit cobblestone plazas and cozy cafés. From Madrid to Porto, dance through the warm evenings and share sweet wines. Since you unpack just once, you’re free to make a nightly ritual of sitting back on your private balcony and watching the stunning scenery drift by.
California Wine Country Bike Tour
This trip is designed to allow plenty of time to veer off course and lose yourselves in gorgeous landscapes. Start your day with an optional hot-air balloon ride from our hotel in Napa, then end the day relaxing with a Roman Bath at the Sonoma Fairmont Mission Inn. Another day brings a sunset walk along Bodega Bay followed by a soak in an infinity hot tub overlooking the coast under a starry night. Finish the week with a date night in hip downtown Healdsburg. Wine Country at its finest!
Patagonia Walking & Hiking Tour
On this Argentina Walking Tour, you will have eight epic days to soak up the crystal-clear waters and awe-inspiring peaks of the Andes. Get close to majestic glaciers and each other on a boat ride, and savor world-class Argentine wines at exclusive and remote lodges. Patagonia is extravagantly adventurous and unforgettable. A certain top-of-the-line outdoor gear company is named after this place for a reason.
Maui & Lanai Multi-Adventure Tour
Take a moonlit stroll right from your room to one of the most exclusive and beautiful beaches in Hawaii. Before or after your trip, surprise your loved one with a helicopter ride around Maui or Molokai, skirting volcanoes, teasing waterfalls and dipping deep into Hawaiian jungles. Paradise? We sure think so.
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Rafting through the Grand Canyon
Plan at least five or six days away from civilization for this epic Western adventure on the Colorado River. It provides excitement and at the same time it offers an amazing tranquility that most people can’t find in everyday life. Rafters start at Lee’s Ferry, Ariz., and camp along the way. It’s fun to spend a night at historic Phantom Ranch, and while some people then hike 10 miles out of the canyon at that point, others chose to double the length of their trip and float all the way to Diamond Creek.
Kayaking the Na Pali Coast in Hawaii
The best way to appreciate this scenic tropical rainforest is to float along the 17-mile coast in a kayak. It’s dramatically beautiful with cliffs rising from the ocean to heights of at least 4,000 feet. While the six-hour trip calls for upper body strength, it’s easily doable by someone in moderately good shape and first-time kayakers do make the trip. Visitors find a roadless area with emerald greenery and bright red mud cliffs, all fronting the blue Pacific Ocean.
Hiking Zion National Park
Explorers can find a full range of adventure in this park, from nature trails to multi-day expeditions. A classic hike is to descend the 16-mile Virgin River canyon, where the rock walls climb as high as 2,000 feet and narrow to slot canyons as little as 20 feet wide. It’s impossible to stay dry on this hike. You’re actually walking right in the river. It’s a super adventure.
Exploring Grand Teton National Park
This stunning mountain region offers thrills for technical climbers and hikers alike. They are some of the most iconic peaks that can be reasonably accessed by many. They’re dramatically beautiful even for those who just want to see them from the valley floor. Scaling Grand Teton requires ropes and safety equipment to reach the 13,770 foot summit, while Middle Teton, at 12,804 feet, is not as difficult.
Climbing Mount Rainier
One of the country’s signature peaks rises more than 14,000 feet and is visible more than 100 miles away. People in Seattle can look up and see this amazing volcano and it looks like they can reach out and touch it. It’s best climbed with a group over several days, allowing time to acclimate to the elevation. Since it’s snowcapped year round, climbers will need crampons, ice axes and rope to make it to the top. The ascent starts shortly after midnight to reach the peak in early morning before the day’s heat begins to melt the ice surface.
Mountain biking the Kokopelli Trail, Fruita, Colo., to Moab, Utah
This 142-mile route offers cyclists a variety of memorable scenery, starting and ending in red rock canyon country. Along the way it reaches high points of over 8,000 feet in pine forests and passes Bureau of Land Management campsites. You’re able to go on a lot of dirt roads that are very little used and on some single-track trail. It’s going to get the heart rate going a little bit but provides a real sense of accomplishment.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail through the White Mountains
Few people have the time or stamina to hike the entire 2,160-mile trail from Georgia to Maine, but this New England section along the Presidential Range of the White Mountains – from mile 1833.3 to 1859.3 — offers particularly impressive scenery. The trail traverses several peaks over 4,000 feet, including 6,288-foot Mount Washington. Since much of this rugged area is above tree line, it offers spectacular vistas.
Rafting the Gauley River
You’ll find the best rafting east of the Mississippi on this waterway, which offers Class IV and V rapids if you visit September through mid-October when water is released from an upstream reservoir. Your outfitter will provide a wetsuit and helmet, and expect you to paddle. This is not an amusement park ride, this is real life. But anyone in good shape can handle it. And the thrills aren’t just aquatic. The fall color sometime in that period is just over the top with reds and yellows that are so intense.
Bicycling Glacier National Park
Gravity is on your side when you bicycle down the park’s famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. But you need to time your visit carefully – the National Park Service doesn’t allow cyclists on the highway until after 6 p.m. It’s not going to take very long, but it’s just spectacular going on a road that hugs the cliffs. For almost the entire highway, you’re above the tree line where you’re getting grand vistas.
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Echo Canyon River Expeditions
Stay in style in a luxury cabin or camp in a tent by night and shoot the Colorado’s Arkansas River rapid by day at Echo Canyon River Expeditions near Cañon City. Enjoy half-, full- and multi-day rafting adventures.
Pacific Crest Trail Backpacking
The Pacific Crest Trail has long been a place for adventurers to come and find peace in the journey. With minimal elevation gain and loss, the trail is accessible to all levels of backpacker fitness. This trip focuses on the Mount Shasta region of the trail. It’s a wonderful chance to get a taste of life as a thru-hiker on the PCT.
Mount Kilimajaro Climb
Rising abruptly from the surrounding savannah at 19,340′, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is an immensely challenging experience. The reward at the top is more than worth it: unparalleled vantage points, a true bond formed between like-minded adventurers, and the feeling that we haven’t just reached the top of the mountain—we have achieved something deeply essential to ourselves.
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How To Pack Lighter and Smarter
You’ll learn how to best organize your carry-on luggage, how to pare down to avoid those excess baggage fees, and a few easy tricks to help you remember the little items you’re most likely to forget. Try these packing light tips from Travel + Leisure:
Choose Versatile Clothing
If your bag is bursting at the seams, too many clothes are probably the culprit. To trim your load, decide which pieces you’ll wear most.
If there’s anything you think you’ll just wear once — like a fancy something you’re bringing just in case — just don’t bring it. Instead of packing formal clothes, she takes a couple of maxi dresses instead, and dresses them up or down, depending on the occasion.
Smith also says packing versatile clothing is key. For guys, in particular, shorts that double as swimsuits are big. There’s really no need to bring a specific pair of shorts to be your swimsuit. For cold-weather trips, pack clothing that can be layered.
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Pack by Outfit
There’s nothing more annoying than struggling to stuff everything back into your suitcase at the end of a trip only to realize you didn’t even wear half the clothes you brought. Pack strictly packing by outfit — not individual item — and only letting pieces you plan for make the cut.
Lay Things Out First
Take time to lay everything out before any item goes into my bag. Grouping things together on my bed helps me see quickly what items don’t pull their weight. A pair of pants that can only be worn with one top, or that requires shoes I wasn’t already planning to pack? Back in the drawer. Seeing everything clearly before you start also helps you fit things into your bag in a logical way.
Be Selective About Footwear
Pack only items that you can wear in more ways than one. No matter now many nice ‘going out’ outfits you bring on a trip, the likelihood of you defaulting to comfy T-shirts and leggings or breezy dresses (one-piece outfits are a packer’s best friend) is much higher. The same philosophy goes for shoes: Since they take up so much precious space, make sure they’re putting in the work to deserve a spot in that carry-on. Ditch the heels you might wear for one fancy night out and instead opt for dressy sandals that are comfortable enough to wear while sightseeing as well. Or pack a pair of all-purpose sneakers that can easily go from day to night.
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Be Prepared for Wet Swimwear
Pack a plastic grocery bag — or steal the shower cap from the hotel if you forget — to stash a wet bathing suit in for the return home.
Check the Hotel Closet
In the closet of most high-end hotel rooms, you’ll find draw-string fabric bags for laundry and shoes. They’re semi-disposable, but fantastic for packing. Using them to separate shoes and dirty laundry will totally transform your return-journey packing experience.
Use Dryer Sheets to Stay Fresh
Put Bounce dryer sheets between items of clothing in your suitcase to keep everything fresh.
Pack Sample-sized Toiletries
Throwing a sample-sized shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, face wash and moisturizer (and a face mask and some makeup while you’re at it) in your toiletry bag saves space and time.
Roll, Don’t Fold
Space saving tip, roll your clothes instead of folding so that they take up less space in your luggage.
Your adventure awaits!