Visiting a new place is always exciting. But have you ever wanted to do it on your terms, without being told what to do by the tour guide? Well, with this list of 10 adventure trip ideas for adventurous travelers, you can do just that! So whether you want an adrenaline-pumping zip line ride or are looking for something more relaxing like kayaking through some rapids, this list has got it covered. So pick one and go out there and live life adventurously!
Hiking in the Andes
The Andes' towering peaks and pristine landscapes make it a hikers' paradise. There is something for everyone here with trails that wind through rainforests, past glacial lakes, and over mountain passes. However, if you want to get away from the crowds, consider hiking in Huaraz, a small city in Peru. Some great treks here go through the spectacular Cordillera Blanca mountain range and offer fantastic views of high-altitude lakes, ice towers, and glaciers glistening on the mountainsides.
Wakeboarding may seem like an activity for thrill-seekers, but the whole family can enjoy it. It is perfect for those who want to get out on the water but don't like having their face in it (yes, I am talking about you snorkelers). Try wakeboarding at Lake Tahoe, where plenty of boat rental companies have everything you need, including boards, lifejackets, and towropes. If you feel adventurous, head out to the California Delta, where no shortage of canals and rivers will take up all day with this adrenaline-pumping activity.
Have you ever wanted to try kayaking but didn't want to get your face wet? Then whitewater kayaking may be the activity for you. It combines what people love about kayaking while still getting your heart racing with some fast-moving currents. Try it out at Lory State Park in Colorado, where there are over 20 different combinations that you can try. There is even an area set up expressly for learning how to do this sport!
If you love the feeling of gliding down a hill on two wheels, then mountain biking is definitely for you. These trails are not meant to be easy and will test your ability, but they also offer some great views that make it all worthwhile. To get started with this activity, head out to Moab in Utah, where there are 130 miles of trails to choose from. There is something for everyone here with everything from leisurely rides for beginners to advanced single-track trails.
Ziplining is the perfect way to get your adrenaline pumping while enjoying some beautiful scenery at the same time. There are many different places to try this out, but my personal favorite is Costa Rica. With its lush rainforests and diverse wildlife, ziplining here is a truly unique experience. Not to mention, the views from the top of the canopy are stunning!
People of all ages and abilities can enjoy skiing. If you are looking for a winter adventure, look no further than skiing. There are ski resorts located worldwide, each having its unique charm. Head out to Sun Peaks in British Columbia, where you can choose between skiing on groomed trails, cruising through the trees, or hitting up some of the best moguls runs around!
If one activity captures people's imagination, it is scuba diving. This sport allows you to explore the fantastic world that exists below the water's surface and see things that most people will never get to see in their lifetime. To get started with this activity, head out to Koh Tao in Thailand, where there are plenty of dive schools that can teach you everything you need to know. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, Koh Tao is a divers paradise!
Rock climbing is the perfect way to test your strength, agility, and endurance. So if you are looking for a challenge, look no further than rock climbing. There are some great places to try this out, but Joshua Tree National Park in California is our personal favorite. Here you can choose between climbing on real rock faces or artificial ones with holds bolted into the wall.
Hiking is one of the most popular adventure activities around, and for a good reason! Not only are there some fantastic places to hike, but it is also a great way to get outside, enjoy nature and get a good workout at the same time. To start hiking, head out to Yosemite National Park in California, where you can choose between easy family hikes and more challenging trails that will test your abilities.
Canyoning is a relatively new activity that combines trekking, climbing, and swimming through narrow gorges and canyons. To get started with this activity, head out to Moab in Utah, where you can choose between easy hikes through the desert or more challenging trips that involve rappelling down waterfalls and sliding on your butt!
In conclusion, adventure trips are a great way to explore the world and have an unforgettable experience. If you're passionate about traveling, it may interest you.
*Post contributed by April Rose, a peer adventure lover and film buff.*