Who can take you rafting through the Grand Canyon, stopping for hikes in fern glens along the way? Would you rather take the kids on a milder river trip and show them outlaw hideouts and dinosaur tracks? This company offers these trips and more on the Colorado, the Salmon, the Green and other western rivers.
Photo courtesy of Western River Expeditions
I loved jet boating in Shotover Gorge and crawling into ice caves when skiing down the Tasman Glacier. Friends tell me that bungy jumping off a bridge in Queenstown and biking on New Zealand's national cycling trail are just as much fun. Here's a collection of the top 10 Adventures in New Zealand that I've gathered from folks who live in this country.
Photo courtesy of Tourism New Zealand
Some of the most fascinating locales in the world are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
A lot of travelers wrap vacations around visiting at least one, and often several, World Heritage Sites in a country. If you don't want to do the planning, many of these adventure travel companies already have vacations that include visits to see animals that only live in the Galapagos Islands to the Great Wall of China.
Photo: © 2011 Lois Friedland
The multisport trips with this company include a mix of activities, from rock climbing and mountain biking to caving, ATV riding and whitewater rafting. The company also has a novel pricing option for several of its vacations. On certain multisport trips in the United States you can set your price, after the hard costs of the trip have been met.
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This adventure travel company has designed 21 picturesque trails, which include walks on Italy's Sabine Hills to the popular Amalfi Coast; and walks from the Lycian Way in Turkey to Spain's White Villages. The self-guided walks are designed by a "Route Advisor" who lives in the region, and every walk is crafted to introduce you to the local culture while enjoying the scenery.
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Colorado's ski slopes have more than 10 feet of snow covering them. Even the Lake Tahoe area, until last week painfully dry, received more than four feet of snow at some of the resorts. Because there's a high avalanche danger warning in many areas, a lot of backcountry skiers are staying within ski area boundaries. Here are 11 resorts with inbounds extreme terrain for skiing and snowboarding.
Photo by Dan Bayer
Brett Rogers has traveled thousands of miles on some of the world's most intriguing, dangerous and stunning waterways, all either rafting or rowing. He says he does so because of the discoveries he makes along the way. His approach: "Travel with a mind open to everything and closed to nothing." Rogers is an adventurer who leads trips down the Ganges river in India for Kensington Tours.
Photo by Kyle Jeffery
Ask hikers who love to explore the wilderness in southern Utah and I'll be they'll start by raving about hiking in slot canyons. Ask climbers about rappelling into slot canyons and watch the grins.
Photo (c) Lois Friedland
You can race snowmobiles up and down mountainsides, drive them on roads in Yellowstone National Park and experience the fun of exploring the outdoors on these machines in many places around the U.S. Here are some of the best places to go snowmobiling.
Photo: (c) Lois Friedland
If you want to leave the guide behind and start kayaking, here's some excellent advice for self-guide kayak trips in locations from New Zealand to Hawaii and Chile. You'll also find links to companies with formal trips.
Photo: (c) Sebastián Alvarez