Richard Bangs and Orbitz: Bringing Travel to Life

Richard Bangs has been called the father of modern adventure travel—and with good reason. His storied career has spanned continents, earning multiple awards as a travel writer and renowned travel television personality. His journeys capture untold adventures, bringing the furthest reaches of the globe to life. Powered by Orbitz, Richard Bangs continues to explore the unexplored and reach dazzling new heights of adventure travel.

Adventure travel

Featured Destinations

  • California

    Mazes of deserts, mountains and slot canyons mark the land around Joshua Tree National Park, an arid escape for rock climbers of the West Coast. Further north, the San Joaquin River Valley, Muir Woods and the Redwood National Park means adventure tours, hiking, biking and spectacular views.

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  • Colorado

    Telluride. Breckenridge. Vail. Aspen. The powder is unparalleled in these Colorado winter wonderlands. And during the summer months, when the slopes aren't primed for apres ski, the rafting and endless miles of hiking keep your appetite for adventure tours whetted.

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  • Belize

    Teeming with jungles, caves and Mayan ruins, the region of Cayo is like something out of an Indiana Jones flick. Zip lines criss-cross the jungle, which usually come paired with a rugged trek to first base. Sport fishing off this coastal nation is the stuff adventure travel is made of, and stands up to even the most seasoned fishermen.

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  • Costa Rica

    With more rivers per square kilometer than just about anywhere in the world, Costa Rica shines in aquatic brands of wilderness and adventure travel. Surf, fishing and rafting get the adrenaline going, and for adventure tours of the animal persuasion, Tortugero beach is rife with sea life.

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  • New Zealand

    The cinematic cragginess of this kiwi nation draws adventurers in droves. Primeval volcanoes and geysers near Rotorua wait to be discovered, and heli-hiking at Fox Glacier is unmatched in wilderness travel. For the braver thrill-junkies, shark cage diving at Kaikoura rounds out adventure trips to NZ.

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National Parks

  • Active National Parks

    Built on a primal collection of geysers and hot springs, the first-ever national park at Yellowstone is a force of nature and a staple for adventure vacations and tours. From this untamed land reserve, a legacy of protected parks grew to include the massive chasm at the Grand Canyon, the swampy Everglades and the Hawaii volcanoes. Swim, climb, hike and test your boundaries on the path to adventure.

Featured Active Adventure Hotels

Parc 55 San Francisco - a Hilton Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 508 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 629 reviews

San Francisco, California

Travelodge San Francisco Airport North

2 stars
2.5 / 5 535 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 15% Off

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 356 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 15% on your stay

Fairmont San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 177 reviews

San Francisco, California


3 stars
3.8 / 5 312 reviews

San Francisco, California

Orchard Garden Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 251 reviews

San Francisco, California

Advance Purchase - Non Refundable

Hotel Whitcomb San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 423 reviews

San Francisco, California

Complementary high speed wi-fi internet


4 stars
4.2 / 5 224 reviews

San Francisco, California

Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 295 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 30%

Grand Hyatt San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 197 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 12% on your stay

Good Nite Inn Redwood City

2 stars
3.0 / 5 342 reviews

Redwood City, California

Free Parking and Free coffee in the lobby!

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 223 reviews

San Francisco, California

The Park Central San Francisco

4 stars
4.1 / 5 186 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 25% on your stay

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Richard Bangs’ Quest Series

Richard Bangs’ Quest Series: South America

  • Together with Richard Bangs and LAN Airlines, Orbitz brings you “South America: Quest for Wonder.” In this groundbreaking integration of public television and the web, series viewers visit cultural landmarks served by LAN Airlines, and are then able to replicate those travel adventures through activities, packages and accommodations available on

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Orbitz Originals

Orbitz Originals: The Cayman Islands

  • In collaboration with Energizer and the Cayman Islands, Orbitz brings you the “Orbitz Originals: The Cayman Islands” series. Hosted by travel expert Richard Bangs, each episode weaves compelling imagery of beautiful island destinations with ways Energizer products keep travelers connected—inspiring travelers to harness Energizer’s portable power.

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Orbitz Originals: New York State

  • Joining with Empire State Development, Orbitz brings you the seven-part “Orbitz Originals: New York State” series. Highlighting the extraordinary Catskills and Adirondacks regions, Richard Bangs explores a specific theme in each destination, inspiring viewers with a trip template they can replicate on

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Orbitz Originals: Vermont

  • From green to white—Vermont’s colors change with the seasons but the state’s scenic beauty, outdoor adventures, memorable hotels and artisanal heritage are yours for the taking in both the summer and winter months.

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Orbitz Originals: Ireland

  • Meet Richard Bangs in the Emerald Isle in the four-part "Orbitz Originals: Ireland" series. Shining a light on Western Ireland, Richard Bangs unearths legends from the mysterious Celtic landscape—from pirate queens, moonshine and ancient fortresses, to saintly trails, falconry and the hard-headed hag of Moher.

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Orbitz Originals: Qatar

  • Let Orbitz, Richard Bangs and Qatar Airways lure you to the Arabian Gulf in the five-part "Orbitz Originals: Qatar" series. Wow your senses with unique episodes capturing everything from mind-blowing sand dunes, sultry jazz shows, and dizzying markets, to luxury hotels, the ultra-glamorous Doha Airport, and award-winning Qatar Airways.

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Orbitz Originals: The Different Cancun

  • Beachside piña coladas are only a small serving of what Cancun has to offer. Explore a different side of Cancun in this Orbitz Originals video series, led by travel extraordinaire Richard Bangs. Meet the locals, dive underwater and swing through the rainforest, as Richard uncovers the hidden treasures of this Caribbean town.

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Orbitz Originals: Authentic Florida

  • Let Orbitz and travel guru Richard Bangs introduce you to a Florida you might not know. Away from the crowds and theme parks is an old-world place that oozes Southern charm. The nine-part “Orbitz Originals: Authentic Florida” series takes you on a tour of the Bradenton area, where the beaches are bone white, the water aquamarine blue and the seafood practically swims to your plate.

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