Climbing waterfalls, trekking through mountainous landscapes, ziplining above the rainforest treetops—if any of these sound like a great Saturday to you, we’ve got some adventure travel and family vacation ideas for you. From the wild landscapes of New Zealand, to the sunny shores of California, to the best National Parks in America, here’s where to find the best eco-adventures around the world.
From beaches to deserts, mountains, forests and canyons, California adventure is pretty easy to come by. Go rock-climbing in canyons near Joshua Tree National Park, or head to San Joaquin River Valley and Redwood National Park for adventure tours, hiking and incredible views. Find California adventure from the Pacific coast inland—it’s perfect for adventure travel and family vacations alike.
Vail, Breckenridge, Aspen—Colorado’s top destinations are renowned for their skiing. From extreme sports to the blissfully recreational, Colorado mountains offer some serious adventure travel all year round. The national parks are nothing to sneeze at either, from Mesa Verde to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Teeming with jungles, caves and Mayan ruins, Costa Rica’s less-traveled cousin offers up some choice adventure travel for the Indiana Jones in us all. Tropical Belize is strung with countless ziplines, and the world’s second-largest barrier reef lies just offshore. Pair that with some of the best hiking and sport fishing around, and you’ve got a dream adventure vacation.
This is pure, unadulterated paradise: Costa Rica is blanketed in thick, lush rainforests, countless rivers and the iconic Arenal volcano. Meaning its an adventure travel paradise as well. Surfing, river rafting and volcano treks will get your adrenaline pumping. After which lounging in the hot springs or in Tortugero beach’s soft sand is a must, hopefully with a drink in hand.
The country that invented zorbing must naturally make this list. New Zealand is an eco-adventure dream, from its ethereal Lord of the Rings film sets to primeval volcanoes and geysers. Brave souls should try the heli-hiking at Fox Glacier or shark cage diving at Kaikoura. If that’s not your speed, there’s plenty of other adventure travel options available: Bungee jumping, skydiving and rainforest hiking, anyone?
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