Adventure travel pushes us out of our comfort zone. Whether you’re hiking the summit of Everest or mountain biking single-track trails in Utah, there’s the unique thrill of stretching your limits in the middle of nature. The term adventure isn’t just for the extreme. Today, the best adventures are done with expert outfitters and well-educated guides. Learning new skills or taking existing skills to the next level has become one of the best reasons to take a trip. Learn to ride a wave in Costa Rica or cycle with former pros in the hills of South Carolina. Many tours weave in cultural experiences so you can connect with locals and get beneath the surface of a place. After a long day playing outdoors, you’ve certainly earned your dinner. Even if you’re dining around a campfire, the best lodges and operators have stepped up their culinary game to deliver luxurious meals and fine wines. Massage therapists and extraordinary accommodations—from glamping tents to five-star lodges—assure you’ll be fully recovered for your next day of adventure.
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