Everyone should hike at least once among the humbling, snow-capped grandeur of the Rocky Mountains to put things in perspective. And why not let a sturdy, exotic pack animal carry your stuff? Sign up for a guided backcountry llama trekking trip in Colorado. You’ll stay either in tents or in the 10th Mountain Division Hut System.
Cost: $1,198 for a 3-day llama trek. Paragon Guides offers scores of other burly backcountry expeditions, and they are very focused on safety.