Back to Nature
Collected by Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor
Being out in the Great Outdoors is calming to the mind and rejuvenating to the spirit, especially when you live in a place like I do in New York City. Each time I travel, I look for a place where I can get out and explore to go hiking, kayaking or trail running. So many places have created spaces for their community to enjoy the outdoors-- here are a few of my favorites, as well as those I hope to visit at some point!
San Pedro 311, Puerto Varas, Región de los Lagos, Chile
Get ready for a rush of adrenaline as you splash through the class III and IV rapids of the Petrohue River with Ko'Kayak, located in the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. The water is crystal clear, and you'll be suited up with a full wetsuit...
313 1/2 N Second Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
This breathtaking natural wildlife preserve is just a part of everyday life for the residents of Alpena, Michigan, as it winds through town bordered by running paths draped in weeping willows. Take a kayak out with Erin Riopelle, who started her...
103 Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
Captain Don's Habitat is not your 'traditional' kind of all-inclusive resort. It is a small ocean-front property in Bonaire with a rich history and a familial feel, with some of the most gorgeous views of the island. Captain Don is legendary on...
12653 E Grand Lake Rd, Presque Isle, MI 49777, USA
One of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes, the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse was built in 1840 by Jeremiah Moors of Detroit and was in operation until 1871, before the New Presque Isle Lighthouse was built. Visitors can climb the...
6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007, USA
Runners flock to Memorial Park to run its 3-mile loop one, two, or five times. But there’s so much more to discover here, like 30 miles of hiking trails, a golf course, a swimming pool, and facilities for tennis, softball, croquet, and...
Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
It is no exaggeration to say that Sorobon beach in Bonaire is the best place in the world to learn how to windsurf. Many world champions in the sport have emerged from Bonaire because of its perfect conditions. Not only is the water crystal clear...
4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, USA
One of the locals' favorite sanctuaries in the city, this 155-acre non-profit urban oasis plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city. Check out the special evening events where you can sign up to spot owls,...
6000 Co Rd 30, Lake City, CO 81235, USA
S High St, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
The fragrance of plumeria and gentle island breezes greet you upon your arrival in to Maui. Soon after you've de-boarded the plane, received an elegant tuberose lei and picked up your bags, you're off to pick up your rental car. The woman behind...
Croacia 961, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Drive 60 km south of Punta Arenas, the southernmost continental city of the Americas, to the remote and seemingly untouched spot where the kayaks will be put in to the Strait of Magellan. With Kayak Agua...
Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
Chile is a unique country, in that most places are beautifully situated right in between the ocean and the mountains. The city of Punta Arenas is bordered on one side by the Strait of Magellan, and the other by the Andes. Located in the heart of...
The Mangrove Information Center, Kaminda Lac 140, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
If you’ve been kayaking before and think you don’t need to do it again, think again: this is an entirely new experience. Hop in a single or double kayak and paddle through maze-like pathways of mangrove trees. These special trees are one of the...
Park City, UT, USA
With towering trees so thickly blanketed in powder, a blue bird sky overhead and the beams of sunlight hitting my face as I rode up the lift each time, I couldn't decide if I wanted to ski down the slopes or just stay on the lift and keep...
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