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What’s your adventure story? We want to know! We’re partnering with Eddie Bauer to call on AFAR travelers to show us your best “adventurous” Highlights. And you will be rewarded for your efforts. One grand-prize winner will receive a $1,500 Eddie Bauer gift card and a $500.00 Alaska Airlines gift card. And three first-prize winners will receive a $500 Eddie Bauer gift card. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2013.
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Kromdraai Rd, Johannesburg, South Africa
Take a tour down into the Sterkfontein Caves where you will see some beautiful underground rock formations, and also learn about one of the most important discoveries in the search for our origins. Forming from dolomitic limestone some 20 million...
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Male', Maldives
Surfing world class breaks with minimal people in the water was priceless. The guides at Tropicsurf will make sure to find you the best waves around while housing you at the 5 star Four Seasons Resort. Nothing better than a great day of endless...
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Bahía Bioluminiscente, Puerto Rico
This was the experience of a lifetime. We were fortunate to be there on the required dark night with no moon. We used see-through canoes to paddle to the middle of this inlet off the Caribbean at midnight. All wildlife in the very clear water was...
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Jinding Ave, Huangshan Qu, Huangshan Shi, Anhui Sheng, China, 245700
This day marked one of the best moments in my time on earth. Hiking to the top of Yellow Mountain, Huangshan, in China brought disorienting happiness. Each peak boasted views worthy of heaven. Lying on a snow capped peak overlooking the clouds, my...
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2058 Skyland Dr, Seven Devils, NC 28604, USA
My fiance, Jesse, is the epitome of the spirit of adventure, travel, and fun! SCUBA in Cancun or Bonaire, hiking the Appalachian Trail, jumping out of planes while serving in the military...next he wants to cruise around the world...you name it...
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3800 Sundlauenen, Switzerland
While many walked through the streets of the small town, I decided to head along the river and came across this beautiful view of Lake Brienz.
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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
After 3 days of rhino tracking by foot with an armed ranger we were rewarded with seeing this Mom and her baby. With the wind in our faces and the sun at our backs, we learned to follow footprints and droppings to this spectacular sight.
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica
In my work at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, I was fortunate to take a Sea Ice Survival Class. Luckily, my instructor felt adventuresome and instead of conducting boring ice core tests, we climbed to the top of an Antarctic island and explored the...
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4188 Wilkinson Rd, Havre De Grace, MD 21078, USA
Vistas are truly more beautiful when you've earned them. Tired to the bone from a 60-mile ride through the hills of northern Maryland, I stopped to snap this photo of the gorgeous countryside. It cannot capture the sweet, wet smell of grassy...
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3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
This 27-acre attraction in North Vancouver gets the heart racing with a suspension bridge that bounces 230 feet above a forested river gorge. Even more spectacular, however, is the Cliffwalk, a labyrinth of walkways along the granite flank of...
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
It's the quintessential thing to do in Sydney, and it's alot of fun! You won't get a better bird's-eye-view of Sydney's amazing landmarks— including the Opera House and Luna Park— than from the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge. #afarexperiences...
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777 Monponsett St, Hanson, MA 02341, USA
On a perfect cloudless fall day, I jumped out of a plane for the first time. There is no better way to see the city you love and live in!
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Bloukrans River Bridge, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
But that doesn't mean that you won't want to hop off this insane height (216 metres (709 ft) above the Bloukrans River!). For my part, I happily watched from across the canyon. I am a chicken, what can I say... For the more brave amongst us,...
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In Mindo I decided to try canyoning, which is walking down a waterfall. At the top of the narrow muddy jungle trail next to the falls a guide strapped me into a harness and put me on a rope. He showed me how to belay myself with my dominant hand,...
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Luang Namtha, Laos
A great way to splurge in Laos, is by participating in the Gibbon Experience at the Bokeo Nature Reserve. Over a few nights stay, you get to zipline from tree house to tree house, sleep in the tree houses and support Gibbon preservation!
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Wosnesenski Glacier, Alaska 99603, USA
First, we flew into the heart of the Kenai Mountains in a float plane and landed on a glacial lake. We hiked up the moraine of the Wosnesenski with crampons on our feet and skis on our packs. We camped on the glacier for three nights and skied...
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Hanapepe, HI 96716, USA
At the end of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail lies the most perfectest beach. Gorgeous 360 degree views of cliffs and ocean, fine white sand, natural waterfall for your bathing and hydration needs, tropical fruit ripe for the picking, sea caves, and...
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Nayón, Sector Huertayacu. Quito - Nayón Pichincha Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
I have a small (to medium) fear of heights and any activity that requires me to fly unsupported through the air sounds terrible. But I’d never zip lined before so I figured I should try it in Mindo. Our guide Jorge drove my friend Jules and me to...
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Guanacaste Province, Bagaces, Costa Rica
Off a small country road we found this great zip line company. The experience starts with a hike up the mountain where we saw white faced monkeys, birds, and lots of other creatures. At the top we began our descent via zip line. It was a long...
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The Quilotoa Loop is a 124 mile road that drops and rises several thousand feet in elevation and climbers use it to acclimatize for Cotopaxi. The Quilotoa Crater Lake is in the middle of the Loop, about 1000ft down in the middle of a crater ringed...
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1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6, Canada
What you see here is the most terrifying rollercoaster in the world. This thing is so big that one of Wonderland's original coasters runs beneath it—and is not even visible in this frame. The Leviathan, as it is called, is so large that it...
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Arecibo, Puerto Rico
While honeymooning in Puerto Rico, my husband and I decided to take the road less traveled and forego the all-inclusive resort. Instead, we explored the entire island. Every day was a new adventure, including our trip to the caves. Although this...
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Princess Drive, Mbabane H100, Swaziland
Rode with a group for 4 days through the northern mountains of Swaziland, to raise funds for Young Heroes, which cares for the many AIDS orphans in the country. Ended in the capital, Mbabane, just in time for the Bushfire music festival!
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We dove Gordon Rocks in gloomy green water with 10-15ft visibility. About 15 minutes into the dive we rounded a rocky outthrust and saw 2 giant sea turtles swimming through an enormous school of barracuda. The barracuda literally blacked out the...
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Main St, Coxen Hole, Honduras
We visited Roatan Honduras and went ziplining through the jungle with this tour! You climb these Mayan Temple like steps and then down you go through the jungle canopy on a zipline adventure. It wasn't just 1 ride either. There were 12 zips and 2...
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California, USA
This trip was incredible! I am 46 years old and I just started backpacking about 5 years ago. My friend and I started at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park on the western side of the Sierra Nevada and ended at the top of Mt. Whitney in...
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Bahnhofstrasse 25, 7002 Chur, Switzerland
one of the views from the world famous Glacier Express in Switzerland! This was captured when the train was nearing Chur. I had taken the train from Zermatt to Chur and there were many scenic areas where the train was not zooming past but moving...
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Zagora, Morocco
The Sahara. Land of salt caravans, touaregs, lost european adventurers, the death of St. Exupery. A week in Morocco could not go by with out a little taste of life amid the sand dunes. We drove east out from the busy city of Marrakech towards the...
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Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
No one would go with me - chickens - so I jumped on a bus in Cape Town to Gansbaaii, more specifically, Shark Alley, alone. If you go, bring your Dramamine because the waves are more dangerous than the sharks. Bring your kahunas too because once...
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On the horizon just NE of León, Nicaragua, you can make out the giant black mound of Cerro Negro--Central America's youngest volcano. Until 1850, there was NOTHING here! Since then it's erupted dozens of times--coating the surrounding countryside...
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Koror, Palau
Over 10,000 years ago, as the last ice age ended, sea levels rose and filled depressions in Palau’s limestone islands, which became inland marine lakes. There are around seventy of these lakes in Palau, defined by their salinity, and also...
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Lost Arrow Spire, California, USA
The Lost Arrow Spire, one of the most exposing and gravity-pulling Tyrolean traverses. When asked if I wanted to ascend it and traverse it, I said: "Why not?!". The next thing I know, I was rappelling down a detached pillar of granite that one day...
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2950 Camozzi Rd, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S1, Canada
Canadian Mountain Holiday is your best bet for a powder heaven in Canada. If you are an advanced skier/snowboarder and don't mind riding in a helicopter, then this adrenaline pumping adventure is your best fit. Revelstoke is a gorgeous mountain...
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McCarthy, AK 99566, USA
We contracted with St. Elias Guide Service and Wrangell Air for a guided backcountry trip out of McCarthy to a place called Skolai Pass, which according to the guide is one of the most remote places in North America. The bush plane took us about...
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The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Canada is one of the top ten trails in the world to backpack. Between walking on wooden boardwalks, climbing and descending ladders, tidal pools, and camping on beaches, you will not be disappointed....
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Unaka Springs Rd, Erwin, TN 37650, USA
As a lifelong hiker, I wanted to share my love of it with kids from my home city of Charleston, SC. I started a hiking club called Youth Gone Wild for ages 9-12. We go on 3 day hikes and an overnighter with the culminating activity a 67 mile, 9...
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Soi Ruammit, Tambon Nong Ruea, Amphoe Nong Ruea, Chang Wat Khon Kaen 40210, Thailand
As we rode up the mountain at one point I could look to my left and see a sheer drop of the mountain only 3 feet away. We were sitting atop an elephant about 12 feel up in the air and it was a wobbly ride. It was best to look straight ahead. I...
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R400, Mogale, 1911, South Africa
This is one of the richest paleontology sites in the world. These sites team with scientists uncovering hominid fossils aged as old as 2 million years. It's incredible to stand, watch, and reflect as our ancient ancestors are being unearthed....
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533 Carvers Falls Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28311, USA
Wonderful experience. Thirty days later we were on a tour bus and got hit by a loaded gravel dump truck. Take those chances when you can.
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Riding in the back of a 4x4 on a jeep tour or safari, you'll journey through Kaibab National Forest, with its tree-covered prairies and plateaus, and glimpse thousands of years of history and geology. Best of all, a Grand...
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Hartbeespoort Dam, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa
Travel through a short tunnel, and across the dam wall of the Hartebeespoort Dam to get to the main town of Hartebeespoort. As you get through the tunnel, pull off on the side in the designated parking area and take a walk around the dam wall and...
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Bojanala, North West, South Africa
Wake up early, and enjoy a champagne breakfast in a hot air balloon while sailing over the beautiful landscape of the Pilanesberg National Park. Try and spot some hungry lions while sipping on your bubbly. When the ride is over, climb back into...
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Bojanala, North West, South Africa
A drive through a secluded section of the park had us stumble upon a herd of Elephants looking for some tasty leaves!
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
On the most magical island in the World I stole myself away from the sun and surf for a few hours and made what is called the "cross-island hike." The island of Rarotonga sits like a witch's hat on top of the sea, with a small flat brim at the...
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Livingstone
My uncle did this exact same jump a few years back and made a bet with a friend that he would yell out "Geronimo!" as he leaped from the platform. Well, he failed miserably and has never lived it down. When I decided to take the fall in September...
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C28, Namibia
We had the opportunity to go quad biking in the Namib Desert up Dune 7 and see the surreal image of a vast desert with the Atlantic ocean in the horizon
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Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
Having studied abroad in Australia, I took the month following classes to explore New Zealand. A definite highlight was hoping aboard a boat and cruising through the fiordlands for a couple days.
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Maine, USA
A certain amount of dedication is required to see the sunrise. You have to commit to getting up early, then fight the urge to hit snooze when "go time" comes around. You drag yourself out of bed and to the prime sunrise watching spot - in this...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains was considered a glitzy and expensive PR move when it opened in 2007. Today the 1.9-mile span, the longest unsupported span in the world, ferries hikers, bikers, and...
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Göreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
The best way to see the amazing rock formations and mountain caves in Cappadocia is to take a sunrise balloon ride. The incredible vistas in the region are due to the erosion over thousands of years of volcanic rock. To make it even more...
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Jalan Cinta Mata Mesilou, 89308 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
Just getting to Mt. Kinabalu in Boreno was an adventure, but after days of traveling we finally got to the base of one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia. We hiked all day to stop and rest at a mountain lodge where you rest to climb to the...
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Makapuu Lighthouse Rd, Hawaii Kai, HI, USA
For some reason (beyond jetlag), I wake up very early in Hawaii. Perhaps it's the promise of early morning view like this one, after a pretty simple hike.
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Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
That's me there hanging on for dear life! This was the most exciting and terrifying experience of my life. The guide recognized a certain adventurous spirit in our group based on the fact that we were all serving in Peace Corps in various...
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Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
If you like surfing big waves, do what I did and grab a rental board from Cabo Surf Shop and drive around the South End of the peninsula and North about 30+ miles to Todos Los Santos. The waves come in very clean and very big. There is no real...
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Lake Eyasi, Tanzania
The Hadza of northern Tanzania are among the last people who continue to survive by hunting and gathering; they live as all hominids lived for millions of years. Fewer than a thousand remain, with only about 250 still practicing their traditional...
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Sri Lanka
My driver spies the animals — jackals, boar, crocodiles and peacocks so far — much more quickly than I. Speaking of elephants… We see one, not far off in the distance. He’s gorgeous, and surprisingly graceful in his movements. Yes! This safari...
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Peru
The easiest way to get up to the entrance of the citadel at Machu Picchu is to take a bus, but it can be a pretty scary ride with all the hairpin turns. Your heart will race for other reasons if you choose instead to hike up. It won't take more...
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Baie Rouge, St Martin
After a long wait, my wife and I finally managed to have a proper honeymoon. We spent two glorious weeks in St. Martin. At Baie Rouge, there was an outcropping of rocks near a deep yet clear pool. I told my wife that I was going to jump off and...
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Harar, Ethiopia
We'd read about the Hyena Men in Harar before our trip, and there was no way we were going to pass up the chance to see them. Harar started out with just one Hyena Man, but now there's a second, and they both keep up a nightly tradition of calling...
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116 Wood Rd, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
Man, zip lining in Ketchikan, Alaska's forest canopy was beyond AMAZING! This 7 rope course was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially for someone who is terrified of heights!
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el, Calle Buenos Aires, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
It was a girls-only trip for my mother and me after I graduated college. It had its bumps and bruises (literally) as we bumbled from the Costa Rican interior (doing the usual zip-lining, river rafting and waterfall repelling) to the Pacific Coast....
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Sigiriya sits in an area dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. According to an ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477–495 C.E.) for his new capitol. He built his palace on the top of this...
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Vittangivaara, 981 91 Kiruna, Sweden
After a few minutes of sledding, I felt pretty good, pretty solid. “I’ve got this!” I thought. I started getting a little cocky, took a little air over a bump, took one hand off the sled to pick up the secondary brake that allows slowing, rode on...
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Athabasca Glacier, Improvement District No. 12, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Standing on the white-blue ancient ice of the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, Canada, fulfilled a lifelong dream I never knew I had. The Athabasca Glacier, a tongue of ice 6 kilometers long and one kilometer wide, is part of the Columbia Icefields,...
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is less than two hours by car from Sydney but feels like another world. A sterling day trip, the national park features a majestic range of mountains, deep valleys, and sandstone plateaus cloaked in a soft blue...

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Gadir, Morocco
Just outside the town of Safi is a beach called Plage Lalla Fatna. Follow the sign off the main coastal highway down the winding dirt road to the sand. Here you will find Yassine. Owner of the only surf shop in Safi and curly hair for days. The...
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Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail, Utah 84716, USA
It’s hard to imagine a waterfall in the midst of the desert landscape of southern Utah; the fact that Calf Creek Falls exists here makes it a truly special destination. Marvel at the remarkable contrast between the green riparian creek area and...
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Limón Province, Costa Rica
Tucked in the Rainforest of Costa Rica is this incredible Ecolodge. We whitewater rafted all morning to arrive at the lodge, our river guides acted as chefs and general grounds keepers upon arrival, and we were treated to the absolute best food we...
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Experiencing this short dog sled ride was one of the highlights of our trip to Alaska. You can tell the dogs are very happy to do their job and it really is incredible to see the strong bond between the driver and the dogs.
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Fray Gregorio Jiménez de La Cuenca, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
The lake, seen at high altitude from a glider is one of the best adventure experiences in Valle de Bravo. Alas del Hombre is a 30 year old company that offers the opportunity to glide near the lake and hike through the nearby forest in Amanalco....
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Iztaccihuatl, Puebla, Mexico
Climbing season extends throughout the year. Except April and May, the rainy season, pretty much any time is good for a visit either the Iztaccíhuatl. Whether you plan a short hike around the base or a full ascent, be sure to take a local guide...
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Velo de Novia, Avandaro, 51200 Valle de Bravo, Méx., Mexico
When I worked at a summer camp at Valle de Bravo, we used to take kids near the Velo de Novia (Bride's Veil) waterfall. We actually used to rappel int he place. Even if it was a fairly well known at the time, the place was visited by only a few...
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Cascada Limón, 32000, Dominican Republic
At around 120 feet high, easily 50 feet wide, and fed by the Arroyo Chico river barreling down from jungle peaks, El Salto del Limón Waterfall is an awe-inspiring addition to any Samana peninsula trip. With family in tow, be sure to secure some...
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5114 Overseas Hwy, Key West, FL 33040, USA
There's no better way to explore the sea life-rich mangroves around Key West than on a tour with Lazy Dog. My knowledgeable guide taught our group all about non-stinging indigenous jellyfish, colorful sponges, manatee and turtle grass conservation...
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2 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Fury offers several water sports packages for the Keys. I chose the parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling package. For about four hours I was in the waters about a mile or two off Key West crashing waves on a jet ski and holding on for my life...
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Mountain climbing is a new found sport for me. And it does not have to be that technical to achieve great heights. But it is a super challenge and not a typical vacation beware. Although the feeling of accomplishment is worth every difficult step....
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Hauptstrasse 36, 3800 Matten bei Interlaken, Switzerland
There isn't anything quite like experiencing a place from a bird’s eye view of 4,500 feet high in the sky. Switzerland, particularly Interlaken, has become a place known for being adventurous and fun. I couldn't imagine any other place to take my...
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Grenada
At almost three feet high, over six feet long, and weighing in the region of 2,000 pounds, full-sized female leatherback turtles are a sight to behold any time of day, but more so in the middle of the night... Lumbering across the beach! Here at...
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I think this is the most mysterious place I have ever been. It is just crazy that no one truly knows who built these or why. Having been to Peru, I could definitely see the Inca influence on the base under the Moai. But I have also been to...
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Puerto Maldonado, Peru
My daughter had that bedeviled look in her eye as we sat in our room in Cusco. “Mom, are you ready for an adventure? How about the Amazon?” My stomach lurched….Amazon means jungle, rivers and wilderness. But the question was rhetorical and by 6 o’...
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Skaftafell, Iceland
Visiting Skaftafell in the south of Iceland provides a seemingly limitless amount of activities. I went on a 4 hour glacier hike across Svínafellsjökull and it was worth every heavy, crampon-laiden step. From the visitors center, there are a...
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Alma, CO, USA
Climbing the Colorado 14ers (14,000 foot or higher peak) is a rewarding summer and early fall activity. Set out early Saturday morning, bring water, snacks, layers, and a camera. Mount Democrat is a 4-mile round trip with over 2,000 feet of...
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Alma, CO, USA
Hike Mount Democrat, Mount Cameron, Mount Lincoln and Mount Bross all in one day. Mount Bross is technically private property and the trail is not maintained, so proceed with caution.
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Fox Glacier 7886, New Zealand
It's not every day one gets to tramp on a giant snow cone. Fox Glacier is a unique experience complete with quirky guides who are well-equipped and concerned with safety as well as making sure trampers have a good time. Go in the spring or summer...
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Số 12, tỉnh lộ 8 khu phố 2, thị trấn Củ Chi, TT. Củ Chi, Củ Chi, Hồ Chí Minh 070000, Vietnam
After crawling through a few of the tunnels that have been somewhat expanded for tourists and seeing the displays of recovered bombs, people who were not involved in the Vietnam War (called the American War there) can get a feeling of the horror...
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Behind the Central Church (Arenal Volcano), Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
Great adventure tour including 4 rappels of increasing height ending with a 200' free fall. Great guides and surprisingly one of the best meals in Costa Rica.
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Wengen, 3823 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
The North Face, one of the most famous mountains in the world is located near the picturesque village of Wengen, Switzerland. It is one of the climbing world's Shangri La's with heroic and tragic stories of men and women climbing to glory or to...
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Carretera Federal Cancún-Tulum. Km 124, Jacinto Pat, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
This cenote’s name, which means “Two Eyes” in Spanish, refers to its two separate pools that lead into a large cavern of incredibly clear water. At more than 40 miles long, Dos Ojos is the largest underwater cave system in the...
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Ocoa, Hijuelas, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Only an hour and a half north of Santiago is one of the Central region's best kept secrets: La Campana National Park. The park covers over 20,000 acres and preserves over 60,000 Chilean palms (some over 400 years old and multiple stories tall). To...
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4880 Vilar de Ferreiros, Portugal
I my way to see hang gliders and paragliders set off from the Lady of the Graça mountain – the highest peak of the region around Mondim de Basto.On my way up the mountain I spot a yellow glider take off from the summit on his way to join the...
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Waianapanapa, Hana, HI 96713, USA
The key to to appreciating Maui's Hana Highway is really taking the time to stop and explore along the way. One of my favorite places along the famous drive is Waianapanapa State Park. The 120-acre park is a mix of dense tropical forest, black...
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Mount Ulia, 20013, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Most visitors never cross the river from the Old Part, and the vast majority overlook what has to be one of the most beautiful hikes from here to California. At the edge of Gros, a trail heads up some stairs (at the end of Calle San Francisco) and...
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3730 Ahukini Rd, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
Take your Kauai exploring to exceptionally new and breathtaking heights. With Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tours, you will climb the highest peaks and drop into uncharted valleys to gaze in amazement at the tropical landscapes and naturally flowing...
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Descanso Avenue, 1 Canyon Terrace Rd, Avalon, CA 90704, USA
Catalina Island offers a wide range of adventurous tours, excursions and explorations that will cater to your daily dose of adrenaline. I personally did the Zip Line Eco Tour, which zig and zags you through the canyons and eucalyptus trees at...
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Nicaragua
Definitely a trip highlight were the trails at Masaya Volcano National Park that let visitors walk throughout the park and in between an enormous, active volcano and craters filled in by jungle foliage. I had never been so close to a live, active...
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda

A new walking itinerary from Butterfield & Robinson emphasizes Rwanda’s natural beauty. The eight-day trip takes walkers to tea plantations and fishing villages. But the highlight is a hike in Volcanoes National Park’s high-altitude rain forest to...

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Jinja, Uganda
If you are planning to head to Jinja and go rafting (or perhaps you are the only one not!) then make sure you book yourself in for a minimum of one hour ATV-ing. It's a different way to visit the local villages and a heap of fun. You will have...
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Providence, RI 02903, USA
A city tradition through the summer and fall. A one of a kind experience that brings out local vendors and the culture of the city. Fire pits are lit throughout the night in the middle of the river. A great night out at a near by out door...
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Quilotoa Lake, Ecuador
In September of 2013, I hiked the Quilotoa area 13,000 feet up in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. My first day in the area was pretty scary. The wind blew so hard that it actually knocked me horizontal! Had I been standing a foot more to the...
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Ourika, Morocco
After spending my first night in Marrakech sleeping outside of Menara Airport, I was slightly overwhelmed and desperate to leave the city for a day. I eagerly set out to the main square that morning looking for an excursion. An hour later I was en...
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Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA
When you stay at Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte, part of the experience is the options for adventure and the outdoors. One special activity in the summer that Scarp Ridge offers is Heli-fishing, where you will take a helicopter ride leaving...
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Futaleufú, Los Lagos Region, Chile
We were on a 10 day hike/whitewater trip through the Chilean Andes. This day we'd had a long hike up out of the valley, over the forested mountains and down to our crossing point at Zeta Rapid. We were all hot, sweaty and hungry. Our camp for the...
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521 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
Visitors to the Tahoe area won't miss much if the make Tahoe City their home base...except for crowds of course. While several paddleboard outfitters exist around the Lake, the Tahoe City Kayak rental center on the central dock in town is...
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San Pablo del Lago, Ecuador
Hacienda Cusin is an unassuming and completely lovely place to call home while bear Otavalo, Ecuador. With excellent mountain biking and hiking in your backyard, a lovely on site restaurant and simple, romantic rooms rest your head here! Ask for...
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Kangrinboqe Peak, Burang, Ngari, China
Mt. Kailash is called Gang Rinpoche in Tibetan, meaning "Mountain of God”. This mountain is said to be the place where Sakyamuni practiced Buddhism, so it is regarded as the most sacred mountain and the "Center of the World" by Hinduism, Tibetan...
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Pine Creek Gorge, Watson Township, PA 17740, USA
Did you know that Pennsylvania has a Grand Canyon. It may not be as grand as the one in Arizona, but it definitely has some great outdoor activities to explore. You can find adventure though biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, etc in the...
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599 Mt Hood Dr, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
I'm obsessed with being in the air. From the A380 to hot air balloons, the higher the better. So when I wanted to shoot glaciers for my ongoing project about all things ice, this helicopter trip was one of the best things I could've asked for. Up...
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As a writer, I had the experience of traveling to Queensland, Australia on behalf of their tourism board. Unbelievable experience! My favorite day was when they took us to the Reef via helicopter—incredible photog opportunities, hung out with a...
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Mt Everest
To view the breathtakingly beautiful sunset, you have to wake up before 7:00 am, this was the first rays of morning sunlight on the Everest Mountain. the summit of the Mt.Everest is 8844 m, where is the nearest place to the Universe on Earth.
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Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah 84083, USA
The next time you’re taking a road trip along the I-80 in northwestern Utah, make sure to check out the Bonneville Salt Flats. Too arid for any life form to exist, and so flat and even that it seems like you can see the world curve in the distance...
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We booked a small boat trip from the main harbor in Hvar town, and headed out past the island of Vis to the island of Bisevo. Here, where this shot was taken, we waited to board an even smaller boat to venture into the blue cave. The scenery here...
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On our way from Selfoss to Vik, we passed this gorgeous waterfall called Skógafoss cascading over towering cliffs that used to make up Iceland's coastline. Long ago the coastline receded towards the sea about 3.1 miles but the former sea cliffs...
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Tatever aerial tramway station, H45, Halidzor 3211, Armenia
The Wings of Tatev is the world's longest aerial tramway and worth the trip from Armenia's capital city of Yerevan to the Tatev region. The Swiss-Austrian built tram is unique in that it only has three towers for the nearly 5800m/3.6 mile trip....
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On the small island of Bisevo in Croatia, there is a spectacular natural cave which is brilliantly illuminated by the sun's rays coming up from underneath. To enter, you must be in a small boat, and duck your head down at the entrance of the cave....
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South Yuba River, California, USA
We commonly seek trill, unexplored sentiment, and inspiration in lands far away. We tend to venture to favored destinations – habitually large cities and resorts. And commonly, we fail to explore what is easily accessible to us. Instead of roaming...
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Kapaa, HI 96746, USA
Swift streams and waterfalls continue to carve these vertiginous and rugged valleys as they pour down into the sea. One of the most stunning wilderness areas on earth, it also contains ancient Hawaiian ruins of graves, temples, house platforms,...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
We got to Reykjavik on a rainy night, and the first thing I saw and heard was a lot of people in the street partying and Cher's "Believe" blasting from some club, loud enough to hear it everywhere. I though then that this place was crazy, but then...
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Gemmi Pass, 3954 Leukerbad, Switzerland
At breakfast it was a sunny day, thus we decided to go up to the Gemmi Pass. It was not our idea only, and the cable cabin left from every 1/2 hrs, last one at 5 p.m. Once up there at 2350 meters, it was the cold wind that greeted us, the empty...
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The best cheetah sightings during my summer-long trip to Kenya all took place during my stay in the Mara North Conservancy (on the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve). In fact, Elephant Pepper Camp’s expert guide honed in on a few cheetah...
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The islands off the coast of Myanmar are one of Asia’s final frontiers for travelers seeking a remote location to explore and get ‘off the beaten track’. The Myeik Archipelago is one of my particular favorites. With so many of the 800 islands...
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Isletas de Granada, Nicaragua
Nicaragua is full of beautiful scenery and opportunities to learn about the land and waters around and in the country. Made of volcanoes, many of the outdoor activities in the country involve engaging with the mountains and craters. Even kayaking...
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Madre de Dios, Peru
An easy 25-minute flight from Cuzco and you can be in the river town of Puerto Maldonado, the start of a truly unforgettable experience in the Peruvian Amazon. A stay at the amazing Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica ecolodge was my first jungle...
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Narok District, Kenya
In the Mara North Conservancy is a safari lodge hidden in the forest. It is so sustainable (awarded the Gold level eco rating for 2012/2013) the entire thing could be torn down in a week’s time and leave barely a trace. While next to the Maasai...
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Nanwei, Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia
Searching for the legendary lost continent of Mu, or Lemuria? We could only find the mirror image of the sunken city at Nan Madol, whose walls were built of giant basalt pillars, which break naturally into huge, log-like hexagonal columns. The...
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Lelu, Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
Just arrived on Micronesian island of Kosrae when pal Jeanne heard from young Naomi: her cat's cheek had been pierced with a fishhook. Could we help? Kosrae had no vets, so the request wasn’t unwarranted—just unsettling. Jeanne turned to me, and I...
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Queenstown, New Zealand
I spent 4 mind-blowing months living in Queenstown. In New Zealand the main occupations are farming and tourism. My two born and raised Kiwi flatmates were Skydivers for a living, so naturally I couldn't leave the country without jumping the...
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We almost missed this gem of a canyon, being so enraptured with the Sossusvlei Dunes and Vleis 40km West. Offering respite from the sun, these canyons faintly reminded me of the walk into Petra. 30m high and at points only 2m wide, we found lots...
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Off the M126 <br />Damaraland, Namibia
Self-driving through Namibia with a 3 and a 5 year old can be trying at times, but this sight had us all mesmerized for days. We came across this very large family of elephants at the end of a long journey from Sossusvlei as we were nearing our...
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Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Aside from climbing a small apple tree, I've never been 30' up in the trees before. I really thought I was afraid of heights but I got a taste of the starter course and I couldn't get enough. Adrenaline pumping, heart racing, and my body swaying...
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Wife and I wanted to see the biggest trees in North America. This led us to the northern part of California. We had read about the elusive and secretive Grove of Titans online and hoped to find it! After much research and exploration our efforts...
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Mount Rainier, Washington 98304, USA
Skyline Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park in August — wildflowers, beautiful scenery, moderate hiking conditions
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Great Skellig, Skellig Rock Great, Ireland
Christian monks chose the Skelligs, two rocky islets lying seven miles off the coast of County Kerry, as a place to live in peaceful isolation in the 6th century, where they built cylindrical stone beehive huts. Lucasfilm chose...
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Old Railroad Grade, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
Looking to take your road riding in the Bay to the next level? Hunt down Old Railroad Grade as it winds up to the eastern peak of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. This picturesque trail offers an exhilarating combination of far-reaching views,...
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Taal Volcano, Talisay, Philippines
Located in Tagaytay in Luzon, just an hour and a half by car from Manila, Taal Volcano has a complex and unique landscape and offers one of the most picturesque views in the Philippines. Taal Lake is a freshwater lake that partly fills the Taal...
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St Martin
My initial thought was, does this horse know how to swim? We started our trek from the stables, approximately a 2 mile ride to the beach. It was so peaceful going at a slow pace, down the quiet dirt roads, then finally through the brush down to...
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My friend and I visited Ghana's Volta Region recently. After a long day of hiking Wli Falls, the tallest falls in West Africa, we decided to visit a monkey sanctuary in Tafi Atome. Our guidebook had little to say about Tafi Atome other than it had...
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Thar Desert, Rajasthan
So long as you don't mind a little bit of sand in your knickers, a night in the Thar Desert under a star lit sky is an experience unlike anything you've experienced in your entire life. We rode out into the desert on ill-tempered camels, bouncing...
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Rosemary Beach, FL 32413, USA
Located in South Walton—roughly in between Panama City and Destin on Florida’s scenic coastal route, 30A—Rosemary Beach’s perfect white sand and clear turquoise waters are as close to the Caribbean as Florida comes. Unless...
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Colorado, USA
Being in nature is being in my happy place. The US' National Parks provide plenty of unspoiled nature. The Rocky Mountain National Park is huge, beautiful and abundant with wild life. It's a pleasure to go and make all your senses happy. If you...
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Sucia Dr, Eastsound, WA 98245, USA
Outer Island Expeditions have many tours to choose from. After selecting the whale watching tour and kayaking tour for our Orcas Island weekend, we were set for adventure. During our whale watching tour, we skipped across the Puget Sound to see...
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1458 Lincoln Ave #15, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
It's fun to get up super early once in a while, right? Enjoy a peaceful morning floating over the magnificent north end of Napa Valley. Experience a view unlike any other as the breeze ushers you along scenic grapevine corridors and majestic...
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Peter White Dr, Marquette, MI 49855, USA
Marquette, Michigan is known for its natural beauty and Presque Isle Park may be the loveliest place of all. There are numerous things to do here. For the more laid-back types, there are numerous easy hiking trails through the woods and along the...
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To be honest, the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has a lot of "wow" moments. Among all of them, though, one of my favorite experiences was walking through the massive desert known as Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum has been inhabited by Bedouins for...
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180 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0H7, Canada
Saint Boniface Cathedral resides regally across the Red River from downtown Winnipeg, despite the fact that it's literally a shell of its former self. An iron gate protects a walkway lined with gravestones leading up to the facade of the old...
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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285 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC J8X 3W9, Canada
This fall, I took the plunge in Jacques-Cartier park, just outside of Quebec City. And, it was an absolute hoot! I loved the 5 miles of whitewater rafting where I along with four others crossed four Class 2 rapids while portaging the only Class 3...
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Munnar, Moolakadai, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612
While in Munnar, take in the amazing scenery and get physical by trekking in one (or more) of the multiple mountains nearby. The town's economy relies on tea and activites that derive from its culture, so go explore the high fields of camellia...
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North Rim, AZ 86052, USA
If you know your flight path is going to go over the Grand Canyon, get a window seat. Even from thirty-some-thousand feet above, the chasms within chasms stretch on to the horizon...
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Toccoa Falls, GA 30577, USA
Toccoa Falls is tucked away on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. You'll drive through school grounds before reaching a small parking lot and a gravel walking path which leads to the falls. Water drops 186 feet to a calm pool—it's a lovely place...
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Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA
Whether it is sunny or foggy, the scenic Shore Path in Bar Harbor is a must walk. Starting at Agamont Park near the town docks, the 170-year old path meanders along rocky granite outcroppings for 1/2 mile (1 mile round trip). The path skirts the...
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7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
Bay Area riders whom favor mountain biking have a lot of terrain to choose from...but most of it requires a quick little drive to access. If you live in the East Bay, however, there's a 12 mile loop in the Oakland Hills that's yours for the...
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Hawk Hill, California 94941, USA
This overlook at Hawk Hill has become something of an icon for Bay Area bikers - morning rides take off from all points around the city before day break and riders head across the Golden Gate Bridge attempting to crush yesterday's effort up the...
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Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece
Built in the 4th century B.C.E., rebuilt for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and refurbished for the 2004 Athens Olympics, this horseshoe stadium now serves as the finish line for the Athens Marathon. For centuries, nude male athletes...
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Field, BC V0A 1G0, Canada
Beginning in a shutdown campground, which was incredibly fascinating to wander through - think abandoned places where nature is reclaiming the land, the hike meanders softly along the degrading road and over a river. Then, the switchbacks begin -...
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San Juan Island, Washington 98250, USA
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture on San Juan Island is a huge outdoor sculpture garden that you can spend hours walking through. There are sculptures are along the grounds that take you around a small pond, into a forest and along...
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2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda, CA 94563, USA
This is my favorite 30-35 mile ride in the East Bay, and spring and fall are the times to see the colors really pop. Make your way up and out of Berkeley on Spruce and head straight on Wildcat Canyon to enter the majestic Tilden park, when you hit...