Adventures Outdoors & Dude Ranches
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Caribbean and Alaskan Camping with Home Comforts
Camping without work is my kind of outdoor overnight. Here are three great places to enjoy nature’s beauty without the bother. Two are in the Caribbean, where most islands discourage camping,and one site offers Alaska’s rugged coastal scenery and abundant wildlife as well as home cooking.
Adventure Living and Travel
Adventures aren’t superfluous; these special experiences, whether high-end dream trips in Kenya tracking elephants and wildebeest or budget sleepovers exploring sea wonders at your local science museum, create important family bonds and bring more bonuses than the same old trips.
Adventure Living Newsletter
Discover the latest adventure news, deals, tips, companies, articles and travel advice in the Adventure Living Newsletter.
Adventures from Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo
Explore Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province in style from the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. the nation´s first real luxury property, the Four Seasons is within driving distance of a variety of eco-adventures.
Adventures in Southern Belize
Rainforests, rivers, mangrove lined lagoons, Maya ruins, beaches and exceptional snorkeling and diving define southern Belize. Placencia, Belize’s top beach destination, offers access to these adventures. A great place to base yourself is at the Inn at Robert´s Grove.
Bargain Vacations at National and State Parks
For a great bargain vacation, visit a state or national park. These gems come with budget priced accommodations, but first-class scenery. Savor wildlife, walking trails and wonderful views, but you should book lodging now for next summer.
Best Place to Learn to Windsurf
Best Caribbean Place to Learn Windsurfing is Bonaire
Biking Down a Volcano, Hawaii
In Hawaiian Haleakala means "house of the sun." At 10,000 feet Maui´s dormant
volcano looms as a moonscape of brown and red craters. My son Matt and I biked down the mountain, a four hour trip, to celebrate his high school graduation.
Caving in South Dakota
On a caving adventure discover such subterranean secrets as “curtains” of crystals and vast underground chamber and thousands of years old stalactites and stalagmites. South Dakota’s Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park are two of the U.S.’s top caves.
Costa Rica Eco-Adventures
Ecological adventures abound in Costa Rica. Enjoy hiking rainforests where parrots screech and monkeys chatter, viewing volcanic lakes and rafting rivers edged with thick bamboo stands and wild mango trees.
Discover Florida´s Big Cypress Reservation
On the Big Cypress Reservation within an hour of bustling Ft. Lauderdale wild life means bison, great blue herons, alligators and real Florida panthers. The reservation on the edge of the Everglades belongs to the Seminole tribe who has opened 2000-acres of their natural habitat to the public.
Dude Ranch Resorts in the U.S and Canada
More and more dude ranches these days go beyond just horse rides and hard mattress bunks to offer resort-like accommodations and options. The saddle-sore as well as non-riders can soak in hot tubs, play tennis, fly-fish, hike, learn yoga and even work on their inner lives with a spiritualist.
Dude Ranchers´ Association [offsite link]
Learn about more than 120 member dude ranches through this organization.
Flightseeing Denali and Wild Alaska
From our helicopter at 10,000-feet, Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park spread out below us as a massive river of blue ice. The glacier, slit with crevasses and dotted with turquoise pools, seemed to run on forever. Craggy cliffs and rugged brown slopes towered on either side.
How to Choose a Dude Ranch
Dude ranches have gone the way of coffee: plain ride ‘em places—the ranch equivalent of a 7-11 brew—still exist, but more and more ranches lure wannabe wranglers with experiences tailored to their specific tastes. And that’s a good thing, but it makes it hard to choose the right experience for you.
Luray Virginia: Caverns and Cool Places
Luray Caverns, the largest cavern in the Eastern U.S., deserves its ranking as a top tourist attraction. The cathedral-like chambers with their millions of intricate and massive formations have been amazing visitors for decades. But those aren´t the only cool places at the caverns complex.
Magical Maui, Hawaii, Adventures
Biking down the slopes of a dormant volcano, savoring an authentic luau of songs and dances, snorkeling amidst schools of rainbow colored fish and hiking across an ancient lava field to watch a blow hole shoot spray high into the air are among my favorite magical Maui adventures.
Popular Maui, nicknamed the “Valley Isle,” doesn’t just offer great beaches and wonderful resorts. Adventures abound. Here are our picks for most memorable Maui moments—biking, hiking, horseback riding, ziplining, snorkeling and surfing.
Maui's Best Beaches Surf, Kiteboard, Windsurf
On Maui, locals know the best beaches for adventure: Jaws for professional board surfers, Ho`okipa for expert windsurfers. At both those beaches, watch the experts; never get in the surf. Come to Kanaha Beach to learn kiteboarding.
New Zealand’s South Island Adventures
To experience the alluring scenery of Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, we hiked the trails of the Milford Track and cruised deep into Milford Sound.
Queenstown, NZ, Wines and Wows
New Zealand proved a great choice for a vacation to celebrate our daughter Alissa’s college graduation. We wanted a trip that provided great scenery, a mix of city life and adventures plus affordable, but comfortable lodging for a family.
Sierra Club´s Adventures [offsite link]
Discover rafting, hiking, backpacking, bicycling and other adventures in the U.S. and abroad with the Sierra Club.
Sierra Club´s Adventures [offsite link]
Discover moderately priced rafting, hiking, backpacking, cycling and other adventures abroad and in the U.S. with the Sierra Club.
State Park Budget Getaways
Looking for an easily accessible, budget getaway with first-class scenery? Then, visit a state park. These gems, often eclipsed by the better-known U.S. National Parks, offer low-priced accommodations, but first-class scenery, literally as wonderful and varied as all-outdoors.
The Best Adventure Travel Companies
These are the best adventure travel companies offering trips in the U.S. as well as internationally.
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