5 Best Destinations for Adventure Junkies
Yosemite National Park
Any place that has bears, hiking and camping in one place was sure to make this list. Yosemite is not only a serious bucket-list destination contender, it’s also an amazing area for the more active and adventurous types. In the summer you can try out white water rafting, go fishing, hike one of the multitude of trails available or take a scenic horseback ride. Over winter, Yosemite transforms into a winter wonderland and apart from glorious hikes you can also get stuck in to more traditional wintery activities with ski and snowboarding slopes on offer, as well as ice skating and demanding cross-country skiing.
New Zealand is basically built for adventure junkies. It’s off-the-chart beautiful, has loads of open spaces, and the locals aren’t scared of a bit of hiking, skydiving, kayaking and whatever other crazy adventures you’ve got your heart set on….even zorbing! Queenstown is known as ‘the adventure capital of the world’ and is also home to the first permanent commercial bungee jumping site - Kawarau Bridge. You can also bungee over the Nevis River (though it’s not as high as Bloukrans, so take that New Zealand!) or do the infamous and slightly terrifying ‘Shotover Jet’ where you’ll speed through the narrow canyons of the Shotover River at an impossible speed aboard a jet boat. Or go heli-biking, where a helicopter drops you off at the top of a bike trail and lets you navigate your own way down via steep hills and twisty-turny paths. Perfect for those who want all the thrills, maybe some spills, and none of the effort of biking uphill.
Quadbike across the desert, dive in the red sea. Explore one of the lowest nature reserves in the world, deep within the Wadi Mujib gorge. One of the best ways to experience the area is by taking a canyoning trip. You’ll be surrounded by towering sandstone canyons as you hike, swim, abseil and climb your way through the majestic gorge. There’s also rock climbing in Wadi Rum, a unique hike through UNESCO World Heritage site Petra, diving and snorkelling in the coral reefs of the red sea, microlighting, offroading and even camel riding.
Volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls; there’s no end to the natural wonders that this small but mighty country possesses. Known as the Land of Ice and Fire, Iceland has a tiny population and a huge amount of untouched scenery. It’s just begging to be explored. There’s river rafting, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, snowboarding. Horse lovers can go on a trail on the world-famous native Icelandic horses. You can dive the Silfra Fissure— the gap between North American and European tectonic plates. The water is always very, very cold but it has exceptional visibility. If that’s not to your liking, you can also scuba dive in a hot spring or in the North Atlantic sea.
If the vast wilderness of lakes, glaciers that is Patagonia isn’t enough to skyrocket Chile to the top of any adventure-lover’s favourite holiday list, perhaps mountaineering in the Andes mountains, trekking through the Atacama desert or exploring the Peak District would appeal to you? Experienced Kayakers can tackle the Siete Tazas National Park and its spectacular white water rafting and slightly insane canyon drops, while beginners can try their hand at it on one of Chile’s more serene rivers. Thanks to its varying climate, Chile offers adventure seekers everything from skiing on freezing, snowy peaks to kitesurfing in warm seawater to sandboarding in the blazing sun. Plus, it’s beautiful, rugged and full of stunning fauna and flora everywhere you go.
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