The Great Outdoors: 9 Unique Outdoor Vacation Ideas to Try This Year

Consider switching up your previous year’s bucket list to make your next vacation more enjoyable. Each year has its share of travel temptations that allow you to review your vacation list. It might be time to get outside and experience the great outdoors─ even if you prefer to be in. So, how can you go on a fun outdoor trip this year? Read through these vacation ideas to help make your travel aspirations a reality this year.

1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

This ideal spot is for breathtaking views and amazing experiences such as a private family hiking adventure.  Get a glimpse of the canyon from the South Rim and have fun with your family beyond the rim.

Ask for a rafting excursion on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to walk 4,000 feet above the canyon, hike to a waterfall, and ride in a helicopter.

2. The Badlands and Black Hills, Dakota and Wyoming

Dakota is a sparsely populated region with three parks─ Theodore Roosevelt in North Dakota and Wind cave and Badlands in South Dakota. Several grasslands and the Black Hills National Forest are scattered among them.

Theodore Roosevelt is home to bison herds and the rocky, arid landscape called badlands. On the other hand, the Black Hills is the densely forested, rugged patch of ground between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains.

South of the Black Hills is Wind Cave National Park which harbors one of the extensive cave systems and a lot more bison. Not a bison fan? Getting hands-on ranch experience on a working ranch might be your best bet.

3. Cody, Wyoming

If you’re looking for some Old West vibes, visit Cody, Wyo. From a world-class cultural museum to an indoor shooting range, Cody gives visitors a real Western experience. Because it’s very close to Yellowstone, many folks consider the town the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.

You may also visit Grand Teton and Jackson Hole to experience the last bastions of the American west. Wyoming, in general, is a rugged natural beauty and a great option for lovers on an outdoor trip.

Check-in for the state’s famous ski resorts, catch a trout in the Flaming Gorge, and head to Hot Springs State Park to soothe aching muscles.

4. Basecamp Hotel Boulder, Colorado

One of the best outdoor vacations, especially for kids, is Basecamp. You’ll find ping pong tables, indoor climbing walls at every turn, and loaner bikes to explore nearby trails.

Wooden walls dotted with rock-climbing holds make Basecamp feel like a mountain lodge. Room décor includes canvas drop rags screen-printed with a local map and transistor radios.

5. The Adirondacks, New York

New York’s Adirondack Mountain region is one of the oldest travel destinations. The region has fresh air, clear lakes, and high peaks to climb. No wonder it’s been luring travelers since the 19th century. There’s also a luxurious lakeside resort, making it ideal for an outdoor family vacation.

6. Keystone, Colorado

Keystone is one of the most affordable getaways in Colorado. It’s also ideal for outdoor family vacations on a budget. Keystone provides you with an opportunity to enjoy beautiful hikes in the neighboring high country.

The getaway also offers affordable biking and alpine tubing. If you like water sports, rafting, and great fly fishing, check out this one.

7. Peru

Peru is home to the renowned Inca ruins and the iconic Machu Picchu. The country is one of the top favorites among trekkers across the globe. This is thanks to its amazing trekking routes through beautiful historic lands.

The Peruvian Andes offer many options for travelers to enjoy. Activities to try to include mountain biking, camping, climbing, and paragliding. You can also immerse yourself in the Andean culture while exploring the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail.

If you’re not a trekking fan, you can explore Peru’s wild Amazon, the region’s prized gem. The Amazon provides canoeing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, and wildlife exploration opportunities.

8. Alberta, Canada

If you’re looking for a place to travel in winter, you should consider including Alberta on your list. The Canadian province is famous for rugged, powdery trails ideal for ski runs. But if you are in Banff National Park, watch out for bison.

Once in Calgary, remember to visit the Snøhetta-DIALOG-design Calgary Central Library. The architectural icon is covered with 460 panels, which is a great scene.

However, if you’re more intrigued by the culture, you should head to Edmond to see the Royal Alberta Museum. Royal Alberta is a 419,000square-foot museum with collections on indigenous cultures, an insect gallery, and more.

9. Nepal

Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, has been a longtime top choice for adventure aficionados. Apart from climbing and trekking, Nepal is a harbor for adventure sports. It’s also a great place to go paragliding, river rafting, and cycling.

If you’re one of those who fancy the idea of completing one of the most dangerous climbs, you should include this in your bucket list. The climbs are so infamous that recently the administration started enforcing a rule that requires climbers to be accompanied by a local guide.

While climbing to the mountain summit requires a lot of endurance training, visiting the mountain’s Base Camp is a good way to experience Mount Everest. Other reputable treks in Nepal include the Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna circuit.

Plan Your Next Outdoor Trip Today

Make this year one you will never forget. Get out there and go camping, hiking, biking— explore the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for an exhilarating adventure or a relaxing excursion, the above ideas will let you experience the most from an outdoor trip.

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Oscar Rojas
Oscar Rojas

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