Accessible from Arizona, Nevada and Utah, the Grand Canyon not only has breathtaking scenery and undeniable history, it’s also an adventure addict’s playland, with so many activities for all levels of ability. If you’re simply looking to get an overview of this geological masterpiece, a Grand Canyon South Rim Bus Tour is probably your best bet. From Phoenix there’s the Grand Canyon via Sedona and Navajo Reservation, and from Las Vegas you can take the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip. If you want to get down and dirty, then a Grand Canyon in a Day: Hummer Tour from Las Vegas is probably more your speed – or take to the skies with a Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour from Las Vegas.
The ultimate in back-to-nature eco-friendly activities, there’s no better way to fully experience a landscape than by trekking through it, and the world is teeming with photo-worthy hiking routes. You can escape the neon with a Red Rock Canyon Hiking Tour from Las Vegas. And if you’re a bit more adventurous, try Heli Hiking Franz Josef. Work off all that pasta and pizza with a Cinque Terre Hiking Day Trip from Florence, or make it a part of your day with a Tuscany Hiking Tour from Florence Including Wine Tasting and Lunch. For an urban hiking experience in the City of Angels, sign up for a Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour in Los Angeles.
3. Day Trips
Day trips from your main destination don’t have to invoke memories of schlepping around on a school field trip. In fact, getting away for a day is a great way to get some adventure into a trip that otherwise can be full of culture or relaxation. A Key West Day Trip can include parasailing; snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is on the agenda during a Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns. Back on land, a Southern Lanzarote Day Trip includes a camel ride on the volcanic Fire Mountains as well as a lunch and wine tasting. A Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure among these ancient giants.
4. Rain Forest Adventures
Visiting a country’s rain forest is an excellent way to combine history, nature and adventure into a sightseeing activity – and in many parts of the world, you don’t even have to travel far to discover these near-miraculous ecosystems. Swim in clear natural pools under waterfalls on an El Yunque Rain Forest Adventure Off the Beaten Path from San Juan, or learn about the fragile environment through a El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan. Feel a surge of adrenaline while taking a Daintree Rainforest Zipline and Wildlife Habitat Day Trip. Encounter monkeys, birds and butterflies when you book a Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro. Get in touch with the sacred history on the Bali Monkey Forest, Mengwi Temple and Tanah Lot Afternoon Tour.
5. Exploring Australia
You could easily spend a lifetime discovering the treasures of Australia. But if you don’t have that kind of time – and you want a bit of adventure while you travel around this bountiful country – then adventure tours are the way to go! On a Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Hervey Bay you can explore both land and sea, and even see a shipwreck. A Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Day Tour from Sydney not only takes you to the land of kangaroos and koalas, but you also learn about rural life with visits to Leura and Katoomba. If you want even more animal encounters, then the Savannah Walkabout Australian Animals Eco Tour from Melbourne is just the ticket. Literally immerse yourself in adventure with a Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld. For a bit of letting loose with some family fun, try the Gold Coast Theme Park Pass: Movie World, Sea World and Wet n Wild!
6. Ancient Action
Adventure experiences may seem like a fairly new phenomenon that has become more popular as modern advances allow for safe, adrenaline-pumping fun. But centuries before the bungy cord changed adventure forever, people were living on the edge of excitement – and even intrigue! A tunic is your uniform when you attend the Roman Gladiator School: Learn How to Become a Gladiator on the Appian Way. But it’s face coverings and all black at Ninja School: Ninja for a Day. Or try another Tokyo Experience: Samurai for a Day. If sport is more your style, then check out a Tokyo Sumo Wrestling Tournament, or hoot and holler for your heroes while watching Mexican Wrestling: Experience Lucha Libre in Mexico City.
Forget rolling through country lanes and leisurely pedaling the beachfront – cycling fanatics have plenty of more interesting ways to get their kicks. And nowhere gets your blood pumping more than the streets of a major city. Discover centuries-old secret passages on a Rome City Bike Tour. Finish up a Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour with a quick dip in the Mediterranean. Channel your inner Amélie on a Paris Bike Tour. Explore the urban jungle with a NYC Central Park Bike Rental. And cover all the ground of the expansive gardens in no time flat by taking a Versailles by Bike Day Tour.
8. Dubai Desert Fun
Off-roading is a popular pastime in the UAE, so you have some options to choose from – a basic 4×4 Dubai Desert Safari includes a pit stop at a traditional camel farm, or you could choose a more extensive 4×4 Abu Dhabi desert safari with a camel ride, dinner, and belly dancing. For a fun 4×4 desert adventure, head into the desert from Dubai for a Desert Safari Including BBQ and Al Hibab Red Dune Bashing. Or, take it up a notch with a Luxury Desert Experience: Camel Safari with Dinner and Emirati Activities with Transport from Dubai. Back in the city, see incredible architecture and innovative urban planning from a Helicopter Flight in Dubai.