From hot air balloon rides to picnics, luxury hotels and wineries across the country offer outdoor adventure day experiences. Spending your days outdoors has become more prevalent than ever in recent years—with the rise in popularity of hiking, surfing, and animal encounters—and will likely continue to grow. With this in mind, here are 10 awe-inspiring ways to make the most of the great outdoors.
Give Switzerland a try:
For Lindsey Vonn–types, Zermatt is the ultimate. Not only does the Swiss village fulfill your ski-themed dreams (not to mention its epic slopes), but its secluded alpine charm makes it the ideal setting for an Alpine adventure.
Lindsey Vonn–types know that slaloming offers many thrills, including the chance to ski in dreamy European destinations like Zermatt, Verbier, and Chamonix.
You can choose your ideal ski descent from snow-laden mountains in the Swiss Alps. The heli-skiing will be at altitudes of over 14,000 feet.
Beautiful Moonlit Horseback Ride in Los Angeles:
Maybe you have heard of Hollywood, but what about La-La-Land? The alliterative nickname for Los Angeles is a nod to the city’s fairytale-like aura, and this is the place where you can live out your storybook fantasies. So saddle up for some real-life adventures:
Strap on a pair of spurs and ride into LA’s romantic past on horseback! Los Angeles Horseback Riding offers 90-minute Moonlight Rides during the full moon along Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail, which has gorgeous alpine and ocean overlooks. Keep your eyes out for resident wildlife like coyotes, Cooper’s hawks, and the occasional celeb.
Reindeer Safari On Frozen Lake in Finland:
The Levi resort in Lapland, Finland, makes this dream a reality with its four-hour Reindeer and Ice Fishing tour.
The tour begins with a three-mile ride through snow-dusted forests on a reindeer cart—no need to worry about getting cold if you are lucky, you might even see Santa himself on his sleigh.
Once you arrive at your destination—a traditional Lappish teepee—you all indulge in some salmon soup before setting out to ice fish! (You all even get to keep one of those little fishies.) Then it’s back home for coffee and cake with your new friends before heading out into the forest again to do it all over again!
Lay On Top of a Giant Tortoise in Turtle Island, Fiji:
The Blue Lagoon is the perfect place for a romantic getaway—if you can get in.
Located on an island off the coast of Fiji, The Blue Lagoon can accommodate 14 couples at a time. But its pristine blue waters and fabulous beaches make it worth waiting.
The resort features secluded beaches, moonlit dinners at sea, romantic picnics for two, and horseback riding at sunrise. There are also lots of water-based activities like diving and snorkeling.
Each one of the private abodes features 1,500 square feet of living space, including a fully stocked refrigerator.
Hana-Maui Resort, Maui (Must-See for Travelers, Couples:
When you looking for a place to relax and unwind, who is better than Hana-Maui Resort? Located in the peaceful town of Hana, set among lush rolling fields and palm trees overlooking Kaihalulu Bay, this luxurious resort offers guests everything they all need to get away from it all.
In addition to the privacy of guest rooms, suites, bungalows, and family residences with a private lanai and partial ocean views, there is also an on-site restaurant serving farm-to-table fare. There is also an indoor and outdoor spa, a yoga center and pavilion, and a wellness center.
Sumba- Indonesia: An Untamed Island of Paradise
Sumba Island is Sumba Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, just an hour’s flight from Bali. A remote island with a population of less than half a million people and a landscape that has been largely untouched by human hands.
It’s also home to NIHI Sumba, which has been named the best hotel for two consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine and nominated for the Condé Nast Traveler Choice Awards.
NIH Sumba offers the ultimate luxuries while being a sustainable, environmentally friendly property. The all-inclusive rates include mouthwatering meals, drinks (including alcohol), a complimentary minibar, and many of the activities on offer, including snorkeling when the turquoise waters that edge it are calm and world-class surfing when a swell rolls. Each residence available in one- to five-bedroom options includes private pools overlooking the beach and sea;
The Amazing Glass Ranch and Hot Spring in Iceland Tour:
The Panorama Glass Lodge Escape is a new tour of Iceland that includes stays in four eco-friendly glass-fronted lodges, allowing for stunning views of the Northern Lights or the midnight sun.
This four-day tour is set in the country’s southern highlands, just 1.5 hours from Reykjavik, and features private guided tours of Southern Iceland via a private jeep with a private guide. With its glass luxury accommodations, the Panorama Glass Lodge Escape offers a distinctive full-time outdoor experience, bringing the outdoor views indoors with panoramic views of the arctic tundra, Hekla volcano, and crystal-clear rivers.
This luxurious tour includes two nights in one of four eco-friendly glass-fronted lodges. It features private guided tours of Southern Iceland via a private jeep with a private guide.
Maldives, Bavaria, Cinque Terra:
As you plan your trip to the Maldives, add Cinque Terra and Bavaria to your itinerary. With Conrad Maldives Rangali Island as your home base, you can explore some of the most beautiful sites in these three tourist destinations.
Cinque Terra is a stunning region of five medieval towns in Italy that sit on the rugged Ligurian coast. Wander through the narrow pathways and colorful buildings, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the local restaurants, or relax with a glass of wine on your balcony overlooking the sea—the choice is yours!
Bavaria is known for its beer gardens, castles, and sprawling forests. In this mountainous region near Austria, you can hike through dense forests overflowing with wildlife or tour one of its many castles. You can even take a day trip out into the mountains for an unforgettable experience!