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  • Relax at Lanikai Beach

    During the weekdays the beach is relatively empty, but on weekends during peak tourist season it can become extremely crowded. Lanikai is a popular spot for photo shoots as renowned models and photographers frequent the place on nice days. Due to ...

  • Hike to Manoa Falls

    Located in close proximity to Honolulu, the 150-foot Mānoa Falls is accessible from the nearest road by a hike of approximately 1 mile (one way). The hike passes through a diverse array of ecosystems and feels like a true jungle, which makes it a ...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike the Olomana Trail

    Named Three Peaks for obvious reasons, this spine-tingling trail allows you to hike as far as you want (picture above is the view from the 3rd peak). Don't feel comfortable about continuing? You can turn around any time. (Just remember that there'...

    6 miles 750 ft gain

  • Photograph Salinas de Maras

    Cascading down a hillside valley not far from Cusco, the nearly 3,000 salt pans at Salinas de Maras sit at an elevation of 3,380 m. Believed to have been created in the 1400s by the Inca, the historical site now operates like a co-op and preserves...

  • Hike to the Top of Table Rock

    Though the trail may seem a bit daunting at first (especially for beginners), this out-and-back hike isn't all that difficult. At the trailhead (located almost directly behind the sign "Entering Dixville Notch State Park"), you'll begin by walking...

    1.5 miles 700 ft gain

  • Raft the Lower Urubamba River in Peru

    The Urubamba River is 450 miles long, but don't worry - you only need a small section of the Lower Urubamba River to experience Class III and IV rapids. Take an excursion with any reputable rafting company like OARS (or others) which will bring yo...

  • Climb into the Terciopelo Cave

    Riddled with stygian chambers much like the holes in Swiss cheese, Barra Honda is unique among Costa Rica's network of national parks. According to its website, the National Park's crowning glory is its 42 known caverns, less than half of which ha...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Camp at The View Campground in Monument Valley

    Other than the spectacular landscape, the park really doesn't possess any of the attributes one would associate with the "wild west." Rather, an introduction to the Navajo culture is what awaits visitors. Located on the Navajo Reservation, a vast ...

    3.2 miles 0 ft gain

  • Ski the Aspen Highland Bowl

    Being able to ski or snowboard the Highland Bowl requires a good set of lungs and legs. Accessing the 12,382-foot peak requires taking a couple of lifts from the base of Aspen Highlands Mountain (Exhibition then Loge Peak), then some serious leg w...

    782 ft gain

  • Sand Surf Down Monahans Sandhills

    The Monahans Sandhills are a surprise. They aren't as big as Great Sand Dunes National Park, but they are still fun for an afternoon or weekend adventure.  The State Park entrance fee is $4 per adult daily. There are sand toboggan/ disks rentals a...

  • Sail to Sandy Cay

    To the southeast of Jost van Dyke, Sandy Cay is like something you'd see out of a postcard. It offers a perfect place to stop for the day (no overnight stays allowed) to swim and relax on the beach. Keep in mind that the anchorage is usually busy,...

    1 miles

  • Hike the Manoa Falls Trail

    Located in close proximity to Honolulu, the 150-foot Mānoa Falls is accessible from the nearest road by a hike of approximately 1 mile (one way). The hike passes through a diverse array of ecosystems and feels like a true jungle, which makes it a ...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Olomana "Three Peaks" Hike

    Named Three Peaks for obvious reasons, this spine-tingling trail allows you to hike as far as you want (picture above is the view from the 3rd peak). Don't feel comfortable about continuing? You can turn around any time. (Just remember that there'...

    6 miles 750 ft gain

  • Zip Lining Draft

    Taking a zipline adventure at Cola de Mono allows you to experience the best ziplining has to offer. Our tour company OARS provided this adventure. There is a short, but steep 30 minute hike to get to the first zipline platform. There are 6 cables...

  • Photograph Anemone Sea Cave

    The hiking trail to Anemone Cave - a formerly popular attraction in Acadia National Park - was decommissioned years ago after NPS officials found that foot traffic there may have been to blame for declining numbers of sea anemones within the cave....

  • Hike to Double O Arch

    Starting at the Devils Garden Trailhead, this 4.2 mile looped moderate hike features flat sandy paths to narrow sandstone slabs with narrow ledges. Best time to complete this hike is early in the morning. Getting to the Devils Garden Trailhead at...

    4.2 miles

  • The Narrows: Zion National Park

    For the last three nights, Matt and I have been staying at the Zion Canyon Campground, which is roughly a two-minute drive from the entrance to Zion National Park. In order to beat the throngs of tourists who were sure to ruin our photos, we woke ...

    8 miles

  • Explore Tide Pools at Kalaloch Beach 4

    Parking at Kalaloch Beach 4 provides an easy walk to Olympic National Park's infamous tidal pools. With the correct tide schedule you will be able to explore and see ocean life such as starfish and sea anemones up close and personal. Kalaloch Beac...

    1 miles

  • Hike to Partition Arch

    Hiking to Partition Arch begins at Devils Garden Trailhead which is at the end of the 16 mile Arches Scenic Drive road. Make sure to get to the trailhead early for 2 reasons: beating crowds and beating the heat. Arriving at sunrise will almost gua...

    4 miles