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  • Hike the Ewoldsen Trail

    The Ewoldsen Trail is one of the more accessible yet challenging hikes in Big Sur. It is a beautiful ~4-mile loop through the redwood forest that starts in the Julia Pfeiffer state park parking lot, which is across the street from McCay falls. Dur...

    4.2 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Photograph Bixby Bridge

    You can't miss this bridge if you are driving north on highway one.The best time for capturing sunsets behind the bridge is December. The positioning of the sun will better coincide with the location of the bridge.There are four main angles to cap...

  • Explore the Venice Canals

    The canals are a fun and quiet place to relax away from the hectic Venice boardwalk. Take a stroll through the canals or even get in a run! The reflections in the water are the main attraction and are great for photography. Spring, after some rain...

    1 miles

  • Hike the Rincon Fire Trail

    The Rincon Fire Trail Starts at a small dirt parking lot next to CA-9 and traverses down the mountain to the San Lorenzo River Connecting with the Pipeline Trail. The trail can be a simple one of a mile out and back or up to 5 miles depending on y...

    1 miles 300 ft gain

  • Climb Down into the Depths of Carlsbad Caverns

    The Carlsbad Caverns is an experience like no other. There is a seven mile scenic road that leads into the park, which will direct you towards the ranger station and entrance to the caves. The entrance to this road starts and ends in Whites City.Y...

    1.2 miles -2000 ft gain

  • Sunset Hike on the West Vail Trail

    Starting in Lionshead, Vail, CO take the Gondola 19 up to the top of the mountain and head west straight out past Chair 26 and towards the Vail Mountain Wedding deck. Past the deck there will be a trail that you can follow out onto the edge of the...

    2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Camp at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    The campground at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park offers a spectacular variety of natural settings to enjoy. Each of the 189 tent and RV sites is located within the redwood groves, oak woodlands, grassy meadows and they even have riverside camping.Eac...

  • Run the Malecón

    The entire Malecón is five miles which gives you the opportunity to make it a loop of ten. From people watching to historic monuments the Malecón provides a great track for seeing Cuban culture while getting in exercise.Starting at the National Ho...

    10 miles

  • Mountaineering on the Root Glacier

    Starting in the town of Kennicott you'll hike on the trail leading north outside of the town for a mile and a half.The trail will end at the edge of the glacier and this is where you put on your crampons. I would also suggest putting on your cramp...

    6 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the Backbone Trail via Corral Canyon

    The backbone trail was a vision that started in the 1980’s. It is a trail that stretches 65 Miles starting in Will Rodgers State Historic Park and ending at Thornhill Broome Beach. It has many entrance and exit points but it is anchored in the mid...

    2 miles 500 ft gain

  • Run the Santa Monica Concrete Stairs

    The concrete Santa Monica Stairs are a great way to get in some intense leg burning cardio. There are around 170 steps that are wider and easier than the Santa Monica wooden staircase.This place has been a hot spot in the Santa Monica fitness scen...

    0.1 miles 111 ft gain

  • Explore Hearst Castle

    Hearst CastleYou always hear about it but rarely do you make the necessary full day stop to visit the castle with Big Sur just around the corner.Hearst Castle, located high above the ocean, was the creation of two extraordinary individuals, Willia...

  • Explore Strokkur Geyser

    The Geyser, Strokkur, has a small rest stop built around it and after parking, you will walk about five minutes north of the road. There is a high level of anticipation and thrill sitting and waiting for Strokkur to explode.It occurs around every ...

  • Photograph the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

    This is one of the most photographed festivals in the world. Professionals and amateurs gather here each year to take millions of photos, and your goal (albeit a difficult one) is to capture a unique perspective at this event. Something that conve...

  • Run the Santa Monica Wooden Stairs

    The wooden Santa Monica Stairs are a great way to get in some intense leg burning cardio. There are around 120 steps that are steeper then the Santa Monica Concrete Stairs, which can provide a deep burn on the intended muscles!This place has been ...

  • Catch a Sunset at Bean Hollow State Beach

    There are a bunch of places to photograph this beach if you head north on the trail that runs along the beach.There is parking at the beach but it can fill up quickly!The only warning you need is about the tide. Make sure you are watching it the e...

  • Photograph the Big 5 at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

    A South African Safari in the game reserve of Sabi Sabi, or most of the reserves in South Africa, is an incredible experience, which gives you the unique opportunity to see these stunning animals calm and relaxed in their natural environment.To ge...

  • Explore Gullfoss

    The infamous Gullfoss Falls are about 45 minutes from Strokkur, and they have a peaceful calm about them.With the temperature never really going much above freezing during the winter you get these beautiful ice sculptures with water flowing throug...

  • Hike to Kennecott's Ice Caves

    Disclaimer: We do not recommend entering the caves as the ice can become unstable, especially in the warmer months.If you are in Kennicott and have the physical ability to get to these caves, make this the top of your priority list.You'll walk dow...

    4 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike the Temescal Canyon Loop

    There are a couple of different ways that you can hike in Temescal Canyon. Options for Hiking Temescal Canyon: The basic loop – 2.6 milesThe loop beginning from Temescal Canyon Trail at Sunset Boulevard – 3.4 milesThe loop with the Bienveneda Trai...

    3.4 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Explore the Forbidden City

    The Forbidden City is the incredible palace of the Ming Dynasty. It housed the Chinese government for almost 500 years and is located in the middle of Beijing. The palace is massive and extremely unique. Visiting the palace gives you a sense of h...

  • Hike the Old Growth Redwoods Trail

    Quick half-mile stroll through the old growth Redwoods that will show you the nature of the ever-living redwood tree.Redwoods are capable of withstanding storms, floods, fire, droughts, and even termites. These legendary trees can live for over 2,...

    0.5 miles

  • Camp at White Sands National Monument

    Spend a night under the stars in one of the more beautiful places to take it all in. White Sands National Monument offers camping to “backpackers” who have the ability to hike out into the dunes to set up camp for an overnight adventure. The close...

    1.5 miles 40 ft gain

  • Beach Volleyball at Will Rogers State Beach

    At PCH and West Channel there is a tunnel that goes underneath the highway leading you directly onto the beach. In the tunnel take a left up the stairs onto the bike path. Head south 250 feet and you will hit the first set of courts but be aware y...