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20 Incredible Adventures in Europe

Skip the guided tours and opt for adventure.

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Sure, the cities of Europe have a lot to offer. Museums, nightlife, and amazing food and drink draw millions of people to places like Paris, Berlin, and London every year, but we know you've got others things on your mind when you plan a trip. How about hiking through the Swiss Alps, backpacking across rolling green hills of Scotland, or spending the night on a ridge high above the glacial lakes of of Norway? Yeah, that sounds like more fun than a crowded tour of yet another cathedral, right? Right. So whenever you make it across the pond, be sure to take this list with you.  

1. Hike Besseggen Ridge

Photo: Katch Silva

2. Hike or Run the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites

Photo: Josiah Roe

3. Ryten Mountain Hike

Photo: Christin Healey

4. Walk Along the Cliffs of Moher

Photo: Eric Bennett

5. Hike over Bunderchrinde Pass in the Bernese Alps

Photo: Justin Dong

6. Hike up to Lake Schrecksee

Photo: Daniel Ernst

7. Ski and Snowboard Chateau D’oex

Photo: Josh Currie

8. Explore the Matterhorn

Photo: Eric Bennett

9. Backpacking Tour du Mont Blanc

Photo: Drew Robinson

10. Hike in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Photo: Michael Matti

11. Hike Laps around Lake Dauben

Photo: Luan Baruti

12. Backpacking Scotland’s West Highland Way

Photo: Eric Bennett

13. Hike and Climb the Via Ferreta de la Tour D’Ai

Photo: Talia Touboul

14. Explore Norway’s Lofoten Islands

Photo: Ben Ashmole

15. Explore Santorini Greece

Photo: Michael Matti

16. Paraglide in the Swiss Alps

Photo: Jeremy Meek

17. Hike to Röthbachfall in the Alps of Berchtesgaden NP

Photo: Brian Fulda

18. Backpack to Richetlipass in the Glarus Alps

Photo: Justin Dong

19. Explore Pragser Wildsee

Photo: Jason Hatfield

20. Trek in the Swiss Alps

Photo: Dan Loch

Cover photo: Katch Silva

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