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Breathtaking Outdoor Adventure Vacation Destinations


If you like getting out in nature and enjoying all the beauty and exhilaration it brings, you should think about going on an adventure vacation. So many places around the world offer a wealth of active pursuits, from mountain climbing to offshore fishing. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite outdoor adventure vacation destinations to help you plan your next trip. Get ready to have an unforgettable journey!

Los Sueños, Costa Rica

When you head to Playa Herradura and the beautiful Los Sueños Resort & Marina, you’ll be smack-dab in the middle of a ton of adventurous pursuits. Their nature-driven activities are endless—from fishing to zip lining through forests. Costa Rica in general is a wonderful place to delve into nature during a vacation. The country is full of a diverse range of wildlife and landscapes, so you’re sure to have a vacation you’ll never forget.

Big Sur, California

Big Sur used to be one of California’s most remote areas, and people have long taken advantage of the Santa Lucia mountains and their famed drop into the ocean. When you plan a trip there today, you’ll find ample opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and more. Hike to Pfeiffer Falls or Sykes Hot Springs—there are so many beautiful things for you to explore.

Patagonia, Argentina/Chile

Whether you go to Argentinian or Chilean Patagonia, you’re in for a vacation full of adventure and exploration. Go off-roading through the mountains, horse riding, cycling, or climbing. If you want to see the views of a lifetime, take the W Trek, which takes you through the Torres del Paine peaks, glistening lakes, and dense forests.

The Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Head here this winter for a holiday vacation you’ll never forget. This area is an absolute dream for active travelers. The skiing is unparalleled. Stay in one of the region’s famous chalets and enjoy the atmosphere of the Swiss Alps—it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. The summer is also a wonderful time to visit, as you can hike up the same mountains you’d ski down in the winter.

Acadia National Park, Maine

The United States has so many national parks we could have listed, and they’re all wonderful options. We chose to put Acadia on this list for a few different reasons: it’s the only national park in New England, the fall foliage is some of the best in the world, and it has stunning ocean and mountains views. You can bike, you can hike, or you can just take a drive and enjoy the views. A relaxing adventure isn’t hard to find here.

Yukon, Canada

Bigger than Germany and Belgium combined, the Yukon offers adventurous travelers some of the most pristine wilderness for exploration. Set up camp at Whitehorse, then head out for a trip full of exhilarating experiences. Glacial white water rafting has never been more exciting. Alpine climbing has never gotten you so close to wildlife. If you don’t mind heights, take a helicopter to the top of a glacier and then go for a hike—it’s an unbelievable experience.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food.