The world has a lot of interesting places that need to be discovered. There are very many adventure destinations located the world over. One thing about these destinations is that they have something unique that will appeal to you – only if you have the guts and an adventurous spirit deep within you. This article looks at the top 10 adventure destinations you would love to go!
#1: The Grand Canyon
This destination offers several opportunities for you to have some adrenaline-charged fun. A typical trip to this canyon includes a helicopter ride over the canyon, which is a giant chasm that stretches 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and 6,000 deep. The fun does not stop here – you can take a mule and ride down into the canyon to see other places. You can also don your hiking boots and delve into the canyon on foot to get an experience of a lifetime.
#2: Mount Kilimanjaro
This is an ideal destination for mountaineers who are out for a thrill and a challenge at the same time. The highest point of this mountain stands at 5,895 meters above sea level. It also boasts of being the largest volcano in the East African Rift Valley. The height of the mountain makes it hard as well as exciting for you to climb. The whole climb is made more interesting due to the scenic view of other snow-capped mountains and green forests.
#3: Channel Islands
These are located off the California coast. If you are planning on spending your vacation in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, make sure you get a taste of the thrill that is brought by these islands. The destination comprises five islands that offer you an opportunity to go paddling. You will be able to see what these islands have to offer as well as explore the sea caves that are found dotting the shore.
When it comes to adventure, many people brush off this country yet it has something unique to offer. The country boasts of some of the largest and wildest rivers globally. You can go for hiking tours to the Rupuni, Baganara Island and the Kaiteur Falls. The tours are not devoid of fun because of the wide variety of wildlife you will meet and view. There are various ways you can explore what the country has to offer, including moving on foot, a vehicle or on horseback. The Essequibo River offers an ideal destination for camping, fishing and river trips. Other attractions include Mount Roraima, Lethem and Orinduik Falls.
Thought of as the ideal destination for scuba diving due to the Blue Hole, you need to know that Belize offers more than that. The Ambergris Caye gives you an opportunity to have exciting vacations on the beach. You can also visit the Mayan ruins or walk in the rainforest. For the adventurous at heart, you can have your pick from activities such as kayaking, scuba diving and caving. Scuba diving is made exciting due to the vertical walls that make up the Blue Hole. If you are a scuba diver, then this will offer you the real thrill you always search for. Kayaking is possible on the fast flowing rivers that wind through the rainforest.
The island of Jamaica provides you with various opportunities to have some adventure. As an adventure tourist, you get to go for white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking and caving. These will satisfy any hunger you have for adventure. The Blue Mountains provide an ideal location for mountain biking while the Deeside Roaring River Cave gives you a chance to go for caving. If you do not qualify for a tour of the Deeside Roaring River Cave, you have an option of having your fun exploring the Peterkin Cave which is more accessible.
The thing that makes Maui stand out is the beaches. This destination has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A trip to this location will revolve around some of the most gorgeous terrain that forms the mountainous region on this island. Any trip to Hawaii is not complete without taking a hike through the primeval jungles of this island. If you are into extreme sports, then you can go for surfing on one of the beaches of Hawaii.
#8: The Himalayas
This destination is appealing because it is home to the incredible Himalaya Mountains. If you are a mountaineering junkie, you have 100 peaks to conquer- imagine that! The mountains include Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and K2. The mountains are a source of some great rivers such as Indus, Ganges, Mekong, Yangtze and more. You will be able to see 15,000 glaciers in the same location. One of them represents the second largest glacier found outside the polar region. This mountain ranges spans India, Tibet, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bhutan.
#9: The Sahara Desert
This is the world’s largest non-arctic desert. It spans an area covering 3.5 million square miles. The desert covers a big part of North Africa. It encompasses 11 countries stretching from the edge of the Mediterranean up to the middle of Niger. This desert has as part of its landscape mountain ranges, woodlands, forests, hyper-arid regions, scrubland and coastal desert. All these offer you an opportunity to have some adventure. The Sahara desert has been host to some famous adventures such as the annual Dakar rally.
#10: The Amazon
You must have heard about this because it is the largest tropical forest in the world. It spans across South America, covering Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Guyana, and French Guiana. This rainforest boasts as having the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. The forest has over 2,000 mammals and fish species, 40,000 plant species and more. A river meanders through the forest to supply a fifth of the world’s fresh water. The river is the largest on the planet.
It depends upon you to choose the ideal adventure destination to head to. This will depend with your passion and your budget. With so many destinations available, you have no problem deciding where to go to so that you can indulge in your passion.
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