HIGH ADVENTURE TRAVEL
High adventure travel and sports ideas that attract people who are active, have a high threshold for fear and love the outdoors. If you want an adrenalin rush, take a look at these ideas....
Trek the High Sierras
These mountains are a toothed landscape of lodgepole pine and red fir, arid desert and U-shaped glacial valleys.The Hoover Wilderness is 42,800 acres of primitive country in the east-central part of the state, touching Yosemite National Park at the Sierra Crest. This adventure features a five-day trek among the sagebrush and thistle, the escarpments and the late summer snow fields, as South American llamas carry the cargo. Expect to see mule deer, and perhaps bobcats, coyote, bear. But don't count on seeing a mountain lion on this adventure travel idea as they are elusive.
Spend the Night in a Treehouse Hotel
Building a hotel in the treetops is hardly a new idea: Brazil’s Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel has been inviting guests to explore the jungle canopy from its rooms since the mid-1980’s. But the concept has blossomed; today you’ll find them everywhere
Hiking the Colorado The Wilderness
Hike Indian Peaks Wilderness, Brainard Lake to Red River Lake
3 to 5 day hike, depending on how big a loop we want, or how fast or slow we hike.
Take a Safari in Zambia
Indulge your wild side in Africa.
At night hear the lions roar and elephants trumpet. But don't worry. You aren't alone out there in the wild.
With top-tier guides, an abundance of wildlife, and simple bush camps and river lodges, Zambia is one of those under-the-radar safari destinations for senior adventure seekers.
When Lewis and Clark first spoke of Yellowstone's natural beauty, no one believed them. But today, those who catch sight of the area's geothermic wonders (like Old Faithful and the Mammoth Hot Springs) know America's oldest national park offers miles of unspoiled wilderness for animal viewing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and more.
Thrilling Helicopter Ride Destinations
Helicopter rides reward the traveler with an incredible aerial perspective, thanks to their ability to fly lower than planes and hover over points of interest. And you don’t need to travel far from home—or shell out a small fortune. Helicopter over the Grand Canyon and other national treasures for a 'bird's eye view'.
Canoeing in the Wilderness
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, largest in North America, has over 1,500 icy, clear-water lakes accessible by paddle only in an area of well over a million acres, unchanged since when the Sioux, Chippewa and French-Canadian voyagers navigated through hundreds of years ago.
Mountain Biking the Grand Staircase
Between the tangerine cliffs of Bryce Canyon and the sheer walls of the Grand Canyon's north rim, an expansive geological staircase climbs skyward in rainbow pastels. Through the vast wilderness of remote mesas and buttes flows the Paria River. Its waters cut unceasingly through layers of soft sedimentary rock and have formed some of the finest slot canyons in the world.
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Seniors are becoming one of the top participants in Adventure Vacations.
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No matter is you prefer water sports, land, or air, today's seniors are jumping in with both feet.
Thrills from a Safe Distance
If you really want excitement, try storm chasing, where travelers eschew sunshine to seek out lightning, twisters, and brooding cumulonimbus clouds. It’s a growing trend whose affordable thrills are particularly attractive if you arae on a budget but still want that adrenalin rush.
If you aren't put off by extreme cold, this Adventure Vacation might just be for you.
One of the largest and most remote wilderness areas in North America is the 8.4 million-acre Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
This adventure begins with a ski-plane flight from Bettles, Alaska, to a wilderness outpost at Eroded Mountain. Over the next nine days, you travel north through the dramatic Koyukuk River Valley. Dog teams carry all communal gear and heavy personal items while tour members take turns skiing and mushing.
High adventure vacations are more popular with retirees than ever before. In fact, it is reported in hospitals throughout Europe that many emergency patients that come in with broken bones and more from dangerous sports are seniors.
Ideas for High Adventure Vacations in the U.S. that will keep the blood pumping.
Idaho’s Salmon and Snake Rivers are popular adventure vacation spots for water adventures. The rivers vary a lot and the rapids are rated at intermediate rafting skills. Pull up on the shore and take a hike to historic pioneer homesteads and see where the Nez Perce Indians called home. River rafting is one of the top attractions in Southwest Wyoming a couple hours from Jackson. This is white-water rafting at its finest surrounded by lush forest.
Base Jumping: It's a Bird, It's a Plane...
Base jumping is using a parachute to jump from fixed positions. BASE stands for the four types of fixed objects that can be used; buildings, antennas (towers), a span (bridge, arch or dome) and earth (a cliff or natural formation).
Base jumpers don’t use reserve parachutes, because well there wouldn’t even be time to deploy them.
A 150m free-fall can take just 5 seconds.
This sport has been around a while, and consists of running and doing acrobatics in an urban environment so it can be done most anywhere. Free runners use urban structures as obstacles to run between, jump, vault and somersault over.
Lookout Mountain in Tennessee is a great spot for a hang-gliding. The hang-gliding facilities here are one of the best known and most popular in the country. There is a lot of open space here with excellent fast- rising thermals. The flight park accommodates a wide range of skill levels. If you are a beginner, Raccoon Mountain is where you can get started. They also have two hang glide simulators. You can get a feel for the action and soon you are ready for the real thing.
River-rafting, Adventure Vacation:
Idaho’s Salmon and Snake Rivers are popular adventure vacation spots for water adventures. The rivers vary a lot and the rapids are rated at intermediate rafting skills. Pull up on the shore and take a hike to historic pioneer homesteads and see where the Nez Perce Indians called home.River rafting is also one of the top attractions in Southwest Wyoming a couple hours from Jackson. This is white-water rafting at its finest surrounded by lush forest.
Hiking the Grand Canyon, Adventure Vacation with a view:
Visit Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for breathtaking vistas. There are beautiful water falls in the area that you can walk to. To get there you will have to hike 5 miles to the bottom of the canyon where you will find the village. Although the village is not visually appealing there is a hotel with power so you will have the basics. This is the only place in the United Sates that still delivers mail by mule.
Rock climbing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a favorite for rock climbers.
Rumney Rocks in Baker River Valley is one of the most popular spots.
The Appalachian Trail runs through this area and there is plenty of opportunity for other high adventures if you love the outdoors..
Climb of the iconic Mt. Washington along with a neighboring summit during fall or winter.
If you are looking for another great place for rock-climbing in the west, stay in Moab UT. and visit Arches National Park. The degree of difficulty here can be high if you want to be challenged and the views are incomparable.
Snorkeling, Adventure Vacation :
If your family is into snorkeling and animal watching, there are expeditions world-wide that need help observing, monitoring, photographing, tagging a variety of animals in their natural habitat.
You will be assigned to work alongside scientists and guides in places like Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Belize, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and other destinations around the world. The work is often hard and you will out in the environment. But this could be one of the most rewarding and memorable adventures ever if you are healthy enough to participate in these high adventure vacations for seniors.