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We love the cosmopolitan excursions in Vancouver as much as the next traveler, but we’re also huge fans of the fact that it’s a great gateway to surrounding outdoorsy adventures. After all, the city is flanked by mountains, forests, and the Pacific coast. Best of all, plenty of these escapes are accessible as day trips.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which stretches along the east coast of Queensland for more than 1,400 miles, is the biggest structure on earth built by non-human organisms. It can even be seen from space. Clearly, this incredible destination, which was just renewed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, tops travel bucket lists for a good reason. To visit the reef, you have many options. Here are three that offer unique and varied perspectives…
(Photo: Great Wolf Lodge)
By Jordi Lippe for Yahoo! Travel
Just as amusement parks are in a constant competition to create the most terrifying, most stomach-dropping, and most incredible roller coasters, water parks are in what could be considered an all-out arms race of water slides.
We’ve seen the 14-story plunges and the 360-degree loops. But this is the first time that we have seen the marriage of a water slide with a video game — and it is truly awesome.
Slideboarding is the world’s first interactive video game water slide. Using rafts that double as video game controllers, riders careen through the hairpin turns of an LED-equipped fiberglass flume, scoring points by mashing control buttons that correspond to the flashing lights zooming by.
Vancouver is a wonderful place for a bike ride, especially after the gloriously green metropolis has made a concerted effort to become a cycling city. The protected bike lanes make it easy for travelers to easily zip through the heart of the city, covering lots of ground while staying fit to boot.
Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for September.
Finger Lakes, New York
Foliage and wine. Hot air balloons and culture. What could make for a better kickoff to fall? In the Finger Lakes, a wealth of wine tasting rooms perch on the region’s lakeside valleys, effortlessly providing a great vantage point for all the season’s best colors. And thrill-seekers who visit in September will be able to catch the last few weeks of ballooning season — or hop on a two-seat glider — for even better foliage views. Even if you’ve traveled here before, there’s a great reason to return this year: The shiny new wing at the Corning Museum of Glass, a massive 26,000-square-foot space for the institution’s contemporary exhibits and live glass-making demonstrations that took $26 million to create.
There are nearly seven more weeks until Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer — plenty of time for a Rocky Mountain getaway. While mountain resort destinations aren’t exactly known for being inexpensive, the neighboring historical towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado, feature several free and cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors. Tip: The weather changes quickly at these high altitudes, so don’t leave the house without sunscreen and a couple of layers.
By Billie Cohen for Yahoo! Travel
Jet packs are here! Almost. (Photo: Martin Aircraft Company)
Start saving your money — a New Zealand-based company is getting ready to put jet packs on sale. By the end of 2016, Martin Aircraft Company will release what it calls the world’s first “practical jetpack.” (As if there’s any other kind.)
Latin America is home to some pretty amazing cities — Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Cusco to name a few — so we can understand if you’re having trouble picking and choosing what to see and what to skip. That said, there are so many equally impressive destinations that get overlooked. Whether you’re a history buff or an outdoor adventurer or wine lover, here are five underrated Latin American cities worth exploring, no matter your interest.
Glamorous camping — or glamping — may have started out as a niche for extremely wealthy travelers or hardcore adventurists. But ever since safaris became all the rage a few years back, this mode of luxury tenting has been broadening and becoming a stronger force than ever. Most recently, we’re noticing a daredevil streak in the world of glamping, too. Here’s a look at the phenomenon on the rise, including who’s doing it, why they’re doing it, and the latest trends.
There are times when taking to the open road — an escape from our day-to-day life — is better suited by way of a long hike. From the cool coasts of the Great Lakes to warmer climates in Australia, here’s where you can reconnect with nature, no matter what type of hiker you are.
When it comes to horseback riding, romantic visions of cowboys tend to trot through many people’s heads. But, truth be told, all the dirt that comes along with life on the range isn’t for everyone. The good news is that there are plenty of locales where you can trade in dusty trails for ones with coastline views. Here’s where to giddy up to some of the most scenic spots in North America on horseback.
Whether you’re exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park this summer or planning a winter ski trip to Jackson Hole, big adventures always require high energy. The good news for travelers to this Western-inspired, high-adrenaline destination is that its local eateries are more than just an afterthought. Rejoice in foodie treats that range from big steaks to vegan bowls of deliciousness. Here are six options for every palate in Jackson Hole.
Emerging as a city with a distinct culture of its own — thanks to an economic turnaround attributed in part to Tesla’s move to the area — Reno has come alive in recent years as an affordable playground for foodies and outdoor adventurers. There are now more ways than ever to get there, too, with a new direct flight on JetBlue from New York’s JFK, and the city earned a spot on our Top Budget Destinations of 2015 list. Even better, the thousands of hotel rooms throughout the area average less than $100 per night, offering remarkable value. Here, a deeper look at what’s on offer, with four more great reasons you should visit Reno now.
If the summer is getting too hot for you, look south. Ski season in the other hemisphere is just getting underway. And Valle Nevado, a ski resort at 17,000-feet elevation and snug in Chile’s Andes 37 miles from Santiago, is offering more than 50 percent in savings — if you can time your visit strategically.
After a relationship has tanked to the point of no return, there’s nothing quite like getting in the car — either by yourself or with a bestie or two — and taking your mind off everything on the open road. So queue up Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” and set the GPS for one of these epic post-breakup road trips.
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