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5 Epic Destinations For Adventure Holidays

If you have been dreaming of going on some adventure holidays, then have a look at this list for a dose of travel inspiration. Whether you want to test your mental or physical strength or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience, these adventure destinations will have something to offer you. 

So, read on for some epic destinations for adventure holidays.


California 

Adventure holidays, Yosemite mountains.

California offers everything you can think of – from arid deserts to scenic coasts, beautiful national parks, and bustling metropolitan cities. The state provides countless outdoor pursuits, making it a true haven for adventurers.

Here, you can go whitewater rafting, drive buggies in the desert, paragliding, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and more!

When it comes to outdoor adventures in California, the Yosemite National Park is the best place to go. Famous for its majestic waterfalls and sheer granite cliffs, it’s a haven for nature lovers. You could spend the days rock climbing the towering El Capitan, a vertical rock formation about 3,000 feet tall!

Hiking through the Yosemite is one of the best ways to explore the entirety of the park. Take a stroll around the Yosemite Falls and end your day with a sumptuous dinner at the dining room of Ahwahnee Hotel, surrounded by stunning sunset views. 

Another place that every adventurer should visit in California is Lake Tahoe. It’s a paradise for outdoor lovers, offering plenty of fun activities, such as kayaking. There’s also a scenic trail by the lake called the Rubicon Trail to take you to Emerald Bay.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the tranquil ocean waters along the way.


Iceland 

golden circle in Iceland

When it comes to outdoor adventure holidays, Iceland has it all. Whether you’re looking to hike through the national parks, explore waterfalls, scuba dive between continents, climb the glaciers, or swim at a geothermal pool, this amazing country is the perfect destination for an adventure holiday.  

The best way to explore the entire country and take up as many fun activities as possible is to go on a road trip. Since road tripping is a popular activity in the country, you’ll find plenty of 4×4 car rentals in Iceland. Driving a 4×4 is highly recommended in Iceland since the roads can be rough, especially when going to remote places.

The gravel roads can have potholes, and if there’s heavy rain, they can get very muddy. 

One of the most exciting activities you can try in Iceland is to explore an incredibly stunning ice cave, the amazing Vatnajökull Glacier. Ice caving is an adventurous way to gain a deeper insight into the country’s glacial innards.

Iceland is also famous for white water rafting. One of the best places to enjoy this thrilling activity is the Hvítá River. This beautiful river flows for 40 km before dropping into a narrow gorge at the Gullfoss waterfall. 


Greece 

Given its incredibly varied landscape and stunning islands, Greece is the perfect place to try different adventures, from trekking Mount Olympus to scuba diving in the Aegean seas. To make the most of your visit, consider island hopping in Greece.

It’s the perfect way to visit as many islands as you can and indulge in all the exciting activities that the Greek islands can offer.  

There are more than 200 islands in Greece. Many of these are inhabited and are amazing to visit, such as Crete.

But if you don’t have the luxury of time, the best way is to decide which island group to explore. The Cyclades is highly recommended. It’s home to some of the most popular islands, such as Mykonos and Santorini. These islands are also famous for their picturesque landscapes, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife.

Opt for a sea kayak for a more thrilling alternative to the usual island-hopping excursions. The best way to enjoy this activity is on the Sporades Islands, since the islands are close enough to each other, and you can easily paddle between them.

You’ll come across stunning views as you explore the islands, such as the magnificent limestone cliffs and secluded coves and caves.


Galapagos Islands 

The Galapagos Islands are loved worldwide for their wide variety of wildlife and incredible landscapes. Famous for being the place where Charles Darwin confirmed his theory of evolution, the archipelago offers various opportunities for exciting outdoor pursuits and makes for one of the best places for an adventure holiday. 

The best way to truly enjoy your Galapagos adventures is to book the Galapagos Island tours that are available. Depending on your preferences, you can choose from various tours and excursions.

These usually include swimming with the sea lions, hiking to a volcanic crater, and snorkelling in crystal clear waters. Your island hopping tour will also include discovering incredible species such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and other interesting wildlife.

An English-speaking naturalist guide will join you on the Galapagos Islands tour. Aside from exploring the many unique islands home to incredible wildlife, your guide will also take you to inlets and coves, which makes for a truly exciting experience.


South Africa 

safaris East Africa Masai Mara

South Africa is a country filled with opportunities for adventure holidays. It’s a truly beautiful country offering many unique attractions and experiences. If you’re dreaming of visiting vineyards, discovering incredible culture, or going on a safari at vast natural parks, South Africa can offer these for you and more.

Home to a treasure trove of private game reserves and national parks, South Africa is one of the best places to see your favourite wildlife. Discover the Big Five at Kruger National Park, visit Addo Elephant National Park to interact with elephants, and marvel at Pilanesberg National Park’s amazing diversity of flora and fauna.  

South Africa has a rich and colourful history, which you’ll learn more about when you visit the various museums across the country. Visit the Cradle of Humankind to retrace the steps of early humans who thrived in the ancient caves of Africa.

Explore the local towns and villages to learn more about the culture and meet friendly locals. These are also the best places to visit local eateries serving authentic South African delicacies.


Adventure Holidays

Those are just 5 out of many destinations for adventure holidays. Having an adventure when travelling somewhere is a must-do experience.

For more adventures take a look at my destination guides around the world.


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