Whether planning a big family trip with all the activity the kids can handle — hikes, climbs and scenic adventures — or just dipping your toe into fitness this year, you can still do it in style.
Travel to that far-off destination you’ve been meaning to visit with a day or two set aside for a hiking excursion. When visiting an already bucket-list destination, you can expect the hikes will be well worth the trip.
One the Kids Can Do
Boasting sweeping views of the surprisingly expansive city of Bogotá, the hike to Monserrate in Colombia leads to a truly beautiful view. Plan for some high elevation and pace yourself, as well as your breathing, for this climb, as it reaches about 10,341 feet. The climb itself isn’t incredibly challenging, just steep, but can take about an hour to reach the top. After the hike, treat the kids to a funicular ride down — same great view, but a lot less walking.
For Teens and Older
Vietnam is an underrated gem in the hiking world. The quiet villages, lush green hills and stunning rice fields make for the perfect escape for adventure seekers. You can build your own adventure here, opting for various hiking tours, depending on your family’s athleticism. On the border of China and Vietnam, Sapa offers one of the most travel-worthy hikes through Cat Cat Village. Expect to see rice fields, waterfalls and wildlife.
Villarrica is an active volcano in Chile, which last erupted in March 2017, and safe to hike — sounds like a lie, but there are experts monitoring the volcano at all hours. Hike with the family and a guide to the volcano’s peak and watch the bubbling lava from a safe distance. The hike is intense and a true workout, so make sure your crew is up for it.
One for Experienced Hikers
Choosing a trail in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park will be one of the more difficult aspects of your trip. Sure, the hike will be a challenge, too, depending on the trail, but the views will lead you through, undoubtedly. The diverse range of stunning vistas at this national park are unending.
Whatever your family decides, don’t rush — start your own bucket-list hiking planner and take your time: This scenery is not to be hurried through.
This holiday season, South Padre Island invites travelers to celebrate the season with its Lights Over South Padre. Whether you are a local, visiting from out of town or just passing through, you won’t want to miss these holiday festivities. From dazzling light shows to festive parades on land and water, the destination is pulling out all the stops.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
The renovation project at Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, off the west coast of Grenada in Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area, was completed earlier this month.
This holiday season, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Kingsmill Resort host several festive experiences for the entire family to enjoy.
Saint Lucia invites travelers to experience the island’s beautiful beaches with incredible Cyber Monday deals. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority makes it easy for travelers to score the best lodging and tour deals with a dedicated Cyber Monday website.