Go on a photo safari
Given we all have cameras with us at all times (hello, iPhone), why not put your camera to good use by signing up for a photo safari either in your town or in a new city. Washington Photo Safari in Washington, DC offers organized photo walks of the monuments and memorials. While most photo walks require you to have an actual camera (not just a phone), you’ll be surprised by how much you learn about angles, lighting, and storytelling that you can apply to iPhone photography.
Climb a mountain
It may sound challenging, but yes, you’ll want to hike up a mountain, especially once you learn that you can earn a patch, a sticker, and major bragging rights. In the Adirondacks of New York, climb the six peaks around Saranac Lake to become a Saranac Lake 6er. Not up for all six? Start with Mount Baker, which is well-suited for families and novice hikers. In Colorado, climb one of 54 fourteeners (peaks with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet), a summer bucket list must-do. Start with Grays Peak or Mount Bierstadt, both of which are good for beginners.