courtesy Jean Michel Cousteau Resort Those seeking a bucket-list type of an experience that also provides an adrenaline-rushing escape from the cold, look no farther than this tiny island in the South Pacific. It might not be the easiest destination to get to, but once you’ve sunken your toes in the sandy, white beaches, you’ll be glad you traveled all that way. Stay at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, which offers just about every activity aside from skydiving that you can do on the island: scuba diving, rainforest and waterfall hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing as well as tour guide-led excursions to private islands. For adult thrill-seekers looking to leave the kids for certain activities, the resort offers a Bula Club that will keep them busy and entertained all day long.
Palm Beach, Aruba
courtesy Aruba Marriott Resort Stellaris Casino This family-friendly destination, loving known as “one happy island,” offers more than just exotic beaches and tropical cocktails. It’s even a top destination pick for off-season travel. There are thrilling adventures all around—both on water and on land. Thanks to Aruba’s constant trade winds, the island is ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Those looking to reach new heights will get an adrenaline rush while parasailing, jet packing, or trampolining among views of the Aruban coastline. Stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, which helps coordinate all of these activities for you and more, such as underwater helmet walking (seriously!). This involves being submersed on the ocean floor while exploring amazing underwater sites. Though not for the claustrophobic folks, exploring historical Guadirikiri Caves that native Arawak Indians once lived in is another must!
Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico
Courtesy Ted Turner Expeditions In northeastern New Mexico’s Colfax County, just below the Colorado border, sits an adventurous traveler’s dream: Vermejo Park Ranch, part of the Ted Turner Expeditions portfolio, which offers eco-conscious journeys in the American southwest. The media mogul and environmentalist purchased the area, which consists of 585,000 acres of stunning wilderness. Travelers staying at the Vermejo Park Ranch can experience just about every active adventure: hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife viewing, fitness trails, photography tours, back country skiing, skeet shooting, sporting clays, 5-stand and 3D archery and more. A major attraction for adrenaline-seekers is the ranch’s annual “Four Peaks in Five Days” event, where participants ascend four signature peaks over the course of five days.