Dolores, ColoradoCourtesy Dunton Hot Springs
Nestled deep in the rugged San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies is this remote, but charming restored ghost town. There you’ll find Dunton Hot Springs, a small and exclusive resort set in an Alpine Valley on 1,600 acres of land and just across the mountain from famed ski mountain, Telluride. If skiing isn’t your fancy—or you’re looking for more of a rush, you can fill your days with ice climbing up frozen waterfalls, dog sledding, heli skiing, and even horseback riding in the high Rockies summiting 14,000-foot peaks. In the summertime, the resort also coordinates rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and more. After a long day of adventure, relax in one of their luxurious log cabins or tent suites. If you’re into tents luxury-style, check out these glamping vacations.
Waikiki Beach, HawaiiCourtesy Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
One of the most famously admired beaches in the world, Waikiki Beach on the Hawaiian island of Honolulu exudes everything thrill-seekers hope to find in Hawaii—miles-long sandy beaches and lots of surfing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), scuba diving along coral reefs, and more. There are some things you should know before booking your Hawaii vacation, but Waikiki offers adventure on land and at sea. Adventure lovers can take advantage of hiking tours, ATV and off-roading tours, zip lining and horseback riding. Stay centrally located, at the new Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach, which features its own organic kalo garden and pool deck (for your off hours!).
Bend, OregonCourtesy Mt. Bachelor
Though Central Oregon might not be at the top of most people’s vacation wish list, if you’re a thrill-seeker and a terrain-tackler, it should be. In the winter, nearby Mount Bachelor offers over 4,300 acres of lift-accessible ground made for skiing, snowboarding, big-mountain heli tours, dog-sled rides, snowshoe tours, tubing, and more. In warmer months, look for the whitewater rafting, hiking, fly-fishing, and mountain biking. For vacationers looking to balance their activity with a little R&R, there are over 20 breweries in Bend alone, along with spas galore—Sage Springs Club & Spa at Sunriver Resort, Jinsei Spa and Spa W to name a few.