Courtesy 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.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Courtesy MGM Resorts International Not a gambler? You’re in luck. There are plenty of must-see Las Vegas attractions that have nothing to do with gambling. For one, there’s ZERO-G, a program that allows you to experience a weightless flight that replicates the same levels of weightlessness on the moon and Mars. There’s also the roller coaster at New York-New York, which delivers heart-stopping action at 67 miles per hour and features the first 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive maneuver. If you’re an animal lover, you can head to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage where you can become a trainer for a day, working closely with dolphin care specialists to learn about the health, behavior, and proper care-taking of The Mirage’s family of dolphins—in and out of the water. When you’re done training, take a breather with some Dolphin Yoga, which is just as amazing as it sounds. Other excursions offered on The Strip include ATV adventures, helicopter tours, and a speed track for car-racing enthusiasts. Bonus: In late 2018, the LINQ Hotel & Casino will offer zip lining, making it the first zip-lining experience on the Las Vegas Strip.
Panama City Beach, Florida
courtesy Visit Panama City Beach Home to 27 miles of white, sandy beaches and emerald-green waters is an accessible escape for adrenaline-seekers of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for exploration and discovery in or out of the water, this heavenly vacation spot has it all—which is why it’s one of the top travel destinations in the U.S. Become scuba-certified and explore the hidden treasures deep below the ocean’s surface—sunken ships, limestone reefs, marine life, and more. Experience the “roller coaster of the future, the Max Flight Simulator at Cobra Adventure Park, as well as other rides, such as the Indy Speedway and Slingshot, which goes up to 100 miles per hour. Hiking and bicycle trails are also plentiful with stunning views that will truly relax you and give you that breath of fresh air you’ve been craving.