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The Ultimate Adventure Bucket List for Travelers

Ready for an adventure? If you are looking for a vacation that includes an adrenaline boost, we recommend the activities below. Throw caution to the wind as you cross off these bucket list items via land, air, and sea. When your pulse returns to normal, head back to your vacation rental and put your feet up. You deserve it, you daredevil.

Wilderness Tours Bungee Jumping (Foresters Falls, Ontario)

Bungee jumping.

“Love, love, love Wilderness Tours. We’ve been taking our boys for years and always have a blast. The guides, the trips, the grounds…it’s all such a great vibe. This year we went with a big group of families, which was even more fun. Most of them had never been … rafting, but everyone loved the experience and is booking again next year. Five stars for service, adventure and a guaranteed good time!” – samyaffe, TripAdvisor review 

The Ottawa River never looked better than from atop a 150-foot bungee tower. For many, the plunge into the deep, clear water is the thrill of a lifetime, for others it’s an exciting challenge. Wilderness Tours provides adventure experiences along the Ottawa River, though bungee jumping is our favorite.

About Foresters Falls: History and adventure lovers flock to Foresters Falls. This village dates back to the 1800s when a dam and a road were built over the local waterfall. Today, travelers tour the Ross Museum to trace their family’s lineage. Others raft, kayak, and canoe down the Ottawa River.

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Hocking Hills Canopy Tours (Rockbridge, OH)

“The [staff] were full of amazing facts about the area, about zip lining, and about the incredible nature that surrounded us during our tour. They also kept the experience very light hearted with all of their jokes but were also constantly keeping an eye on safety and making sure everyone was having a safe/great experience.” – Max G, TripAdvisor review

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours resides in the gorgeous Rockbridge area of southeast Ohio. Fly through the air on a thrilling zip line through the canopy of trees. Climb a shallow cliff face or go off-roading on a guided Segway tour through the forest. Feel your heart thump as you hurtle through Hocking Hills at over 50 mph.

About Rockbridge: The area around Rockbridge contains portions of the Hocking Hills State Park System and Clear Creek. The community is named after a natural bridge formed in a large section of sandstone. This ‘bridge’ stretches more than 100 feet long and 10 feet wide over a Hocking River ravine.

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Northern Forest Canoe Trail (Multiple Locations)

Female canoeing on a pristine lake

“My time on the NFCT was amazing, and I hope to be able to travel through more parts of it in the near future while I visit my fiancé on his 740-mile journey to the tip top of Maine.”- The Wild Outsiders Blog

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a long-distance paddling trail connecting the Adirondacks and New England. The Trail links rural communities and untamed forest. This offers canoeists and kayakers endless destinations and adventures. Their itineraries offer access to the finest whitewater and flat water paddling on the 740-mile trail. These itineraries include the services of expert local guides. The guides organize logistics and offer insight into local human and natural history.

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Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures (Tavernier, FL)

Underwater scene with scuba divers coral and anemone clownfish

“Our trip was absolutely perfect. The experience of the reef with it’s vast marine life was coupled with an amazing crew that allowed me to show my family the most amazing day. For the price, there is simply nothing you can do to get a return quite like Captain Slate’s adventure was able to provide.” – Bryant H, TripAdvisor review 

A “founding father” of the scuba diving industry, Captain Slate has dived over 12,000 times. He brings that love of the ocean to his guided diving tours every day. Sail along in a glass bottom boat or feed the sea life on the “Creature Feature” tour – both are great ways to have an adventure in Florida.

About Tavernier: On the tropical Florida Keys near Islamorada, travelers relax under the sun in Tavernier. Most spend their days outdoors – on or in the ocean – riding the waves or meeting the wildlife. Divers seek out shipwrecks and exotic sea creatures. Others picnic with family at Long Key State Park.

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Cave of the Winds (Manitou Springs, CO)

“This was one of my favorites attractions! There is so much to learn and see inside the caves that you do not want to get out of them!” – wilmerguevara, TripAdvisor review

Wind your way through a half mile of dark Colorado caverns and explore the wonders of the underground. Travel deep into the mountain, exploring passageways and formations lit only by hand-held lanterns. You’ll learn about the eerie ghost stories and folklore of Cave of the Winds. Knowledgeable guides provide groups with 2 hours of good clean, yet muddy, underground fun. If you prefer to get your thrills (way) above ground, fly on the Bat-a-Pult or Terror-Dactyl.

About Manitou Springs: Manitou Springs is named for its 11 carbonated mineral springs. The town is a haven for artists of all mediums. Ride the famous Pikes Peak Cog Railway on your visit or dine at a creek-side restaurant.

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Appalachian Trail (Multiple Locations)

Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia

“The great thing about the AT in Shenandoah is you can experience as much or as little as you want, and you’ll be rewarded with good exercise, a sense of wilderness, and spectacular views.” – Wallie, TripAdvisor review

The Appalachian Trail runs almost 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine and through 12 states between. Three million visitors per year traverse at least part of the trail, while only a few thousand hikers make it the entire way. Thirty trail clubs maintain the path. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although at times it crosses rivers and towns. Test your skills and be one with nature while walking along the AT – and cross another item off your bucket list.

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Zero-G (Multiple Locations)

“Have you ever wondered how it must be to float in air? How it must feel to be on Mars or the Moon? How it must be to be in Zero Gravity like astronauts are in the International Space Station? You can experience all of this on Zero G plane. I was fortunate to go on this flight recently and loved every minute of it. It is by far the most memorable experience of my life!!!!” – GCV1, TripAdvisor review

Sit within the diving Boeing 727 known as G-FORCE ONE. During your flight you and your group will experience 1.8Gs of force and 30 seconds of weightlessness as well as an experience other passengers have described as “zen-like”. Save up – tickets cost just under $5,000.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (Red Hook, NY)

Rhinebeck Aerodrome

“Not only if you’re in the area, but this place is worth a special trip for the weekend airshows! Besides hangars full of aircraft from before the Lindbergh flight, they have actual World War I aircraft and others that take to the skies! Those pilots are fearless! Check the website for schedules as it is seasonal, but DO NOT MISS this treasure!” – Anon A, TripAdvisor review

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a living aviation museum. Visitors can explore the world’s largest collection of early airplanes here. Beyond thrilling weekend aerial demonstrations, the Aerodrome also offers four museum buildings. These buildings house static displays of planes from the pioneer, World War I and barnstorming eras.

About Red Hook: You’ll find that classic “Main Street USA” atmosphere in the small Hudson River town of Red Hook. Stop in for a quiet autumn weekend to pick apples or shop at an authentic farmers’ market. Explore the gardens and tour the historic Montgomery Place during your visit, too.

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Northern Extremes Snowmobiling (White Mountains, NH)

Couple Sitting on Snowmobile

“We’ve been going to Northern Extremes Snowmobiling for 10 years because they are the best. … The snowmobile suits they lent us were perfectly warm on this 18 degree, very windy day. The four of us stayed warm and comfortable for the entire two-hour trip. With the best sleds around and friendly staff, we will continue using them each year. See you guys next time around!” – Brian P, TripAdvisor review

Northern Extremes offers guided snowmobile tours and rentals in the White Mountain National Forest. Hop on a snowmobile and zoom through the New Hampshire snow for an hour, half day, or even full day tour. Ride alone or with a partner, but either way you’ll be on the edge of your seat.

About White Mountains: Experience nature in the White Mountains. This spectacular range is home to every species of northeastern wildlife. The landscape extends from sea level to the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Depending on when you visit, you can go snowshoeing, witness breathtaking autumn colors, or hike and bike the trails.

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ROW Adventures (Multiple Locations)

Photo Credit: ROW Adventures & Chad Case

“It was well organized from the equipment to the itinerary including the drop-offs and pick ups from the trail. The scenery was beautiful, the accommodations great, and the biking fun. What more could we ask for?” – jsschneider, TripAdvisor review

ROW Adventures plans small group tours to exotic locations across the globe. From exploring the Galapagos Islands to hiking in Machu Picchu, the more exotic, the better. You’ll learn about the area through the knowledgeable guides assigned to your group.

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