If you’re ready to set off on your next big adventure, but you’re not sure where to go (or what to do), we’ve compiled a list of incredible things you can do in some of the most interesting places in the world.
From Alaska to Kenya, here are 10 remarkable destinations and the top thing you should do while visiting each one.
Known world-wide for breathtaking sunsets, five-star resorts and those iconic overwater bungalows, Bora Bora is more than just honeymoon hotspot. The island encircled by a lagoon and barrier reef, with two peaks formed by volcanic activity has a lot to offer outdoor adventurers. Water sports are especially popular and snorkeling is one such activity you shouldn’t miss. Head to the Coral Garden, an underwater park teeming with tropical fish or hire a guide to lead you to some of the lesser-known spots.
Set in America’s wildest state, the largest Alaskan glacier accessible by car is just a quick two hour drive from Anchorage and it’s open year-round. The 26-mile-long Matanuska Glacier is set amid the towering Chugach Mountains and the sight alone is wildly impressive. For those craving a little more than dramatic views, adventure seekers can actually hike on the glacier; but for accessing the most incredible ridgelines, you should hire one of the many local guides and get outfitted with the right gear.
The seemingly unending mounds of sand that splay out in every direction make up a large part of the Sahara Desert and draw travelers by way of natural beauty and an real challenge. Commonly recognized as the largest desert in the world, the harsh climate, disorienting scenery and sheer size meant many people lost their lives trying to navigate through in the past. Today, trekking on camelback is still a challenge, but it is the most authentic way to experience this unique wilderness, Morocco is a popular entry point with tour operators that offer multi-day trips.
Undoubtedly one of the top party destinations in the world, Mykonos comes alive in the summer. The world-renowned party island celebrates around the clock, with celebrations on the beach starting well before sundown, in-town revelries lasting into the morning hours and after parties lively until the morning light in clubs by the beach. Although the marathon drinking and dancing is world-renowned, it’s far from the only draw—those looking to relax, explore and sail the coast can all find their place.
Best known for its world-famous wine and stunning scenery, Napa Valley is a place you need to visit at least once. After your initial trip dining in Michelin-starred restaurants, biking picturesque paths, picnicking amid wildflowers and tasting some of the best wine in the world, your subsequent return to Napa will be practically guaranteed.
Animal lovers won’t be able to resist this hotel and wildlife sanctuary where local giraffes actually pop their heads in to visit. Set in Kenya, just outside of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes. When they’re not roaming the 140-acre property, they’re poking their heads into the house, searching for treats.
Set in the Vatnajökull National Park in southern Iceland, the magnificent ice caves attract travelers from all over. The caves are made of highly pressurized glacier ice that’s thousand of years old and they are an incredible sight. Visit sooner rather than later, who knows when these structures could be gone.
This quintessential and historically-significant surf spot attracts some of the most dedicated surfers and excited newbies from around the world. Several distinct beaches provide breaks for surfers of all levels and the fame of the waves has brought in other attractions like spas, great restaurants and an incredible art scene.
Set in the infamous Zion National Park, “the Narrows” refers to both the epic hike and the canyon itself. The most popular route in the park and one of the best canyon hikes in the world, the Narrows will have you trekking through the cool water of the Virgin River, alongside soft red sandstone, towering 1,000 feet high on both sides. This hike is so incredible that it was named in National Geographic’s list of America’s Best Adventures. Before you set out, be aware of the warnings and conditions (flash flooding is a real thing) and be sure to cool off in the swimming holes along the way.
Many travelers look for a novel hotel that’s close to the ocean and it doesn’t get much more unique than the Poseidon Undersea Resort, which sits on the floor of a lagoon, 40 feet underwater. The resort isn’t taking reservations just yet, but Poseidon has been almost 15 years in the making. No word on when exactly the resort will host its first group, but, according to the website, submarines will be available for further exploration.