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May 30, 2016

Six Vacation Destinations For Families That Seek Adventure

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Adventure vacations are growing in popularity among the young and old alike. Using technological devices that can guide us by satellite and measure our health functions, there’s hardly any place left in the world that the adventure seeker can’t visit. For instance, here are six of the most popular adventure destination sites: 





The Galapagos Islands 


Located 375 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands should be on the bucket list of anyone who seeks adventure in their lifetime. Formed between three and five million years ago when underwater volcanoes erupted, the archipelago supports a diverse population of animals and plant seen nowhere else in the world. Once there, you can roam the islands to observe and photograph the unique plants and sea turtles, lizards, sea lions and penguins that Charles Darwin discovered in 1835 on his famous voyage aboard the Beagle.





Machu Picchu


This ancient Incan city set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru was only discovered in 1911 when American historian Hiram Bingham followed rumors of a hidden city. Machu Picchu was named as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, in a worldwide poll, it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Getting there is an adventure in itself. Each year, nearly 75,000 people hike the 26 miles Inca Trail to reach the ruins. At nearly 8,000 feet, the altitude as well as the extreme weather, the steep climb and harrowing drop-offs pose a challenge to the faint-of-heart. For the less adventurous, trains and buses will take you up to a nearby village close to the site. 





Bryce Canyon National Park


This rugged park located in southern Utah is famous for its reddish and orange-colored rock formations called “hoodoos.” A great hiking area, the park resembles a mini Grand Canyon in that the access roads wind along rim of several hoodoo-filled canyons. Bryce has eight marked and maintained trails that can be hiked in less than a day. They range from mild hiking to the strenuous like the Fairyland Point and Peekaboo Loop trails. Two additional trails are designated for overnight hiking and require a backcountry camping permit. There are a total of over 50 miles of trails in the park, enough to keep any adventurer occupied for a week or so. You can find a variety of lodging in Bryce Canyon as well, making it a perfect destination for adventure-seekers. 





Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Bigger and more breathtaking than Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls in Africa is a mile wide and a spectacular 330 feet high. During the rainy season, it purports to be the largest curtain of water in the world. Thrill seekers can bungee jump and zip-line across the narrow canyon, while rafters can challenge the raging river below the falls. There are also guided walks through lion country or elephant-back safaris to write home about.





Patagonia, Argentina


Located at the southern tip of South America in Argentina, Patagonia is an adventurer's dream. It’s a wild, remote area that offers incredible vistas of the Andes Mountains, vast glaciers and roaring ocean surf. June through September, the Argentina winter, provides world-class skiing to the experienced skier. Glacier and mountain climbing are favorite sports for the stout-hearted year round. 





Antarctica


There is no colder, drier or windier place in the world than the continent of Antarctica. Visitors often come back saying that it feels like another world apart from planet Earth. Located at the bottom of the world, the most desolate and dangerous of the world’s continents is a land of forbidding glaciers, mountains, colossal ice fields and monstrous icebergs. Other than a few hundred inhabitants of several modern research stations, no humans have ever lived there.





If you want a unique vacation that includes some adventure, these destinations are a great place to start. Many of these places even allow for some great places to stay and eat if you want a day to recoup and relax.






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