Kick off '09 with one of these once-in-a-lifetime, action-packed outdoor vacations:
CANYON TREKKING, LAS VEGAS
Party with nature, then party with the brightest lights in the world (with Las Vegas as your base camp). Spend a day trekking through the vertical majesty of the Grand Canyon, before taking on backcountry thrills — a Jeep tour of Monument Valley with Navajo guides, mountain biking the famous Slickrock trails in Arches National Park, and hiking in Zion National Park. When you're done, return to civilization by relaxing in Sin City.
SURFING IN MOROCCO
Tour the sublime beauty of Morocco, and then head to the beach for a serious surf session. Based out of colorful and exotic Marrakech, this 11-day tour begins with the red stone cliffs and winding streams of the Dades Valley and Todra Gorge. Afterward, trade valley heights for massive desert expanses, trek by camelback into the Sahara, and stay overnight in a traditional Berber camp. Finally, hit the fishing village of Taghazoute, on the coast near Agadir, where you'll surf the area's renowned point breaks.
AN ALGONQUIN LOG CABIN
Start the year with a snowshoe trip to serene Algonquin Park in Ontario, where you'll cool your feet, backcountry style, in an authentic log cabin. After a hot lunch and a chance to gaze at some of the local coyote and moose tracks left in the snow, spend the evening in front of a crackling bonfire, stargazing or ice-skating under torchlight on Surprise Lake. Cross-country skiing the park's pristine trails is on tap, along with ice fishing and more home-cooked culinary comfort. Re-up on skiing or snowshoeing for the last day, and then relax in a sauna before saying good-bye to your Algonquin log cabin.