Already crashed through the Grand Canyon? Topped out on Mount Rainier? Lift-biked the Swiss Alps? For the been-there-done-that crowd, these novel trips riff on the classics, offering thrilling new perspectives on old adventure staples.
Most tours bring clients to Morocco just to haggle at souks, explore walled medinas, and ride camels. Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures, though, mixes the rich Berber culture with six days of climbing in the Atlas Mountains, starting in Marrakesh, ascending to the town of Imlil for acclimatization and peak-bagging, then making the final assault on Jbel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak. Then it’s back to civilization again, with a visit to the port city of Essaouira and a last night in Marrakesh.
Travelers flock to snorkel, dive, and fish in the clear turquoise waters of Belize’s more-than-185-mile-long barrier reef. Still, there are hidden corners in this ecosystem, like the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, where Island Expeditions runs what may be the world’s first inn-to-inn stand-up paddleboard trip.
Based out of laid-back island lodges, the journey balances snorkeling and open-water crossings—where you can see stingrays, nurse sharks, and sea turtles—with island-style downtime.
This madcap expedition from Seattle’s Mountain Madness tackles three Cascade summits and a total of 21,000 feet of elevation gain in a week. Individually, the routes are fairly beginner friendly, with roped glacier travel, low-grade climbing, and route-finding through icefalls.
Consider it a crash course in mountaineering, with on-the-fly training to make sure you summit in one piece. But the real concern here is physical endurance. The “Cascade Express” is, after all, a test of mental fortitude only the strong survive.
Bombing down Slovenia’s rugged Julian Alps is a lot like biking in the Italian Alps—minus the crowds. Though it’s one of the continent’s most forested and water-rich countries, Slovenia is only now being discovered by outdoor junkies as a cheaper, quieter European alternative.
This seven-day H+I Adventures trip covers the best trails—from Alpine passes to seaside cliffs—while making forays into Italy and Austria. At night you’ll rest up at cozy guesthouses and enjoy local meats, wines, and cheeses.
Retrace 264 miles of explorer John Wesley Powell’s 1869 wild ride of discovery down the Green and Colorado rivers on an epic new trip from Grand Canyon Dories. Over two weeks, guides navigate historic wooden dories through rapids between the Technicolor walls of Desolation, Gray, Labyrinth, and Stillwater canyons, all the while building up to the churning waves and “Big Drops” of Cataract Canyon. “Inferior boats are mashed like eggshells,” wrote Powell of the rapids. Lucky for you, both dories and oarsmen are top-notch.