Adventure is out there, you just gotta know where to look. We partnered with Secret on this post that shows you how to level up your next vacation. And why not — you only live once!
Sure, a relaxing beach vacation may never disappoint, but if you're looking for something a bit more exciting, these real-life adventures are where you should be booking your next travel experience. Gaze out over the Mexican rainforest from the top of one of the tallest pyramids, swim with sharks, or book a night at a hotel made from ice — all trips that will create amazing memories. What are you waiting for? It's time to get adventurous!
Source: CN Tower, Samoa Travel, and Dinner in the Sky
Sleep on Ice
Head to Canada's
Hotel de Glace for a stay to remember. The entire hotel is made of ice, creating a true Nordic adventure. Really — we're talking beds made from slabs of ice covered with cold-weather sleeping bags, cocktails served in ice glasses, and outdoor hot tubs and saunas.
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Fly a Historic Plane
Book your tickets to Seattle and then learn how to fly a historic plane and design your own flight plan, including simple aerobatics, while getting a close-up view of the Cascade Mountains or San Juan Island. The
Warbirds Over Washington Adventure also includes tours of historic airplanes, time at the museum and restoration center, and a hotel room on the Puget Sound.
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Walk on the Edge
Not for those afraid of heights, thrill-seekers can visit the
CN Tower in Toronto for a one-of-a-kind experience that you can't find anywhere else. Walk, while attached safely via a trolley and harness system, the 5-foot-wide, 116-story-high ledge for a 360-degree view of the city. That's an experience!
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Swim With Sharks
While visiting the
Georgia Aquarium, instead of enjoying the majestic sea life from outside the glass, you can get up close and personal with the sharks and rays swimming in one of the tanks for a truly amazing interactive adventure.
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Go Skiing Indoors
That's right, no worries if there's enough base for hitting the slopes. Head to Dubai and experience the only
indoor snow park. Laying on 3,000 square meters of snow, the park includes tobogganing hills, bobsled rides, snow caverns, penguins, and slopes for skiing or snowboarding. Only in Dubai, right?
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Dive Into an Amazing Swim Hole
Head to Lotofaga village located on Samoa for a swimming experience like no other.
To Sua Ocean Trench is a watering hole surrounded by lush vegetation, making the tranquil blue 30-meter-deep seawater so inviting — and a destination to visit while exploring the island.
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Go Glamping in Africa
Sleep alongside the wildlife in style through a
glamping safari that will leave you feeling pampered and amazed by the wonders of Africa. The safaris often follow the migration of wildlife, ensuring a memorable vacation.
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Try Volcano Boarding
Located next to a volcano in Nicaragua,
Big Foot Hostel is basically the only place in the world where you can head out for a day of volcano boarding. The extreme sport was created by the hostel's original owner and boasts speeds of up to 60 miles per hour — down the side of the live volcano. Now that's a crazy adventure.
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Climb to Heaven
If you're an extreme hiker, this is the destination for you. The Haiku Stairs, also known as the "Stairway to Heaven" are located on Oahu, HI, boasting elevations of 2,800 feet — and several heart attacks. The series of galvanized-steel ship ladders take you to the top at a 30-degree angle. And the site was even highlighted in an episode of
Magnum P.I.. The trail is considered "forbidden," so head to the destination at your own risk.
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Sail Over Napa
Get a different perspective of wine country and
book a balloon ride that will leave you breathless. Instead of getting stuck in wine-tasting traffic, the leisurely ride is an experience like no other, filled with breathtaking views several thousand feet above ground.
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Dine in the Sky
With locations around the world,
book tickets to dine, brunch, or enjoy cocktails while suspended in the air by experts at Dine in the Sky. Tables float over 160 feet in the air, creating a truly unique eating experience. What a way to throw a dinner party!
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Eat Under the Sea
While savoring traditional European cuisine, be dazzled by the sea life swimming around you.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, on the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, is located 16 feet below sea level and is the only of its kind, making it a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
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Namaste in the Air
Located high in the mountains of Bhutan,
Taktsang Monastery is considered one of the most sacred and religious sites of the country. The site hugs the side of a cliff, giving it an ethereal feeling. Truly one of the most amazing places in the world to sit and ponder life.
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Immerse Yourself With Jellyfish
A truly dreamy adventure —
Jellyfish Lake, found on Palau, is like an out-of-body experience. The enclosed body of water is home to thousands of pulsating jellyfish that have lost their sting from not having any predators. They just float around all day soaking up the sun, noshing on algae, and enjoying a few human visitors.
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Swim in the World's Biggest Pool
This man-made gargantuan adventure is located at the
San Alfonso del Mar in Algorrobo, Chile, and is over 3,300 feet long with a depth of 115 feet. Water is pumped from the ocean, filtered, and then treated for a seriously amazing fresh-water experience — right on the beach. Go kayaking, sail boating, or just swim in this tropical amazement.
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Climb Mexico's Tallest Pyramid
After climbing the steep, 130-foot-high steps, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views that sweep the vista.
Coba is the highest pyramid in Mexico's Maya world and is now home to tropical birds, howler monkeys, and lush vegetation.
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Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road
Drive — or if you're really adventurous, bike — this curvy road that snakes through Glacier Park.
Going-to-the-Sun Road is 50 miles of white-knuckled adventure that showcases the stunning mountain views and vistas along the drive — just make sure to keep your eyes on the road! You'll hit Logan's Pass, at an elevation of 6,646 feet, along the way.
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Get Pampered on a Volcano
Just outside of Revkiavik, Iceland, the
Ion Hotel sits on a vast lava field with landscape stretching for miles and miles. But sleeping on lava isn't the main attraction. The site offers horseback riding, fly-fishing adventures, glacier tours, hot springs, and snorkeling through the crystal-clear waters of the rift between the American and Eurasian continents.
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Be One With Rabbits
Because who wouldn't want to be swarmed with rabbits?
Ohkunoshima Island, in the Seto Inland Sea, was originally a poison gas factory during World War II. After the war, the rabbits that had been used for testing were set loose, resulting in many, many, many more rabbits. Today the island is home to a hotel, golf course, and campground — all tolerated by the floppy-eared residents.
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