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Outdoor adventure destinations

7 Of The Best Outdoor Adventure Destinations In The World

Outdoor adventure travel has become an incredibly popular means for travel. Whether your sport is cycling, hiking, climbing, skiing or another sport, these destinations won’t disappoint.

Visit these best outdoor adventure destinations for the trip of a lifetime.

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1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole has been an under the radar ski hideaway for many years, but its now popular presence in the travel world has allowed the city to further develop into a luxury resort town. The proximity to Yellow Stone National Park and the nearby Elk Preserve make this a great base for outdoor adventure sports.

Whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker, road cyclist, backcountry backpacker or black diamond skier or snowboarder, there’s incredible, rugged land here for all.

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2. Swiss Alps

Of course, the Swiss Alps have been a top outdoor adventure destination for many decades and beyond. Ski enthusiasts as well as hikers, cyclists, climbers and even paragliders will enjoy this adventure paradise. The breathtaking landscapes are enough to marvel at, but the challenging terrain offers options to athletes of all levels and abilities. Try using Charmey as a quaint home base.

3. Kyoto, Japan

Over recent years, Kyoto has become a top destination for skiers and snowboarders thanks to the amount of fresh power they see each winter. During warmer months, the mountains are also great for mountain biking and hiking. Be prepared for slippery conditions, however.

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4. South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand has a new Alps 2 Ocean cycling trail that covers the entire country and includes great resources for cyclists of all abilities–both mountain and road. While two wheels are a great way to cover ground while seeing the breathtaking scenery, the country and the South Island are also home to tons of hiking, running and horseback opportunities among other sports.

5. Alberta, Canada

Alberta is the perfect gateway to the Rockie Mountains and the Badlands. The sky-scraping peaks offer incredible skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking. The remote backcountry is just waiting to be explored too. So, go with a guide, or book a tour if you’re not familiar enough with the region.

6. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The fact that you can literally hike to one of the surrounding mountains straight from the airport says a lot about this city. There’s good road cycling among the rolling hills above the city, and the former Olympic site is a perfect summertime mountain biking destination. So, whether you prefer winter or summer sports, you’ll find them here.

7. Tirana, Albania

Tirana is another gateway city to the best of both worlds. To the north, there are incredible peaks with challenging hiking and climbing. Be sure to take a guide, though, as the weather can be tricky to read here. To the south, there’s a spectacular coast. Go kayaking or take a swim in the cool Ionian sea.

Molly Harris
Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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I have traveled in Japan twice. I would highly recommend that you go with a tour on your first trip if you do no understand Japanese.