Hang Gliding in the Alps

Interlaken  is  Europe’s  nerve  center.  The array of spine-tingling adventures available in  this  staggeringly  pretty  place  makes  it something of a mecca for adrenaline junkies. But before you get busy with the many ground-level...

Park City Mountain Resort – Skiing Backcountry Lite

Backcountry  lite  is  an  informal  name some ski resorts give to extreme inbounds terrain  that  is  steep  and  never  groomed, but  is  avalanche-controlled.  You  can  get similar  thrills  to  skiing  or  snowboarding backcountry  terrain, ...

Floating in the Dead Sea

The sensation of floating in the Dead Sea is so  freaky,  you  keep  testing  it  again  and again—releasing your body into that incredibly saline water and popping up to the surface, as buoyant as...

Mount Cook National Park – The Buttercup Masquerade

Non-native red deer, fallow deer, goat, wapiti, chamois, and thar threaten the integrity  of  Mount  Cook’s  alpine  and  forest  ecosystems.  Mustelids  and  rodents  have devastated indigenous bird life, reducing most bird populations and driving several...

Treading Ancient Inca Pathways

Travelers can reach Machu Picchu by an air-conditioned train but the more adventurous route is hiking along the Inca Trail. The route passes by crumbling temple ruins and tiny towns, where women still carry...

Camel Trekking in the Sahara

For a real Arabian adventure, forget magic carpet rides and think camel humps. Swaying some 2.3m (7 1 ⁄ 2 ft.) above the ground on an undulating Arabic dromedary is the best way to...

10 Places to See the Last Healthy Coral Reefs

Scuba divers will testify—there’s no more jaw-dropping sight than a healthy coral reef, with its vivid colors, mazy shapes, quicksilver fish, and dreamy anemones. But a quarter of the world’s coral reefs are now...

2 Ways to See Berlin

Is it possible to spend a long weekend in Berlin (including hotel) for the cost of a leisurely lunch? There are no toilets at Burgermeister, which is somewhat curious as the place itself is really...

The X Games: Bike Ballet

A  motor  bike  and  rider  soar  40  feet  into the  air.  Mid-flight  the  rider  detaches  himself from the bike, flipping it and spinning it around his head in mid-air like a spacewalker  playing  with ...

MiGs over Moscow-A Top Gun Experience

Almost anything seems possible in adventure tourism these days—if you have a dream and a big enough bank account. In post-Cold War Russia, even the sky has no limit. Anyone between the ages of...

Sailing from Argentina to Antarctica

The  distant,  icy,  uninhabited  expanse  of Antarctica  has  tempted  intrepid  explorers since  the  19th  century.  In  the  1820s,  two sealers  first  stepped  foot  on  “the  White Continent,”  but  it  wasn’t  until  1911  that anyone ...

Exploring the Beaver State

Whether you are a white-knuckle scrambler in fighting trim or an avid, observant stroller who won’t leave home without binoculars, spectacular views awaits you in Oregon, home to hundreds of trails with dozens of...