Ready to explore again? Here are some of the most exciting and unforgettable adventures for the year ahead. Although the pandemic altered when, where, and how we travel, most of us are hungry to get out there and see what wonders we’ll uncover. Whether exploring Big Sky Country, cruising to the White Continent, cycling across the Allegheny Mountains, or sipping Prosecco in Italy’s Vento region, we’re eager to unleash our wanderlust in 2022.
Back to Antarctica:
Cruise lines that haven’t been able to sail to Antarctica since the 2019-20 season due to the pandemic are now returning to the white continent, and as they do several new expedition ships are making their inaugural voyage there. Book a cruise on Le Commandant Charcot, Ultramarine, Ocean Victory or others and cross the Drake Passage to watch for iconic wildlife like penguins, seals and whales, gigantic icebergs and more. https://www.adventure-life.com/antarctica
On a new collection of dirt/gravel tours from Adventure Cycling Association, leave the pavement behind for off-road riding back East and out West. Among the trips, travel down remote backroads, over mountain passes and along stunning rivers and lakes on the Montana Divide Gravel tour. Or explore the gravel roads, dirt trails and scenic vistas of the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia on the Four Days of Canaan tour. https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/dirt-gravel-tours/
Big Sky Adventures:
Set on the edge of Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky, Montana, offers unforgettable adventures for every season. A stay at The Wilson Hotel offers easy access to exciting activities like skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, whitewater rafting and the natural wonders of the park, as well as comfortable and sophisticated accommodations steps from dining and shopping. https://www.moonlightbasin.com/
Jackson Hole by Tiny House:
There’s enough to do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to keep you busy for weeks at a time – and most visitors use the valley as a home base to explore the wider area, too. Fireside Resort capitalizes on the tiny house craze and the classic appeal of rustic cottages by offering 25 pint-size, luxuriously outfitted tiny house rental units designed by Wheelhaus. The resort is located a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole ski slopes. It’s a great place to post up for a ski trip or a summer getaway. https://www.firesidejacksonhole.com
Idaho Multi-sport Expedition:
Escape Adventures’ Idaho multi-sport tour showcases the state’s magnificent Sawtooth Mountain Range. This national recreation area comprises the Boise, Sawtooth and Challis National Forests and borders a vast wilderness marked by a staggering 587,000-acres of roadless area. The tour includes backcountry camping, mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting and hot springs soaking. https://escapeadventures.com/tour/idaho-hot-springs-multi-sport-mountain-bike-tour/
Italy’s Prosecco Region:
Tourissimo, a leader in active travel to Italy, is offering a new cycling tour of the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco winemaking area of Italy. The cycling is just as varied and dramatic as the Vento region’s history, ranging from a challenging climb up Mount Grappa to the hilly terrain of Prosecco. The tour includes multiple wine tastings, dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, overnighting at 4 and 5-star hotels, and cycling one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. https://www.tourissimo.travel/bike-tour-prosecco.
Rumble in the Jungle:
Satiate your curiosity for the Amazon rainforest, learn new things and, most importantly, have fun and relax with friends and family in one of the most established jungle lodges in Ecuador. Each day on the Napo River promises new adventures: the monkeys you spot out on the way to activities, the local community you witness and the raft you build with your own hands. As the sun sets over La Casa del Suizo, head to the swimming pool to gaze at the stunning jungle view, relaxing into the night. https://www.casadelsuizo.com/
Bike from Barcelona to Rome:
Join Ride & Seek on its 10-year anniversary of the Hannibal Tour. A ride of historical proportions, guests cycle in the footsteps of Hannibal from Barcelona to Rome. Picture-postcard views abound as guests traverse some of the iconic climbs of the Grand Tours, roll through the vineyards of the Languedoc, Provence, Piedmont and Tuscany, and sample the delights of the diverse gastronomy to be found along the route. https://www.rideandseek.com/tour/hannibal-barcelona-to-rome/