Escape Adventures was featured in USA TODAY, this article is chock-full of outdoor and fitness related activities for a fun-filled active vacation.
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Written by Larry Olmsted Special to USA TODAY
One positive side effect of the coronavirus pandemic was a spike in participation in active, outdoor and fitness activities. According to a 2021 study by the Outdoor Industry Association, “Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, more Americans have turned to the outdoors, some for the first time and others for the first time in many years.”
More than 60% of those who started or resumed walking, bicycling, fishing or running/jogging intend to continue even after restrictions lift. Walking and hiking saw the biggest spike, followed by running, cycling and camping, but participation in just about every outdoor activity – from skiing to kayaking – grew. Meanwhile, purchases of home fitness equipment such as exercise bikes and treadmills saw 170% growth during the pandemic, according to a study by ResearchAndMarkets.com.
Celebrating 30 years in business, Escape Adventures offers several affordable domestic all e-bike tours, noting, “Our e-bike (both road and mountain bike) vacations are created specifically for both first-time cyclists and experienced enthusiasts who want to bring their partners who don’t bike nearly as much.”
Their signature destination for both road and mountain biking is stunning Southwestern Utah, including Bryce and Zion National Parks, while they also have a mountain bike trip in Moab, Utah, one of the world’s most famous off-road destinations. Uniquely, they also offer single-day e-bike road tours outside of Las Vegas, reflecting another emerging active travel trend, the growth of urban mini-adventures.