From hiking in national parks to paragliding in Europe, an unforgettable spring adventure travel vacation beckons…
Spring has officially arrived! These spring adventure travel destinations offer not just a thrill of a lifetime, but also epic panaromic views and the best that nature has to offer.
Surf Hanalei Bay in Kauai
Hanalei Bay is the largest beach in Kauai, and this stunning two mile-stretch with the backdrop of 4,000-foot-high mountains is the focus of the Kauai surfing scene. In Hawaiian, it translates to “crescent bay”. Hanalei Bay is considered an ocean playground and many travellers and locals visit for its thrilling water adventures. If you are a beginner, there are training courses to get you started.
You will find four beach parks within Hanalei Bay – Waikoko Beach at the bay’s western end to Black Pot Beach at the bay’s eastern end near the pier. Wai’oli Beach Park and Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park are in the middle. You’ll also find coral reefs at both ends – Pu’u Poa Reef on the left and Waikoko Reef to the right.
Explore Slot Canyons in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Going through slot canyons is one of the most unique experiences anyone can ever imagine. Slot canyons are very narrow canyons – could be as little as 3 feet in width and as deep as 300 feet. These rare formations develop over millions of years when water, wind, and larger sedimentary particles erode surface channels and are found among softer rock types, eg: sandstone and limestone.
At Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, you can squeeze, hike and scramble your way through these beautiful structures of nature. There are different slot canyons here: Burro Wash, Cottonwood Wash, and Sheets Gulch.
The Burro Wash slot canyon starts with a two-mile hike on an open wash. Later, the trail starts to narrow. You will find yourself on a sandy wash which will lead to a boulder wedged in the canyon – an obstacle you will have to climb over. There are times when there is a pool of water in front of the boulder. If there is water, there is a different route you can take on the south side. Otherwise, the boulder will be your first challenge. These types of obstacles continue and all lead to numerous slots.
Cottonwood Wash is similar in terms of difficulty. Ttarts with an open wash which begins to narrow about a mile ahead. The narrows here are eight feet apart and 40 feet high. You will continue into other slots until you come to a deep pool of water in front of a chockstone. If the pool exists when you visit, it’s a tough call. This is where you may turn around as do most hikers, but if you can get through it then you will be able to make it for another mile where you will eventually an impassable pour-over where you will have to turn around.
Sheets Gulch is the hardest and longest. The hike also leads to an open wash and eventually leads to a canyon that constricts into a narrows and slots. The biggest challenge on this hike is an eight-feet chockstone. Once you get around it, the canyon will begin to widen and the rocks will change. From here you may keep going, or you may also turn back.
Hiking at Pulpit Rock, Stavanger, Norway
Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, is 604 meters over the Lyesfjord and has been named one of the world’s most spectacular viewing points by CNN go and Lonely Planet. It is believed that this plateau was shaped some 10,000 years ago during the ice age when the edges of the glacier reached the cliff. The water then froze in the crevices in the mountain and broke large blocks of stone, which were then later carried away with the glacier.
To see this spectacular view, it requires a bit of a hike. The main hiking season is from April to October. The distance is 6 kilometers and the estimated roundtrip time is about four hours. All well worth it in the end! The hike begins from the parking lot by the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. The terrain is not completely smooth, as it contains some hills. You will eventually reach the top and be able to witness the spectacular view, that some people say is spiritual.
Wildlife Viewing in Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park was actually recognized for its contribution to scientific research and discovery. It is also renowned for conserving wildlife and supporting intact ecosystems. Knowing this, what better way to enjoy this park then go wildlife watching? If you’re lucky, you can spot iconic large mammals like the grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall’s sheep. In fact, your best chances to spot wildlife are while riding a bus on the Denali Park Road.
There are many different types of species that live here: one species of amphibian, 39 species of mammals, 169 species of birds, and 14 species of fish. Moose sightings are relatively frequent between the entrance and Savage River, Mile 15. In spring, several moose with calves like to hang around Riley Creek Campground, near the park entrance. Grizzlies are more common, especially along rivers, like Savage River, Teklanika River and Toklat River. They are also often spotted in high-alpine areas, like Sable Pass, Highway Pass and Thoroughfare Pass.
Paragliding in Montreux, Switzerland
Have an unforgettable experience in Switzerland by going paragliding over the picture-perfect Swiss Alps! Paragliding is a great way to look at a destination from a different point of view – here it offers a panoramic view of the gorgeous Lake Geneva.
When you go paragliding in Montreux, Switzerland, you will soar at an altitude of 1,430 meters and an elevation of 1,030 meters above Lake Geneva and Vaud Rivera. When you soar above the ground, you will have a spectacular view of Castle Chillon, the Vaud Rivera, and Lake Geneva. This will be an experience that you’ll never forget.
Celebrate the new season by going on holiday to one of these brilliant spring adventure travel spots.