5 Bucket-List Places for Great Outdoor Adventures
1. Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada)
Banff National Park is one of the oldest national parks in the world. It is a popular nature getaway for locals and visitors alike that never fail to charm with its enchanting scenery. From breathtaking views of the magnificent mountains and stunning lakes to its picturesque town set against a backdrop of beautiful nature scenery, Banff offers amazing sights and experiences for everyone looking for fun outdoor adventures. The park has over a thousand miles of hiking trails, several climbing spots, and many fascinating and exotic wildlife. Some of the best spots to explore include the small town of town of Banff, Lake Louise, Bow Lake, Lake Minnewanka, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Sulphur Mountain, Johnston Canyon, and Icefields Parkway.
2. Canyonlands National Park (Utah, USA)
With its rugged landscapes and dramatic nature scenery, Canyonlands National Park never fails to mesmerize. The park stretches to over 300,000 acres and features diverse natural attractions that include arches, canyons, and mesas with Utah’s desert serving as a backdrop. With plenty of ground to cover and explore, some of the top places you would not want to miss are the Island in the Sky, Mesa Arch, Shafer Canyon Overlook, Upheaval Dome, The Maze, The Needles, Elephant Hill, Cave Spring, Horseshow Canyon, and Cataract Canyon among others.
3. Jiuzhaigou National Park (Sichuan, China)
Jiuzhaigou, also known as Jiuzhai Valley, consists of valleys that boast of spectacular and pristine natural scenery that seems surreal in its beauty.This famous UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts of breathtaking lakes, picturesque ancient villages, magnificent valleys, and stunning mountain views. Some of its best attractions include the lakes and waterfalls in Shuzheng Valley; Arrow Bamboo Lake, Panda Lake, Five Flowers Lake, and Pearl Beach Waterfall in Rize Valley; and the Five-Colored Lake, Long Lake, and the Seasonal Lakes in Zechawa Valley.
4. Mount Fuji (Yamanashi, Japan)
The 3776-meter Mount Fuji or Fujisan is the highest mountain in Japan. It is also one of the country’s most iconic landmarks. This sacred mountain is a popular climbing destination during the months of July and August with many locals and tourists from around the world taking the trek to the peak through one of its many routes. Some of the things you cannot miss when visiting Fujisan include the climb, Subashiri 5th Station, Subaru Line 5th Station, Fujinomiya 5th Station, Gotemba 5th Station, the stunning views of Kawaguchiko Lake, and the mysterious Aokigahara Forest nearby.
5. The Fjords (Norway)
Norway is home to some of the most spectacular fjords in the world. Traveling to the Norwegian Fjords is like taking a step into a portal into the past and experiencing life set in the midst of dreamy and majestic surroundings. Some of The Fjords must-see sights are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Geirangerfjorden and Nærøyfjorden, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Bryggen in Bergen, the Troll Wall, Trollstigen, the Atlantic Road, and so much more.