If time off for you means time to get outside and get active, you might want to plan an adventure vacation. We've handpicked four package trips that are sure to bring out your inner trailblazer and give you a workout you won't forget.
Backroads Canadian Rockies Adventure
What you do: Get a little of everything on this multisport march through the Canadian Rockies. For six days, you will see some of the most pristine scenery in the Americas deep in the heartland of our northern neighbor. You'll hike through the wilderness surrounding the Valley of the Five Lakes, explore the depths of Maligne Canyon, raft on a glacier-fed river, trek across Athabasca Glacier and bike over the Continental Divide to visit the blue expanse of Lake Louise. Along the way, you're sure to see wildlife spanning from moose to bighorn sheep. The adventure is full of options -- tripgoers can even opt out of last-day activities and instead spend the day in a luxe spa followed by a gourmet dinner.
Who it's for: This trip allows for various fitness levels. With numerous route options available each day, adventurers can choose to spend between two and five hours on the go, biking from 10 to 40 miles and walking or hiking two to nine miles.
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When: June 25-30, July 2-7, July 9-14, July 16-21, July 23-28
How much: $2,998-$3,298 depending on dates, with an additional $600 fee for singles. Travel to Canada not included.
Find out more: www.backroads.com
OARS Green River Rafting Tour
What you do: Spend four days on the water on this rafting tour along Colorado's Green River, from the Gates of Lodore through Winnie's Rapid and Harp Falls, to Split Mountain. During the day, you'll travel by your pick of an oar raft, inflatable kayak or paddle raft through the canyon river surrounded by red-rock cliffs, stopping for lunches and destination hikes to waterfalls or to see ancient petroglyphs. You'll spend the evenings setting up camp, lounging on beaches, hiking and eating fine meals prepared by your guides. And don't forget stargazing -- with no city lights to interrupt, the view is mesmerizing.
Who it's for: This trip is considered by OARS to be a Level 3 adventure with "exciting, moderate whitewater requiring some precise maneuvering." Participants must be older than 7, or 12 during high-water seasons.
When: May 26-29, May 31-June 3, June 14-17, June 23-26, June 27-30, July 4-7, July 10-13, July 15-18, July 24-27
How much: $750 per person, with an additional $84 in optional transportation. Travel to Colorado not included.
Find out more: www.oars.com
Hill Country Easter Bike Tour
What you do: Celebrate spring with three days of bike rides across the state's rolling Hill Country. One of Texas' most beautiful seasons will be in full bloom and promises scenic roads lined with lush wildflowers and towering oak, mesquite and cedar trees. Riders can go at their own pace, as the tour offers plenty of route options and a no mass-start policy. Just pick up your maps, choose the length of the route you want for the day, and go. Snack stations are offered along the tour routes. As the weekend progresses, participants will have plenty of opportunities to experience the tour's launch city, Kerrville. Bikers can opt to stay in the city or can instead camp along the Guadalupe River at Kerrville-Schreiner Park.
Who it's for: The Easter Hill Country Tour is appropriately named for the myriad hills riders will face. However, there are numerous daily routes to pick from and plenty of rest stops along the way, so it's not just for pros.
When: April 22-24, with an optional registration and kickoff party April 21.
How much: $40-$50, depending on when you register. The fee does not include lodging or meals -- riders pick from local bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or campgrounds.
Find out more: www.ehct.com
REI Tahoe Family Adventure
What you do: You probably can't call camping at REI's secluded Tahoe National Forest site "roughing it," but the trip is sure to be an adventure suited for the entire family. Spend four days in the woods of beautiful Northern California, where you'll hike hidden trails to see the views of the granite tipped-Sierras and swim in the host of pools, creeks and springs running through the forest. The private camp, alongside the South Yuba River, will feel like home with its own swimming hole, freshwater well and portable toilets. At night, bond with your family and others while roasting s'mores around the campfire, surrounded by beautiful nature and a clear, starry sky.
Who it's for: The entire family -- kids 8 and older. Tripgoers can hike to their limits or relax at camp.
When: July 14-17, July 28-31, Aug. 4-7
How much: $380-$525 depending on age and REI membership. Travel to California not included.
Find out more: www.rei.com