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Breaking Out of the Beach Rut

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Cycling for Excitement
Cycling is one of the fastest-growing pastimes in the United States and it’s easy to see why—it's fun, fast, and furious! Taking part in a cycling tour is a challenging way to catch the sites while enjoying the company of the rest of your group. The possibilities are endless—from guided tours through the mountains of Colorado to a pub-to-pub trip across Ireland—cycling gets your heart rate up and lets you enjoy a region's beauty along the way.

Take a Hike
If you enjoy walking but want to try something more intense, hiking is the way to go. Why not take your time exploring our extensive national parks? Take a hike through Yosemite and embrace the giant Sequoias or scramble up Sentinel Dome for a breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley. Some of the most beautiful parts of the world are right here in your own backyard.

A Whale of a Time
Want to get up close and personal with a whale? You can, with a sea kayak adventure in Newfoundland, Canada. Paddle along with the whales and the icebergs off Cape Broyle and explore the Avalon archeological dig, one of the earliest European colonies in North America. This rugged adventure takes you to the easternmost point of North America, so become an explorer and soak up a little history while you exercise.

Get Active with Social Activism
While there are countless activities to fill your days during your vacation, some people prefer to spend their downtime helping others. There are many charitable organizations that need volunteers to build homes or dig wells in underdeveloped countries. Swinging a hammer or digging a ditch may not be your usual form of exercise, but the help you’re providing will warm your heart as well as give it a good workout.


Of course this list is just the start of what you can do on your active vacation. There’s always surfing, skiing, snowboarding, sailing, snorkeling and more. Only the sky’s the limit—especially if you decide to take the leap and go parachuting. What are you waiting for? Grab your gear and get going!
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  • VAINVT
    My dream vacation is hearty exercise, seeing new places, and eating and drinking wonderful food at the end of the day. Organized bike trips are my favorite because the pace is just right for me - you get to really experience the country. - 2/21/2014 7:24:06 AM
  • Wow. The author lost me with the "same old beach kind of boring" opening. Like everything else, a beach is boring if you make it boring. I know people who think hiking in the woods is boring. The point is to be active wherever you are. And for the record (at least in MHO) the beach is different just about every day you go, and there's always something to explore (tidal pools), sports to try (surfing, parasailing) or things to find (beachcombing). - 1/6/2014 12:44:36 PM
  • I have different places to exercise when I go on vacation. It's keeping it real. Doing different things make it more fun. - 9/17/2013 7:08:53 PM
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  • My vacation includes several hikes Rocky mt park Garden of Gods the Denver zoo and who know what else DB has planned. - 8/7/2013 12:40:45 AM
  • @2DAWN4 - that's just what i was about to suggest! i unfortunately dont have the time or funds to actually vacation, but there are so many worldwide that im dying to get. plus collecting the souvenirs is a great way to remember your travels! i still cherish the one i was able to find while studying abroad in korea. its a great excuse to get out and explore your surroundings! - 7/14/2013 12:10:00 AM
  • I love to geocache and actually plan vacations around great spots to cache in. Great way to keep moving while on vacation! - 7/13/2013 11:14:39 AM
  • Come to Ormond Beach, FL !! Five miles north of Daytona, if you like the racing stuff. We have just added a wonderful new beach front park, totally free, with playground equipment and a splash park, outdoor grill area with shaded picnic tables, spacious changing stations and showers, and a beautiful wide beach that is great for walking, sunning, surfing, swimming, hiking, biking -- nearby there are many other activities to stay active with your family. Come on down! - 4/9/2013 11:11:13 AM
  • If the author of this article thinks that regular beach vacations are boring, she needs to pick another beach. I never get bored on Waikiki. People are swimming, walking up and down, stand up (SUP) paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking...I wonder where she's going that she's so bored. Bored at the beach = lack of imagination. - 3/3/2012 8:11:01 PM
  • When I win the lottery......... - 8/11/2011 4:47:40 AM
  • When I was growing up my old man's vacation was going moose hunting in the fall. I miss those days even though I wasn';t old enough to join him. - 6/15/2011 11:14:45 PM
  • I am in a wheelchair now but my good idea is that active people could go around picking up litter. As it is, I "actively" clean my house. - 6/15/2011 8:44:29 AM
  • CARMELKENYA
    This is a good article. last year me and some of my friends took an active safari in kenya through a tour operator called masimba safaris and we had a great time. Trekking through mt. longonot in the wild, we walked in the maasai mara and also watched game on foot, it was a good experience. we ate healthy with the support of our tour operator, it was great i would hightly recommend an active tour to anyone, it is good for all the family. - 6/15/2011 7:30:28 AM
  • Last Aug my hubby and I took our anniversay /vacation trip to Seattle,WA. The catch was no rental car. We took public transit from the airport to our hotel and then spent the next 5 days walking all over Seattle. I think the farthest we walked roundtrip was 4 miles one day. Its the 1st vacation I came home from that I had lost weight....5 whole lbs....... - 6/18/2010 10:59:56 AM
  • Living in Colorado, I am fortunate to have the chance to walk, hike, bike, and even go white-water rafting. For us, getting the chance to go to the ocean is anything but a rut -- it's a major treat!

    I liked the social action ideas, too - 6/16/2010 6:09:30 PM
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