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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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A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.

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