The Best Destinations

The “Best of ” Lists of Destinations

I.  Top Ten Epic Adventures

  1. Raft the Colorado River: Fly into Flagstaff Arizona and hire AZRA or Hatch as outfitters
  2. Climb a volcano: Fly into Hood River and climb Mt. Hood.
  3. Backpack across the Sierras: Fly into Mammoth Lakes California, hike the John Muir Trail from Devil’s Postpile to Tuolumne Meadows and into Yosemite, then take the shuttle back to Mammoth.
  4. Bike Zion and Bryce National Parks: Fly into St. George Utah and hire Escape Adventures for mountain biking or Backroads for road biking and have the time of your life.
  5. Hike Mt. Whitney: Fly into Lone Pine, California and hike the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states.
  6. Work in the Navajo Nation: Fly into Page or Tuba City Arizona and hire Amizade to customize a work trip for you on the Navajo Indian Reservation.
  7. Pet the Whales in Mexico: Fly to Loreto, Mexico, then over to the San Ignacio Lagoon to watch and touch baby whales.
  8. Fly into the Wilderness: Fly into Schafer Meadows, one of the only true wilderness airstrips.
  9. Backpack on the Beach from your plane: Fly into Shelter Cove, pull out your backpack and start hiking.
  10. Houseboat on a 250 mile long lake: Fly into Page Arizona and rent a Houseboat and toys for a boating, canyon hiking and ancient ruins expedition.

II. Best Short Adventures

  1. Descend a slot canyon with the Fry Canyon small-Fry or deep-Fry canyon adventure
  2. Sea Kayak with the sea otters on Elkhorn Slough in the Monterey Bay
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III. Best Romantic Getaways

  1. Little River Cottages or Little River Inn, Mendocino
  2. Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
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IV.  Best Family Trips

  1. Houseboating, Lake Powell, AZ
  2. Rafting on the Main Salmon River, ID
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 V. Best Flight seeing

  1. San Juan Islands
  2. Grand Canyon Scenic Corridors
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 VI. Best Scenic airports

  1. Shelter Cove, CA
  2. Sedona, AZ
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 VII. Best day hikes right from the plane

  1. Schafer Meadows, MT
  2. Marble Canyon, AZ
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VIII. Best day hikes in the US

  1. Angels Landing, Zion NP, UT
  2. Notch Peak, UT
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 IX. Best Non-Technical Mountain Climbs

  1. Boundary Peak, NV
  2. Mt. Whitney, CA
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 X. Best Backpacking

  1. John Muir Trail, CA
  2. Escalante, UT
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XI. Best Dog-friendly Adventures

  1. Shelter Cove, CA
  2. Boundary Peak, NV
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 XII. Best Road biking right from the plane

  1. Mendocino / Little River, CA
  2. Fry Canyon, UT
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XIII. Best Mountain Biking right from the plane

  1. Bryce Canyon, UT
  2. Big Bear, CA
  3. more…

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