To experience some of the best hiking in the New England area (as well as breathtaking fall foliage,) plan a visit to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, offers challenging trails that will be sure to provide hikers with a full body workout. Located nearby, Mount Monroe and Eisenhower may be better options for less experienced hikers. Book a log cabin in nearby North Conway for close proximity to these mountains, and extend your workout with a trip to the town’s outlet shopping center, Settlers’ Green – no reason why shopping can’t be considered cardio!
Activity: Snowshoeing Muscle groups: Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Abductors/adductors, Hip flexors
Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, Washington is considered by many to be the top spot for snowshoeing in the United States. Its most popular snowshoe trail, Hurricane Hill to Hurricane Ridge, offers spectacular views along a 6-mile incline. Lined by ice-coated evergreens, this trail offers beauty in all directions, but also holds the possibility of danger. Weather on Hurricane Ridge is often unpredictable, so be sure to come prepared for a variety of weather conditions. The challenge will be well worth your effort once you reach the summit, where you’ll find a majestic view of Mount Olympus, the tallest mountain in western Washington.
The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association off-road bike trail system in northern Wisconsin offers more than 300 miles of marked and mapped bike trails through a secluded area of beautiful forests. The CAMBA system consists primarily of singletrack trails connecting Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon forests. After biking your way through steams, bogs, and forests full of tamarack trees – pitch a tent at one of the area’s many campsites, or kick back at a nearby vacation rental. The city of Hayward offers plenty of family-friendly attractions and is also a great place for fishing and hiking.
Park City contains several world-class resorts with their own independently-run mountains located within a few miles of each other, making it possible to ski for days without ever repeating the same run. Due to the cold temperature, dry air, and moisture coming from nearby Great Salt Lake, Park City boasts consistently light and fluffy snow – perfect for skiers of all levels. The area holds over 50 lifts, multiple terrain parks, and plenty of trails to keep you busy all day. After leaving the slopes, hit Park City Main Street to experience the flavor of a restored mining town offering great shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Within its 10,000 tiny islands, The Everglades offers miles of untouched forests, rugged landscapes, and freshwater swamps. The peaceful area is a prime spot for canoeing and kayaking amongst an array of wildlife – such as snakes, alligators, manatees, dolphins, otters, and sharks. Everglades National Park is a great place to start your paddling journey, with over 1.5 million acres of protected land and waters. Whether you make your own route, our take a guided kayaking tour, you’ll be certain to embark on an unforgettable adventure, on top of getting a great upper body workout.
Kelsey, a Customer Care Associate at FlipKey, is originally from Rhode Island and currently resides in South Boston. While not assisting owners and travelers with their vacation rental needs, she enjoys baking, shopping, and going to the beach.