3 Epic Outdoor Adventures to Book in the New Year

If adventure is on your list of things to do in the new year, look no further than the destinations below for thrilling outdoor experiences in uniquely beautiful locations across the country. Get a bird’s eye view of eastern Tennessee, explore the wilds of Alaska, and camp in and around one of the most beloved national parks, Yosemite. But don’t worry—if you’re a beginner looking to ease into this “outdoor adventuring” thing, there’s also a couple accommodations options to keep you a little more comfortable, too.

Rolling mountains in Tennessee by Mike Lento – Unsplash

Experience the enchanting beauty of Northeast Tennessee from a whole new perspective as you launch on a mesmerizing hot air balloon ride. Drift gently through the skies, suspended in a wicker basket, and behold the stunning vistas of the mountains, rivers and lush greenery in this beautiful region.

As the gentle breeze carries you across the landscape, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view that captures the essence of the mountains and the charm of the Tennessee countryside. Experienced pilots ensure a safe and tranquil journey, providing a unique blend of excitement and serenity perfect for all ages.

Not too far south, and for an equally thrilling adventure, visitors can also try paragliding in the Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee. With its stunning panoramic views, gentle rolling hills, and pristine natural beauty, the Sequatchie Valley is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable paragliding experience.

As you soar through the crisp, open air, accompanied by the rush of wind beneath the parachute, you’ll be treated to an awe-inspiring vista of the valley below, with its breathtaking foliage, meandering rivers and majestic cliffs. Experienced instructors ensure a safe and exhilarating journey, guiding participants through an unforgettable flight that combines the thrill of flight with the tranquility of nature.

Denali, Alaska by Jacob Vizek – Unsplash

Infinite Adventures, a trailblazer in small group adventure experiences, is thrilled to unveil its latest offering, the “Alaska Highlights Adventure.” This exceptional 13-day expedition is designed for adventurous and active travelers who crave the exhilaration of exploring Alaska’s rugged wilderness, all while enjoying the luxury of resting in a comfortable bed each night.

“Our new Alaska Highlights Adventure is tailor-made for those who live for adventure and crave the thrill of the great outdoors,” expressed David Patrick, Co-Founder of Infinite Adventures. “We understand that our travelers are active, eager, and appreciate a good night’s sleep after a day filled with excitement. This new offering allows them to experience the best of both worlds.”

Infinite Adventures is a leading small group adventure company specializing in immersive, sustainable, and unforgettable journeys in the wilds of Alaska. Alongside the Highlights Adventure, the company also offers the 9-day Kenai Adventure, 12-day Denali Expedition, and the epic 20-day Salmon Run Adventure, perfect for those who relish an active and adventurous experience that takes you deep into the heart of Alaska. Those trips are geared towards travelers that enjoy camping and are also suitable for family/small group adventures. For more information and to book this unique adventure, please visit www.infiniteadv.com.

Yosemite in the amber glow of the sun by Dave Herring – Unsplash

Like getting together with an old friend, the feeling of visiting Yosemite National Park is unchanging. Looking up at the El Capitan in wonder as you stand at its base, pondering the ancient life span of the Giant Sequoias, connecting with our pioneering ancestors in historic Gold Rush communities and museums. The impacts of these momentous moments hit the same if it’s your first visit or your 12th.

Starting in March 2024, a new glamping experience arrives in Mariposa County, California. Wildhaven Yosemite will offer glamping tents and cozy cabins on a beautiful property with mountain and valley views just outside Yosemite National Park. Located less than a mile from the historic town of Mariposa, the extra-large, safari-style tents, and modular cabins with baths feature comfortable beds with linens, electricity, heaters, and all the furnishings needed for a comfortable night’s sleep. Wildhaven provides the comfort, cleanliness, and customer service of a hotel while being immersed in nature. Reservations are available now.

Additionally, after a few years of closures due to COVID-19 and then record snowfalls in the winter of 2022 and 2023, the Yosemite High Sierra Camps plan to open again in summer 2024. Nestled high in the wilderness and surrounded by nature, the five camps are only accessible on foot or by mule. Guests are free to explore the backcountry, carrying only a day pack as they head out each day. Camps are spaced 6 to 10 miles apart along a loop trail and for those new to wilderness travel, guided mule and hiking trips are available. The lottery for 2024 spots is open now. Reservations are via lottery only.

In addition to camping options, The Redwoods In Yosemite is celebrating 75 years of incredible hospitality in 2024. In 1949, dozens of homeowners in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park came together to preserve their family homes and share the wonder of these cabins with the public. The 120 homes are still individually owned and range in size from studios to 6 bedrooms, offering an incredible Yosemite experience for all kinds of explorers. The Redwoods In Yosemite operates like a hotel, offering a front desk, housekeeping and concierge-style services.

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