Challenge Yourself on these Bucket List Adventures
Take in Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike
Lovers of history and wine use pedal power to negotiate those challenging climbs to ancient hill towns including Montepulciano, famed for its delectable vintages. Starting in Florence, the 10-day, small-group biking trip also takes cyclists to Siena, home of the raucous Palio horse race through its streets. You’ll also cycle on photo-perfect cypress tree-lined roads to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pienza, known for a majestic piazza and cathedral, and San Gimignano, with its medieval stone towers. Savor the opportunity to sample Tuscan Chianti and the area’s excellent Chianini beef. Bikes, guides, wine tasting and history talks are covered. Lodging includes an elegantly refurbished 16th-century monastery and a former Franciscan convent. No need to over-exert: a “sag-wagon” van provides respite.For more information and to book, visit vbt.com/tours/tuscan-hill-towns-by-bike.
Go Wild in the West at a Five-Star Colorado Resort
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs celebrates the American West in grand style with an ever-expanding range of outdoor adventures. Broadmoor Outfitters offers classes in rock climbing at the nearby Garden of the Gods park; fly fishing instruction and guided day trips are also available. They will even take you soaring 170 feet above rock formations and a waterfall on a series of zip lines that end in what’s called “The Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado,” The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls.In The Wild West Experience, kids and adults can learn the art of falconry and interact with trained birds of prey under the tutelage of a falconer, learn the art of throwing tomahawks, try archery, and even learn how to handle, take aim, and shoot an air rifle at fun Western-themed targets. Fitness enthusiasts can test their abilities with the new “Ultimate Seven Falls Challenge,” biking 5.5 miles, running a mile through scenic Seven Falls canyon, climbing 224 steep steps that rim the falls, and ending with a mile-long run in a high mountain valley. For a different level of wilderness experience, The Broadmoor also has three distinct properties just miles from the resort: Cloud Camp atop Cheyenne Mountain, The Ranch at Emerald Valley with myriad activities for families, and the beautiful and rustic Broadmoor Fishing Camp with five miles of private shoreline on the Tarryall River.For more information and to book, visit broadmoor.com.
Discover Rare Mountain Gorillas in Uganda
About half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas call the lush Bwindi Impenetrable Forest home. They are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “Red List” of threatened species. On this four-day, three-night safari, you’ll track these rare and generally gentle giants on foot accompanied by experienced naturalists. Watch them feed and play — and keep an eye out for flying fruit if they decide to play with you! You also can birdwatch in the rainforest and visit a Ugandan village. Your home base is luxe, eco-friendly Bwindi Lodge, awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. Enjoy a relaxing end-of-day massage or kick back with a cocktail on a private panoramic deck. The trip, with pickup in Entebbe, makes a great add-on to a classic African safari.