Anyone can stride up to the local Chevy dealership and take a spin in a Corvette, but if you really want to appreciate the care that goes into building this American motoring icon, you need to take the Corvette Assembly Plant Tour. Held at the same plant that's been building the sportscar since 1981, this unique one-mile walking tour lets you see the chassis and body come together, the engine and working bits being installed, the finishing touches applied, and the cars driving off the end of the assembly line. It only costs $7, but don't expect to be taking your own photos, or even real-time tweeting your experience — you're expected to leave cameras, phones, and tablets in the car.
Most people take a cruise that sails by our 49th state and claim they've "seen Alaska". But then you're not most people. This Revelation Mountains Backpacking Trip lets you see this Northern wilderness the way it really is — untouched and untamed. Scheduled for 10 days, this 50+ mile trip begins in Anchorage, where you board a bush plane to Lake Clark National Park. From this base, you'll explore the mountain range by plane and hiking, traversing over 50 miles, sleeping underneath the stars, and, if you're lucky, seeing some of the wildlife that call this remote land home, including bears, sheep, wolves, caribou, and moose.
It's one thing to plan an island vacation that involves lounging by the pool, drinking, eating, and shopping. It's quite another to plan on being active every day. If the latter is more your taste, chances are you'll like the Gran Canaria Bike Tour from KE Adventure. This eight-day excursion sees you spending six days exploring the island on two wheels. Up and down mountains and across over 230 miles of road, you'll get to enjoy fantastic coastal scenery, plenty of hairpin turns, and small villages. All your hotels are included, as are most breakfasts and lunches, so there's little you need to do other than show up and ride.
Island hopping is, by itself, a pretty amazing vacation idea. But going from caye to caye using nothing but a kayak? Even better. This Lodge-to-Lodge Sea Kayak Trip lets you do exactly that. On this guided trip, you'll explore Southwater Caye Marine Park using high-end sea kayaks, hopping aboard Stand Up Paddleboards to traverse calmer waters, and exploring the underwater with snorkels and/or scuba gear. At the end of each day's journey, your guides and hosts will cook up dinner as you settle into your seaside room, cold beverage in hand. Best of all? There's no experience needed, so whether you're a salty dog or a land-lubber, all you have to do is show up and go.
For most people, simply visiting an active volcano would be thrilling enough. But if you're not one of those people, perhaps Volcano Boarding will do. In this extreme sport — created by the proprietors of Bigfoot Hostel — you'll be flying down the slopes of 2,388-foot Cerro Negro on nothing but a sit-down wooden-style toboggan made from metal and Formica-reinforced plywood. And when we say flying, we really mean it — speeds reach up to 55 mph, or way faster than you should ever be going on something that requires you to sit on the ground. The experience includes transportation, safety equipment, a jumpsuit and goggles, speed clocking, and a celebration of your bravery once you return to Bigfoot. Whether you decide to stay there or not is totally up to you.
It's not exactly a quick trip, but we guarantee this South Pole 20K Ski Expedition is far more rewarding than simply hopping off a plane and declaring "I'm here". Offered by the experienced guides at Polar Expeditions, this nine-day journey sees you boarding a plane in Punta Arenas, Chile for a flight to the bottom of the world — or at least close to it, as you'll be skiing the last 20 km, and sleeping in a tent (with a very warm sleeping bag). When you consider that a full trek there takes nearly two months there and back, it's like getting all the excitement (and bragging rights) with none of the hassle.
There are white water rafting trips. And then there's a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip. Offered by Row Adventures, these trips range in length from 3-6 days, begin in Cambridge, Idaho, and end in Whitebird or Lewiston, Idaho, depending on the length of the trip. On the way, you'll tackle rapids all the way up to Class IV — or Very difficult, and the worst any normal person needs to deal with — while enjoying the views of the deepest river gorge in North America.
It's one thing to simply watch the special features on your favorite films to find out more about how they were shot, and sometimes more importantly, where. It's quite another to actually travel to the shooting locations themselves. This Famous Filming Location Trip gives you the opportunity to go up close and personal with famous filming locations from across the globe, from the mundane — Katz's Deli and Tiffany & Co. in New York — to the truly exotic — like the Wudang Monastery in China (used for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Petra in Jordan, which served as the backdrop for the finale in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Overall, the trip covers 20 location in 10 countries and lasts around three months, so make sure you have plenty of free time available — and money.
Springing from the legendary scouting, tracking, and wilderness survival skills of Apache warriors, OnPoint Tactical Survival School ($TBD) teaches training for modern-day professionals and civilians who want to learn the kinds of advanced outdoor skills they don't teach in college. At camps and classes across the country, they train elite units like SEALs and Force Recon, as well as law enforcement units like the US Marshals. Now you can earn a professional certification in skills specialized for urban life, like Urban Escape and Evasion, Search & Rescue (SAR) tracking, as well as more traditional survival techniques like primitive wilderness survival, animal trapping, camouflage, off grid medical care, and counter and anti-tracking. Finally you'll be prepared for that walk-about in Australia, the next extended power outage, or those pesky zombie invasions.
Most of us would be overjoyed to see a panda bear, shark, or gorilla in its natural environment. On this one-of-a-kind Wildlife Destination Trip, you'll likely see all those and more. This exclusive trip will see you visiting 17 destinations across the globe, hitting every continent on the way. During the 4-month trip, you'll be spending roughly a week in each spot, and will have the opportunity to see polar bears, sharks, the aforementioned pandas, sharks, and gorillas, and plenty of other wildlife in their natural habitats. Expect to enjoy suite-level accommodations and business class seating as you travel, and to have a ton of stories to tell when you arrive home.
There might only be two episodes left in the actual series, but the Breaking Bad Trolley Tour is ready to take you around the real-life shooting locations for the acclaimed show long after it's over. Each R-rated tour has 34 seats available, and covers roughly 38 miles while taking you around to 13 major shooting locations, including Walter's house and condo, Jesse's house and duplex, Gus' house, the car wash, Los Pollos Hermanos (actually Twisters Grill), the railyards, and more. You'll also get a chance to take part in some show trivia, and perhaps even win a prize — but the real prize, of course, will be the pictures of you acting like a goofball in front of all the different facades.
It's one thing to tour a cave. It's another thing to be among the first to tour a cave. And it's even better to be among the first to tour the world's biggest cave. Starting next year, these seven-day, six-night Son Doong Cave Tours will allow you the opportunity to explore one of the true natural wonders of the world — one that lay undiscovered until 1991, and unexplored until 2009. After rappelling nearly 200 feet into the enormous cave — it reaches a maximum depth of 490 feet, and is over five miles long — you'll find a river, waterfalls, a jungle — built up where the roof collapsed in one area — and other-worldly sights few have ever seen. Just be sure to book early — only 220 permits are being issued per year.