Listopedia: the man tripping bucket list
Blokes need some adventure in life – it has always been that way. Living in the same city, you often exhaust your options for adrenalin-building activities. We have compiled some breathtaking locations that could be as exhilarating as they are beautiful; here are our best adventure destinations for men.
Les Trois Vallées, France
Les Trois Vallées, or The Three Valleys, offers 600km of skiable slopes, making it the largest ski area in the world. Big name resorts such as Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel reside within the vast region. Each of the three valleys is interlinked, having a total of 183 lifts, the longest run being 12km. One six-day adult pass costs around AU$380 and gives you access to all three valleys! With fantastic dining and world-class nightlife, Les Trois Vallées is a must.
The Big Island, Hawaii
The largest of the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island is an impressive mix of unique terrains and is home to the famous Hawaiian Iron Man. Punters can scuba dive with manta rays, try their hand at big game fishing, discover 400-foot waterfalls in lush rainforests or surf one of the island’s countless breaks. For a genuinely rare experience, take a bird’s eye view into an active volcano or hike along the volcanic desert. There is a smorgasbord of activities for holidaymakers on the Big Island.
Montana can often be overlooked as an American holiday destination but after experiencing it myself I can assure you it couldn’t be more underrated. Snowcapped peaks, endless rivers, picturesque lakes and thousands of kilometres of great outdoors provide ample activities for the urban adventurer. You can kayak or raft gentle streams or take on the wilder river rapids. Hike or cycle the various mountain ranges, or take the more traditional option and explore on horseback. Better still, grab a Harley-Davidson and explore the state’s fantastic towns, boutique brewery scene and national parks for a glimpse of bison, grizzly bears and the bald eagle.
Located in the Cuyo region, Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s wine country, famous for producing Malbecs among other reds. When you’re not touring vineyards or enjoying some of the finest beef on the continent you can ski the best slopes Argentina has to offer at Las Leñas, or take a variety of treks through the Andes.
Montreal is a fascinating city and the largest in the province of Québec. French colonial neighbourhoods are scattered throughout with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its centre. The ‘festival city’ is famous for its abundance of cultural events and strong music scene. The fringe of the city has captivating botanical gardens, amazing local produce farms and picturesque national parks. The Laurentian mountain range is a small trip from the city and offers anything from ski resorts to river rafting and hiking.
Queenstown, New Zealand
The convenience of Queenstown is a serious draw card. Situated next to Lake Wakatipu and under the Southern Alps, Queenstown boasts the perfect location for hair-raising escapades. Renowned for adventure sports, this city is a bucket list destination for those who enjoy skiing, snowboarding, jet boats or the thrilling heights of the 134m Nevis Bungee Jump.
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