Give the gift of travel: Embark on an American adventure
Whether you're shopping for a hardcore mountain biker, disciplined yogi, powder-chasing snow bunny, or a spouse who deserves a weekend of pampering, give the gift of being whisked away on an American adventure. We’ve cherry picked six getaways for a variety of interests and budgets—from an overnight all-inclusive resort as low as $129 to a five-day biking-and-camping extravaganza. Disclaimer: with a gift like this, you’ll have to get creative in the wrapping department. But once the recipient learns they’re embarking on a ski trip to Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest or taking a weeklong hiatus in a tranquil Mauian sanctuary, the only wrapping they’ll care about is wrapping you in a giant bear hug.
1. Ride the Rim: GoPro + Grand Canyon Bike Adventure
Get ready to hit that attack position as you pedal alongside the Grand Canyon's winding walls, and capture every mile of the majestic North Rim Trail on a new GoPro HERO4 Silver. Join Escape Adventures on a glorious five-day bike and camping trip with otherworldly vistas. By the end of your trip, you’ll have locked down roughly 105 to 145 miles of utter natural beauty—all from the seat a bike (kudos, you).
2. Six-Day Grand Teton-Yellowstone Multi-Sport Adventure
Get ready to add "biked alongside wild buffalo herd" to the list of "awesome things I've done in life” and lose yourself in the ethereal beauty of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone national parks. This six-day road cycling trip offers thrills in several flavors—climbing, rafting, hiking—against a variety of epic backdrops. With five nights of cozy hotel lodging, a support vehicle, all meals and snacks, bike maintenance, and community gear, you've got the green light to enjoy some of the best scenery the west has to offer.
3. Two-Day Mount Washington Skills Course And Climbing Expedition
Experience the elation of reaching the top of Mount Washington with a two-day skills course that includes an attempt on the Northeast's highest peak. Sharpen your instincts and pick up new tricks with onsite training—all the while braving the elements in an area known for having the world's worst weather. Conditions like these are challenging, but they're ideal for learning how to handle anything that Mother Nature can throw your way.
4. One Night Luxury Beachfront Stay for 4-6 Guests
Unless your job is selling seashells by the seashore, it's a fair bet that a beachside hiatus for two is in order to escape the doldrums of the daily grind. Plan a stay that's all about good times and great company at the Icona Resort Diamond Beach on the Jersey shore. Tucked on a stretch of private beach between historic Cape May and the resort town of Wildwood, it's the perfect destination for travelers looking to enjoy salt air, sandy shores, and spirited New Jersey nights.
5. Four-Night Tranquil Retreat for Two at Lumeria Maui
Hawaiian dreams are often dashed by the reality of crowded resorts filled with noisy guests and constant chaos. If you seek an experience that's high in relaxation and low in stress, this four-night stay at the Lumeria Maui fits the bill. Every possible wish for a restorative retreat is granted here, from healing spa treatments, to healthy dining, to group fitness classes, to plush accommodations featuring organic interiors and works by local Maui artists.
6. Winter Escape for Pairs: Two Nights at Vermont Inn + Lift Tickets
For a romantic ski retreat full of scenic simplicity, look no further than the Inn at Willow Pond, an idyllic escape nestled in the snowcapped mountains of Vermont. With two included one-day lift tickets to Bromley Mountain, get amped for some serious shredding on 46 runs and trails covering 178 acres. Back at the Inn, cozy rooms with modern amenities call for an early evening spent cuddling up for a movie in bed. After all, the best part of any romantic escape isn't what you do when you arrive, it's the company you keep.