New hikes and climbs provide inspiring and breathtaking outdoor adventures
Walk the Wave at a Geological Wonder
Accessible only with a special permit, the Wave, on the Utah-Arizona border, is one of the world’s most exclusive hiking spots. Happily, the limit on the number of available permits has recently increased from 20 per day to 64, so if you’ve been waiting patiently to witness this natural phenomenon’s eye-popping vermilion hues, this summer could be your chance.
For more geology, Maui’s legendary volcanic craters dominate at Halekalā National Park, HI
Surf New Turf on the East Coast
When you think of surfing in the U.S., the East Coast isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Those in the know, however, have been catching waves on this side of the country for years. Get your gear at Ron Jon Surf Shop, which has been outfitting beachgoers for over 60 years from its flagship store in Cocoa Beach, Florida. And if the tide carries you elsewhere, Ron Jon has stores all the way up to New Jersey.
For more wildlife, find everything from crocodiles to wild manatee roam at Biscayne National Park, FL
Scale a Ladder 400 Feet Above the Utah Desert
Looking for a thrill? Try climbing the new Cave Peak Stairway in Canyon Point, Utah. Said to be the longest walkway in the Northern Hemisphere, the scarily steep ladder is made up of 120 steps stretching across 200 feet and is only accessible by completing the rest of the Cave Peak Via Ferrata trail, all installed by the luxury Amangiri resort for its guests. Your reward is the spectacular panorama over the arid desert landscape from the top. Not to mention, of course, the rest of your stay at the lavish Amangiri. You can spend your time here eating delicious, nutritious food in striking surroundings and relaxing at the Aman Spa. And with other activities like kayaking and horseriding available, you’ll be glad you packed a pair of premium Zenni sunglasses for those long, exhilarating days out in the sun.
For more climbing, experience the jaw-dropping canyons in Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Hike the Bay Area’s Spectacular Pacific Trails
Save the city’s heart-stopping hills for another day and make for the San Francisco Bay Area, where hidden trails and a multitude of walking tours make for a truly rewarding outdoor excursion. “I’m an avid hiker and I like to dedicate a few hours a day to walking among my favorite spots,” says Bai Gan, Chief Product & Strategy Officer of online optical specialists Zenni. “A great option for anyone who’s new to the area is to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enter picturesque Marin County. Once there, check out the Red Rock Spring to load up on fresh spring water before exploring the Steep Ravine Trail to take in the incredible redwood scenes. You won’t regret it!”