Sawhill Ponds - Boulder, Colorado

Summer has officially arrived here in Colorado and I’ve been taking any opportunities I have to get outdoors and explore the trails and landscapes around me. From your own backyard to the other side of the globe, there is an abundance of natural beauty in this world. I have highlighted a few intriguing places for outdoor enthusiasts to plan their next journey, although you should be warned – you might become too attached to one to move on to the next!

Colorado, USA

Sawhill Ponds Boulder Colorado

Sawhill Ponds – Boulder, Colorado

I’ll admit, I may be a bit biased towards Colorado, but I still think you will find it highly worthy of starting off this list. You can travel all across the state and still be greeted with beautiful views everywhere you look. Home to places like Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde National Park, your visit is sure to be nothing short of spectacular in this outdoor enthused state.

Cornwall, England

Cornwall - England

Cornwall, England – Photo by The Travelbunny

Although the UK is known for its many rainy days, it’s not like that in all areas. Cornwall is one of the sunniest areas in the UK, making it a great place for getaways like Looe and Polperro holidays for the family. You’ll be captivated by the beautiful beaches along the coastline of this peninsula, and will also be nearby the newly added UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape.

Otago, New Zealand

Lake Wanaka Queenstown New Zealand

Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, New Zealand – Photo by Wanderlusters

This diverse region will provide everything an outdoor enthusiast could dream of. From mountains to rivers to beaches, Otago is an area to be treasured. You can take part in adrenaline pumping activities such as rafting or bungee jumping, explore historical buildings, and relish in its wineries.

Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park - Alberta Canada

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada – Photo by Travel Notes & Beyond

Bordered by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, vast prairies, and badlands, there are a wide range of activities suited for the outdoor enthusiast in Alberta. Home to national parks like Jasper and Banff, the enormous Columbia Icefield, and prehistoric attractions like Dinosaur Provincial Park, you will have plenty of opportunities to go camping, kayaking, fishing, skiing, dog sledding, and even take part in dinosaur digs.

Wyoming, USA

Grand Prismatic Spring - Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park – Photo by Frank Kovalchek via Flickr

I had to include Wyoming on this list because it wouldn’t be complete without Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872 as the first national park in the world, it is loaded with more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails and over 300 campsites.

No matter what outdoorsy destination you choose to visit, you are sure to see more than one sight to stop you in your tracks. It is thrilling just looking at these majestic scenes, and the excitement completely takes over when you combine that with cruising down fresh powder while skiing or rushing through the rapids while rafting. No matter where you are in the world, take a moment to step outside and breathe in the fresh air. The outdoors are calling your name!

Where are your favorite places to visit for outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery? Share them in the comments below!

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  1. What a great list, Marissa! I haven’t seen Cornwall or Otago, so your post gave me some ideas for future travels.

  2. After traveling through so many cities, all I want is to be alone in the middle of nowhere, deafened by silence. I’ve been in loud, hot Cartagena for the past week and these pictures really make me want to hop on a bus to somewhere cold and quiet!

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