Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Why not treat Dad to a bucket list adventure? From trekking in Chile, to cycling Northwest Arkansas, to playing cowboy in Wyoming or golfing in Montana, a world of active pursuits awaits. Below are 12 favorite vacations for the adventurous Dad.
Torres del Paine Trek: Dad can take in the glaciers, lakes and spires of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park on the guided O Circuit trek with Adventure Life. He’ll hike around the remote north side of the Patagonian massif as well as the classic W, spending nights under the star-filled sky.
Bikepack Arkansas: Fathers who love to bike will find 1,200 miles of backroads and gravel riding on the Adventure Cycling Association’s new Arkansas High Country Route through the Ouachita Mountains, Ozark Plateau, Buffalo National River corridor, Arkansas River Valley and Razorback Greenway. Detailed maps are available for dads who want to bikepack it on their own, or the association offers a van-supported tour.
Prairie Camping: Dad can hike, mountain bike, fish, watch wildlife and view the night sky far from city lights while staying at a new campground and cabins at the American Prairie Reserve in remote northeastern Montana. There, APR is working to piece together the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 states, restoring the landscape and species that called the Great Plains home.
Bike and Hike Bhutan: Grasshopper Adventures’ Bhutan cycling and trekking itinerary is the perfect getaway for an adventurous dad. He’ll bike across the country’s longest and highest suspension footbridge above the Pho River, trek to monasteries, explore ancient dzongs and tour a recently opened craft brewery.
Montana Mountain Golf: Rent a luxury cabin or mountain home at Montana’s Moonlight Basin and Dad will be able to tee off at The Reserve, a Jack Nicklaus-signature course in the shadow of 11,166-foot Lone Peak. After his round, he can hike, mountain bike, fly fish and more with Moonlight Outfitters.
Drive a 4X4 Across Exotic Lands: MIR Corporation’s self-drive tours often involve groups of buddies piloting Land Rovers, motorcycles or even vintage automobiles across the rolling steppe of Mongolia, through the villages of Siberia, or along the Silk Road. These journeys are momentous, unforgettable and limited only by one’s own imagination.
Northern Lights of Alaska: Dad will get a dose of local culture by day and photograph the Aurora Borealis under the Alaskan sky by night. Highlights of this Gondwana Ecotours adventure include dog sledding through snowy forests, hiking alongside reindeer, taking curling lessons from locals, and soaking in the geothermal Chena Hot Springs.
Fish the Russian Wilderness: Ryabaga Camp on the Ponoi River is located above the Arctic Circle and accessed via a two-hour Mi-8 helicopter ride across remote Russian tundra. There, an entirely wild Atlantic salmon population thrives, and Dad will enjoy a single-occupancy cabin, gourmet food and fine wine. Frontiers International Travel arranges it all.
Cycle Across 7 Countries: Ride & Seek’s Napoleon Epic Adventure crosses seven countries and two continents by bike, following in the footsteps of Napoleon’s Grande Armee. Dad will start in Paris with a spin down the Champs-Elysees, before departing for Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia, through rolling vineyards, deep forests, medieval villages and historic cities.
Play Cowboy at a Working Ranch: Did your dad grow up idolizing John Wayne and Clint Eastwood? At the 25,000-acre Red Reflet Ranch in Wyoming, can play cowboy like his heroes, riding horses, fishing, shooting guns, hiking, mountain biking, ATV’ing and more. He’ll also dine on gourmet meals made with ingredients from the ranch’s butcher shop and organic gardens.
Walking Wine Tour in Italy: Tourissimo will immerse Dad in the Italian lifestyle as he hikes, drinks and cooks his way through the Langa region, which birthed the Slow Food movement. On the itinerary are hilltop villages like Barolo, Monforte and La Morra, and their vineyards and wines, which are part of the reason the area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Ecuador Mountains on Horseback: Surtrek will take Dad into the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes by horseback, riding through many of the country’s most beautiful and biologically diverse areas. As he rides around mountaintop lakes and past snowcapped volcanoes, he will witness ancient pre-Incan earth mounds, beautiful waterfalls, a variety of wildlife and epic views.