9 Honeymoons for Adventurers
The only way to reach Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, located where Thailand's border converges with Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, is by a traditional long-tail riverboat. Its main draw is the six domesticated elephants, brought to the camp for its humane natural setting. With local mahouts trained in the 2,000-year-old tradition of elephant care, you'll feed, bathe and ride these gentle giants as you survey the surrounding jungle.
Best For Animal lovers who think cute comes in all shapes and sizes
Adventure Quotient: Medium You're taking charge of 7-ton animals, but the reward is well worth the bravery.
Activities Elephant training, bird watching, cultural touring
Best Time to Go November through March offers cooler weather, less humidity and less rain, making rainforest trails more accessible.
Awesome Aurora Borealis
Catch nature's greatest light show from a viewing deck at the main lodge or the porch of your cozy log cabin at the fly-in Blachford Lake Lodge, located near Yellowknife, Canada. During the day, plenty of winter activities are available, from dog sledding and skiing to ice-skating and snowmobiling. The all-inclusive Aurora Borealis Adventure Tour package includes accommodations, meals, snacks, seasonal equipment and a round-trip scenic flight to the lodge.
Best For Cold-loving stargazers
Adventure Quotient: Low This trip is more about taking in nature's wonders than trekking through them.
Activities Viewing the Northern Lights, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing
Best Time to Go The Northern Lights are usually visible on clear nights between September and April; mid- to late winter is prime time.
3. New Zealand:
Get away from it all at the Silverpine Lodge, set on a mountain ridge between two South Island lakes in the Southern Alps. For a real thrill, book the Jumboland Wilderness Adventure with Wilkin River Jets. You'll take a scenic helicopter ride into the surrounding bush for a hike through Mount Aspiring National Park, exploring the rainforest along the Wilkin River. At the end, you'll meet a high-speed jet boat for a gripping ride back to home base.
Best For Nature lovers who crave the wind in their hair
Adventure Quotient: Medium Hike at your own pace, then raise your pulse with some speed.
Activities Helicopter flights, jet-boat rides, hiking, fishing
Best Time to Go December through February are the balmiest, busiest months. Try February through April for warm weather with fewer crowds.
Exploring Ancient Wonders
Hike, bike and kayak your way through the ancient Incan culture of Peru with Austin-Lehman Adventures. You'll visit all the must-sees, including Machu Picchu (accessed via day hike). But the adventure quotient is raised when you bike through Tinajani canyon, then kayak across Lake Titicaca. Most nights are spent in hotels, but while in the canyon, you'll camp under the stars and dine on traditional Peruvian cuisine.
Best For Antiquity lovers with an active streak
Adventure Quotient: High It's an active trip, which makes it stand out from the pack.
Activities Hiking, biking, kayaking and cultural exploring
Best Time to Go A visit during the wet season (December to March) could leave you mud-caked or foil the hike altogether. For accessible trails and clear views, go in the fall.
5. Western U.S.:
Paddle your way through the American West, charging white-water rapids and lazily floating down the placid stretches with O.A.R.S. At night, you'll sleep under the stars after enjoying a gourmet meal. Culinary masters like Bob Anderson (formerly of The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite) prepare the food, while experts from regional wineries keep your glasses full. The adult-only trips range from a two-day flirt with the Tuolumne River in California to a four-day excursion sipping Oregon pinots on the Rogue River.
Best For Sophisticated camping types
Adventure Quotient: Medium You'll paddle your heart out by day, then relax around the campfire by night.
Activities River rafting, gourmet food, wine tasting and instruction
Best Time to Go Departures range from April to September depending on location. May and June offer the best high-water excitement and warm -- but not sweltering -- temps.