There’s no better feeling than escaping the grind for a day, a week, or even a month (if you’re savvy with your PTO). Making the most of your vacation time can be somewhat overwhelming: you want to do so much, but there’s only so many things to do in a day!
Instead of simply returning to your room every night, why not maximize it with some curated Après-recreation? That is to say, an activity after the activity. There’s no better feeling than escaping the grind for a day, a week, or even a month (if you’re savvy with your PTO). Making the most of your vacation time can be somewhat overwhelming: you want to do so much, but there’s only so many things to do in a day!
Instead of simply returning to your room every night, why not maximize it with some curated Après-recreation? That is to say, an activity after the activity.
We found some of the best things to do in America, and then found the perfect complement to it. From the mountains to the beaches, we’ve got you covered and primed to make the absolute most of your time away from the cubicle.
1.) LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
Located on the edge of Lake Tahoe in Truckee, a small town in northern California, Tahoe Donner is one of the premier ski resorts in the country. After a long day of flying down slopes, navigating lift lines, and dodging out-of-control snowboarders, there’s nothing more relaxing than a warm restaurant and good company.
The Lodge Restaurant and Pub is an upscale and fun social environment with massive windows overlooking the slopes of the Sierras and serves as the perfect way to end your night on a high note, while still allowing yourself time to recover from the previous day’s adventure.
2.) NANTAHALA, NORTH CAROLINA
Nestled in the southwestern corner of North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains, the Nantahala Outdoor Center is the world’s most popular whitewater outfitter. Offering guided trips down the namesake Nantahala river, the invigorating cold of the water and the excitement of the rapids is enough to wear anyone out.
After you’ve gotten your fill of the river, check out Nantahala River Gem Mining. Whether or not you find anything valuable, there’s something very peaceful about sifting through sand to find hidden treasure. It’s great for families with children, or even adults looking for a change of pace.
3.) KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina is a small town with a big history. The Wright Brothers had their first sustained, powered flight in Kitty Hawk, due to the favorable wind conditions and long expanses of empty beach. That tradition continues today with Kitty Hawk Kites, an all-encompassing one-stop adventure shop known primarily for its hang gliding courses. You can fly for just a day or undergo a rigorous certification process to fly on your own, but either way it’s an experience like no other.
When you’ve come back down to earth, stop by the Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve for a wildlife-filled hike through some of the estuaries, forests, and beaches that display an untouched snapshot of the Outer Banks. Bring a camera, and stay on the lookout for hermit crabs!
4.) KEY WEST, FLORIDA
If you’re looking for something a little more tropical, check out Fury, an adventure guide company based in Key West, Florida. Go snorkeling on the only live reef in North America, take their jet skis out for a spin, or just swim and bask in the sun.
A day in the ocean can be as draining as it is reinvigorating, so spend your evenings on Key West’s main thoroughfare and downtown strip, Duval Street. Featuring bars, museums, restaurants, gift shops, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re in the mood for a raucous night out or a few drinks with the sea breeze and some friends, Duval Street is a safe bet.
5.) HONOLULU, HAWAII
The best way to get sand, sun, and exercise, surfing can be challenging, fun, and rewarding. Fly out to Hawaii and stop by Kai Salla’s Pro Surf School to get comfortable on the breakers, and then try not to have too much fun!
After you’re done conquering (or being conquered by) the Pacific Ocean, stop by Volcanoes National Park. The floor is literally lava, but the photos you take will last a lifetime.