By Joy Martin /

Here it is, folks! The top 10 list of Austin’s most beloved trips! Peruse and choose from these superlative family or sans-children adventures, and prepare to be inspired by a terrific selection spanning from Asia to Alaska, canyons to mountains and a delicious selection of beaches and islands to boot. Happy day-dreaming!

Austin’s Top Five Family Trips for 2016:

Costa Rica Multisport

Action-packed days are the name of the game on this multisport adventure in the land of Pura Vida. Kayak the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, rappel down waterfalls in pristine canyons and zipline through rainforests canopies amidst one of the richest biomes on the planet. As one of the world’s most family-friendly destinations, Costa Rica is a bona fide feast for the senses ideal for curious kids and parents alike. Smiles for days guaranteed!

costa rica zip line


Germany Mosel

One of our personal favorites! Mosel welcomes you to saddle up for a grand adventure with a dash of medieval mystique ideal for your young knights and ladies-in-waiting. On this cycling dream trip through Germany’s pastoral countryside, get your fill of history, exploration, castles and vineyards as you watch your kids come to life in a land rich with folklore and apple strudel. Did we mention this is Germany’s premier wine-producing region? Your goblet overfloweth.

ALA/Euro-Bike tour along Germany's Mosel River



Big adventure awaits in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Your family won’t soon forget the magic of kayaking by looming icebergs as orcas breach in the distance and playful sea otters and sea lions pop up to say hello. Bike and hike below America’s mightiest mountains as wildlife, wildflowers and waterfalls spring to life in this spread of astounding, pristine beauty. Seafood and s’mores around the fire seal the satisfaction level on your family’s shared journey into the wild.



Utah Bryce Zion

It’s time to ramble through the land of red rocks and phantasmagoric geology on a journey to Bryce and Zion National Parks. From days spent pedaling below towering cliffs draped with hanging gardens to traipsing through the refreshing waters of the Narrows and evenings saturated with a creamy spread of stars shining overhead in the darkest skies on the continent, these two breathtakingly lovely pockets of the desert invite you and yours to explore the best of the Southwest.




It’s impossible to not showcase this premier trip located in our own backyard. Whether you choose to explore the world’s first National Park during peak season on foot, bike and kayak or venture to this megafauna haven in winter and celebrate the snow-covered peaks and valleys by ski, snow shoe and sled, you won’t soon forget the way your budding naturalists’ eyes light up at the sight of bear, bison, elk and perhaps the elusive wolf. An awe-inspiring experience of a lifetime set against a perfect backdrop for any family photo.

yellowstone hot springs crop


Austin’s Top Five Adult Trips for 2016:

Thailand Bangkok

Venture to the Land of Smiles and be embraced by one of the most welcoming people in the world as you explore their sundry, vibrant homeland. From jungles in the north to white-sand beaches in the south, discover a culture rich in tradition, cuisine and geographical delights by kayak, bike and even on the back of your very own elephant-for-a-day. Savor fresh flavors and endless surprises in one of the world’s premier travel destinations, a journey that’s guaranteed to send you home with a smile.



Nicaragua Multisport

Shake off the daily grind in “the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” The perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, get your kicks ziplining through cloud forests and kayaking Lake Nicaragua as flora and fauna animate the volcanoes, rainforests, nature reserves and white-sand beaches of one of Mesoamerica’s “biodiversity hotspots.” Dishes of delectable local cuisine satiate your body while moonlit walks or hammock sessions feed the soul, each moment set to the sound of surf or cacophony of bird song lilting through this lush paradise.



Peru Machu Picchu

One of the world’s most enigmatic cultures invites you to discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Filled with as much physical and cultural stimulation as you’d like, this excursion offers the best of the regions’ hiking, biking, rafting, history, markets and cuisine. Days are bookended with stays at fabulous lodges nestled in idyllic town and mountain settings along the way. A sunrise visit through the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu evokes a “Wow” from even the most seasoned traveler. A truly magical experience.

Peru Family Vacation



If enchanting history, outstanding cuisine and an array of outdoor adventures are your thing, then embark on this journey of the senses. Pedal your way over rolling hillsides dotted with vineyards, kayak secluded inlets of blue waters and white-sand beaches and enjoy face blasts of balmy breezes on dune buddy explorations of some of Europe’s most idyllic villages. Fresh seafood and copious bottles of wine ensure you’ll go home refreshed, full on the good life and grand memories taken away from your time spent in the Pearl of the Mediterranean.



San Juan Islands

Quiet, calm moments beckon from the seat of your kayak as you embark on an adventure to one of America’s most peaceful destinations. By day, explore this 100-million-year-old archipelago by foot, boat and bike and savor ultimate luxury at night over some of the Pacific Northwest’s freshest seafood dinners flawlessly paired with the best of Washington’s wines. Picture-perfect sunsets are yours to behold as you raise a glass to a perfect adventure. Cheers!


san juan islands

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