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30 Adventures to Have in a Lifetime

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Caitlin Morton of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 31: The Half Dome trail through Yosemite may be one of the most intense hikes you'll ever take, stretching for 16 miles and ascending more than 5,500 feet. The final 400 feet are the trickiest—hikers must climb up the steep slope with two steel cables as their only support—but the breathtaking views from the top make the effort (and terror) worth it.

Every traveler has their ultimate list of experiences. Those experiences can include everything from eating street food in Singapore to seeing an opera in Vienna, but we’re fans of beefing up your list with outdoor adventures. With this in mind, we at Traveler put together a list of the ultimate trips for intrepid travelers, including a mix of epic hikes, extreme sports, and creative ways to see some of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes. Whether it’s hot air ballooning over Turkey or swimming with dolphins in the Atlantic, these 30 activities are guaranteed to thrill—and change your entire outlook on life.

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