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18+ heart-pumping places near Ottawa for thrill seekers

Attention, adrenaline junkies! If you’re the sort who thrives on challenging yourself and/or giving yourself a good scare, have I got some tips for you. Within a few hours’ drive of Ottawa-Gatineau, you can experience Canada’s fastest roller coaster, highest bungee jump and largest aerial park, among other thrilling fun. Pumped? Read on.

Zip line from Ottawa to Gatineau

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Interzip Rogers opened in June 2021 and was an immediate hit with thrill seekers. You get your gear at the Zibi site in Gatineau, walk across the Chaudière Bridge to an island on the Ontario side, climb 120 stairs up a 37-metre (120 foot) tower, then zip 366 metres (1,200 feet) across the Ottawa River back to Gatineau. It’s a ton of fun! Here’s my post about my trip down the zip line .

Go whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River

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Several companies—including OWL Rafting and Wilderness Tours on the Ontario side, and Esprit Rafting and HorizonX in Quebec—offer whitewater rafting trips on the Ottawa River northwest of Ottawa (some also run outings on other nearby rivers). You can choose from half-day, full-day and multi-day adventures, on rapids ranging from mildly frothy (suitable for families) to truly daunting. In most cases, you’ll have to do some somewhat serious paddling, and you should be OK with possibly being thrown from the boat. Some packages include meals, camping privileges, evening entertainment and more.

Hit Canada’s largest aerial adventure and zip line park near Mallorytown

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Off the Thousand Islands Parkway, between Brockville and Gananoque, a one-time campground is now Treetop Trekking 1000 Islands (formerly Skywood Eco Adventure). The park features a range of zip lines, rope bridges and other challenges high enough in the trees to give most people a serious adrenaline rush; they’re open to visitors nine and up. Kids aged 5 to 8 can try gentle courses a bit closer to the ground, while very young children can safely wander along rope bridges and slip down slides connecting treehouses in the Treewalk Village. There’s even a Night Trek, open to visitors 12 and up.

P.S.: If zip lines are your thing, you can also check out three zip line attractions in the Outaouais, at Camp Fortune in Chelsea, Arbraska Laflèche in Val-des-Monts and Chutes Coulonges Park in Mansfield-et-Pontrefract (Fort Coulonge).

Drive a race car in Calabogie

Like to think that you, too, could win the Indy 500? You can polish your racing skills at Calabogie Motorsports Park in, naturally enough, Calabogie, Ontario. Bring your own wheels or rent a Mustang race car. Would you rather sit in the stands and cheer on the pros? You can do that, too.

Hurtle down an Olympic bobsled run in Lake Placid

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The last time I tried to do this, the windchill was -37C, so they closed the bobsled run. But I’m determined to do it someday! At Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York, you can sign up to climb into a sleek bobsled, put on a crash helmet and race down a 800-metre (half mile) track at speeds of up to 89 km/h (55 mph).

For more sedate adventure options in the Adirondacks, check out my posts about winter hiking and snowshoeing in Lake Placid.

Go indoor skydiving in Laval

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If you’re too nervous to toss yourself out of a plane but you’d still like to experience the thrill of falling from the sky, iFly Montreal (formerly called SkyVenture) in suburban Laval, Quebec, is for you. In a nutshell, you’ll receive a safety and skills briefing, put on a jumpsuit and helmet, and then walk into what looks like a silo with a mesh-like floor of stainless-steel airline cables. Beneath that mesh is a super-powerful fan. After the door closes behind you and your instructor, someone switches on the fan, and suddenly you and the instructor are being shot skyward.

The flight chamber is 13.7 metres (45 feet) tall, but as a novice, you won’t go quite that high. Even the beginners’ height was thrilling enough for me, though. Once you get to your maximum height, the fan slows down a bit so that you experience pretty much the closest approximation of freefalling you can experience without skydiving. I’m a big chicken, and I enjoyed it immensely.

Walk high above downtown Toronto on a CN Tower catwalk

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Given that I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat, people are often surprised when I say I wasn’t frightened out of my mind when I tried EdgeWalk high atop the CN Tower a few years ago. The thing is, I’m not afraid of heights, per se; I’m afraid of falling . It seems like a tiny difference, but it isn’t.

If I’m 100 percent confident I’m not going to plunge toward the ground, I (perhaps foolishly) lose most of my fear. And when I was walking around this narrow metal catwalk, 356 metres (1,168 feet) above Toronto’s streets, I was tethered by so many harnesses and cables that I felt as safe as though I were strolling through my neighbourhood park. When instructed by our fearless guide, I even leaned over the edge and pretended to fly, like Superman. (Here’s my post about my EdgeWalk adventure .)

However, in my small group of seven people, there were two who had signed up for the experience as a way to try to overcome their fear of heights. They were truly scared, so I wouldn’t recommend this outing to anyone who isn’t already fairly OK with the whole concept.

Try Canada’s highest and fastest roller coaster, or leap off a fake cliff, near Toronto

Canada’s highest and fastest roller coaster, Leviathan , opened in Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, in 2012. Passengers rocket downhill from a peak of 93 metres (306 feet) at speeds of up to 148 km/h (92 mph). More recently, Wonderland opened Mountain Bay Cliffs , a cliff-diving attraction where you can leap 7.5 metres (25 feet) off a fake cliff into a pool below.

Inch across a cliff face beside a waterfall in Quebec City

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A few years ago, I scared the daylights out of myself by setting out along the via ferrata next to Montmorency Falls on the outskirts of Quebec City.

What’s a via ferrata, you ask? It’s a contraption that allows you to experience all the nausea-inducing vertigo of rock climbing while remaining relatively safe (you can still get some nasty scrapes and bruises, though). Basically, it’s a series of strong cables bolted to a rock face. Climbers wear a harness and clip themselves to the cables, then use footholds, hand grips, handles and other things sticking out of the rock to manoeuvre themselves along the cliff face while trying not to faint (OK, the fainting part may have just been me). Real thrill-seekers at Montmorency Falls can sign up for a package that adds a zip line to the mix.

P.S.: Closer to Ottawa, you can also try a via ferrata at Chutes Coulonges Park in Mansfield-et-Pontrefract in the Outaouais, where you’ll also find an obstacle course, zip lines and more. There’s also a via ferrata at Parc national du Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentians.

Leap off Canada’s highest bungee jump in Wakefield

Great Canadian Bungee , about halfway between Chelsea and Wakefield in Quebec, bills itself as Canada’s highest bungee jump. Fling yourself off a platform toward a water-filled quarry 61 metres (200 feet) below—if you dare. (I’ll be the one on the ground taking photos, thank you very much.)

Cycle across a zip line in the Eastern Townships

Finally, this is an adventure for the gentle at heart. Sure, you’re high above the trees at VéloVolant , an unusual attraction at the Au Diable Vert outdoor adventure centre in Glen Sutton, Quebec. However, you can travel as slowly as you like, as you’re strapped into a recumbent bike hanging from a cable. It’s actually kind of meditative. I loved it.

Looking for more tips on things to see and do in Eastern Ontario, the Outaouais, northern New York state and beyond? Subscribe to my free weekly newsletter or order a copy of my book, Ottawa Road Trips: Your Weekend Getaway Guide .

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Hi. I love your blog. You might add the zip lining at Fort Coulonge, Quebec, very close to where the white water rafting happens on the Ottawa River. https://chutescoulonge.qc.ca/ . Very exciting zip lining over the river in particular.

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Thanks for the suggestion, Fay! I mentioned the via ferrata but forgot about the zipline. I’ll add it!

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Epic whitewater adventures on the Ottawa River

Canada’s capital region is known as one of the world’s top destinations for whitewater adventures. The mighty Ottawa River offers everything from family-friendly rafting and tubing just minutes from downtown Ottawa, to jaw-dropping class III to V rapids just over an hour’s drive away. Whether you’re looking for a gentle splash on a hot summer day or your next adrenaline fix, Ottawa has the perfect whitewater adventures for you!

Water adventures in the wilderness

From May to September each year, people from around the world flock to a stretch of the scenic upper Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers, located just over an hour’s drive west from downtown Ottawa. This whitewater mecca, with its warm water, lush green forests and majestic Canadian Shield rock formations, is where you’ll find paddling outfitters, OWL Rafting , Rafting Momentum , and Wilderness Tours .

These outdoor activity resorts offer half-day and multi-day whitewater packages with overnight options that range from rustic camping, to cedar wood cabins and even B&B accommodations. No matter which experience you choose, you’ll be thoroughly immersed in the magic of the Ottawa River!

Rafting in the wild

The Ottawa River’s numerous channels and wide range of rapid classes allow river guides to offer a variety of rafting experiences. Choose from a gentle float with a bit of splash on a large raft, or an extreme adrenaline-pumping trip over class V waves on a sport raft – or anything in between! Boat sizes (and passenger capacity) vary, and private bookings are available.

Depending on the trip, you might also get to swim, body surf and float in the waves, as well as cliff jump, walk along the shoreline and see waterfalls. All the necessary gear is provided and most trips include meals on the boat or by the water. At the end of the day, you might have the option to order a local craft beer and relax in a hot tub or sauna, and maybe even catch a live band playing at the resort!

Whitewater kayaking in the wild

Want to get even more up close and personal with the roaring waterway? Learn whitewater kayaking from some of the world’s best at Wilderness Tours’ Ottawa Kayak School – the largest of its kind in Canada. Kayaking legend and program director Seth Ashworth made the Ottawa area his home after kayaking all over the globe. Seth’s team offers beginner clinics for kids or adults, all the way up to premier-level instruction. Choose a one-day clinic if you’re short on time, or for the ultimate immersion, join a week-long program. Different kayaking experiences are available through other outfitters as well.

Urban whitewater experiences

From gentle family rafting or tubing excursions to high-adrenaline kayaking, there’s plenty of whitewater action within a few minutes’ drive from downtown Ottawa. And best of all, they’re easily accessible by car, public transportation or even by bicycle!

Rafting and tubing in the city

Ottawa City Rafting (operated by Wilderness Tours) offers more urban and leisurely ways to experience the majestic Ottawa River. The half-day gentle rafting or tubing excursions begin just 10 minutes west of downtown Ottawa and go through a few sets of Class I and II rapids separated by stretches of flat water. As you float towards the ultimate view of Canada’s beautiful Parliament Buildings, you’ll have the chance to do some body surfing, cliff jumping and other activities. Along the way, your guide shares historic anecdotes about the Ottawa River’s historic importance and fun facts.

The rafting boats fit groups of 4 to 9 people, and private bookings are available. Participants don’t have to paddle the entire three-hour journey: on flat stretches of water, the guide activates a quiet, eco-friendly electric motor so you can sit back and relax.

For a more independent (and physically-distanced) experience, choose Ottawa City Rafting's two-hour trip in individual, inflated kayak tubes (solo rafting) which offers similar activities as the rafting trips, plus tube racing, jumping and bumping.

You can also take a half-day urban “kayarafting” adventure on the Ottawa River with Boreal River Adventures . You’ll learn how to paddle an inflatable kayak through Class I and II rapids, with Parliament Hill and the skylines of Ottawa and Gatineau as your backdrop. Excursions leave from Parc Moussette just west of downtown Gatineau, across the river from Ottawa.

Whitewater kayaking in the city

Did you know that you can learn to whitewater kayak less than 5 minutes’ drive from downtown Ottawa? The Downtown Ottawa Instruction program offered by OWL Rafting’s Madawaska Kanu Centre is perfect for beginners and novices. Lessons take place at a spot called The Pumphouse, located just around the corner from the Canadian War Museum. Many Canadian kayaking athletes train there!

If you’re an experienced whitewater kayaker (or even a surfer), you’ll certainly want to play at Ottawa’s Champlain Bridge wave known as The Wall . Located off of Bate Island, less than 10 minutes drive west of downtown Ottawa, the rapids feature a standing, ever-flowing wave that attracts surfers and freestyle whitewater kayakers from around the world each spring. If you prefer to be a spectator, you can easily access the site by biking from downtown Ottawa along the scenic Ottawa River Pathway, or by driving to Bate Island.

About two kilometers upstream from The Wall, towards the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, is another popular playspot for freestyle kayaking. The Deschenes Rapids in that area run through the cement ruins of an abandoned electricity facility, and the waves below attracts kayakers from around the world . Definitely a rush for skilled paddlers!

For more exciting activities in Canada’s Capital, check out our suggestions on how to be adventurous in Ottawa !

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Top 8 Montana Cliff Jumping Spots

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By Mark Barnett

One of my fondest memories as a kid was hiking to many of these remote Montana cliff jumping spots on a hot summer day!

With that said, it’s important to note that it can also be incredibly dangerous. It’s crucial to ensure that the area is legal and safe for jumping, always checking the water depth, the presence of underwater rocks, and other potential hazards before jumping. It’s also a good idea to have someone experienced with the location accompany you, if possible.

Top Montana Cliff Jumping Spots

Tally Lake: This lake located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness is a popular spot for cliff jumping. There are a variety of cliffs to choose from, with the highest being 100 feet. The water is deep and clear, making it a safe place to jump.

Flathead Lake

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This is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, with several spots suitable for cliff jumping. Wild Horse Island is a state park located within the lake that has cliffs which are frequently used for this purpose.  Wayfarers State Park is small but awesome park located on teh shores of Flathead Lake near Big Fork, MT

The Whitefish Area

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Just west of Glacier National Park, there are several lakes and rivers with suitable cliffs for jumping. Given that access is always changing, my recommendation is to chat with a few locals to have them point you in the right direction. Always check for safe and legal spots before you go.

Here are some specific jumping spots in the Whitefish area.

  • Whitefish Lake : Whitefish Lake, located in the town of Whitefish, provides numerous spots for cliff jumping. The water depth and conditions can vary, so always check before jumping.
  • Holland Lake : Approximately a two-hour drive south of Whitefish, Holland Lake offers a popular cliff jumping spot near the waterfall. The spot is scenic and loved by locals.
  • Hungry Horse Reservoir : About a half-hour drive southeast of Whitefish, this spot is known for cliff jumping with many cliffs and deep water. Be sure to check the conditions and regulations before you head out.
  • Lake Koocanusa : Roughly two hours east of Whitefish, Lake Koocanusa features numerous high cliffs over deep, clear water, making it a popular spot for cliff jumping.

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This lake is located in the Gallatin National Forest and is known for its cold water and steep cliffs. The highest cliff is 60 feet, but there are also a few smaller cliffs for those who are not as experienced.

Quarry in Colstrip

Colstrip, Montana is different than many of the locations profiled on this site as it’s located in southeast Montana.  The area has more of a ranch feel vs. a mountain environment. Located near Colstrip is a reclaimed strip mine, now filled with water, that is known as a spot for cliff jumping. This spot may require permission to use, so be sure to check the local regulations.

The Jefferson River:

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This river is located in southwestern Montana and is a popular spot for whitewater rafting and kayaking. There are a number of cliffs along the river that are popular for cliff jumping, with the highest being 30 feet.

Gallatin River

Gallatin River near Big Sky, MT. A popular river for cliff divers in Montana.

Just outside of vibrant Bozeman , the Gallatin River offers a few spots with cliffs over deep water. It’s a popular spot for locals, but it’s worth noting that river water levels can change quickly, so caution is advised.

There are a number of different spots along the river where people jump, with the most popular spot being Axtell Bridge . The water at Axtell Bridge is deep and clear, making it a safe place to jump. The cliffs range in height from 10 to 30 feet, so there is something for everyone.

If you’re in the Bozeman area and interested in checking out the river, take a look at our Complete Guide to the Gallatin River .

Bitterroot River

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Located in the Missoula area, there are a few popular cliff jumping spots along the Bitterroot River . Always ensure you are familiar with the depth and conditions before jumping.

Here are a few specific jumping spots along with Bitterroot River.

  • Maclay Flat Nature Trail: There’s a spot just off this trail where locals often go cliff jumping. However, water levels can fluctuate here, so it’s essential to check before jumping.
  • Bell Crossing: Just south of Victor, this spot is known for deeper water suitable for cliff jumping.
  • Kona Ranch Bridge: Close to Missoula, this spot is popular for cliff jumping. Be sure to check local regulations and current conditions before attempting to jump here.
  • Florence Bridge: Another popular local spot, this area is frequently visited during the summer months. However, caution is advised as water levels can change quickly.

The Clark Fork River

Also in the Missoula area, this river has spots where cliff jumping is possible. There are a number of different spots along the river where people can jump, with the most popular spot being Alberton Gorge.  The water is generally deep in this area making it a safe jumping spot but always do your due diligence ahead of time.

It’s also fun to note, that the Alberton Gorge is know as one of the best whitewater locations in Montana .

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This gorgeous alpine lake is located in the Bridger Range . It’s known for its beautiful setting and a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, fishing, and, yes, cliff jumping.

An Important Note about Cliff Jumping in Montana (and elsewhere)

Once again, I feel obligated to to emphasize the importance of safety and local regulations when cliff jumping. Always ensure that jumping is allowed and safe at your chosen location. If you’re unsure, reach out to local outdoor sports shops or water safety organizations for advice.

About The Author

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Mark Philip is a writer and lifestyle enthusiast from the Midlands in the U.K. With a background in martial arts and fitness, Mark headed out to Bangkok, Thailand where he now lives and works. Mark has authored e-books, articles, and blogs across a wide range of topics for commercial, educational, factual, lifestyle and leisure-based purposes.

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Not just rafting..., cliff jumping, body surfing, travel back in time.

From the sweep of the river, the Ottawa looks as majestic as when Champlain re-discovered it four centuries ago. This one-of-a-kind trip has everything, right in Canada’s captial – fun, education and just enough excitement to be thrilled at the end of the run. It’s perfect for adventure seekers, families, schools and corporate groups. With 2.5 hours of adventure, ride the original path into the city and travel back in time to the logging era!


May 20th – Mid September Reservations Required

Adult (13+): $94 Youth: $79

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This is an all day quest geared toward adrenaline junkies but also for the more subdued. There are no jumps that are required so if you are travelling with an adventurous spirit but just want to watch or swim that is fine too. It starts with a drive South to the wild and rugged Osa area. We will trek to five different waterfalls in three locations with each one getting bigger and more beautiful. You can observe the falls from dry-land, swim in the pools or climb up and jump right in! It is up to you to decide what you are up for.

One of the falls has a  rope swing that you can swing and then jump off into the natural pools below.The next Waterfall has jumps from 8-40 feet and a natural water slide. We will then enjoy an authentic Costa Rican meal at a typical local restaurant.

After lunch we will enjoy a 4×4 trek deep in the mountains to arrive at arguably the most magnificent waterfall in all of Costa Rica.

When conditions are right you’ll have the option of cliff jumping from 10, 20, 30 or 45 feet into the deep pool at the base of the 80′ falls. During this tour you will be deep into the Costa Rica Rain Forest. The first 2 locations have a 5 minute hike to the falls and the last hike is only 15 minutes.


  • When Daily from 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Inclusions Transportation, Naturalist guide, Entrance fees, Lunch, and Bilingual Guide
  • Meeting Place Ave Pastor Diaz 200 meters South of the Best Western, Edificio Crystal 1st Floor, Jaco Beach Pick up at your location available at check out for an extra $5.00 USD per person
  • Group size 4 - 12 people - If you have a larger group please e-mail for availability
  • Difficulty Moderate

So whether you are a full on adrenaline junky, just want to observe magnificent scenery or are somewhere in between this is a magical day spent in the Costa Rica rainforest.


Your adventure begins.


After picking you up from Herradura, Hermosa, Jaco or Quepos we will head South along the coast to the first waterfall in Dominical with the rope-swing. After swinging and swimming we will drive about 15 minutes South to Uvita to the 2nd set of falls. Here we will practice jumping (if you want) from about 15' and then move up from there. We will also be able to slide down a 33' natural water slide and cliff jump from 40' if you desire.

Lunch, Swim, DIVE!


Off to a wonderful, unrushed Costa Rican lunch and then drive deep in the mountains to begin our 20 minute hike to the most beautiful waterfall in Costa Rica! Your guide will show you how to safely climb up through the face of the waterfall to cliff jump or dive from 25' or 33' into the deep water below. With all your desires for swimming, jumping, flipping and diving quenched we will drive back to Jaco for a GREAT nights sleep.

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San Juan River & Hummer Cliff Dwelling Expedition

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San Juan River & Hummer Cliff Dwelling Expedition

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8 mile float from Sand Island to Comb Ridge

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April 15-October 31

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6 years old (Call us if you have younger explorer)

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9am-3:30 pm daily

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$199 - Adults $139 - 15/under *Additional $10/River Permit Per Person

Can’t decide between a land based tour or the river? This combination tour includes the best of two of our favorite trips meshed into one amazing day on the San Juan. You’ll float 8 miles paddling your own kayak or jump in a tandem with someone you love. Two short easy hikes will take you to one of the largest rock art panels in North America and a 1000 year old cliff dwelling. Unlike Mesa Verde and other National Parks this is a wilderness expedition and we often have these world class sites to ourselves. We’ll feed you lunch on the peaceful banks of the river and end the day with a rugged 4×4 Hummer ride back to Bluff.

  • Solo or Tandem Kayak
  • PFDs and Paddles
  • Professional Guide
  • Dry bag for cameras, phones, etc.
  • Fresh prepped Lunch by the river
  • Transport to and from the river
  • Learn to Paddle a Kayak with Professional Guides
  • Enjoy birdlife and beautiful scenery
  • Butler Wash Rock Art Panel
  • River House Ruin
  • 4×4 Hummer Ride

Easy to Moderately Strenuous. Short hikes up to ½ mile round trip. Easy paddling on calm, but swift water. No whitewater on this trip.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit or clothing that will dry quickly.
  • Water shoes or tennis shoes you can get wet and muddy.
  • A small day pack
  • A Reusable Water bottle for each person
  • Sunglasses with Chums or neckband

Meeting at our shop in Bluff, Utah we will load the vans at 9 am and head to Sand Island. Here everyone will learn how to paddle a kayak and after a short safety orientation with your guide we are on the river. The San Juan is a beautiful float and great for all paddling skill levels. Guides will teach you all you need to know and lead you down the river. The first float is approximately one hour on calm, but quick moving water. We’ll float along towering sandstone cliffs and often see many different types of birds. Mid-April thru June this is a great trip for birders. 6 miles down-stream we will beach the kayaks and go for a short hike to view one of the largest rock art panels in North America. The Big Kachina Panel aka Lower Butler Wash panel has rock art dating back to 2000 B.C. and your guide will teach you about the different figures engraved in the wall.

After photographing and viewing the panel we’ll jump back in the kayaks and paddle another two miles down to where the river cuts through Comb Ridge. Here we will pull the kayaks off the water to find lunch waiting for us under a giant cottonwood tree. While you’re enjoying a yummy fresh lunch the guides will deflate and roll up the kayaks and load them in our custom trailer that we pull behind our H1 Hummer. After lunch we’ll jump in the Hummer and cruise up a 4×4 only road to see a two-story cliff dwelling called River House Ruin. Here we will get up close and personal with a cliff dwelling reminisque of Mesa Verde National Park. This is a very photogenic ruin and your guides will teach you about the different rooms and architecture of this one of kind site.

Then we are back in the Hummer for our tour back along Comb Ridge on part of the Historic Hole in the Rock Pioneer trail. We will pass San Juan Hill and stop briefly to see the road built by pioneers in 1880 when settlers originally settled Bluff Fort. The road then crosses the wash more times than you can count as we weave in and out of tamarisk and willows following a fun roller coaster of a ride along Comb Ridge back into Bluff.

This tour captures the best archaeology seen on our full day rafting trip and experience riding in one of the most capable 4×4 vehicles on the planet.

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Even though the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is seldom visited, the breathtaking landscape here rivals any national park in the U.S. Part of the monument falls in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, where you’ll find the exclusive Wave hike, the delicate and colorful sandstone formations of South Coyote Buttes and Buckskin Gulch, which is believed to be the world’s longest slot canyon. White Pocket is an otherworldly destination entirely. If you’re seeking solitude, indescribable beauty, a protected and wild landscape unscathed, you’ve come to the right place. We know the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument like few do and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is found just south of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in northernmost Arizona between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona. The monument is named for the spectacular 3,000-foot red cliffs that border the Paria Plateau.

Other than Jacob Lake Inn or Cliff Dwellers Lodge, the closest hotel rooms, restaurants and amenities are found in Kanab, Utah or Page, Arizona.

Most visitors to the area view the Vermilion Cliffs while traveling between Jacob Lake and Page on Highway 89A. It’s arguable one of the most scenic drives in the country. But, to truly appreciate the treasures of this remote space takes more effort and planning than a simple highway drive.

The main access point for most of the recreational opportunities in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is House Rock Valley Road, which is a 30-mile through road that runs north to south, connecting Highway 89 to Highway 89A. House Rock Valley Road is made up of gravel in some spots and clay in others. It’s often passable in a two-wheel drive car with good ground clearance, but when it’s wet, a beefy 4X4 with off road tires and clearance is needed, if the road is passable at all. Along House Rock Valley Road is a California Condor release site, the West Bench Pueblo, Maze Rock Art site, Wire Pass slot canyon trailhead, Buckskin Gulch trailhead and side roads that lead to the top of the Paria Plateau.

The elevation in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument ranges from 3,100 feet to 6,500 feet above sea level. On top of the Paria Plateau, the most commonly visited spots are White Pocket and South Coyote Buttes (which requires a day use permit). But many miles of deep, sandy “roads” on the plateau lead to unnamed rock formations, native American sites and remote camping opportunities.

The Wave in North Coyote Buttes is by far the most famous feature of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Wind, water and time sculpted this well-recognized formation out of Navajo Sandstone in the North Coyote Buttes where only 20 people per day may enter. The nearby South Coyote Buttes offers hiking and photography on the same rock formation that the Wave originated from. Our company offers tours to both the Cottonwood Cove and Paw Hole trail heads of South Coyote Buttes.

The Coyote Buttes are part of the 112,500-acre Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness that was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1984. Government rules in a wilderness area are strict in order to keep the land in a natural, pristine state. Human activities in wilderness areas are restricted to scientific study and non-mechanized recreation. Drones are not allowed. That’s why in North and South Coyote Buttes, entry is limited to only 20 people per day by special permit to reduce impact on the delicate landscape. Other highly-sought destinations within Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness are Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon. Dreamland Safari Tours does not offer tours to those slot canyons.

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument was designated by President Bill Clinton on Nov. 9, 2000 and is comprised of land that was previously managed by the federal government. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is overseen by the Bureau of Land Management under the U.S. Department of the Interior. This is the same federal department that is in charge of the National Park Service. The land is managed from the BLM Arizona Strip Field Office in St. George, Utah, though permits for the Coyote Buttes areas and Paria Canyon are issued at the BLM Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah. The BLM Arizona Strip Field Office manages nearly 2 million acres in northwestern Arizona. Because the Grand Canyon isolates the Arizona Strip from the rest of Arizona, this region constitutes the most remote and rugged public land in the lower 48 states.

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Canyon Adventures - Cliff Jumping in Wilderness .

Canyon Adventures specializes in outdoor fun in remote and difficult to access areas so that everyone feels they are on a journey of discovery. Cliff jumping is part of our canyoning trips which take place in the deep and rocky river gorges near Wilderness. These places are watery paradises; with towering sedimentary rock cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, ferns and forest.

Depending on what you are comfortable with you will have the opportunity to leap off cliffs from 1- meter to 13- meters high. Our qualified guides will show you exactly how to jump to avoid injury. We provide all canyoning gear including wetsuits which mitigate the potential sting felt from a high jump.

The thrill of leaping off a cliff into the inky black water below is amazing. Not many people manage to do it without a triumphant whoop afterwards. Come and join Canyon Adventure with your family or friends for a holiday highlight.

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With just a short hike, you can take the plunge off the cliffs of Canyon Falls. A local spot with a lots of fun. 

Taking US Hwy 41 south of L'Anse, you can see the Canyon Falls Roadside Park and trail access to the Canyon Falls gorge. The hike is mainly downhill to the first cliff jumping spot, roughly 200-300 meters down the path. A good warm-up, this cliff is roughly 10-15 feet, with the river base roughly 10 feet deep. The climb back onto the path is done right under the cliff itself. Continuing on the path, you can see the first large set of waterfalls. Following this, the trail ascends to the second waterfall, a skinnier spot on the river leading to a large pool area and a quiet shallow stream. 

The cliff following the second waterfall is over 30 feet tall, easily. The water depth is over 15 feet deep. After speaking with some of the locals and Michigan Tech kids that frequented the spot, they said that injuries, as rare as they occur, are usually due to jumper error (bad rotation, not jumping far enough, etc.). After jumping, there are three options for returning to the main platform. 

1) A ladder has been built just slightly downstream of the main jump spot. Swimmers will need to swim upstream shortly to reach the ladder. Use the additional rope as a guider to start the climb. This was could be difficult with heavy rain or slight flooding. 

2) Swimmers can cross the river and climb up the other side for additional jumping spots. Some swimmers climbed a hanging tree straight across from the cliff (not recommended)

3) Roughly 50 meters downstream, on the right side, swimmers can find a low graded shoreline with a switchback path back up to the trail. This way is longer, but much safer than the ladder. 

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11 Best Cliff Jumping Spots in Oahu

  • July 2, 2023
  • By Josh Word

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Experience the Thrill of Cliff Jumping in Oahu

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie seeking an exhilarating adventure or a first-time adventurer looking for a unique experience, cliff jumping in Oahu offers a thrilling and unforgettable activity. 

Oahu, the third-largest Hawaiian island, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and wide array of adventurous activities, including cliff jumping.

Cliff jumping, also known as cliff diving, involves leaping from a high precipice into a body of water below. It combines the rush of free-falling with the joy of plunging into crystal-clear waters. 

Oahu’s scenic coastline provides numerous locations that are perfect for cliff jumping, catering to both beginners and experienced thrill-seekers.

Before you embark on your cliff-jumping adventure in Oahu, it’s important to consider a few factors. 

Safety should always be a top priority. Make sure to assess the water conditions, depth, and any potential hazards before attempting a jump. 

It’s advisable to have prior swimming experience and to wear appropriate gear such as a life jacket or a wetsuit for added safety. 

Additionally, it’s recommended to go with a guide or an experienced local who is familiar with the area and can provide guidance.

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Safety First: Guidelines for Cliff Jumping

Before we plunge into the captivating allure of Oahu’s cliff-jumping locales, it’s paramount to prioritize safety. 

The rush of adrenaline and the splash of excitement that cliff jumping brings is undoubtedly thrilling. 

However, like any adventure sport, it comes with its share of risks. 

To ensure that your adventure remains a fond memory rather than a regrettable incident, here are some essential safety guidelines:

1. The Buddy System: Venturing alone might seem like a great idea for a solo adventure, but when it comes to cliff jumping, having someone by your side is crucial. A companion can assist in case of emergencies and call for help if needed. Plus, sharing the exhilarating experience with a friend or family member doubles the fun!

2. Scout Before You Leap: Before you allow gravity to take over, take some time to scout the area. Check the depth of the water, and look out for any potential underwater obstructions like rocks or debris. Remember, water levels can fluctuate, and underwater formations can shift. So, it’s crucial to do a thorough check before every jump.

3. Learn From the Locals: Observing the locals can be an excellent way to understand the nuances of a spot. They’ve jumped these cliffs numerous times and know the dos and don’ts. Pay attention to where they jump from, how they land, and any safety precautions they take.

4. Heed Warning Signs and Local Regulations: Pay close attention to any posted warning signs. They are there for a reason. If a sign says not to jump, don’t. Local regulations are set in place for your safety and to protect the environment. Respecting these rules ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #1 Alan Davis

Set against the backdrop of the iconic Makapuu Lighthouse, Alan Davis is a cherished cliff-diving location, a hidden cove that stands out amidst Oahu’s tropical beauty. 

The path to Alan Davis winds through lush vegetation, opening up to a serene beach kissed by cerulean waters. 

A wooden plank, like a beckoning hand, stretches out over the tranquil waters, making the area not only safe but also an inviting spot for cliff diving. 

Once you muster the courage and take the leap, you’ll feel a rush of adrenaline as the Hawaiian sun and the sea’s vibrant spectrum of blues blend into a single sensory experience. 

The plunge is nothing short of exhilarating, but it’s the after-moments that steal the show. 

Soaking up the sun on the sandy beach, with the soundtrack of the gently lapping waves, is the perfect denouement to your cliff-diving adventure.

Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #2 China Walls

Tucked away on Oahu’s southeastern coast is China Walls , a fascinating geological formation that also doubles as an excellent cliff-diving spot. 

Known for its flat, lava-rock shoreline, the area looks as if it was meticulously hand-carved by mother nature herself. 

It’s a place where the untamed Pacific Ocean kisses the rock-strewn coast, creating a panoramic vista that leaves even the most seasoned travelers in awe. 

The experience of cliff-diving here is exhilarating in itself, with the vast expanse of the ocean as your landing zone. 

The thrill of launching off the rocky ledge, the rush of the wind against your skin, the moment of weightlessness, and the eventual envelopment in the cool, crystal-clear water – it’s a heady mix of excitement and fear, enough to stir the adventurer in anyone. 

And when you resurface, the breathtaking scenery of China Walls will leave you yearning for more.

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Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #3 Halona Blow Hole

Few places on Earth can compete with the raw, natural allure of the Halona Blow Hole . Also known as Eternity Beach, this spot is an adrenaline junkie’s dream come true. 

The term “blowhole” might seem odd, but once you witness the powerful geyser-like eruption of sea water caused by the ocean waves rushing into an underwater lava tube, it all makes sense. 

The prospect of cliff-diving here might seem daunting, but that’s where the thrill lies. Jumping off the rocky cliff, with the powerful spectacle of the blowhole in the backdrop, provides an unmatched adrenaline surge. 

But the spot isn’t all about thrill-seeking; its dramatic, cinematic views make it a perfect place for a peaceful retreat after your daring exploits.

Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #4 Kapena Falls

Located deep within the verdant heart of Oahu, Kapena Falls is a secluded haven that seems untouched by time. 

The journey to Kapena Falls weaves through dense woods, adding a layer of anticipation and excitement to the adventure. 

A waterfall cascades down a rocky ledge into a natural swimming hole, making it a favorite spot for cliff divers. 

The pure thrill of leaping off the cliff, followed by the momentary suspense in mid-air before you crash into the water below, is a feeling that’s both terrifying and exciting. 

The tranquillity that surrounds you once you break surface, however, provides a stark and welcome contrast, making Kapena Falls a paradise for those seeking both thrill and tranquillity.

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Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #5 Laie Point

Situated on the northeastern coast of Oahu, Laie Point is a testament to the island’s dramatic natural beauty. 

The rugged cliffs, etched by years of wind and water, overlook turquoise waters, making it an unforgettable cliff-diving spot. 

As you prepare for the jump, the rhythm of the waves crashing against the rocks and the soft whisper of the Pacific wind are the only sounds you hear. 

With every leap off the cliff, you’re not just diving into the ocean; you’re immersing yourself in an elemental experience, a dance with nature that leaves you exhilarated and humbled.

Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #6 Leap of Faith

The name alone is enough to send a wave of thrill down any adventurer’s spine. Leap of Faith , tucked away near the Old Pali Road, is a cliff-diving spot like no other. 

The experience is a true test of courage – you’re not just leaping into water; you’re diving into the unknown. 

The thrill of the jump, coupled with the serene beauty of the surrounding greenery, is an unmatched recipe for adrenaline. 

Once you take the leap, a sense of weightlessness engulfs you before you splash into the cool, invigorating water, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment and a memory that will last a lifetime.

However, this is not the best spot if you are inexperienced 

Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #7 Mokes

A cluster of two islets lying off the Windward Coast of Oahu, Na Mokulua, fondly known as the Mokes , is a cliff-diver’s paradise. 

As you approach the twin islands, the first thing that strikes you is the stark contrast between the rugged, green-clad cliffs of the islands and the crystal-clear waters that surround them. 

The sandy beaches are an invitation to laze around, but it’s the enticing cliffs that draw adrenaline seekers. 

The leap from the cliff into the open ocean is pure joy for cliff-divers, combining the thrill of the jump with the serene beauty of the surrounding seascape.

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Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #8 Nuuanu Reservoir Tower

Situated near the Old Pali Road, the Nuuanu Reservoir Tower offers a unique take on cliff jumping. 

This spot features an abandoned water tower – an industrial relic that has found a second life as a cliff-diving platform. 

As you ascend the tower, each step is a buildup of anticipation. Once at the top, the panoramic view of Nuuanu Reservoir unfolds, serving as a mesmerizing backdrop for your cliff dive. 

The jump from the tower, while daunting, is an exhilarating rush, a leap through time and into the cool embrace of the reservoir below.

Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #9 Spitting Caves

One of Oahu’s natural wonders, the Spitting Caves are a marvel to behold and an even greater thrill to jump from. 

This dramatic coastline, characterized by steep cliffs and deep water, gets its name from the way the ocean water ‘spits’ out when the waves roll into the caves. 

The cliff diving experience here is intensified by the setting sun, painting the sky with vibrant hues, adding a dash of magic to the adrenaline-fueled activity. 

As you resurface from the water, the enchanting view of the sunset is a visual treat, marking a perfect end to the day’s adventure.

Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #10 Waimano Pools

Imagine a sequence of emerald pools, each one more inviting than the last – welcome to Waimano Pools . 

Located in the heart of Oahu, these tranquil pools are a cliff diver’s dream. The jump might not be from a dizzying height, but the experience is just as thrilling. 

The feeling of flying through the air, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation before plunging into the cool water, is truly invigorating. 

After your jump, there’s plenty of time to relax and soak up the serene beauty of Waimano’s natural landscape.

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Cliff Jumping in Oahu: #11 Waimea Bay Rock

Last but not least, Waimea Bay Rock offers a cliff-diving experience set against the backdrop of Hawaii’s legendary North Shore surf. 

The rock, a natural diving platform, provides an unobstructed view of the bay, making the jump an aesthetic experience as much as a physical one. 

Once airborne, time seems to slow as you take in the breathtaking panorama of the surrounding Bay. 

The splash into the Pacific Ocean water below is refreshing, a grand finale to the electrifying cliff-jump experience.

In conclusion, cliff jumping in Oahu is an unforgettable experience that blends adrenaline, nature, and sheer fun. 

With a wide array of stunning cliff-jumping spots, Oahu promises an adventure that’s second to none. 

Remember, safety is paramount, so always check the conditions and the area before you leap.

Cliff jumping can be safe provided you check the water depth and hidden rocks before taking the plunge.

Summer, from June to October, is the best time for cliff jumping as the waters are calm and the weather is pleasant.

You don’t need any special equipment for cliff jumping, but a good pair of water shoes can provide a better grip on wet rocks.

Yes, there are various guided tours that offer safe cliff-jumping experiences in Oahu.

Absolutely! There are spots suitable for beginners, but always ensure you are comfortable with the height and water depth.

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15 Best Day Trips from Moscow

Moscow, the sprawling Russian capital, is a city that’s both full of history and contemporary culture.

This is the centre of the Russian world, a city that armies have invaded, where nations have clashed and where revolutions have played out through the centuries.

It’s a city on the fringe of Europe, but a place that is very much at the heart of European history and politics, and for visitors, it can be a complex and enthralling destination to visit.

As much as there is to see and to do in the city itself, there is just as much to experience on day trips from Moscow too.

While Russia is undoubtedly an expansive country, and many of the better-known cities such as St Petersburg or Volgograd are hundreds and hundreds of miles away, there are many more unknown and unusual destinations to visit within a few hours’ drive of the capital.

Immerse yourself in the Russian countryside, visit war memorials, battlefields and the lavish estates of the former Russian nobility. There are rural villages, grand Orthodox Monasteries and the chance to see Russian life outside of the city first-hand.

Here are the best day trips from Moscow.

Korolev, Russia

Located just an hour north of the Moscow city centre, Korolev is an area that is almost a suburb of the expansive capital, but has retained its own unique identity. During the Soviet era, this was one of the most important industrial areas in the country, because this was the base for Soviet Space Exploration.

During World War II, the factories here produced anti-tank guns that helped keep the Soviet Union in the fight. After Germany was defeated, the factories and research centres began to focus on space.

The city became a ‘Science City’ as skilled workers from across the Union came here to settle and to launch the space programme. It became one of the more affluent areas in the country, and today, that distinction can still be seen on the streets and in the buildings.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, Korolev remained the headquarters of Russian space travel and still hosts Russian Mission Control.

2. Borodino

Borodino, Russia

A two-hour drive to the west of Moscow is the battlefield of Borodino. This is a place that is revered in Russian history, and which perhaps should be much more well-known in wider European history too, because this is where the infamous French General Napolean Bonaparte fought the Russians during his invasion in 1812.

Although the French won the Battle of Borodino and went on to capture Moscow, this was the beginning of the end for Napolean, as he went on to be ravaged by the Russian Winter and was forced to retreat soon after.

Just outside the small village of Borodino is the green and grassy field where the battle was fought. On top of a substantial hill is a lasting monument to the important event.

Kolomna, Russia

Located to the south-east of Moscow is the city of Kolomna, which in comparison to the Russian capital is very much a small-town escape.

This is one of the oldest Russian cities in the region and there is a long and intriguing history to be discovered in the museums and monasteries.

Interestingly, the city was off-limits for much its tenure under the Soviet Union, because it was the site of important weapons factories. It was only in 1994 that the city was opened up and even now it is still very much unknown to tourists.

Kolomna makes for a great day trip, and you can explore the restored medieval walls, and the city’s very own Kremlin, a huge fortress which dates back to the 16th century.

4. Zvenigorod

Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, Zvenigorod

Zvenigorod is as little as an hour’s drive away from Moscow city centre, and the small town makes for a pleasant break from the capital.

Zvenigorod is an old and historic place, with a history dating back almost a thousand years.

There are some beautiful monasteries to visit as well as the unusual Museum of Russian Desserts, where you can sample and explore this aspect of the local culinary culture.

Zvenigorod was also a town where the world-renowned Anton Checkov once lived, and you can visit a museum here that’s dedicated to his life.

5. Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad

North of the capital is the city of Sergiyev Posad, which is one of the few well-known tourist destinations in the surrounding region.

You will find this as a suggested stop on most travel itineraries to Moscow, and many tour companies include this as part of their excursions around the city because this city is home to the famous Trinity Lavra of St Sergius.

This is a huge Russian Orthodox Monastery which has been here for hundreds of years, and continues to be run by monks who look after the revered tomb of St Sergius, who was laid to rest here.

It’s an important pilgrimage place for Orthodox Christians and an important stop for tourists.

6. Kubinka Tank Museum

Kubinka Tank Museum

Outside Moscow, you can find an unusual museum which will give you a truly ‘Russian’ experience.

The Kubinka Tank Museum was once the location of a Red Army tank testing ground. Now, it’s been turned into a huge museum that showcases every conceivable type of armoured vehicle.

7. Arkhangelskoye Estate

Arkhangelskoye Estate

The Arkhangelskoye Estate was built on the outskirts of Moscow and dates back to the late 18th century when it was constructed by a Rusian aristocratic family.

For over a century, it was the domain of the nobility, until of course, the Russian Revolution and the advent of Communism swept the family that owned the estate out of the country.

The estate was opened to the public by the Communists and turned into a museum, which it remains today.

Restoration work after the fall of the Soviet Union saved the Arkhangelskoye Estate from falling into disrepair and kept the grounds and the grand palace as a lavish example of pre-Revolution Russia.

8. Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl, Russia

Yaroslavl is found a few hours to the north of Moscow and makes for a long day trip from the city. It’s worth the journey to experience one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations.

Yaroslavl is found on the banks of the River Volga and has been a historically important city throughout Russian history. The city has even been the capital of the country at various points.

You can explore the many museums and monasteries to learn more about this intriguing destination.

9. Rostov Veliky

Rostov Veliky

Just south of Yaroslavl is the small but culturally rich town of Rostov Veliky.

This is another important site in Russian history, as the town can date its origins back to early Slavic settlement around Moscow.

Lake Nero is a beautiful and expansive lake near the town, fringed on one side by an ancient fortress, giving Rostov Veliky a wonderful atmosphere to experience.

10. Vladimir

Vladimir, Russia

Two hours east of Moscow is another historic Russian city that is very much on the regional tourist trail.

It makes for a great day trip from the capital because Vladimir dates back to the 12th century and is full of Russian history and culture.

This was one of the first Russian capitals and it still contains many beautiful medieval buildings that are hundreds of years old.

Suzdal, Russia

The small town of Suzdal is just a few kilometres north of the city of Vladimir.

The town is part of a fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the historic sites from both Suzdal and Vladimir.

The town was founded in medieval times and also acted for a time as an early capital for Russian kingdoms in the region.

Klin, Russia

Klin is a fairly unassuming town to the north-west of Moscow, but it’s worth visiting to see one particular sight, the house of Tchaikovsky.

The famous 19th-century composer spent his final days here and wrote his very last piece of work in the house in Klin. It is now a museum dedicated to his life and work.

It’s a grand estate and an interesting insight into pre-Soviet, Russian culture.

13. Melikova


A short trip past the Moscow suburbs will bring you to another famous estate, the house of renowned Russian writer and playwright Anton Checkov.

By the town of Checkov, which was renamed in his honour, the museum of Melikova will take you on a journey through his life and indeed, what the lives of many of his contemporary fellow Russians would have been like too.

14. Gorki Leninskie

Gorki Leninskie

On the southern edge of Moscow is Gorki Leniniskie.

This grand estate was once the realm of Russian nobles, but after the Russian Revolution it was personally taken over by Vladimir Lenin who turned it into his own home.

He spent much of his last years here, and after his death, the estate became a shrine to his life and legacy.

Today it still remains an interesting museum, and is still in many ways a shrine to communism.

15. Losiny Ostrov National Park

Losiny Ostrov National Park

Losiny Ostrov National Park is a huge area of protected land that is found right on the edge of Moscow and is even surrounded on several sides by suburbs of the city.

It’s unusual to find such a large national park so close to a capital and it’s easy to spend the day exploring this veritable wilderness of beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife.

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