10 Places to visit before I die

Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains

As a kid I went on many family vacations and as I grew older I continued to travel all over with boy scouts as well so I got a thing for seeing new places.

Here are 10 places I want to visit before I die.




Winter Getaways

1. Lake Tahoe, California

-Tahoe presents wonderful snowboarding. Kirkwood is possibly the best with the highest altitude; it is an extraordinary place which could easily be considered the largest natural snowboard park in the U.S. The altitude, wide open bowls, arcing ridge line and long gullies accommodate steep chutes, crisp corduroy trails, hair-raising cliff drops and huge wind lips. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are also renowned for their excellent spring exposures.

2. Mammoth Mountain, California

-Without a doubt one of the kings of spring riding. This area has excellent weather for spring snow — freezing at night, but warm during the day. The altitude changes between 8,000 and 11,000 feet. A few of the lower lifts may close, but the upper mountain remains open

3. Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada

-This region, particularly the upper slopes, ordinarily makes it almost to Memorial Day. Blackcomb’s big bowls and the glacier make this a wonderful place to enjoy riding in the sun. The slopes into the village can acquire very deep slush, even in spring. From the summit of Whistler Mountain’s high snow capped Peak Chair to Blackcomb Mountain’s Horseman T-bar, the choices are mind-boggling: 200-plus trails, three glaciers, and 12 bowls, in addition to tons of wind lips, cornices, boulders and hundreds of acres of trees — all combined with the largest vertical drop in North America.

4. Breckenridge, Colorado

-Offers up 146 trails of impressive trails. This mountain is also a huge favorite for snowboarders and Freeway Terrain Park is the envy of any other snowboard destination. Breckenridge receives well over 1.6 million skiers and boarders every year.

5. Mont Tremblant

-As one of the best ski destinations in Canada, Mont Tremblant can be split into four areas – The Edge, Sunny Side and the North and South Sides. There is a mélange of trails for both boarders and skiers. Although a vacation here can get a bit pricey, it is worth experiencing. If you need a break from all of this glorious snow, Mont Tremblant is also only an hour away from Montreal, one of Canada’s best cities.

Tavarua Island

Tavarua Island






Summer Getaways

6. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

-For as long as I can remember I have read about Darwin completing his research on evolution on these curious islands, so I was keen to explore them for myself. The location is still relatively remote and the Galapagos Islands are an experience rarely available to the modern day tourist and the opportunity to explore a virtually untouched location inspires me to this day.

7. Placencia, Belize

-This lost sandy peninsular in the south of Belize is another hidden gem that remains undiscovered by mainstream tourists. Aside from a few lost backpackers, it is a rare pleasure to relax with the villagers in total anonymity. More lost islands are located just off the coast, which can be easily reached.

8. Angel Falls, Venezuela

-Angel Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls and is certainly the highest in the world. The overall trip experience is heightened by the adventure one needs to endure to get there. Traveling down wild rivers by canoe and sleeping in hammocks along the riverside makes it an unforgettable quest to find this spectacular natural wonder.

9. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

-To say that the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef may be understating things; the Australian government notes that it is “the only living organic collective visible from Earth’s orbit.” Certainly, it is vast—a conglomeration of some 3,000 reefs and 600 islands stretching more than 1,250 miles along Australia’s northeast coast. Green turtles, dolphins and whales live there, along with 200 species of birds, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of mollusks and, yes, an abundance of corals.

10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

-Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands and home to the most famous red light district in the world. If you’re in Amsterdam you must visit the National Museum of Holland: the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam as well as the Van Gogh Museum because it has one of the largest collection of Van Gogh’s in the world, including the Sunflowers and Potato-eaters. Most people who’ve never been to Amsterdam have at least heard about its canals. They are certainly worth seeing, as the 165 waterways create a seemingly floating city of 90 islands connected by 1,281 bridges.


One Response to “10 Places to visit before I die”

  1. Nice list, Brandon

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