Ideas & Inspiration
Ideas, inspiration, and challenges, events and more.
Dole Plantation Maze Hawaii
In 2008, Dole Plantation’s giant Pineapple Garden Maze was declared the world’s largest maze. The maze stretches over three acres and includes nearly two and one-half miles of paths crafted from 14,000 colorful Hawaiian plants. Walk through the flora of the islands as you seek out eight secret stations that each lead you closer to the mystery at the heart of this larger-than-life labyrinth, one of only a handful of permanent botanical mazes in America.
Bran Castle Romania
Perched on a rock, strategically overlooking one of the most important mediaeval trading routes in this part of Europe, Bran is certainly impressive - even scary - from afar. And while Romanians are quick to point out that Bran Castle has indeed little to do with our fanged friend, you’ll notice quickly that the local tourist authorities have become experts in making innocent tourists believe otherwise."
Ski Silverton Mountain Colorado
If the Wild West is still alive, it’s no more obvious than at Silverton Mountain. This scruffy mom-and-pop ski area is the country’s premier antiresort. The low-speed, two-person chairlift, the old laundry trucks they use as shuttles, and the wood-stove-heated base yurt are your first clues as to the owners’ no-nonsense philosophy: It’s all about the skiing. And skiing there is."
Hike the Zion Narrows Utah
If any place has the power to inspire awe, it’s the Zion Narrows, southern Utah’s premier hike in Zion National Park. For 16 miles (26 kilometers), the canyon winds voluptuously through the crimson sandstone, in some spots stretching 2,000 feet (610 meters) high and narrowing to 20 feet (6 meters). Lush hanging gardens spring from the walls, stately ponderosa pines grow in nooks, and the water can turn a shade of turquoise that perfectly contrasts with the cliffs’ deep terra-cotta hues."
The Vermillion Cliffs Utah
The surreal stripes and rolling rock hills of the Vermillion Cliffs look like something hand-sculpted by a pottery maker rather than a naturally formed landscape only touched by Mother Nature. A sandstone wonder that spans 280,000 acres in the middle of Kaibab National Forest and Glen Canyon, these swirly parts are inhabited by kondors, slithery rattlesnakes, and an occasional scorpion.
Nyale Festival Indonesia
Nyale Festival (February or March) (Also known as the Nyale Fishing Festival) is a major Sasak celebration on the south coast associated with nyale fish.
Annapurna Circuit Nepal
Nepal's Annapurna Circuit is one of the world's most famous trekking routes. Walkers have flocked to the region since the late 1970s to experience the peace of the mountains, sample the indigenous cultures and see the spectacular views."
Moraine Lake Canada
Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. When it is full, it reflects a distinct shade of blue. The colour is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis."