June 4, 2019

Father’s Day is fast approaching. On Sunday, June 16, 2019, we’ll celebrate dear dad. Instead of the standard tie or boring old card, why not treat Dad to an adventure in the U.S. or abroad? Give Dad the gift of time with his favorite kid or kids and take him on a trip to remember. Here are eight ideas for every type of traveling dad.

For the Dad Who Loves to Travel the Unbeaten Path: Fathers who love to bike will find 1,200 miles of backroads and gravel riding on the Adventure Cycling Association’s new Arkansas High Country Route through the Ouachita Mountains, Ozark Plateau, Buffalo National River corridor, Arkansas River Valley, and Razorback Greenway. Detailed maps are available for dads who want to bikepack it on their own, or the association offers a van-supported tour. https://www.adventurecycling.org/arhcr

For the Dad Who Loves to Camp: Dad can hike, mountain bike, fish, watch wildlife, and view the night sky far from city lights while staying at a new campground and cabins at the American Prairie Reserve in remote northeastern Montana. There, APR is working to piece together the largest nature reserve in the lower 48 states, restoring the landscape and species that called the Great Plains home.https://www.americanprairie.org

For the Dad Who Love to Golf: Rent a luxury cabin or mountain home at Montana’s Moonlight Basin and Dad will be able to tee off at The Reserve, a Jack Nicklaus-signature course in the shadow of 11,166-foot Lone Peak. After his round, he can hike, mountain bike, fly fish, and more with Moonlight Outfitters. https://www.moonlightbasin.com/lodging/

For the Dad Who Loves to Be at the Wheel: MIR Corporation’s self-drive tours often involve groups of buddies piloting Land Rovers, motorcycles, or even vintage automobiles across the rolling steppe of Mongolia, through the villages of Siberia, or along the Silk Road. These journeys are momentous, unforgettable and limited only by one’s own imagination. http://www.mircorp.com/about-mir/mir-clients/overland-expeditions/

For the Dad Who Has Always Dreamed of Seeing the Northern Lights: Dad will get a dose of local culture by day and photograph the Aurora Borealis under the Alaskan sky by night. Highlights of this Gondwana Ecotours adventure include dog sledding through snowy forests, hiking alongside reindeer, taking curling lessons from locals, and soaking in the geothermal Chena Hot Springs. https://www.gondwanaecotours.com/tour/fairbanks-northern-lights-trips-alaska/

For the Dad Who Likes a Challenge: Ride & Seek’s Napoleon Epic Adventure crosses seven countries and two continents by bike, following in the footsteps of Napoleon’s Grande Armee. Dad will start in Paris with a spin down the Champs-Elysees, before departing for Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia, through rolling vineyards, deep forests, medieval villages, and historic cities .https://www.rideandseek.com/tour/napoleon-paris-to-saint-petersburg/

For the Dad Who Secretly Wants to Be a Cowboy: Did your dad grow up idolizing John Wayne and Clint Eastwood? At the 25,000-acre Red Reflet Ranch in Wyoming, he can play cowboy like his heroes, riding horses, fishing, shooting guns, hiking, mountain biking, ATV’ing, and more. He’ll also dine on gourmet meals made with ingredients from the ranch’s butcher shop and organic gardens. https://red-reflet-ranch.net/

For the Dad Who Appreciates a Great Bottle of Wine: Tourissimo will immerse Dad in the Italian lifestyle as he hikes, drinks, and cooks his way through the Langa region, which birthed the Slow Food movement. On the itinerary are hilltop villages like Barolo, Monforte, and La Morra, and their vineyards and wines, which are part of the reason the area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. https://www.tourissimo.travel/walking-hiking-in-the-barolo-wine-region