If you love nothing more than embracing physical activity in the outdoors, you will likely enjoy an active trip that gets your blood pumping and your heart racing. Thankfully, you can take your pick from a variety of destinations to cater to your sporty needs. If you want to embrace more exercise and embark on a challenging activity, here are the best sports vacations for 2020.
Run a Marathon Across the Great Wall of China
Passionate runners can test their endurance by entering the Great Wall of China Marathon, which is viewed by many as one of the most difficult marathons in the world. The marathon route features 5164 steps of difficult climbs. Plus, runners will need to contend with missing steps, loose stones or even no steps. If, however, you don’t feel prepared for the tough full marathon, you might be happy to learn there are half marathon and fun run alternatives. It is also important to bear in mind that the marathon is held annually each May, so temperatures can vary and could even reach a peak of 104°FF (40°C).
Play an Unforgettable Round of Golf in Augusta
If you love to perfect your golf swing in your spare time, you should book a trip to Augusta, Georgia, which is home to The Masters. While unfortunately you cannot practice your putting skills at the world-famous Augusta National Golf Course, there are other superb courses in the city to improve your handicap.
For example, if you want to follow in the footsteps of the potential Masters’ winners for 2020, such as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, you should grab your clubs and head to the historic Forest Hills Golf Course. The course was once a favorite of pro golfer Bobby Jones and features challenging ridges and levels. It is one golfing experience you are unlikely to forget in a hurry.
Ride the Waves in San Diego
Never let anyone tell you surfing isn’t a sport, as it is set to make its debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. There is no better destination to ride the waves than in San Diego, California, which offers various conditions along its open ocean coastline. It’s an an ideal location for beginners, amateurs and pros. One of the best surfing spots to visit is Del Mar, as it offers superb exposure to every swell direction.
Black’s Beach does, however, feature the best waves, but the fast and forceful water means it is a more suitable option for experienced surfers. You should also pay a visit to the California Surf Museum, which is located north in Oceanside. The museum will provide an insight into the state’s extensive surfing culture and features everything from surfboards, artwork, photographs, surfing equipment, memorabilia, and much more. San Diego is also a great location for Whale watching.
Cycle Nevis’ Challenging Trails
If you are an avid cyclist, don’t overlook picturesque Nevis, a small Caribbean island that features many challenging hill climbs to put your cycling skills to the test with scenic backdrops. You could complete a 20-mile cycling circuit across the entire island via the main road, which will offer unencumbered views of the ocean, little villages and other Caribbean islands. However, if you are looking for an intense trail, you should rent a bicycle to tackle either Killer Bee or Anaconda.
Become a NASCAR Driver for the Day
Orlando isn’t only home to amazing theme parks and jaw-dropping rollercoaster rides. The Richard Petty Driving Experience allows you to become a NASCAR driver for the day. You will be able to drive a race car that can reach up to 120 mph. It is, therefore, perfect for those who love NASCAR and/or have a need for speed.
So, if you want to skip the relaxing beach getaway this year and enjoy a little more physical activity on your next trip, you should consider the above sports vacations. It’s one break away you will not forget or regret.