The world’s coolest urban adventures

From paragliding over Cape Town to climbing a mountain in Santiago, we explore wilderness in unexpected places

Topics: Trazzler, Travel,

When planning a trip to a big city, most of us don’t think to pack hiking boots, climbing equipment or a wetsuit. But many of the world’s most densely packed megalopolises are tucked into surprisingly wild topography, even if the grid of streets and verticality of modern architecture obliterates the natural lay of the land. With a little planning, you can break the spell and explore both the culture and wilderness on the fringes, even in the same day.

Imagine spending the morning at an art museum, then packing a picnic and skinny-dipping in a pond on a London heath, plunging into an alpine river in Munich, summiting the Andes over Santiago de Chile, claiming an ephemeral patch of sand as your own in Biscayne Bay, or climbing on all fours over treacherous boulders in a gorge just a few miles upriver from Congress. We’d love to hear about your favorite urban outdoor adventures in the comments — visit Trazzler.com to read about more wild places in urban jungles: http://www.trazzler.com/tags/urban-wilderness-adventure

View the slide show

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    "Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)

    View the slide show

    View the slide show

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>