1. Half Dome Day Hike at Yosemite
Where it’s at: Yosemite Village, California
Who it’s for: Serious thrill seekers
What it is: In 1865, it was reported that the summit of Half Dome was “perfectly inaccessible, being probably one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which never has been, and never will be, trodden by human foot.” Now, not only can you reach the summit, but it’s one of Yosemite’s great icons.
How it’s done: There’s plenty of wilderness to be had, but the most infamous part of this hike is the ascent up to the summit. Hikers are required to climb 400 feet straight up two metal cables…without rock-climbing equipment. Look closely at the photo above, and you’ll see the brave ladder-climbing souls, disappearing into the mist.