14 June, 2024, 12:14

24 Things to Do & See In 2024

The start of the new year is well underway, and the team at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has compiled an entertaining list of 24 activities and attractions to explore in 2024:

  1. Flip for Dolphins

Experience dolphin encounters in the Florida Keys at Hawk’s Cay Resort’s saltwater lagoon. Dive into unique programs for all ages, offering dolphin interaction and insights into Florida’s marine ecosystem – the only resort on the mainland U.S. providing such experiences.

  1. Sleep in the Trees

Nestled among tall Douglas Fir trees in the Columbia River Gorge, guests can stay in a Tree House to relive childhood dreams at Skamania Lodge in Washington State. This retreat provides a simple and stunning connection with nature, ideal for couples and families seeking a nostalgic escape.

  1. Row Your Own Direction

Guests at Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine can enjoy complimentary paddleboarding and kayaking, adding an adventurous touch to their coastal retreat.

  1. Get a Close Encounter with Birds of Prey

Discover captivating birds of prey during a stay at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Explore various species and engage in hands-on learning of this 4,000-year-old sport at The Falconry Academy’s beginner’s lesson. The lesson features a mesmerizing free-flight demonstration, with participants having the unique opportunity to hold one of these majestic birds at the end.

  1. Dive into the Movies

Throw on a swimsuit, grab some popcorn and enjoy a movie from the pool of Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz, California where the cinematic magic begins at sunset.

  1. Play the Long Game

Florida’s Saddlebrook Resort offers an unparalleled golf experience with two picturesque Arnold Palmer-designed courses featuring rolling fairways and scenic wilderness. The state-of-the-art training center, pro shop, and professional instruction ensure a top-notch golf getaway.

  1. Hit the Bullseye

Learn the art of bow and arrow outdoors or in the top-of-the-line indoor range of The Preserve Resort & Spa in Richmond, Rhode Island. Expert guides will help beginners learn to take aim and even help advanced archers perfect their shots.

  1. Ride That Tropical Breeze

Embark on a captivating Hawaiian horseback adventure with a guided 45-minute ride along Turtle Bay Resort’s 12-mile oceanfront trails. Revel in breathtaking coastal views, and make sure to catch sight of the famous Oahu Banyan tree, a cinematic gem featured in TV shows like “Lost” and movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

  1. Find Thrills & Chills

In the winter season, visitors of Pine Mountain Resort in Michigan can traverse the heart of the country on snowmobiles, gliding along maintained trails that seamlessly link with the extensive trail systems of both the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin.

  1. Get Stoked in the Outer Banks

Sanderling Resort’s sandbar sets the stage for surfing in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, providing an ideal environment for both novice and experienced surfers.

  1. Make Frosty Footprints

Up for an adventure? Look no further than Snow King Resort. Grab a pair of snowshoes and hit some of Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s many wonderful winter trails, such as Cache Creek or Taggart Lake.

  1. Have Teatime in Beantown

Raise a pinky during afternoon tea at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, all while soaking in the iconic views of Boston Harbor.

  1. Splish, Splash, Splosh

Perched along the shores of Lake Conroe, guests can dive into the excitement of thrilling water slides, drift along the lazy river, or bask in the sun on the exclusive private beach at Jolly Mon Water Park at Margaritaville Lake Resort in Texas.

  1. Discover Desert Peaks

The iconic Camelback Mountain next to Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley, Arizona offers two advanced trails and unparalleled views. Choose Cholla Trail for a gradual ascent or the challenging Echo Canyon Trail with large boulders and rails for gripping.

  1. Toast Winemaking Wonders

Stay at Willows Lodge and explore the abundant wine offerings in Woodinville, Washington, home to over 130 wineries and tasting rooms. Delight in a variety of red blends, Spanish varietals, and Bordeaux-inspired wines during your wine tasting and tours in the vicinity.

  1. Drive Off the Beaten Path

For those new to off-road adventures or seasoned enthusiasts, a lesson with the Land Rover Experience at The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, Vermont enhances technical skills. Covering expedition-style driving basics and conquering off-road challenges like ascents, descents, side tilts, and water crossings, it’s an enjoyable way to boost driving expertise.

  1. Shred Park City’s Powder Paradise

Embark on thrilling skiing adventures in Park City, Utah while enjoying the cozy accommodations at YOTELPAD Park City.

  1. Hook Lasting Memories

Lake Arrowhead is home to large and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, German brown trout, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. Guests of Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa can enjoy catch-and-release fishing right off the dock while soaking in the California scenery.

  1. Slice the Ice, No Matter the Season

Throughout the year, visitors at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, Virgina can don a pair of skates and glide across a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly synthetic ice surface, offering an exhilarating experience akin to traditional ice skating, and accessible regardless of weather or temperature conditions.

  1. Become a Two-wheeled Conqueror

Southwest Utah was virtually created for world-class mountain and tour biking, with a variety of scenic trails affording all levels of challenge. At Red Mountain Resort, retreat guests enjoy complimentary bike rentals and team members share popular trails and maps for exploring the surrounding area.

  1. Have a Dawn Awakening

Commence the day with a sense of tranquility and peace during sunrise yoga on the scenic shores of Vero Beach at Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Florida.

  1. Take a Cowboy’s Retreat

Situated on one of the highest points in San Antonio, Loma de Vida Spa at La Cantera Resort & Spa invokes the spirit of the Hill Country. Indulge in traditional spa offerings (massages, facials), signature experiences, and results-orientated services that integrate technology and nature to create a true sense of well-being.

  1. Unwind with Après Lake & Ski

After a day on the Sierra Nevada Mountain slopes or on the water of Lake Tahoe, relax in Forest Suites Resort’s signature Al’s Saloon and enjoy one of the weekly complimentary wine receptions or happy hours.

  1. Savor Life’s Sweetness

Whether one enjoys savoring s’mores with hot cider on the Harbor Patio during fall and winter or gathered around a bonfire pit in warmer weather, unforgettable memories are guaranteed to be made over fireside s’mores at The Abbey Resort & Spa on the shores of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.