Views out across Mount Mitake during autumn

Off the beaten path: four escapes from the city


From rugged mountain trails to seaplane expeditions, adventure can be closer than you think.

Even the most dedicated urbanite needs a break from the city every once in a while. We’ve found the perfect solution: a best-of-both-worlds urban adventure. These four back-to-nature experiences feel a million miles from the metropolis, but aren’t so far from the action that you have to skip cocktail hour. Breathe some fresh mountain air, go wildlife-watching or hop on a seaplane to a far-flung island, returning to the city feeling energised and inspired.