3. Canyoneering slot canyons in Zion National Park
Many travelers flock to Utah to experience its amazing natural settings including the rare formations in Arches National Park and the hoodoos, odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion, of Bryce Canyon National Park.
For adventurers looking for a back-country experience, VirtualTourist members recommend hiking slot canyons and canyoneering the "Secret Canyons" in Zion National Park. The Zion Adventure Co. in Springdale, Utah, prepares extremists for this intense sport of traveling through steep and narrow canyon slots, which can include wading into the river. The soaring walls, sandstone grottoes and springs are an unforgettable experience, but safe footwear as well as knowledge of flash floods and expected weather is a must.
4. Painting and art in Florence
As the epicenter of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is arguably one of the most influential cities for art and architecture with influential work around every corner of the compact city. What better way to celebrate the light and colors that inspired Michelangelo and Leonardo than by exploring your own creative talents in the city?
Accademia del Giglio offers intensive seminars in fine arts throughout the year, running from Monday to Friday during the week and consisting of 30 to 32 hours of lessons. One class is offered each week, and class subjects include fresco, sketchbook in Florence and landscape, charcoal, watercolor and more.
The school also offers a once-a-month weekend crash course, during which artists spend two intensive days in class. In 2013, this weekend crash course is offered en plein air (outside) during the summer months, and in the art studio from October through December. The schools' primary buildings are in the middle of Florence, allowing students to be totally immersed in the city's artistic influences.
5. Clean up your swing in Maui
If half of your couple is a golf fiend, a vacation to Kapalua on the Hawaiian island of Maui might be just the thing to take both partners' game to the next level. For those experienced golfers, a round at the Plantation Course is a thrill of a lifetime -- it's where the PGA Tour opens every season.
For those who haven't gotten into the swing of things yet, the Kapalua Golf Academy was rated one of the top 25 golf schools in America by Golf Magazine with classes ranging from a half-day golf-school special to a two- or three-day Academy Experience. The school is open both to registered guests of the resort and to nonregistered guests, though the price for nonregistered guests is more expensive.