Trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Billed as the greatest one-day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing takes you through forests, by emerald sulfur lakes, and across the volcanic mountains that provided the backdrop of Mordor in Lord of the Rings. If it's good enough for Frodo, it's good enough for you. It's a strenuous day hike with an early (5am) wake up call, but this trek was the highlight of my entire time in the country. If there’s one thing you do in New Zealand, this is it.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry
New York, NY
Public transportation in New York might be crowded and dirty, but this is not your typical public transportation. This ferry shuttles people between Manhattan and Staten Island, and offers an expansive view of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty over the course of 25 minutes. An estimated 70,000 people make the trip daily, and if the city started charging just $4 per tourist ride, it estimates it could make $2.4 million annually. Doesn't seem like that's happening any time soon, fortunately. Regardless, when you’re done, you can visit Staten Island, one of the least-visited parts of New York City. Seriously, who goes to Staten Island that doesn't live there?