Sand Dune Tours | Destination Exclusives | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Got a thirst for adrenaline? Sipping cocktails and lounging by the pool all day isn’t for everyone. If your vacation has you itching for some seat time behind a dune buggy, read further for some awesome adventures within the states.

Doha, Qatar - January 29, 2015: 2 Beach Buggies racing after each other in the afternoon sun in the sand dunes of the Qatari desert.

Las Vegas

The vast expanse of desert around Las Vegas means there are plenty of choices for getting your off road fix. Get behind the wheel of a real Baja dune buggy, four wheel ATV, or new style of Razor, which is like a golf cart on steroids. Kick up the sand around the Nellis dunes, close to the Vegas strip, in full and half day adventures.

Cape Cod

Experience a dune tour of a more civilized manner in Cape Cod National Seashore Park. Hit the trail in an SUV and see endless dunes and beautiful, golden sunsets over the water of the cape. See old dune shacks from yesteryear, natural landscapes of sea grass and pine trees, and nesting seabirds.

Oregon

Florence is the dune buggy epicenter of Oregon. Travel along the coast and up and down the vast dunes in a giant dune buggy tour, something you have to see to believe. This buggy can hold 20 people and looks like a dune bus climbing over the sand. For the more adventurous, try a sandrail tour, a traditional high performance rear-engine buggy that is equipped with paddle tires to dig in and rip over the dunes at high speed.

Orlando

Inland Florida offers terrain of a different type for adventurers. Travel over large mounds of sand, grass tracks, loose dirt, or flat, white sand. Pilot the buggy through twists and turns as the dirt flies. Just remember to keep your mouth closed when you smile!

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About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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