10 After-Dark Vacations

In some destinations, as the daylight vanishes, the real excitement begins. Here are ten spots where nightlife takes on a whole new meaning.

“Night, the beloved,” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once wrote. “Night, when words fade and things come alive.”

At nightfall everything looks different, and in an unfamiliar place, even the simple act of walking outdoors can feel like an adventure. Winter makes such experiences even more magical—whether you’re watching the swirling northern lights in the Arctic Circle or spotting lunar rainbows in a Brazilian waterfall.

Around the world, plenty of tour operators and hotels offer special experiences just for night owls with a sense of adventure. From looking for constellations in a Chilean desert to slaloming down an illuminated alpine slope, here are ten nocturnal adventures that will make you see the world anew.