What is your idea of an adventure vacation? Do you want to hike an active volcano, rappel down a dangerous rapid or jump off a helicopter followed by skiing down steep hills? Whatever your idea of thrill is you can find a venue to make it come true in the U.S.
The U.S. is chock full of forests, mountains, and glaciers. Seek your thrills in this vastly diverse country, where limited time and money are non-issues. Your next adventure vacation in the USA awaits…
Looking for the ultimate thrill list for your upcoming trip? Here is our pick of some of the nation’s best adventure hot spots. Fasten your belts we say, and enjoy the ride of a lifetime, while making unforgettable memories.
16- Telluride, Colorado
Telluride boasts over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. Even the most voracious skier would struggle to cover all of that in one adventure tour. If you want a skiing vacation where you can explore new runs every day, Telluride is your gal.
Telluride was a flyover, mining town until 1972 when the first ski lift was installed. The town then began its transformation into a mecca of outdoor adventure. In the winter, the available activities are limited to snow sports. As spring begins though, Telluride’s options expand to include everything from hang gliding to mountain climbing to kayaking.
15- Hawaii, The Big Island
The largest of all Hawaii islands, the Big Island has everything from flourishing forests to active volcanoes to boating to snorkeling. Then, there is hiking via the popular Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park as well as the Hakalau Forest. If you are looking for a less intense adventure, hike inside the Akaka Falls State Park that sweetly culminates at the gushing Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls.
14- Boulder, Colorado
Colorado might have hit headlines recently when they legalized marijuana, but Boulder has a lot more to offer than narcotics. The city sits in the Valley between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains and is resplendent with natural beauty. A glance in any direction will instantly reward you with mountainous backdrops or verdant, open plains.
Two words: The Flatirons. These steep rock slats are synonymous with Boulder. If you brave a hike, be sure to bring sturdy footwear. Other heart-pumping adventures adrenaline junkies can enjoy: kayaking, biking, horseback riding or hiking Eldorado Canyon State Park.
13- Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe’s water is the shade of turquoise you see in those heavily filtered photos of the Philippines on Instagram. Except that this isn’t a tropical island; it’s a lake in the US, and the water doesn’t need a filter to look this beautifully blue. Plus, most tropical islands don’t have snow-capped mountains as the backdrop.
Lake Tahoe’s beauty is impossible to ignore. The picturesque peaks offer some of the best skiing in the country, while the crystal clear lake is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and boating. For an even bigger thrill, try your luck at the casinos in nearby Reno
12- Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park is beautiful. Situated predominantly on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, the park is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and covered in woodland that changes color along with the season. In fall, the entire park is a brilliant red as the leaves perform one last trick before falling to the ground.
There is ample opportunity for adventure in Maine’s forested wilderness. If you’re considering Acadia for your next family trip, note that the park’s rocky trails can be challenging for little legs. But both you and the kids will get a kick out of watching the park’s harbor seals.
11- Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone is the nation’s first national park and encompasses an area of 28,000 square miles comprising everything from geysers to canyons to a breathtaking mountainous landscape. It has more than 67 mammal species. You can view much of the sprawling location through a card ride.
The park is also filled with hot springs. Hot springs are touted for increasing blood circulation, ridding the body of toxins and aiding cell oxygenation and regeneration. Though many of the springs in Yellowstone are too hot to swim, there are two spots in the park that are perfect for taking a dip.