10- Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai is every Instagrammer’s dream come true. It has lush jungles, postcard-perfect beaches and endless sunshine, which means you can #nofilter those shots and make your friends even more jealous. Its beauty alone makes it an idyllic vacation spot.
But Kauai is more than just a pretty face. Kauai is filled with adventure activities, from the formidable Kalalau Hike – it’s a 22-mile round trip! – to the trek to the Waimea Canyon lookout point. If there was ever a more picturesque place to sweat, I’m yet to find it.
9- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is a popular destination for winter adventure enthusiasts owing to its plethora of cold season recreational pursuits like snow tubing, snowboarding, dog sledding, skiing and snowshoeing. Summer enthusiasts will also be kept on their toes with everything from backcountry hiking to Snake River thrilling rapids to more serene fishing pools. Vehicles can be rented and tours can be organized throughout the park. Go rock climbing, horseback riding and golfing through the natural terrain. During fall season, don’t forget to visit the National Elk Refuge, where visitors can learn about indigenous creatures.
8- Juneau, Alaska
This is the furthest American frontier you can access, which makes Juneau so exciting and action-packed. Among the tumbling glaciers you can spot a plethora of wildlife creatures such as eagles, spots bears, seals and several other indigenous Arctic wildlife. The best place to see them is Tracy Arm Fjord, which is a waterway encircled by imposing and sharp, jagged cliffs. Dogsledding and hiking on Mendenhall Glacier (13 miles of ice) or go rafting on the popular Mendenhall Lake. Enjoy a tour of Alaska’s often neglected rainforests with a trip to Glacier Gardens.
7- Maui, Hawaii
From towering waterfalls to bamboo forests and world-class surfing, the gorgeous island of Maui has the ingredients for an unforgettable adventure vacation. You can ride a bike down a volcano then zipline through the jungle, or paddle into the break at Lahaina with a private surfing instructor. If you start to overheat, trade the lush lowlands for bare, volcanic rock in Haleakala National Park, an otherworldly landscape of cooled lava and cinder cones.
6- The Grand Canyon, AZ
The Grand Canyon is the perfect vacation destination for anyone who wants to feel like a tiny speck while they gawp in awe at the power of Mother Nature. Basically, anyone who likes big stuff.
You can visit the North or South Rim via a hike or a mule ride. While the South Rim is more sought after by those looking for more luxurious amenities, the North Rim is less touristy and more suitable for campers. Enjoy everything from half day tours to overnight rides that allow visitors to get to the canyon bottom at Phantom Ranch.
5-Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite is the gem in America’s crown of national parks and the ultimate destination for an adventure vacation. In every direction are miles of pure, unadulterated natural beauty. Mountains, forests, waterfalls—you can find it all within the boundaries of this mighty park.
One of the park’s many stand out features is its gigantic waterfalls. The park is home to five waterfalls over 1000ft high. During the spring, when the mountain snow is melting, the cascades are at full blast, making this the perfect time to see them.
4- Anchorage, Alaska
Summer in Alaska means long days and sunshine, ideal for adventure trips to the surrounding mountains and coast, which get vast and wild just beyond the city limits. Search for grizzly bears and caribou on a wildlife tour from Anchorage, or hike the vast Matanuska Glacier, donning crampons for a hike across the ice.
3- Sedona, Arizona
You’ll need to pack a sturdy pair of shoes for your trip to Sedona. The town’s striking red rocks are best seen on foot from one of the 100-plus hiking paths. Not sure where to start? Kick off your trip at The Hike House, where staff can help you pick a trail that suits your skill level.
2- Adirondacks, New York
This mountainous park in upstate New York has plenty to offer thrill-seekers. Test the powder on Whiteface, navigate the area’s waters in a canoe or feed your need for speed on the bobsled runs at the Olympic Sports Complex.
From the fast runs of the Olympic Sports Complex going all the way to Whiteface Mountain to High Peaks’ hiking trails to St. Regis Canoe Area, this thrilling adventure zone ha something for all adventure travelers. Book a picturesque tour of the region’s lakes, climb atop its thrilling peaks, and witness the region’s upstate Olympic venues that make the destination uber special. Irrespective of when you visit, the rustic appeal complete with log cabins and scenic beauty, will strike you as inviting.
1- Lake havasu, Las Vegas, AZ
Havasu City, was formed in 1938 after the Parker Dam was built. It is perhaps most famous for the London Bridge that looms above it. Yes, the actual London Bridge, bought by the area’s founding father, Robert McCullough, for $2,460,000, after the city of London put it up for auction in 1968. Today, Lake Havasu City is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Arizona and offers a range of recreational activities for families, couples and single travelers. Golf on championship courses, soak up the sun on the shores of Lake Havasu’s beaches or explore nearby parks by foot and bicycle. Houseboats dot the lake and are available for rent along with paddle boats, kayaks, jet skis and other types of water sports equipment. Like most resort towns Lake Havasu is chock-full of hotels, restaurants, shops and non-stop action.