Get Adventurous On Your Next USA Vacation!

Adventure travel is growing in popularity. What is it?  Adventure travel is to intentionally go beyond one’s normal known area, seeking out experiences which are unfamiliar.

A recent study showed that several factors are driving adventure travel’s popularity: communing with nature, checking experiences off a bucket list, spending quality family time together on family, multi-generational trips and the ability of today’s older travelers to be more active due to improved longevity and health.

Here are a few of our suggestions to get you started in Adventure Travel.

Alaska :

  • Take an Arctic Adventure in Alaska with hiking and paddling deep into the bush.
  • Climb Mount McKinley. The biggest obstacle on 20,320-foot (6,194-meter) Mount McKinley (or Denali, in native Athabaskan), which is the centerpiece of Alaska’s Denali National Park & Preserve, is the weather.


  • Mountain bike the Rainbow Rim Trail along the Grand Canyon.


  • Swim with manta rays off the Kona coast. Zip line, hike or try stand-up paddle boarding and more in Oahu.


  • Kayak Lake Yellowstone


  • Surf the lost coast of California (between Fort Bragg and Eureka is a secret surf break as perfect in form as in setting.).

New Mexico:

  • Horsepack the Gila Wilderness.


  • Join the masses biking across the state of Iowa during the state’s annual race -and Bike Ragbrai (3rd Sunday in July).


  • Ice climb Hyalite Canyon. Hyalite sets up with a smorgasbord of ice climbs in the winter. Routes range from popular, consistent classics to ephemeral wisps of ice that have only have been climbed one season.


  • Kite board the Columbia River. Acting as a natural wind tunnel, the gorge literally sucks air up from the coast and whips it into gusts as strong as 30 knots.

New York:

  • Climb the Gunks. The Gunks, or Shawangunk Mountains, are the climbing equivalent of skiing Jackson Hole.


  • The country’s longest ski trail. The 300-mile (483-kilometer) Catamount Trail is not just about getting from point to point. It’s about savoring superb skiing along the way, which is likely to include some schussing on the side in groomed backcountry ski areas, with plenty of true wilderness in between.


  • Raft down the Ocoee River. This waterway hosted the whitewater events for the 1996 Olympic Games.


  •  Canoe the Okefenokee.  A traverse of the 438,000-acre (177,252-hectare) swamp is one of the most profound wilderness experiences in the East. It can be accomplished in three days of paddling from east to west.


  • Swamp Tromp in Big Cypress National Preserve. You’ll walk through calf-deep to knee-deep water on a 30-mile (48-kilometer) segment of the 1,500-mile (2,414-kilometer) Florida Trail that cuts across the preserve.
  • Dive fresh water caves. Test the waters at Ginnie Springs Cavern, a beginner cave that Jacques Cousteau once described as “visibility forever.”


Adventure travel is good for your soul, good for your health, and good for the planet. So before this year is over, walk out the front door, get lost and come back when you find yourself again. Need destination ideas? Check out our


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