Many Americans head overseas in search of adventure each year. There is a whole world to discover out there full of fascinating, exotic countries and attractions that you could never find back home.
But don’t let that stop you looking in your own backyard. America is a huge, beautiful country packed full of wild and rugged wilderness areas which are magnets for adventure seekers.
Here are 10 of the best places for adventure that are awaiting you right here in America.
- The Grand Canyon
This is the grandaddy of all attractions for those in search of adventure. Whether you travel down the Colorado River on the whitewater rapids, hike down into the giant gorge, or take your bike on a trip down the nearby Grand Staircase, there is enough to keep you occupied here for days.
Kauai in Hawaii is a paradise on earth for thrill seekers. Whether you head to Waimea Canyon, explore the forests of the Na Pail Coast, or trek along the Kalalau Trail, there is plenty awaiting you in this beautiful, exotic island.
- Key West
With its stunningly clear waters, it’s all about shipwrecks in Key West. There are a huge number of exciting wrecks to explore here which will keep you busy for a good few days, and then on top of that you can enjoy a spot of reef snorkelling, parasailing, and a whole lot more during an adventure holiday here.
Yosemite is one of the must-see parks in the USA, and if you are looking for adventure then you will find more than enough here. There are a number of exciting attractions to explore, including Mariposa Grove, the huge Giant Sequoias, Glacier Point for the best views, Yosemite Falls which is the highest falls in North America, and then of course the Half Dome which is an absolute must for hiking and rock climbing.
- Death Valley
With its combination of sand dunes, canyons, and high peaks, Death Valley offers a huge variety of hiking, biking, and other adventure sport activities. With three million acres of land to explore, you can hike Telescope Peak, go biking in Desolation Canyon, or get in your 4×4 and travel over more of this rugged landscape.
- Hoover Wilderness Area
For backcountry hiking, Hoover Wilderness Area cannot be beaten. With hiking trails including Tioga Peak and Twenty Lakes Loop amongst others, you’ll be able to find a route for your experience level, and you’ll be able to take in some incredible scenery as you explore far and wide.
With Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Old Faithful Geyser, and much more, it’s easy to spend a few weeks in Yellowstone and do something different everyday. Camping, climbing, biking, fishing, white water rapids, and more awaits, and if you head here in the winter then you can even go skiing or snowboarding.
Denali is the highest peak in North America, and it will prove a challenge for even the most experienced mountaineers, although don’t let that put you off. Set aside about three weeks to do it properly, and you’ll have an adventure to remember for a long time to come. It’s a long way up to the 20,320 foot peak, but worth every step.
- San Juan Islands
Kayaking is the main activity around the San Juan Islands, and you can choose from half-day tours, full-day tours, or more and get out into the open waters to explore this beautiful area. Watch out for otters, porpoises, and even whales whilst you are paddling because there’s plenty of wildlife to see.
Alaska is a true wilderness area that offers the visitor over a million square kilometres of unspoilt beauty. With mighty mountains, vast rivers, and over 5,000 glaciers, you’ll be able to hike, kayak, and raft to your heart’s content. The Gates of the Arctic National Park, Lake Clark National Park, and Denali National Park are just a few of the places to explore, so take your pick.
Explore Wild, Untamed America
There is so much adventure awaiting you in the USA that you never have to travel far to explore some truly wild terrain. It’s all right here on your doorstep, awaiting exploration, so take your pick from any of the places above and enjoy an adventure to remember without ever leaving the country.
Phil Byrne is an online marketeer with such a love of travel, he became a full time expat! Phil runs a number of travel related websites, the most successful of which is Cheap Hotel Chains – a comprehensive hotel comparison website that allows the browser to instantly compare all last minute hotel deals and prices within any destination worldwide.