Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in the US

Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in the US

Author: David Slavkovic

Does it seem like you're doing the same old thing over and over again? Are your vacations getting boring as well? Okay, it's been enough of sitting at your home wasting your life on mundane activities. You definitely need to spend more time outdoors and bring some adventure in your life. In fact, there's never enough of outdoor adventures! It's the best possible way to work on yourself, both physically and mentally. So what are you waiting for?

In case you're having trouble finding the most suiting outdoor adventure, worry not, as we've done some digging and came up with this new list. Of course, as usual, we did our best to find something for everyone's taste and we ordered the list according to the adrenaline levels, overall excitement, and the kind of memories that you'll be left with 'till the rest of your life on this planet. So let's dig in.

Caving in McMinnville, Tennessee

Now, this is more of a family-friendly option, although it's still a great thing to do if you're into exploring different sceneries and unusual natural landscapes. If this sounds like your thing, then head over to McMinnville, Tennessee, and explore the legendary Cumberland Caverns. The full length of these natural underground tunnels is over 30 miles, and there are tours available any day of the week. You'll rarely find a cave as captivating as this one.

Kayaking the Kauai Island coast, Hawaii

Heading over to Hawaii for some sunnier adventures, we have kayaking around Kauai Island. There are plenty of group and individual tours that will offer not only exercise but also the sightseeing of the mind-blowingly beautiful nature. And if you feel like taking it easy, you can just paddle a bit and enjoy the scenery of this volcanic island. Everyone should visit Hawaii at least once in their lifetime, and we would suggest Kauai as one of the best destinations there. 

Ziplining over Royal Gorge, Colorado

This isn't just like any other boring old zipline "adventure." What makes it so unique is the fact that the length of the ride is around 2,000 feet and the highest point is well over 1,200 feet over the Arkansas River. There are plenty of different packages to find, some of which also include rafting tours and other sightseeing.

But the vertical drop and the length of the ride wouldn't matter if it wasn't for the beautiful scenery and nature of the Royal Gorge. Want to get rid of your fear of heights? Pack your bags and head straight over to Colorado.

Cycling through Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

The US provides thousands of miles of different cycling routes, east to west and north to south. To satisfy the true cycling lovers, we thought to include the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Located in Montana, this scenic path wiggles and winds up the Rocky Mountains, one of Western America's most beloved destinations. This 50-miles-long road goes through the Glacier National Park, and its tallest point is over 6,600 feet above sea level. This has been a go-to location for all cycling enthusiasts and professionals for years now. However, it's a bit of an advanced route, so take caution when planning this adventure.

 

Flying an aerobatic plane in Las Vegas, Nevada

This is a bit of a different and more expensive choice of an outdoor adventure. But there was just no way to avoid such an extreme adrenaline-pumping activity as flying on the aerobatic plane. And – the best part – you'll also be allowed to take over the controls for a while!

If you've spent years wondering what it's like to live Top Gun in real life, head right on and experience high Gs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just make sure not to eat before the ride and not to spend all your money on gambling.

BASE jumping in Twin Falls, Idaho

Before we get into it, BASE jumping is not for everyone. It's only for the highly trained and physically prepared individuals who are looking for a new thrill-seeking experience. It isn't like your family-friendly imitation of an extreme sport. The BASE jumping is to be taken seriously, and you should consider it only if you're 100% sure that you're ready for such an activity.

If you're feeling prepared, then Twin Falls in Idaho is your destination. This cozy little city is a go-to place for all the lovers of the sport, and the jumps are done from the I. B. Perrine Bridge. It's almost 500 feet above the Snake River, making it one of the highest bridges in the country. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?

Skydiving in Pismo, California

With a list like this one, there's just no way not to mention any location or activity in California. And since it's one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it's no wonder that the whole state is packed with countless adventure activities.

But the one we singled out here is skydiving, particularly the kind of thing you can find over the beach in Pismo. There are many different jumps available, all varying in height. The most exciting part is that you'll be able to look at the California coastline in a free fall from as high as 10,000 feet. Just imagine the view of the almost flat surface from such a height.

Not as extreme as BASE jumping, but you'll also need to be careful when deciding whether this activity is for you. It's great if this would be your first jump, but make sure to listen to your instructors and follow all procedures.

Canyoneering in Moab, Utah

Just like with caving adventures, this is an activity for those who like to explore unusual geological formations and exciting scenery. However, canyoneering provides even more excitement and can also be a great way to exercise.

For this purpose, we're heading over to Utah and the surrounding areas of the city of Moab. There are so many exciting narrow locations and even hidden lakes that are only accessible this way. To make things even more exciting, some tours also offer hiking, cycling, rafting, and plenty of other stuff. Some would argue that Utah is not the most exciting place in the US. But to a true outdoor-loving adventurer, it's definitely a blast.

Skiing and Snowboarding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Of course, with plenty of ski resorts all around the country, there's no way to avoid skiing and snowboarding on the list of best outdoor adventures in the US. From all the different locations, we're going for Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Why? Well, because of the all exciting steeps and slopes for advanced skiers. In fact, it's a place where all the lovers of extreme skiing would go.

While it doesn't really have a reputation for being a family-oriented destination, there are some beginner and intermediate tracks now. But for the most part, it's the place where all the expert skiers and snowboarders choose to go.

Heli-ski in Anchorage, Alaska

Okay, sure, we love skiing and everything, but what if we took it to another extreme? The off-track or off-piste skiing and snowboarding are only for the most ambitious lovers of these sports. But what if you really want to go where no ski lift will ever be built? These places are so wild that they're only accessible by helicopters.

Yeah, heli-skiing is a thing, and it's like an extreme form of an outdoor adventure. It's the ultimate challenge for every skier as it might even involve some life-threatening situations. If you feel like you're ready, then head over to Anchorage, Alaska to the Chugach Mountains. Just a vast snowy terrain with plenty of off-road skiing for everyone!