While many people plan their vacations with an eye toward relaxation and doing as little as possible, some prefer to put together a trip that promises adventure, exploration and exciting memories. If you are planning an adventure vacation in the US, the wealth of experiences and destinations to choose from may be overwhelming you.
You cannot discuss national park adventures without mentioning the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the natural wonders of the world. The South Rim is the most visited area, but for difficult hiking trails and real backwoods camping, plan to visit the North Rim.
Acadia National Park draws visitors to Maine for its excellent kayaking, biking, hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing. It is also home to numerous peregrine falcons, whose nesting season may shut parts of the park down during the spring, so plan your trip accordingly.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a very popular choice among Outdoor Traveler destinations, offers plenty of hiking trails, including the strenuous Rainbow Falls Trail that leads you up to the top of an 80-foot waterfall. Outdoor Traveler is a specialist provider of exciting vacations in the Caribbean and the US. It caters for many different forms of vacation experience, fishing, hiking and winter sports being just three. The Smoky Mountains cover an area of half a million acres. With 600 miles of trout streams for the angler and 800 miles of hiking trails, great natural beauty and excellent facilities for vacationers it is no wonder that this is one of Outdoor Travelers prime locations.
If a warm, exotic destination is more to your taste, then the islands of Hawai’i offer a wealth of exciting adventures and activities sure to get your adrenaline pumping. On the Big Island of Hawai’i you will find plenty of snorkeling and kayaking off the coast, or you can hike into a dormant volcano on the island of Maui. Finally, Kauai’s majestic tropical beauty offers plenty of intense hiking, from Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park to the Kalalau Trail. A hike on the Kalalau Trail offers the opportunity to visit Hanakapiai Beach.
Planning your adventure trip
Once you have decided on a destination, packing for your trip will be much easier. After all, you will not need a parka to hike in Hawaii, or a snorkel to circumvent the Grand Canyon. Check ahead to see the weather forecast and remember to do your research; many adventure destinations literally have their own weather patterns, so visit the destination’s website, if available, and get as much information as possible before you leave. Pack layers of clothing and don’t forget to bring a raincoat or poncho.
Properly planned and researched, an adventure vacation at any of the many exciting destinations throughout the US will allow you to enjoy yourself and get your adrenaline pumping.
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The Ultimate American Road Trip: Route 66
If you’re looking for the omega American road trip then you’ve got to hit the Mother Road, otherwise known as Route 66. From Chicago to LA, it’s a journey that’ll provide the experience of a lifetime, showing you the heart of a great nation.
Start in Chicago & Chase the Sun
In reality, the best always head west. Would you rather end the trip in the Windy City, or just in time to catch a gorgeous L.A. sunset on the beach? There’s just something deeply spiritual for folks when we head west. It becomes an adventure. It becomes a vehicular voyage to the sea. Here are some of the highlights you can expect in order:
• Illinois: It’s a pretty straight shot through the state from Chicago through Springfield (which has some stretches of restored Route 66) and southwest to St. Louis. There’s a bit of the bright lights of big cities, but also a good calm stretch of rural to cruise through as well; vast fields of corn and farmland for close to 300 miles.
• Missouri: Once you hit East St. Louis you’ll again be greeted by sky scrapers, industrial areas and the mark of modernity but then it’s another SE straight shot through the entire belly of the state.
• Kansas: You’re only going to spend a little time in the good’ol Kansas heartland. And by little we mean a whopping 14 miles far down in the bottom south east corner. You’ll go through two towns: Galena and Baxter Springs but rest assured there’s great classic restaurants and places that’ve been open as long as Route 66 has been around. In fact, it’s because of road tripper like you just passin’on through that keep’em goin.
• Oklahoma: You’re going to go through two huge metropolises that have “country” written all over’em: Tulsa first and then into Oklahoma City before heading directly west towards the Pan Handle. Of all 8 states, it’s here that they take Route 66 the most seriously. It’s got the most preserved still-drivable miles and you’ll be able to see the remnants of Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Native American land. And, you’ll get to take the same route as families long ago in the Dust Bowl took to escape.
• Texas: You’re going to go through the upper tip of the Texas Pan Handle that takes you through Amarillo. It looks short on a map but the 200-mile stretch of plains is a sight to behold like none other. If you can time it so you cut through here in the afternoon on a sunny day your spirit will be recharged. Just try not to pay any attention to all the truckers!
• New Mexico: Welcome to the Land of Enchantment where you’ll pass through Sun Belt city and Albuquerque. These days, it can be a bit challenging to stay strictly on the old road but with all the sandstone mesas and pine forests it’s definitely worth it.
• Arizona: In Arizona you’ll stay in the northern plains rather than heading down into the really hot areas around Phoenix. Instead, you’ll pass directly through Flagstaff which is a mountain town and where Northern Arizona University is located. The sights here are like a completely different world from everything you’ve seen so far, especially once you begin to head south right before passing into California. Oh, and because of the high speeds on the I-40, this will feel like one of those awesome car track days.
• California: Once you reach this point get ready to cruise through rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stunning landscapes and then at Barstow you should begin smelling the sea. From San Bernardino and Pasadena to Santa Monica it’s simply breathtaking.
This is only a taste of the experience really. You’ve just got to get out and do it. There’s plenty of great resources online to keep you on track and if you have the time you don’t have to miss a thing. Enjoy!