Not everyone enjoys sipping cocktails all day in the Bahamas and lounging around the pool in Mexico, which is entirely understandable. Some people prefer a balance between the two by incorporating some adventures into a vacation, while others want an adventure-filled getaway altogether.
Thankfully, America isn’t short of options in that respect. Whether you’re keen to embark on a hiking trip, explore an underwater tropical environment with some snorkelling, or experience the flow of some rapids while rafting, the offering in the country is one of the best around. For some, the need to push boundaries and experience adventures can be found in movies, video games or adventure-themed slot games. But you simply can’t beat the adrenaline rush certain activities provide and the feelings that going out of your comfort zone can release. For others, though, they perhaps carry out these types of activities on a regular basis but in different locations year on year.
Adventure holidays are certainly becoming more and more common. Lifelong memories can be created off the back of them too. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the best options in America right now.
Rafting the entire length of the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a popular site people love to visit in America, but not everyone is aware that you can raft down the entire length of it. With its rapids serving up endless amounts of fun, adventurers have been taking in this iconic site in a truly unique way for a while now. It’s not for the faint-hearted, though.
Sandboarding down dunes in Colorado
A truly exhilarating experience, you can’t really get more adventurous than sandboarding down dunes at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Not only is it extremely fun, but it provides some breathtaking natural beauty to take in along the way too, with the area boasting a diverse landscape of grassland, alpine lakes, and plenty more. Sandboarding isn’t the easiest of activities to partake in, though, but it’s most definitely worth it once you nail that perfect ride.
Canyoneering in Utah
Utah is known for its stunningly beautiful canyons but not everyone is aware of just how you can get up close and personal with them. Thanks to the option of going canyoneering, travellers can explore the structures in a different way and admire some truly beautiful views from way up high. This might not be ideal for people with a fear of heights, though! Still, if you’re feeling brave, jumping, climbing, abseiling, and swimming to some red rocks is amazing. Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, is a fantastic option.
Horseback riding at an American ranch
An activity most people can enjoy, horseback riding in the picturesque mountain scenery that Yellowstone provides is a truly memorable experience. The home of the original Wild West, you’ll struggle to find a more American experience to sample. The Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch are a popular choice with many people, although there are some other worthwhile options in the area.
Sea kayaking with dolphins in Alaska
Swimming with dolphins is a dream many people wish to achieve before they leave this world, although sea kayaking is probably up there too, especially if you can do it while being surrounded by snow-capped mountains and gorgeous forests that even the likes of David Attenborough would enjoy. You wouldn’t want to swim with them here, given the water temperature anyway, but kayaking certainly represents a great alternative. Kachemak Bay is the place to visit. You might even spot some sea otters and porpoises while you’re there, too.