As a number of U.S. states lift all Covid-19 restrictions and more people get vaccinated, the question for many shifts to “what should I do with my new-found freedom?’. Luckily for Americans, the U.S. is one of the most diverse travel destinations on the planet, offering a variety of climates and unique adventures.
Today we’re going to cover some of the best outdoor adventure trips you can take in the U.S. from coast to coast, so buckle up and let’s get planning!
It’s time to get outside
Since the beginning of 2020, the U.S. has been affected by a pandemic health crisis. But with the discovery and rollout of a vaccine, things are starting to get back to normal. Rates of the virus have been consistently dropping, which has given many people the hope they need that this is soon to be over. So after a year in our homes, the desire to get outside and explore is more intense than ever.
If that’s you, we hope that this summary of some of the best outdoor adventure trips to take in the U.S. inspires your travels.
Top 7 best outdoor adventure vacations in the U.S.
- Hiking in Yosemite National Park, California
Hiking is one of our favorite activities here at FitMyFoot, check out this article we recently published with some of the top hiking tips for beginners. Hiking is a great outdoors adventure activity; you are able to explore a new area on foot, getting a closer look at the natural world.
Yosemite is one of the fan favorites when it comes to national parks, and for good reason. It has waterfalls, granite monoliths, dense sequoia forests and valleys surrounded by mountains. Plus, as it’s located in California, the weather is ideal all year round. Make sure you check out the glow of the sunset on El Capitan or Half Dome, it’s a sight you’ll never forget.
- Rafting in The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world due to its size and scale - it’s 4,000 feet deep and expands across 1,902 miles, making it bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island! The colorful layers of rock that make up the canyon give an insight into the geological history that preceded its formation, which is why it’s a must-see for history lovers.
When you get to the grand canyon, you can choose from a number of fun outdoor activities like hiking, taking a helicopter ride, checking out Havasu falls, and so much more. River rafting is one of the most popular experiences offered, bringing you through the Canyon via the Colorado River.
- Driving Pacific Coast Highway, California
This universally renowned road trip is one of the best adventures you can take. Pacific Coast Highway, PCH, is a road that goes from San Diego all the way to the Oregon border, driving parallel to the ocean for the majority of the time. This is a perfect solo adventure trip if that’s your thing, or you can grab a car load and hit the road.
Not only will you go through some of California’s most popular destinations like Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco, you’ll also get the chance to explore some smaller beach towns like San Clemente or Monterey.
- Visiting the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the U.S., but it’s also home to some amazing hot springs. Hot springs is a natural water pool created by geothermally heated groundwater that rises from the Earth’s crust.
Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the U.S. and third largest in the world. But perhaps most strikingly, the hot spring is surrounded by a multitude of vibrant colors including red, orange, yellow, green and blue, making it appear otherworldly.
- Ziplining in Camelback Mountain, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania may not have been your first thought when it comes to vacation destinations, but Camelback Mountain is a perfect option for families looking to explore the outdoors via ziplining. You should expect to enjoy a chairlift to the top of the mountain before plummeting across a 4,000 foot long zipline reaching up to 60 miles per hour! Once you’re done ziplining, we recommend checking out the waterpark or some hiking trails.
- Surfing in Oahu, Hawaii
Oahu in Hawaii is one of the best places to surf in the world! If you’ve never attempted to surf, make sure you get some guidance from a professional because as with most sports, it can be dangerous. But once you get the hang of the technique, it can be an enjoyable hobby and ideal way to spend time outside.
Aside from surfing in Oahu, the island is a natural beauty with a number of hiking trails, monuments, beaches and lagoons.
- Ski or snowboard in Aspen, Colorado
If you prefer the cold, this one's for you! Aspen is located in the Rocky Mountains at 8,000 feet elevation, and is considered a number one snow spot globally due to its impressive powdery snowfall, averaging 300 inches of snowfall per season! Skiing and snowboarding are full body workouts so have an added benefit while you enjoy the landscape.
If you’re new to snow sports, make sure to get direction from an expert by taking some lessons.
We’re moving into a new season here in the U.S. and it’s becoming the ideal time to explore the nation. In this list of the top seven outdoor adventure trips we’ve covered some popular activities like surfing, hiking, snowboarding and ziplining - hopefully giving you some inspiration to get outside, whatever you’re into.