The United States encompasses 3.806 million square miles with 95,471 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Whether you love mountains, lakes, deserts or the sea, there’s a plethora of outdoor adventures waiting for you.
August is American Adventures Month – the perfect reason to get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful country in all its glory.
Fishing: If fly fishing is your favorite way to enjoy the outdoors, you might want to consider a visit to one of Forbes’ “America’s Top 10 Fly fishing States,” a list that includes states as varied as Florida, New York, Alaska, and Colorado.
Hiking and biking: Combine your love of hiking with visits to America’s best national parks. National Geographic has picked out “20 Best Hikes in National Parks.” From 3 miles to several days, these hikes represent only a few of the many hiking options available at these national parks. Pick up a guide or talk to a ranger for more options. Cyclists can also enjoy national parks for a different view.
Sailing: If you can’t imagine anything better than wind in your sails, check out AskMen’s “Top 10: Sailing Holidays.” From Finger Lakes in New York to the Florida Keys, the United States is home to seas and lakes perfect for boating.
Canoeing, kayaking or rafting: Prefer paddles to sails? Head to Cumberland Island, Georgia, the Upper Iowa River or any of the other spots on The Weather Channel’s “10 Best Places to Canoe, Kayak and Raft” list.
Adventure and extreme sports: Want something out of the ordinary like hang gliding, bungee jumping or rock climbing? The sky’s the limit when it comes to outdoor recreation in the United States. Simply open up an Internet browser, and start searching for activities in your area or desired destination. Make sure your doctor clears you for whichever sport you hope to try.
What’s your favorite outdoor adventure? Whether it’s one of those listed here or if it’s camping, swimming, paddle boarding or anything in between, outdoor adventure sports can be the perfect combination – bringing together the beauty and relaxation of nature with the physical activity and challenge of a sport.
America’s 100 Best Adventures – Adventure.NationalGeographic.com
Best Adventure Vacations in the USA – Travel.USNews.com
10 Best Bucket-List Adventure Trips – USAToday.com