Where to Go for Outrageous Outdoor Fun
It’s easy to get lazy over the summer. The heat, quieter days at the office, and daydreams of a tropical getaway can tempt you to slow things down, big-time. Unless you’re a fan of adrenaline, that is. Because if you’re a fan of chasing thrills, then you’re alllllll about summer adventure travel: hiking, whitewater rafting, and everything in between.
Ready to get your blood pumping and your heart thumping? Check out these exciting adventure hot spots!
Want the Alaskan thrill without the Alaskan chill? Then summer is the perfect time for you to visit Denali National Park, home of North America’s highest mountain peak.
The mild summer weather is perfect for enjoying the park’s many activities: backpacking, off-trail hiking, and mountain biking across its rugged terrain. And don’t forget the wildlife! On a good day, you might be able to spot grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and even wolves.
Concerned you won’t have time to do it all? No worries! Denali has up to 20 hours of sunlight on summer days.
Best Summer Adventure Travel Destination for: extra hours of wilderness fun
Every single island in Hawaii has something special. But if you want it all, head over to Hawaii, “The Big Island.”
Of course, the water activities are the biggest draw here. Surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling… And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, check out a guided night swim where you can watch the manta rays feeding on plankton. Or take a kayak out to explore the coastline, including the lava formations and sea caves.
If you start to get water-logged, Hawaii has some pretty heart-thumping activities on land, too. Try zip-lining over the rainforest or heading off-road in an ATV.
Best Summer Adventure Travel Destination for: saying “aloha” to aquatic adventures
Lake Tahoe, CA
It may be a premier ski destination, but don’t let Lake Tahoe fool you. The summer months here are just as action-packed, if not more so!
The biggest adventures take place on the lake itself, with its crystal-clear waters that are perfect for water sports. Get your adrenaline rush speeding over the water on a jet ski, with plenty of open space for you to take it full throttle.
Stick to water—and excitement—with a rafting trip along the Truckee River, which flows into and through Lake Tahoe. The lively river is scenic, fun, and allows time for stops at sandbars and swimming holes.
Our favorite way to see Lake Tahoe, though, isn’t on the water. It’s paragliding, which will take you soaring across the lake on a free-flying craft. Adrenaline: activated
Best Summer Adventure Travel Destination for: heart-thumping lakefront escapades
Some of the biggest and best adventures in the U.S. take place in our gorgeous national parks. And you’re in luck, because Moab is home to two of them!
Arches National Park, with its distinctive geology, offers plenty of chances for adventure with thrilling outdoor activities. Hike or climb the extensive trails for stunning views of the park’s 2,000+ iconic red rock arches and formations.
Next stop: Canyonlands National Park, a vast, majestic landscape with its challenging backcountry hikes, exhilarating whitewater rafting, and demanding mountain bike trails.
Finally take it up a notch—literally—with a sky-high adventure: a hot air balloon trip over the canyons, skydiving over Moab… or both!
Best Summer Adventure Travel Destination for: touching the clouds
Ready to make some amazing memories this summer? Choose one of these “hot” destinations for your next adventure!
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