The USA is a virtual playground all year long when it comes to excitement, which makes it an ideal place to visit, for thrill seekers, nature lovers & adventurists.
There are dozens of activities to try and many locations to do them, but we’ve tried to narrow it down to some of the very best American adventure trips. So leave the phone answering service on get out of your house..leave that job behind..go experience life and take any adventure that comes your way.
1. Get Your Kicks On Route 66
Take an American adventure trip down the famous route, the route 66 from Chicago to Los Angelesor vice-versa. Stop at the most interesting spots along the way such as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and the Petrified Forest National Park in Gallup, Walnut Canyon, Santa Fe, Pecos National Historical Park, Amarillo, Clinton, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, the Meramec Caverns, St Louis, Terra Nova National Park, and Springfield.
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This amazing American adventure trip will allow you to hike the Grand Canyon, visit the ghost towns of the Wild West, tour the ancient east-west trail, explore fascinating caves and bluffs, examine Native American ruins and artifacts from the 14th century, canoe pristine lakes, cycle the coast, and visit Abraham Lincoln’s final resting place.
2. Take On The Sierra High Route In California
The Sierra High Route is definitely one of the best American adventure trips, as it sits betweenYosemite National Park and Kings Canyon.
The route weaves through pine trees, lake basins, jumbled passes, and jagged peaks for close to 200 miles and also crosses over high-mountain streams.
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It takes about a month to hike the whole trail, but if you’d just like to get a taste of it then the best section to tackle is from Merriam Lake to Duck Lake as this will take you up the 12,400-foot high Italy Pass.
3. Diving For Shipwrecks In Lake Superior, Minnesota
The North American Great Lakes are famous for their dangerous shipping conditions as 30-foot waves can be whipped up in just a few hours. This led to the sinking of hundreds of ships in brutal storms in the past.
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Lake Superior in Minnesota dragged at least 10 ships to the bottom of it around the area of Isle Royale National Park over the course of the years. These wrecks have been frozen in time since sinking and have been well preserved in the fresh water.
Taking a dive down to forgotten ships from a forgotten time will send you back into another era. However, the cool water and treacherous conditions at Isle Royale are meant for good divers only, not beginners. You’ll need a full dry suit or wetsuit and a boat to get out there for this American adventure.
4. Cycling Down The Continental Divide Trail
If you’ve got the energy to do it, how about cycling along the longest mountain-bike ride in the world as it stretches about 2,500 miles down the Continental Divide. You can start at the Canadian border close to Eureka, Montana, and end at the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
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This American adventure trip means you’ll climb 200,000 feet and ascend passes that are two miles high. Along the way you’ll pass the Rocky Mountains, Grasslands, Alpine Wilderness, Scrub Desert, and stretches of openness.
The majority of the trek takes place on forest roads and takes about two months for the average Joe to complete. If you’d like a shorter version, just choose your favorite state along the route and take it on. For instance, the section in Montana is about 700 miles long.
5. Sea Kayaking Across Lake Yellowstone In Wyoming
The remote and the scenic Thorofare area in Yellowstone National Park is where the Yellowstone River flows into Yellowstone Lake via a series of interwoven canals.
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In this American adventure trip, Stick close to the shore for safety reasons and from the water you’ll be able to witness a spectacular assortment of creatures such as Grizzly Bears, Bison, Elk, Wolves, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Moose, Trumpeter Swans, Cutthroat Trout, and Sandhill Cranes.
6. Row, Row, Row Your Boat down The Grand Canyon In Arizona
This American adventure will allow you to row down the country’s most stunning river, the Colorado, which has close to 50 sets of major rapids along it. Rowing in a dory is the way to go, as the boat is quite maneuverable.
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This type of boat will also let you travel at a leisurely pace so you can soak in the scenery. You can stop along the way at Vasey’s Paradise to take a hike and witness the waterfall tumble gently into the canyon. You can also explore Red Wall Cavern, and climb up to Anasazi Granaries which will take you about 1,500 feet above the river.
7. Conquering Mount Rainier In Washington State
While Mount Rainier isn’t the tallest peak in America, it’s generally considered to be the most exciting and thrilling to climb. The 14,410-foot mountain has its share of ice and is prone to avalanches and storms so it’s not to be taken lightly.
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In fact, in this American adventure, half of the climbers are usually beaten by the mountain/and or the weather conditions and end up turning back. There are just over 42 official routes to the summit, which allows you to tackle the mountain from just about any angle. One of the most enthralling and least busy paths is the Kautz Glacier route.
8. Exploring Alaska
Because it’s so far up north, most Americans miss out on this beautiful area of the country. The state’s filled with Rugged Mountains, Glaciers and superb National Parks, not to mention the wildlife such as Red Foxes, Moose, Bald Eagles, and Brown Bears. You can explore the land by foot, canoe, cycle, and dog-sled and spend time Camping, Fishing and Whale Watching.
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Take in Anchorage and the wilderness of Denali National Park to visit Mt McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. In this American adventure trip, other must-see places include Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Tok, Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Valdez, Prince William Sound, the Columbia Glacier, Anchorage, Seward, Kenai Fjords National Park, the Kenai Peninsula, and Anchorage.
9. Hanging Five On California’s Lost Coast
There’s an 80-mile stretch of spectacular coastline in northern California between Eureka and Fort Bragg that’s just made for surfing. It’s known as the Lost Coast and produces legendary surfing waves all year round.
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The fast, clean waves are perfect for surfing and there are numerous breaks, but only a few surfers present to ride them. The scenery is as perfect as the waves as it consists of Rugged Cliffs, Coastal Redwoods, and Playful Gray Whales. Camping out and falling asleep to the crashing waves completes the American adventure.
10. The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa
This week-long cycling trip across the state of Iowa takes place annually every third Sunday in July and attracts 10,000 cyclists to the western border of the state. The ride in this American adventure trip consists of seven stages and crosses Iowa’s heartland.
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Along the way the riders stop in small towns amid amazing fanfare from the locals who welcome them with waving flags and marching bands. Cyclists stop up to eight times a day to eat and celebrate and then work it off by cycling up thousands of feet of hills. To top it all, they camp under the stars anywhere they can, along the route.