10 Best Places in USA for an Outdoor Getaway and Hobbies
Whether you're dealing with hot summers or escaping the cold, there's a place for everyone for outdoor fun. Choose your adventure, stock up on your favorite activewear that keeps you cool and dry, and start your outdoor travel bucket list. Here are some of the best places in the USA to delight the outdoor hobby lover within you.
1) Yellowstone, Wyoming
Visit the world's first national park for over 2 million protected acres of wilderness, geysers, hiking trails, and stunning landscape. Dress in layers with durable hiking boots to explore the main hubs of Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village, and Mammoth Hot Springs without missing a beat. You might even see some bears or bison while traversing past alpine rivers and hot springs.
2) Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Lake Tahoe stretches from California to Nevada and is home to an expansive freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Take your pick of boating, jet skiing, hiking, or snowboarding.
If you're feeling extra adventurous, lace up your boost for Sand Harbor Beach and Spooner Lake that leads to the gateway of the long-distance Tahoe Rim Trail. Make sure to bring plenty of activewear shirts to stay cool while looking great.
3) The Hawaii Islands
We couldn't decide on just one area of Hawaii, so we included them all! Maui welcomes kayakers, surfers, and snorkelers looking for an adventure. On the Big Island, you'll find lava hikes and botanical zip lines soaring over the tropics.
The rustic Kauai is the oldest of the major islands and earns its name "Garden Isle" for floral hikes and stunning beaches. Oahu is home to the Waimea Waterfall and endless tours for wildlife snorkeling and ziplining on the North Shore. Of course, you can get off the beaten path and explore some of Hawaii's less popular islands. Molokai is a hiker's paradise with a visit to Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
4) Grand Canyon, Arizona
No matter how many times you've visited the Grand Canyon, there's always more to see. The flat walking path along the South Rim Trail is a popular option for a lower-key hike with spectacular views. Or visit the unique Havasu Falls waterfall situated on a reservation. The Grand Canyon may a hiker's dream, but also offers a unique backdrop while floating down the Colorado River on a white water raft.
5) Lake Placid, New York
Situated in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is known as a Winter Olympics Venue. Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and boating are popular in the area on Whiteface Mountain and beyond. You can even embrace your inner Olympian and try your skills at bobsledding with the Lake Placid Experience.
6) Bellingham, Washington
The coastal city of Bellingham is situated in Washington near the Canadian border. The area is filled with multi-use trails and is a stone's throw from the San Juan Islands and North Cascades National Park. You can also get outdoors without leaving the city with stops like Whatcom Falls Park. The 240-acre park features hiking trails, four waterfalls, and a Stone Bridge viewpoint.
7) Moab, Utah
Moab attracts visitors for its stunning red rock landscapes and gateway to Arches National Park. The area is also home to Canyonlands National Park, the largest national park in the state, with spectacular hiking trails and backcountry areas for four-wheel-driving and overnight trips.
Visitors also flock to one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world at Dead Horse Point State Park. It towers 2,000 feet above the Colorado River and is surrounded by mountains rising from the desert.
8) Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska
There's a reason Denali National Park & Preserve makes so many outdoor bucket lists. Its vast wilderness is largely untouched by humans and is known for wildlife, mountaineering, backcountry camping, and outdoor adventure. The area is home to the highest portion of the Alaska Range, glaciers, glacial valleys, and hiking trails nestled in an alpine landscape.
9) Big Sur, California
The rugged stretch of the California coast invites adventurous visitors to explore. Whether you're a cyclist or a photographer, you can find your piece of paradise in Big Sur. Enjoy hiking and snapping wildlife photos in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve south of Carmel or take in the views of the Pacific on the Bixby Bridge. McWay Falls, Pebble Beach, and Garrapata State Park are just a few places to add to your must-see list.
10) Acadia National Park, Maine
As the only national park in New England, Acadia National Park covers much of the rocky Mount Desert Island reaching into the Atlantic Ocean. Hikers come for the 158 miles of trails and wintertime opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Make sure to layer up to stay warm and dry with the ability to peel off your layers for a well-earned cider.
Ready to Pick Your Favorite Outdoor Destination?
The best part about outdoor travel is you can pick your passion from hiking to skiing and tap into endless opportunities without ever leaving the U.S.
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