From sea to shining sea, the US has just about everything you could possibly want for a summer vacation. It has formidable mountains with hiking routes abound; glittering beaches peppered with ice cream stands; and lush forests filled with secret waterfalls. Whatever you are after, you will find it somewhere in this vast country.
After being cooped up in an office for months on end, nothing cures your blues like an adventure in the great outdoors. We all know the physical and mental benefits of getting outside and being active, but we don’t all know where to go to make the most of everything nature has to offer.
This is where we come in. Check out our carefully curated list of U.S destinations that are perfect for outdoors adventures this summer.
Yosemite National Park, California
This impressive park is one of the nation’s finest pockets of natural beauty. Lakes, mountains, waterfalls and millions of trees comprise this exceptional park and those with enough time on their hands can spend days exploring it. One of the most popular activities in the park is the Mist Trail, which winds in a loop for seven miles underneath waterfalls. No matter what you do, there is no way to finish the trail without getting soaked. Embrace the water, water-proof your belongings and enjoy the views!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Soar above the clouds as you explore the sights and sounds Jackson Hole. A cable car will take you to the snow-dusted peaks of the region’s formidable mountains. From there you can trek around or simply get the cable car back down again. Other activities in Jackson Hole include fishing, mountain biking and taking a wildlife tour. You can even have a go at paragliding if your nerves are up for it. If nothing else, the vistas in this part of the country are virtually unrivalled – so make sure your camera is fully charged.
Don’t worry, if you go to Chattanooga you won’t have to listen to that old song playing on a loop. Chattanooga has a lot to offer those seeking some quality time outdoors. One popular adventure involves delving deep underground to witness the tumbling Ruby Falls, the tallest underground waterfall in the country. If that isn’t enough for you, Chattanooga is also famous for its hang gliding opportunities. Earn your bragging rights by jumping off a mountain and soaring 2,000 feet in the air. You’ll get that adrenaline rush you were craving and some outstanding views while you’re up there.
Maui’s North Shore, Hawaii
Maui’s North Shore is where you need to go if you want to avoid big crowds of tourists. This is an outdoor adventure destination for people who want sunshine, sand and sea on their vacation. But, there is a lot more to do here than just sit on the beach. The Hana Highway runs through this part of the island and offers those willing to explore it on two wheels some excellent photo ops. Elsewhere, keep your eyes peeled for hidden waterfalls and the incredible wealth of fauna on the island.