If a relaxing beach vacation just isn’t your style, maybe it’s time for a more adventurous type of trip. Check out these 6 U.S. cities for a vacation that’s anything but boring!
Big Sky, Montana
Home to one of the best zip lining courses in the United States, Big Sky Montana is an adventurer’s paradise. After zip lining, check out horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, fly fishing or white water rafting. You’ll never get bored with all of the activities available! And, only about 18 miles from Yellowstone’s northwest border, you can easily take a day trip to hike and explore the national park.
Explore your adventurous side in Chattanooga. Rock Climbing, hang gliding, white water rafting and more are all a short drive from the downtown area. Try mountain biking on the 100+ miles of trail Chattanooga has to offer. The city is also home to a 13 mile river walk where you can ride bikes or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Tennessee River.
Kayak, ride bikes, go white water rafting, get a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains from a hot air balloon or hike at Red Rocks. In the winter, experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. If you have time, head about 70 miles northwest to Rocky Mountain National Park for hiking trails, horseback riding, waterfalls and wildlife.
Salt Lake City, Utah
With an endless number of day hikes ranging from easy strolls to more intense backpacking trips, you’ll never run out of areas to see in and around Salt Lake. And, if you’re up for a little drive, there are 21 national parks and monuments and over 40 state parks within a few hours’ drive! View the beautiful terrain from a bike or even a hot air balloon. In the winter, enjoy snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding.
Santa Cruz, California
If you still want a beach vacation but don’t want to just relax the entire time, try Santa Cruz for some surfing. The waves accommodate all levels, from beginners to more experienced surfers and there are numerous beaches perfect for a day in the ocean.
What better place to set up your tent or camper than in a national park? Yosemite has plenty of campgrounds that are open year round. Known for waterfalls, deep valleys and meadows, you can enjoy days and days of exploring, hiking and more. Make sure you call far in advance to see if reservations are required – campsites fill up quickly during peak months!
Where do you like to travel to for some adventure?
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