Vacation means chilling out by the pool, hitting up the buffer and lying down on the beach, right? Well, maybe that’s how some people envision it. For others, the idea of having a good time means getting their adrenaline pumping 100 feet below the ocean’s surface or on a rugged mountainside. Whatever the case may be, the fact is that people have more access to different places in the world than any generation before. That said, if you want more adventure and activity when you travel, you have lots of options.
What’s more, an adventurous vacation doesn’t necessarily have to be the expensive one. In fact, adventure travel at its core has always been incredibly economical. Here are some of the best destinations for those who are up for a thrilling adventure.
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite is hands down the most beautiful national park in the US and the ultimate go-to place for an adventure-seeking people. Everywhere you look in Yosemite, there are miles of pure, gorgeous natural beauty. It’s a truly spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful place filled with mountains, forests, waterfalls, and other gorgeous natural wonders.
One of the park’s notable sights are its gigantic waterfalls. Namely, there are five waterfalls over 1000 feet high within the boundaries of this mighty park. During spring, the mountain snow melts down, making this the perfect time to see the cascades. One of the most popular trails in all of California named Mist Trail caters to all adventurers as there are numerous sights worth seeing all along. Unlike other Yosemite hikes which usually end up at the lookout point, the Mist Trail allows you to see spectacular views all the time.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Is there a more iconic place in the US than the Grand Canyon? This is one of those places where photos simply won’t do justice — you need to see it in person to appreciate just how great it is.
Most people prefer walking down the well-trodden routes that are carved through the Canyon. The stand-out trail is the Bright Angel Trail, thanks to its scenic views. However, hiking through the Canyon will only show you a small fraction of the big picture.
In order to see the full beauty of the Grand Canyon, you need to book a helicopter ride. Although it is not the most cost-effective way to experience the Canyon, it is worth every penny. The views of orange Canyon, rolling out to the horizon is a sight to behold.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
The water of the Lake Tahoe is the shade of blue you can see in those filtered photos of Ibiza on Instagram. Except this isn’t one of the Balearic islands — it’s the lake in the US, and the water here doesn’t need filters to look this mesmerizingly blue.
You can probably spend a couple of hours just chilling on the beach, and gawping at the lake. But if you want to have a blast, we recommend renting one of those all-terrain vehicles and cruising alongside the lake and in the surrounding woods.