For those that want a more active vacation, here are five of the best destinations in the United States for adventure vacations.
1. Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona offers a wide variety of adventurous activities set in one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world.
Take a whitewater rafting trip along portions of the 277 miles of Colorado River, a helicopter tour that soars above the North Rim, or a mule ride from top to bottom of the canyon.
2. Kona Coast State Park
Located on the island of Hawaii, Kona Coast is among the best destination for adventures that are water related. Big wave surfing, snorkeling and kayaking are just a few of the activities the area has to offer.
3. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite covers a total land area of approximately 1,200 square miles in California. It’s an area of naturally dramatic beauty that invites visitors to hike dozens of top-notch trails, climb the granite cliffs of Half Dome, or embark on a full day of horseback riding.
4. Moab, Utah
Moab is a great destination if you love outdoor desert adventures. Sandstone cliffs and dramatic rock formations await visitors that cycle, climb and hike. It’s also the perfect place for a backcountry day trip if you’re in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
5. Denali National Park and Preserve
Alaska is the ultimate wilderness adventure, and Denali National Park and Preserve is a part of that with its six million acres of wilderness that includes North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley.
More info on these popular adventure vacations (as well as other equally adventurous destinations) can be found at the National Parks Conservation Association website.