America’s Best Adventures

A few days back I posted a link to some suggestions for adventure travel destinations this fall, with ten great spots to visit once the summer crowds, and heat, dissipate. Not to be outdone by that list, National Geographic Adventure has been running their selections for America’s Best Adventures, providing us with 100 of the best escapes, with no passports required.

The list really does have something for everyone with activities ranging from backcountry skiing to climbing to mountain biking, and a whole lot more. There is even a state-by-state list of destinations, as well as an interactive map, with a majority of the states represented by at least one adventure. Not surprisingly though, most of these are located in the western part of the country, with places like Colorado, California, and Utah having more than their fair share of destinations making the top 100.

Some of the suggestions for domestic adventure bliss include backpacking Glacier National Park in Montana, mountain biking from Durango, Colorado to Moab, Utah, and paddling the Adirondacks, in New York. I was also happy to see ride RAGBRAI from my home state of Iowa make the list, as well as Float Big Bend and Boulder Hueco Tanks from my adopted state of Texas too.

With the economy continuing to remain sluggish, to say the least, and many travelers electing to stay close to home yet again this year, this list offers up some really great suggestions for those who would like to put some adventure into their life, but not break the bank doing so. It also serves as a great reminder of the incredibly diverse landscapes we have here in the U.S. and how many great activities we have in our own backyard.

Kraig Becker

6 thoughts on “America’s Best Adventures”

  1. I'm always looking to learn more and get new ideas, and Nat Geog is respected, so I started looking at each new "adventure" entry.

    The first thing I noticed, is the emphasis on guided trips. If the economy is sluggish, this orientation is either way out of line, or an attempt to jump start it by spending a lot of money.

    The commercial emphasis was so noticeable, I wondered if the publication was getting placement payments each time (much like brands pay producers to place their products in movies).

  2. Buzz: The guides are there for those who need them, but you don't have to take them if you don't want. Do the trips independently and you'll be happy.

  3. United States has a lot to offer to its people, starting with the richness with natural beauty. It is forever an honor to be part of such an incredible place.

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