5 of the Best Adventure Travel Destinations in America
By AAA Travel Editor Frank Swanson | June 01, 2023
Looking for exciting vacation experiences loaded with fun things to do and tests of courage? Check out these five adventure travel destinations that are sure to get your blood pumping.
Kaua‘i Backcountry Adventures
3-4131 Kūhiō Hwy.
Go Ziplining! Whoosh down the side of a mountain suspended from a zipline high above Kauaiʻi’s lush tropical landscape for a heart-pounding thrill ride you won’t forget. Among the adventurous things to do at Kaua‘i Backcountry Adventures are zipline courses that will give you a bird’s-eye tour of the rainforest as you descend a series of seven ziplines to the valley floor. One course includes a visit to beautiful Hali’i Falls tucked away amongst the thousands of forested acres of this former plantation.Read More
Kelly Park and Rock Springs
400 E. Kelly Park Rd.
Go Kayaking! Florida is not all beaches and theme parks, despite its popular image. Just a short drive northwest of Orlando, Rock Springs Run offers a scenic alternative to the manmade amusements most tourists see. Rent a kayak at Kings Landing and experience the Sunshine State’s natural side as you go with the flow of cool, clear spring water lazily making its way to the Wekiva River. As you paddle through wetlands beneath moss-draped cypress trees, you’ll have turtles, otters, birds of every description and possibly an alligator or two for company.Read More
BACK TO TOP
900 Broadway Ave.
Go Rafting! Brace yourself for a wild white-water ride on West Virginia’s Gauley River courtesy of River Expeditions. Known for some of the most challenging Class V+ rapids, the Gauley River is not for the first-timer or faint of heart. As you’re tossed about in your bucking inflatable raft, you may not notice the magnificent gorges and densely forested hillsides around you, so plan to spend a few extra days in the area just so you can appreciate the scenery at this adventure travel destination. And if you’re not up for the Gauley’s extreme thrills, River Expeditions also offers calmer rafting trips suitable for the whole family.Read More
Utah Olympic Park
3419 Olympic Pkwy.
Go Bobsledding? Sure! Of all the adventurous things to do at Utah Olympic Park—built for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games—bobsledding has got to be one of the most unusual. Where else can you feel the rush an Olympic athlete experiences on a make-or-break bobsled run? Although these modified four-passenger bobsleds roll on wheels rather than steel runners, they can still reach speeds of nearly 60 mph, whipping riders through turn after bone-shaking turn. If you have ever wanted to live life on the edge like an Olympian, this is your chance.Read More
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite National Park, California
Go Rock Climbing! Known around the world for its iconic granite cliffs, Yosemite National Park is not only the perfect place for taking spectacular photos, but also a top rock-climbing destination. And if you want to test your limits by scaling Yosemite’s vertical rock faces, the instructors from Yosemite Mountaineering School can help. The only authorized guides in the park, they offer lessons geared to everyone from beginners to advanced climbers and can assist you in reaching dizzying heights as safely as possible. Yosemite’s wonders are among California’s top things to see, and nothing will get you closer to them than the exhilarating adventure of rock climbing.