8 Best Adventure Getaways for This Summer
Jul 04, 2021
Sure, you could spend lazy days lounging by the pool. But there’s nothing like a shot of adrenaline to kick your summer into high gear! And adventure getaways offer the best of both worlds: long summer days and plenty of thrills.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Check out our eight favorite action-packed adventure getaways for inspo.
Where to Go: Grand Canyon, AZ
What to Do: Rafting
Whitewater rafting down the Colorado River somehow blends excitement and tranquility, all in one. You’ll go through 19 major rapids during the 87-mile ride and experience the beauty of the canyon from a unique perspective. Afterward, explore the canyon on foot or by Jeep.
Where to Go: Mammoth Cave, KY
What to Do: Spelunking
Spanning 400 miles, Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave is hands-down “the world’s longest known cave system.” Check out the Grand Avenue Tour, which takes four hours and over 700 steps to complete.
Where to Go: Moab
What to Do: Mountain Biking
Moab, Utah contains five of the state’s national parks with cycling trails that are made for adventure. Trials range from challenging downhill paths (peak elevation: 11,000 feet) to easier beginner trails.
Where to Go: Keys, FL
What to Do: Snorkeling
Do you prefer your adventure getaways on the watery side? Jet skiing, sailing, parasailing, and even jumping on a trampoline in the middle of the ocean are all options in the Keys. We recommend snorkeling the healthy, vibrant John Pennekamp Reef in Key Largo.
Where to Go: Yellowstone
What to Do: Exploring
Where to Go: Kauai
What to Do: Surfing
Kauai is an adventurer’s paradise, with a seemingly endless selection of heart-pumping activities. Trek 22 miles up to the Waimea Canyon lookout point, zipline over the island’s treetops or (our favorite) take surf lessons.
Where to Go: Yosemite, CA
What to Do: Rock Climbing
While most national parks focus on hiking, Yosemite is known for its rock climbing and bouldering. El Capitan and Half Dome are best left to trained, experienced climbers. Newbie rock climbers can take lessons at the nearby Yosemite Mountaineering School & Guide Service, then head over to the park for guided climbs.
Where to Go: Appalachian Trail, WV
What to Do: Hiking
Well, maybe not all of it! The Appalachian Trail is a colossal, 2,160-foot long undertaking. But the White Mountains section in New England is perfect for a summer adventure getaway: strenuous, exciting, and not too hot. This trail is mostly above the treeline, offering some pretty spectacular views.