Best Adventure Vacations in the U.S.

Using expert advice and traveler opinion, we've rounded up some of the best adventure holidays in America for thrilling walks on the wild side. Look ahead to help determine next year's rankings.


For more than 11,000 years, Yellowstone has been home to Native Americans, while the park's natural wonders draw visitors from all over the world.

Grand Canyon

Arizona's Grand Canyon boasts an array of adrenaline-pumping activities, most notably hiking and whitewater rafting on the Colorado River.


Yosemite National Park features mountains, meadows, massive sequoia trees and plenty of waterfalls – all less than 170 miles east of San Francisco.

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offers adventurous pursuits year-round. In winter and early spring, ski resorts boast plenty of powder for skiing, snowshoeing and tubing.

Lake Tahoe

The beauty of this lake straddling the California-Nevada border is impossible to ignore. The picturesque peaks offer some of the best skiing in the country.


Filled with acres of misty rainforest, plummeting waterfalls and oceanside cliffs, Kauai's opportunities for adventure are enough to excite even the most jaded visitor.


Like other Hawaiian Islands, Maui offers a myriad of activities to get your blood pumping, from sea kayaking to volcano hiking.

Hawaii - The Big Island

The largest of Hawaii's islands boasts plenty of jungle to trek and not one, but five volcanoes.

Acadia National Park

There are ample opportunities for adventure in Maine's forested wilderness. If you're considering Acadia for your next family trip.


This mountainous region in upstate New York has plenty to offer thrill-seekers. Test the powder on Whiteface Mountain.

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