Looking for something more out of your holiday? Somewhere that instills a sense of adventure, and makes you question why you haven’t been before? Well here’s the low down on 5 states that should be on your radar if you’re looking for some serious outdoor fun and frolics (yes, we just used that word).
State #1: Colorado
Town/City: Aspen, Durango or Boulder
Activities: Colorado is THE place for mountain biking, skiing, whitewater rafting and hiking. First stop Aspen, with year round outdoor activities and some of the gnarliest ski slopes. Check out Durango for the dramatic landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Canyon National Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument). Or head to Boulder, voted the best place to indulge in outdoor sports by Outside Magazine – like Aspen, it’s got skiing, mountain biking, hiking and even rock climbing.
Our verdict: If you’re a big fan of the outdoors, then Colorado should be top of your list.
If you want a tour that takes you there check out our Coast to Coast Road Trip Eastbound, which takes you straight to Durango for the Mesa Verde National Park.
State #2: South Carolina
Town/City: Charleston or Hilton Head
Activities: If you’re looking for some old town country fun, go horseback riding in Charleston. If that’s not your style then hop in a kayak along the Ashley River, where you’ll find underwater shipwreck sites, river houses and rice paddies! Go hiking among the cypresses, before heading in to the cobblestoned streets of its French Quarter. Or if you’re more of a beach babe, check out Hilton Head for its beaut beaches, surfing, trail running, or sunset bike rides.
Our verdict: A great state to visit if you want to do a bit of everything, whether it’s fun in the sun (beaches), fun in the water (kayaking), or fun in the country (horseback riding).
And our Highlights of the Deep South tour takes you straight to Charleston!
State #3: Wyoming
Town/City: Cody/Jackson on the way to Yellowstone National Park
Activities: Welcome to cowboy country! Cody (named after founder Buffalo Bill Cody… a ridiculously cool name) is perfectly located as it’s on the edge of Yellowstone – a prime spot for adventure! Go on a wildlife tour, do your best impression of a cowboy at the Rodeo, go ziplining or go white water rafting. Next up check out Jackson, another place to don your cowboy hat, drink at a saloon and pretend you’re in a wild west movie.
Our verdict: These towns had us at Rodeo (plus we surfed the web and found old western saloons and cowboy boot shops) time to get your cowboy/girl on! Awesome stop offs before heading on to (or coming back from) the stunning Yellowstone National Park.
Book a spot on our National Parks of the Northwest US tour, which takes you to loads of iconic outdoor spots, PLUS Yellowstone National Park and Jackson.
State #4: Alaska
Activities: It’s less about the town and more about the incredible Kenai Fjords National Park that lies just next to it! Almost 40 glaciers are dotted around the park (you’ll end up wondering how many Instagram uploads is too much). Kayak through the fjords for the best view of the glaciers and wildlife, or hike through the mountains on the Harding Icefield Trail.
Our verdict: The place doesn’t look real – photos look like postcards, and to us it looks like a dreamy adventure! It’s all about the simple (but incredible) outdoors.
Head there on our Highlights of Alaska tour!
State #5: Utah
Activities: Go canyoneering in Utah! What is canyoneering we hear you ask (or at least that’s what we wondered) – it’s where you hike and scramble through carved sandstone canyons. Just look at the photo… it looks epic! The routes in Moab will take you to ancient ruins, have you hoisting yourself up near-vertical points, and take you to pools to take a dip in after your hike.
Our verdict: The photo alone made us want to tie a rope around our waist and hike to the US. Obviously, we’re exaggerating, but LOOK AT IT.
Our Canyon Country and Coasts (Las Vegas to San Francisco) tour will take you there (plus many other amazing stops along the way).