20 Summer Adventure Vacations

Published on 03/28/2014

by Michael Arriola

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  • Whitewater Rafting in the Yampa River, Utah,Colorado

    From May to July the Yampa River provide class III and IV rapids from Rocky Mountain Snowmelt, that will challenge and excite the most adventurous people. The 72-mile long float will bring you into the heart of the Dinosaur National Monument, which contains one of the world’s largest concentrations of fossilized remains. 

  • Hiking in Yellowstone, Wyoming

    A park that contains over 2.2 million acres you will come across geysers, peculiar rock formations, and breath-taking waterfalls. Jump on horseback or a downhill mountain bike ride to gain alternate perspectives on this terrain.  Yellowstone is also home to the largest bison population on public land in the U.S. 

  • Paddle Boarding on Lake Tahoe, California

    Once the snow melts and the air temperature warms, the lake becomes the focus of Tahoe. While you are able to experience the lake via boat or kayak, Paddle boarding along this crystal clear water surrounded by mountains is a unique experience. At the end of your day, end up on one of the many beaches that line the lake to watch the sun dip behind the trees. 

  • Mountain Biking to the 10th Mountain Division Huts, Colorado

    These huts are very well known amongst backcountry skiers and snowboarders looking to get the full backcountry experience. Come mid-July most of the snow has melted and you can link these huts via mountain bike, giving you access to some of the best single track riding in Colorado. This is a great way to get your multi-day bike trip in for the summer. 

  • Hiking The Appalachian Trail, East Coast

    The Appalachian Trail travels across 2,100 miles and passes through 14 states along the eastern side of the U.S. Map out a portion of the trail you want to complete depending on the amount of time you have. This can be a good trip to continue annually until completed.  If you have 6 months to spare you might be able to hit the finish line in one go.  

  • Climbing in Joshua Tree, California

    A world-famous climbing destination, Joshua Tree boasts almost 5,000 routes including endless amounts of bouldering. Camping can become scarce with the amount of people trying to visit the park. With so many types of routes you will want to do some planning before you head to J Tree. 

  • Rafting the Grand Canyon, Arizona

    The Grand Canyon seems to always make these types of lists, and for good reason. A spectacular location offers activities for the entire family and of course the thrill-seeker. Whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon will give you a perspective that all looking from above wish they had. 

  • Windsurfing on the Hood River, Oregon

    Long known as the capitol for Windsurfing, the winds from the Columbia River Gorge create perfect conditions midday for all levels. Choose from the many shops around the area that offer private and group lessons, and enjoy the scenery while your there. 

  • Hiking in Denali National Park, Alaska

    Unless you are looking for big mountain ski lines you might choose summer to visit this wonderful park in Alaska. Experience multi-day hikes that bring you into remote territory not found in the lower 48. Want to get an aerial view? Take a floatplane flight to access the park.

  • Hang Gliding in the Outer Banks, North Carolina

    The Outer Banks are known for their beautiful beaches, houses instead of hotels, and flight. The Wright Brothers had their first successful flight in the Outer Banks and the tradition is still holding strong. At Kitty Hawk Kites you can take lessons, and learn how to fly from dunes as high as 90 feet tall. 

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  • Climbing Desert Towers in Moab, Utah

    The sandstone towers that stand tall against the Moab desert represent beauty to some and a welcoming challenge to others.  Climbers from around the world venture to climb these exposed multi-pitch pillars. No matter what you have climbed before this is sure to be a unique adventure you won’t forget. 

  • Snorkeling in The Florida Keys

    Summer and sun drive the desire for water adventures. Right off of Key Largo at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State park you can find the only living coral reef in the U.S. Here you will be able to strap on some snorkel gear and swim alongside parrot fish, queen triggers, and angelfish. 

  • Hiking 14ers in Rocky Mountains, Colorado

    Late spring/early summer means it’s 14er season in Colorado. The hikes range from easy to difficult, but altitude will always be a factor. Choose from one of the 53 peaks and think about linking a couple in one day for that extra effort. 

  • Cycling in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Adventurous cyclists can cruise through landscapes created by Volcanoes in Hawaii’s National Park. As you pedal down Crater Rim Drive you will pass craters, deserts, and rainforests making it hard to determine what might come next. 

  • Hiking in Glacier National Park, Montana

    At the northern border of Montana lies Glacier National Park. The most popular months for hikers are July and August as this is when the snow has almost melted completely. Explore over 700 miles of trails that bring you to alpine lakes, pristine meadows, and stunning mountain views. 

  • Canoeing The Boundary Waters, Minnesota

    Paddling a section of the 1,500 miles of canoe routes across the Boundary Waters is not to be missed. With over 2,000 solitary campsites and a good chance you will pass by a moose, you will find peace here. 

  • Surfing in Southern California

    Surfing on the California coast is somewhat of an American dream. Beaches that surround the LA area boast some of the best wave breaks in the world, for the advanced and beginners alike. This is a trip that everyone should plan at least once in his or her lifetime.

  • Mountaineering in Mount Shasta, California

    If you’re looking for a solid challenge this summer, try a 3-day mountaineering trip to California’s second highest peak, Mt. Shasta. You will gain 7,000 feet in 2 days and learn all the basics of mountaineering skill and safety. This is an experience for those looking to push their limits and gain a true sense of adventure.

  • Backpacking to Yosemite&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;rsquo;s Half Dome, California

    Half Dome is a Yosemite icon that many visitors long to see. A day hike will take you 15 miles round trip and bring you up 4,800 ft. of elevation gain so make sure you are in shape before the hike. Along the way your views will consist of waterfalls and panoramic valley vistas. 

  • Camping in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

    One of Utah’s most beautiful parks is home to some unique campsites such as the Fruita Campground. Fruit trees have been planted along the river here and you are free to pick what you can eat. Have your pick from plums, peaches, apples, pears, walnuts and almonds. 

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