The best part about adventure is that you can find it almost anywhere! It doesn’t matter how much money or time you have, there is an adventure vacation somewhere out there waiting for you that will perfectly meet your needs.
For those of you who are looking to get some sand under your toes, Maui is an excellent choice. While on the west side of the island, there are endless beaches and bays to explore underwater by snorkeling or scuba diving or above water by cliff diving. Visitors often fall in love with the Green Hawaiian sea turtles that inhabit the area. Heading inland, explore the Haleakala Crater and get a thrill by mountain biking down the volcano. Heading east from the volcano, don’t miss out on the Road to Hana which features many waterfalls, hikes, beaches, and freshwater pools to keep you entertained for days.
Interested in visiting the adventure capital of the world? Book a flight to New Zealand and enjoy some of the most extreme activities in the world. From bungee jumping, to sky diving, to paragliding, to canyon swimming, to ZORB globe riding, you are certain to find your fill of adrenalin. After a long day of exploration, consider ending the day in Queenstown with a large, juicy Fergburger, New Zealand’s speciality burger. Since Australia is just a short flight away, don’t forget to plan a Great Barrier Reef scuba diving trip on your way back home. If you have time to stay in Oz for a while, head to the middle of the country to explore the Outback and camp under the stars. Then venture to Fraser Island where you can rent your own 4×4 vehicle and drive along the beach and explore all the island has to offer, which includes beautiful lakes of all colors, a shipwreck (Maheno Wreck), Central Station Rainforest, and Eli Creek, where you absolutely have to follow the tradition of trekking down the freezing cold path of water.
If you love exploring the depths of national parks, make sure Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon are at the top of your list. All have profound hiking, camping, and mountain biking opportunities. If you choose the Grand Canyon for your next getaway, you might as well stop along the Colorado River in Arizona as well, which is one of the best places in the United States to go white water rafting. If white water rafting is your adventure of choice, also be sure to head to Gauley River in West Virginia which has also been highly rated.
Cali Bound? Learn how to surf in Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, CA or visit the Redwoods National Forest and wander in amazement through a forest of trees that grow to be 367 feet tall and 22 feet wide. While on the west coast, take the ferry ride from Los Angeles/Orange County over to Catalina Island, a small island 26 miles off the coast. An absolutely stunning destination, Catalina offers beautiful hiking, kayaking around the island, and zip lining tours from the top of the island down to the water.
As you can see, it doesn’t matter which part of the world you are planning to visit next, there is adventure waiting for you just about anywhere. You just have to know where to find it and be ready for a truly unforgettable time.
This article was written by Ryan Thomas for Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting has guided thousands of whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek and throughout Colorado.