America has a well-known tourist trail. Every year millions of people from the US and around the globe visit any number of spectacular sights, hike the beautiful national parks and explore all the exciting places this country has to offer.
Luckily for the adventure traveler, America still holds some well-hidden secrets. Many times the best adventures lay off the beaten track, but don’t worry we’ve found them for you. For a few moments, let's get off the tourist trail and together discover a few more American adventure travel experiences that are unknown to most people but are no less amazing than those more famous stops along the travel trail.
If you have always dreamed of BASE-jumping, then one of the best places to satisfy your desire is Perrine Bridge in Idaho. What makes this place so special is that you are not required to have a permit to jump.
Is it your first time jumping? Not to worry; there are quite a few companies that will guide you through the basics so that you are sure to land on your feet. Although it may sound extreme, this is actually a very safe and popular travel experience, so give it a try! Just be sure to take out a RoamRight adventure travel policy before you leave home.
If you are longing for isolated wilderness, then get ready to start planning your trek to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. Chances are you won't see another soul as you step off the 90-minute ferry ride from the nearest harbor. A real deserted island; no one lives here except a pack of wolves that got trapped here years ago when the ice melted. The most popular activity, the Greenstone Ridge Trail, is 40 miles long and spans the entire island. It is an exciting hike that takes five days to complete, and you will marvel at its beauty as you trek through one of the best boreal forests in the country.
Who in their right mind would want to take over the controls of a stunt plane? Well, adventure addicts, of course! Over the desert of Nevada against the backdrop of Las Vegas, you can take to the air and learn stunt-flying maneuvers from the professionals. It is an experience like no other and promises thrills that are beyond your imagination. Just make sure you save your big meal for after you land.
Did you know that you can hire a guide and head into the tundra of Yellowstone National Park to track animals? While you must brave the cold temperatures of the winter months, it comes with certain perks.
Imagine looking out across the snowy tundra of one of America’s busiest landscapes. However, this densely populated area is not made up by campers or hikers, instead you are sharing this national park with a wide variety of North American wildlife.
Winter is the perfect time to visit Yellowstone. During the cold months, animals come down off the mountains in search of warmer temperatures and food. One unique adventure is hiring an expert guide who can lead you through the park to track a pack of grey wolves. Watching these majestic animals wander the forest, play in the snow, and howl at the sky is worth every second of braving the cold.
Can anything compare to the never-ending blue sky, cool, crisp air, and vastness of the American West? There is a profound sense of awe that one cannot help but feel at the immensity of nature while horse riding through the mountainous landscapes of New Mexico.
Horseback riding in the Gila wilderness means carving your own trails through the landscape. This is a perfect adventure for those wanting to combine grand vistas, solitude, and nature into one trip. Some of the views stretch so far into the horizon that you will find yourself looking at the gorgeous terrain of Arizona, resisting the urge to punch yourself.
Just outside of Ruby Falls lies rock formations that are over 200 million years old. While it is not well-known, Rock City has many adventures for the entire family. There are caverns for kids and adults to explore as well as beautiful hiking trails that include a view of a waterfall almost 100 feet high.
From the top of the mountain, you have an unparalleled view of the surrounding landscape. It is breathtaking and on a clear day, you can see up to seven different states.
There is always something fun happening at Rock Mountain. During the winter, twinkling lights decorate the gardens while in the summer, music fills the air with live music on the weekends.
Our final lesser-known American adventure is in Montana. If you are looking for a little family time but away from the hordes of tourists, the Lewis and Clark Caverns should be on your radar.
The park offers many areas to hike, camp, and canoe. However, the star attraction is the cavern itself. Throughout the two-hour tour, you venture over two miles into the depths of one of the largest limestone caves in the area. Inside you will find everything from limestone columns, stalactites, and helictites. All of these combine to form a beautiful underground masterpiece.
America has many great adventures that are truly hidden gems waiting to be discovered. These are perfect for people wanting to get off the tourist trail, take their experience to the next level, and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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