Top 10 Unexpected Adventure Trips in the USA

6: Exploring Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Exploring Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/jeffgunn

There are a few landscapes in the world that can compare with the spectacular magnificence of Grand Teton National Park. The park abounds with lakes, forests, valleys, wildlife, rivers and wildflowers. It still continues with its ancient culture and has the old homesteads and cattle ranches.You can ride a bike or paddle a canoe. Although you can visit the Park any time of the year, the best times, however, are the autumn and winter. The park wears a riot of colours during September through mid-October during the fall. You can watch clusters of deciduous trees with foliage blazing with yellow and red colours. Winter drapes the Park with while blanket of snow. The environment becomes extremely serene and peaceful. Park bristles only with cross country skiers, snowshoers and, of course, photographers.

Address: Grand Teton National Park, WY
Website: www.nps.gov

7: Mind-blowing Las Vegas, Nevada

Mind-blowing Las Vegas, Nevada
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Moyan Brenn

Las Vegas has much to offer beyond its glittering canoes. While in Vegas you can visit:

  • Stratosphere Tower
    Stratosphere Tower is the tallest building in Las Vegas, reaching out into the stratosphere above the earth, as the name suggests. It abounds in all kinds of shops and each is built with mind-blowing perfection and distinct design. The top of the tower has amazing rides. The observation deck at the top commands a panoramic view of Las Vegas. The whole city appears lighted like huge Christmas tree.
  • The Gallery at Aria
    The Gallery, too remains, abuzz with shops, restaurants, bars, casinos and name what else you like. Everything is unique, different from other and yet perfect. The most attractive point in the gallery is the glass sculptures. It displays stunning designs in art work in glass.

Address: Las Vegas, NV

8: Climbing Mount Rainier, Washington

Climbing Mount Rainier, Washington
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/jakegordon

Mount Rainier is the most densely glaciated mountain in the United States of America. It hosts an active volcano at the height of 14,400 feet and attracts thousands of hiking enthusiasts every year. You can reach the summit after climbing a steep elevation gain of more than 9,000 feet covering more than eight miles. You may encounter rapid changes in weather conditions including strong chilling winds accompanied by snow. In fact, there is always a probability of strong winter-like storms even in scorching heat of the summer.

Address: 55210 238th Ave. East, Ashford, WA 98304

9: Hiking the Appalachian Trail through the White Mountains, New Hampshire

Hiking the Appalachian Trail through the White Mountains, New Hampshire
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Dennis Forgione

The Appalachian Trail through the White Mountains in New Hampshire attracts huge number of visitors due primarily to the dramatic scenery it commands. Hiking the trail requires an intelligent and thoroughly detailed planning because the weather in this region is the harshest on the planet. You can ascend between 5 to 8 miles in a day, but you must be prepared for the sudden steep ascents and that would put your physical fitness to test. Most of the trail is located above the timberline and the weather conditions may change abruptly and drastically. You are likely to encounter snow fall any time irrespective of the season. Dense fog and high winds are also very common and you may have to pay for shelters and campsites on the way.

Address: White Mountain National Forest, Sargents, NH 03846

10: Bicycling in Glacier National Park, Montana

Bicycling in Glacier National Park, Montana
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/liljango

Cycles in the Park are allowed only on the roads, bike routes or parking areas and not on hiking trails. The best cycling route in the Park is Going- to- the- Sun Road. Note that the Going-to-the-Sun road may, sometimes, be undergoing repairs, which means that you would need to drive cautiously on its gravel-filled portions. No matter how strong you are there will be times when you feel your legs to be burning and your heart pounding as you drive upwards. Most cyclists tend to look see how much distance they have covered and then look upwards to see how much is left. But the fear and exhaustion are well compensated by the stunning scenery along the route.

Address: West Glacier, MT
Website: www.nps.gov

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