Classic hikes and rip-roaring rafting: 25 spots to find true American adventures.
25 Great American Adventures
The Trip: Small-boat cruising through Glacier Bay and Prince William Sound.
Why: When you board the small-scale boats and sail past this gorgeous landscape, the Dall’s porpoises, Steller’s sea lions, bald eagles, and other wildlife come close, and the local humpback whales are nearly half the size of the ships. Try sea kayaking amid icebergs and hiking on glaciers.
Don’t Miss: Photographing orcas cavorting off the bow.
Sometimes, a trip is more than a trip—it’s an adventure. An opportunity to test your limits, to learn something new, to find yourself—whether you're alone on a mountaintop or with a group, diving to the ocean floor, in a city, or even indoors. Adventure today is about much more than braving the elements: it's also about embracing unique experiences. From a classic hiking trip through the national parks of Utah to a training session with a Hollywood stunt team, here are 25 ways to seek your thrills in the United States.
Written and reported by Rich Beattie, Jason Cochran, Jennifer V. Cole, Amy Farley, Martin Forstenzer, Granville Greene, David Howard, Xander Kaplan, Eric Kater, Dean Kuipers, Clark Mitchell, Celeste Moure, Clara Ogden, Dan Oko, Kira Salek, Jack Stephens, Anya Strzemien, Bonnie Tsui, and Marion Winik