Need an adrenaline kick? Set your sights on one of these cities.
Rock climbing and freestyle bouldering. Coming face-to-face with lions and wolves. Surfing towering waves. Exploring underground caverns.
These are just a few of the adrenaline-pumping activities that helped make these 15 cities top the list of best places to have an adventure vacation, according to the results of our latest America's Favorite Places survey.
For the survey, readers evaluate hundreds of cities and towns across a range of categories, from the friendliness of the locals to the quality of the pizza. Unlike Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, which encourages readers to weigh in on travel experiences across the globe, the America's Favorite Places survey is a way for locals to share what their hometowns do best.
In general, the western half of the country — from Honolulu to the Pacific Northwest to the desert — reigns, taking nine out of the top 15 spots. And with epic snowsports in the winter and hiking and mountain biking come summer, it's no surprise that Colorado has not one, but three cities on the list — and two at the very top, no less.
On the East Coast, Virginia also comes in with multiple winners — pretty impressive for a state that's better known for history than for adventure.
Read on for how to get active in each of the best adventure cities. And be sure to cast your vote in this year's America's Favorite Places survey.