Are you bored of your town? Do you know every trail, river, lake and forest inside and out? Looking for someplace new to get you excited about your outdoor excursions once again?
Then take a look at this list of the five most adventurous cities in the U.S. Each of these places has everything you could hope for in an outdoor destination, with enough activities to keep you busy for a very long time.
The Cascade Mountains beckon visitors to Bend, a bustling city located in the heart of central Oregon. Outdoor enthusiasts will absolutely love all of the opportunities for adventure that Bend has to offer, including rock climbing in nearby Smith Rock State Park, fly-fishing for steelheads on the Deschutes River or cycling along the beautiful Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway.
Hikers will enjoy the challenge of climbing to the summit of 9,068-foot Mount Bachelor, while those who prefer something a bit less strenuous can opt to go standup paddleboarding on the Cascades Lakes instead.
If you’re looking for the absolute best mountain biking in the U.S., Moab is the place for you. With hundreds of miles of trails within a short distance of town, there are routes suitable for every skill level.
Take a ride along Slickrock Trail or Porcupine Rim to find out what all the fuss is about. Those legendary routes are fun, fast and scenic.
But Moab isn’t just about the mountain bike. It also boasts excellent hiking and off-roading, and it’s home to some of the best rock climbing in the Western U.S.
Rapid City, South Dakota
Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City is the perfect base camp for outdoor enthusiasts looking for adventure. Not only are there more than 300 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails located within a half-hour of town, but there are numerous opportunities for rock climbing, horseback riding and paddling as well.
After a long day of exploring the local landscapes, you’ll want to camp out under the stars. Fortunately, the Black Hills can accommodate more than 25,000 campers at any given time, which means you won’t have any trouble finding a place to pitch your tent.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Thanks to its close proximity to Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole is an adventurous city with few peers. During the summer, hiking, mountain biking and climbing take center stage, while in the winter it becomes one of the top skiing destinations in the entire country, averaging more than 450 inches of fresh powder each and every year.
The nearby Snake River is also legendary for its whitewater rafting and river surfing, making Jackson Hole a place where you can find fun in the dirt, in the water and on the snow.
Austin has a reputation for being one of the coolest cities in the U.S., and rightfully so. With plenty of great music, a jumping nightlife and warm weather all year round, it has a lot to offer just about anyone.
But the fast-growing city also has a thriving outdoor community that loves to standup paddleboard and kayak on Lady Bird Lake, go swimming in Barton Springs Pool and rock climb along the great Barton Creek Greenbelt. Situated on the edge of Texas Hill Country, Austin also has plenty of fantastic cycling routes, with access to excellent mountain biking nearby as well.
And since winter never really arrives this deep in the heart of the Lone Star State, many of these activities can be done in all seasons.
Each of those destinations has plenty to offer the outdoor lover and certainly deserves a spot on your “must visit” list. Depending on your favorite activities, any one of these places will provide plenty of adventure.
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