5 Summer Adventures: For Outdoor Veterans and Newbies Alike

Explore the wonders of North America this summer with 5 of our favorite outdoor adventure spots.

Channel Islands, California

A lesser visited and known national park. The Channel Islands truly is one of the more rugged and hardy places to visit. This national park off the Ventura Coast of California has less than 350,000 visitors annually and even fewer who decide to have the guts to do an overnight stay. Beautiful beaches, daunting cliffs, dazzling sea caves, and bustling wildlife make this location one to savor as you seem to develop a closer connection to nature and the ocean.

 

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Big Bend, Texas

Big Bend National Park is a fantastic, rugged, and hot place to visit with kayaking in the Rio Grande, Hot Springs, and spring fed swimming pools. Nothing else will hit the spot like a nice cold drink and some refreshing swimming in the often dry and blasting Texas heat.

 

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Park City, Utah

Whether it’s the Olympic Park, one of the three ski resorts, or the endless miles of hiking trail, Park City offers something for everyone year-round. Not only does it have a lot of outdoor opportunities it also offers experiences such as unique distilleries and multiple festivals (including the Sundance Film Festival). The rejuvenating mountain air coupled with the unique relaxing outdoor vibe keeps this a very frequented spot for Utah.

 

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Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is a very well-known attraction in the U.S. but selective parts of this massive tourist attraction often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. As tourist crowd the Southern rim of the Grand Canyon it leaves the Northern rim scarce of the large crowd you would expect from a modern wonder. With thrilling river rafting, gorgeous trails to hike, and some pretty good fishing it’s definitely worth visiting and checking off your bucket list.

 

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The Great Lakes, Michigan

Great beach towns and many miles of open water to swim, sail, fish, and paddle. The Great Lakes are a hidden gem of the American Midwest and the scene near them continue to evolve and grow with multiple breweries, fresh fish cuisine, and the cycle of musicians. This warm water summer excursion is sure to satisfy all your lake adventure needs.

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