Must-Visit Places to Experience Outdoor Adventure

Must-Visit Places to Experience Outdoor Adventure

August 1, 2022

Categories: Lifestyle, The Island

The Best Towns for Outdoor Activities in the U.S.

Throughout the United States, there are a wide variety of interesting things to see and do. From witnessing towering mountain ranges to swimming in the shimmering sea, the experiences are endless. And the adventurous at heart won’t want to miss exploring these captivating towns and experiencing all they have to offer. 

If you’re ready to set out on an adventure, continue reading to discover the best towns for outdoor activities in the United States.

1. Kiawah Island, South Carolina

A barrier island located off the coast of South Carolina, Kiawah Island is best known for its golf offerings. However, the abundance of outdoor activities doesn’t stop on the fairway. Considering the magnificent landscapes and winding waterways, there are a myriad of outdoor activities to partake in on Kiawah Island. 

Here, residents and guests alike are always out and about exploring the Island. Those called to the water will enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding along the golden marshlands while taking in the serene views and keeping a keen eye out for local wildlife. Adventure-seekers may also enjoy surfing the waves on the 10-mile stretch of beach or fly-fishing the Kiawah River in search of a catch. Or, you may choose to venture offshore for a thrilling deep sea adventure. Following a day spent on the water, visitors are welcome to take a bike ride through the maritime forest, along native live oak trees as you further explore the natural landscapes of the Lowcountry. And since Kiawah Island is a private community, visitors never have to worry about large crowds when planning their outdoor adventures here. 

best towns for outdoor activities

2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A hub for outdoor enthusiasts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a must-visit destination when venturing out West. The area is most well-known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding offerings that cater to all skill levels. In addition to winter sports, Jackson Hole is also a popular destination for hiking and camping due to its proximity to Grand Teton National Park. Here, visitors can hike over 250 miles of trails, bike winding terrain, and explore the Snake River which flows through the park. Not to mention, Grand Teton is well known for climbing and mountaineering due to its striking peaks. However, this can be a dangerous activity that is only recommended for experienced climbers or with the help of an expert guide. With so many outdoor activities, Jackson Hole is a great town to visit for both avid outdoorsmen and novices alike. 

best towns for outdoor activities

3. Sitka, Alaska

A unique town situated right outside of Juneau, Sitka, Alaska is a great place to experience the endless adventure of the state. During your visit, you have the opportunity to explore countless mountain forests, islands, volcanoes, and glaciers via hiking, kayaking, biking, or boating. Thrill-seekers may particularly enjoy taking an ATV tour of the unique Alaskan terrain, or even viewing the scene from above on a small plane.  

Not to mention, Sitka has some of the most legendary fishing in the United States. Here, anglers can catch some of the finest, most vibrant salmon as well as fly fish the rivers and streams surrounding the town in search of trout. Last but not least, be sure to venture offshore to witness the magnificent wildlife that call the waters surrounding Sitka home. 

best towns for outdoor activities

4. Moab, Utah 

Home to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Moab, Utah is infamous for its unique red rock landscapes. While exploring this unique terrain, outdoorsmen can partake in a variety of activities from 4-wheeling and UTV riding to mountain biking and motorcycle road touring. And don’t forget to stop by the iconic Balanced Rock, Turret Arch, and Double O Arch while exploring Arches National Park. 

In addition to its striking landscape, Moab is also a popular destination for canyoneering. During this thrilling adventure, participants maneuver down a canyon using a variety of techniques from hiking and climbing to scrambling and rappelling. In Moab, many canyoneering adventures take place in Granary Canyon, Ephedra’s Grotto, and Sinbad Canyon to name a few. Those inexperienced in canyoneering may choose to take a guided tour in which an experienced instructor leads you through an unforgettable adventure. 

best towns for outdoor activities

5. Kauai, Hawaii

Sometimes referred to as the “Garden Island,” Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island. Kauai is characterized by its unbelievably beautiful landscapes full of lush valleys, tropical rainforests, staggering mountains, and jagged cliffs. Visitors travel here from all over the world to admire the striking scenery and partake in the island’s many outdoor activities. 

Kauai is the perfect place to experience adventures on both land and sea! Here, you can snorkel the crystal blue waters to see a variety of fish, sea turtles, and beautiful coral reefs. Or, spend time enjoying the popular activity of surfing, while you’re at the beach. For beginner-friendly waves, head to Poipu Beach, or visit the North Shore for towering, championship-level surf. Meanwhile, if you prefer to explore the island by land, we recommend ziplining through the jungle, golfing pristine courses, or rappelling off of mountain cliffs for an exciting adventure you will never forget. 

best towns for outdoor activities

6. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Known as the “Gateway to the Smokies,” Gatlinburg, Tennessee is truly one of the best towns for outdoor activities in the Southeastern portion of the United States. Here, visitors can enjoy hiking 800 miles in Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as partake in a variety of other activities including biking, horseback riding, fishing, and whitewater rafting. Thrill-seekers may also enjoy ziplining above the trees while taking in 360-degree views of the Smokies. For those not afraid of heights, be sure to make the trek over the longest pedestrian Skybridge in North America and admire unbelievable views. If you visit during the winter, we recommend skiing, snowboarding, or riding an alpine slide as a fun activity.

best towns for outdoor activities

Adventure Calls: Plan Your Visit to Kiawah Island 

A hidden gem of outdoor exploration, Kiawah Island is truly a one-of-a-kind destination located in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. From exciting excursions on the water to exploring the captivating maritime forest — all in a five-mile radius — Kiawah Island is truly one of the best towns for outdoor activities. Not to mention, the temperate weather of South Carolina keeps residents out and about all year long. 

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