Arguably no other country in the world can match the sheer geographical diversity of the USA. For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, few destinations are better suited. Whether you want to kayak in the Arctic climate of Alaska or tackle the great plains of the Old West, there’s something for everyone here. Here are four essentials that everyone should have on their bucket list.
Nestled in the northwestern extremity of the continent, the USA’s largest state has more in common with neighbouring Canada than it does the rest of the country. The Glacier Bay National Park is a popular destination for visiting cruise ships, but you also have the option of a guided or unguided tour of the area via kayak. For those looking for something a little more intense, there are a number of whitewater rafting routes on the Nenana River or through the Kenai Peninsula.
Colorado is another region known for its winter activities. Aspen is the place to be for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts alike. As the snow starts to clear, though, Colorado is also home to some of the best hiking trails in the country. Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer looking to travel through West Maroon Creek or a beginner looking to cut their teeth in Fountain Valley, seeing the Rocky Mountains in all their glory is an unforgettable experience.
A stable fixture of John Ford and John Wayne’s collaborations back in the day, Arizona likely provided the backdrop to all of your favourite classic Westerns. Even today, the sparse beauty of Monument Valley remains unspoilt. If you want to experience the authentic Old West experience, Grand American Adventures offers a number of extended camping tours. There’s also the magnificent Grand Canyon to visit and Saguaro National Park to explore.
Heading out to the East Coast, New England also features some of the best long-distance hikes in the country. The Hundred-Mile Wilderness in the state of Maine is the longest part of the famous Appalachian Trail that never crosses a paved road. For those who aren’t finished there, The Long Trail in Vermont is the oldest long-distance trail in the USA, constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club.
Whichever part of the country you decide to tackle first, make sure that you pack all of the essentials you need for the trip ahead. The last thing you want is to have your experience delayed by some poorly thought-out planning.