America has a vast array of wilderness and nature to explore. With Independence Day a little under a week away, we thought we’d celebrate by taking some time to appreciate a few of the many outdoor havens this country has to offer. Check out our top seven American outdoor spots that inspire greater movement and attest to the beauty of the nation!
1) Bishop, CA
This little town is a hidden gem in California. Nestled between the famed Sierra Nevada and White mountain ranges, the scenery here is unique and impressive. Besides admiring the mighty mountains, the list of outdoor activities that can be done here is long, including rock climbing, bird watching, fishing and horseback riding. Why not integrate some movement while enjoying the finest that nature has to offer?
2) Sedona, AZ
Fittingly nicknamed “Red Rock Country,” Sedona, AZ is a must-see for anyone. The stunning red rock formations are an unparalleled sight, with stark colours and shades that change in different lighting. Grand Canyon National Park is also only a few hours away, so a day trip is easily doable for someone who has dreamt of seeing this wonder of the world. Sedona also offers rocking climbing, hiking, biking, fishing and more, all of which bring activity to your day while you bask in the glory of the area.
For those who seek out hotter areas to vacation, Alaska may not be your first choice, but missing out on the charming city of Anchorage would be a huge mistake. If you’re willing to bundle up a bit, the options for outdoor adventures here are endless. From exploring national parks and glaciers to sightseeing moose, bears or whales to soaking in the vivid skylines of the Northern Lights, you will never want to leave. One attraction that is particularly unique and interesting about Anchorage is the amount of daylight; during the summer season, the sun stays out longer than anywhere else in America, even offering a “midnight sun” on the summer solstice. Cool right?
4) Lake Tahoe
As the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is really like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It is widely known for its brilliant blue waters, and somehow manages to house a summer paradise and winter escape all in one. In the summer months, you can explore either the South or the North shore through swimming, biking, hiking or water sports. In the winter, strap on those skis and experience the stunning slopes of one of the nearby ski resorts. Either way, you'll be integrating movement that's both fun and enjoyable!
5) Moab, UT
Moab, UT is the ideal location for any adventure seeker, found right in between Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Canyonlands National Park houses a staggering array of diverse landscapes that continuously amaze, from wide majestic rivers to the Island in the Sky. On the other hand, Arches National Park is home to a vast amount of awe-inspiring geological formations, many of which are (fittingly) sandstone arches. Whichever park you choose, it’s easy to get in some activity while being inspired by the scenery around you.
Jackson Hole is a beautiful valley in the heart of Wyoming, completely enclosed by impressive mountain formations. Surrounded by such lush nature, the area is filled with an assortment of wildlife that can be viewed year-round, including elk, deer and a variety of bird species. There is also a ton of opportunity to engage in outdoor activities in this pristine setting, including whitewater rafting, fishing and skiing. Anyone up for a trip to Jackson Hole?
Last but not least, Acadia National Park on the East Coast of Maine is not one you want to miss. As one of the most-visited National Parks in America, this area is full of activities and attractions like beaches, biking, kayaking and fishing. It also houses Bar Harbor, a quaint seaside resort that is rich in Eastern culture and embraces the beauty of the natural surroundings.
And those are our top seven outdoor spots across the country! America is filled with diverse landscapes, many of which are quite literally breathtaking. This 4th of July, take some time to appreciate the beauty this country has to offer while still embracing a healthy lifestyle.
What are your favourite spots across the country? Comment below!