A Life List for Outdoor Adventure Seekers
We have pulled together ten amazing experiences especially designed for the outdoor adventure seekers! Add these to your bucket list or give the gift of adventure for the thrill seekers on your holiday list.
View Bears in the Wild
Katmai National Park (Richard
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There are still many places where bears roam, but only a few where an observer might reliably view a bold, beautiful bear. Witness some of the largest bears in the world congregating in popular fishing spots as salmon make their way to spawning grounds in Alaska. Yellowstone National Park also hosts grizzly and black bears that visitors often see from a safe distance. Visit our Go List to find out where you can View Bears in several U.S. states.
Boat the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Minnesota
Boundary Waters (Gary
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The BWCAW features more than 1,200 miles (1931 km) of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and about 2,000 designated campsites. This wilderness offers freedom to those who wish to pursue an experience of expansive solitude, challenge and personal integration with nature. Visit our Boundary Waters page to plan your trip.
Hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Eastern U.S.
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The Appalachian Trail is a 2,184-mile (3514 km) long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Approximately three to four million visitors hike a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail each year.
Mountain Bike in Moab, Utah
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Slickrock Bike Trail is considered the ultimate mountain bike experience and is part of the National Trails System. While Moab offers trails for all abilities, it is especially well-known for challenging terrain for the more advanced riders. Novice mountain bikers are also treated to gentle terrain and both types of riders will experience views and experiences that create memories to last a lifetime.
Experience Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding
National Forests are host to 122 ski areas throughout the U.S. In addition to the thrill of alpine skiing and snowboarding, many forests offer opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding or snowmobiling! Visit our Downhill Thrills page for a complete list of ski areas in 13 states on federal lands.
Climb a Fourteener in Colorado
The pinnacles along the Colorado Rockies are the 54 peaks over 14,000 feet (4267 meters) in elevation. "Fourteeners,” as climbers affectionately refer to them, offer views and experiences like no other. Visit this list of all of these majestic peaks throughout the state and plan to ascend to these great heights. Also, check out our Colorado Peaks article for more great information and safety tips.
Experience a Volcano, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington
Mount St. Helens (Ralph Alfors/
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Mount St. Helens is a popular climb for both beginning and experienced mountaineers. Although strenuous, this non-technical climb is suitable for people in good physical condition who are comfortable scrambling on steep, rugged terrain. Most climbers complete the round trip in seven to 12 hours. Visit the Climbing Mount St. Helens page for everything you need to know. Also, visit our spotlight on Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Hike the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Canyon National Park
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A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms the senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide, and a mile (1.6 km) deep. Hikes into the Grand Canyon range from short day hikes, to multi-day adventures. Prepare to be awed by this stunning geological phenomenon.
Raft White Water on the Four Rivers, Idaho and Oregon
Explore the largest area of protected wilderness in the lower 48 United States with 3.3 million acres (1.3 million hectares) of roadless land, and mountain ranges separated by rivers as big as the landscapes that surround them. Experience white water rafting on the Four Rivers in Oregon and Idaho of the Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Snake and the Selway rivers. These rivers contain all the excitement of Class 5 whitewater and the calm needed for fly fishing Zen.
Hike Half Dome at Yosemite National Park, California
natural landmarks in the U.S.
Rising nearly 5,000 feet (1524 meters) above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers. The most famous—or infamous—part of the hike is the ascent up the cables. The two metal cables allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet (121 meters) to the summit without rock climbing equipment. This ascent is a thrill and rewards climbers with a view that makes the climb well worth the effort. Before planning your trip, make sure to gather as much information as possible about the lottery process for the Half Dome Permits.