April 3, 2009 / 12:07 AM / 10 years ago

Travel Picks: Top 10 adventure vacations in the U.S

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Are you a thrill-seeker looking for adventure this summer, without breaking the bank?

Men’s website AskMen.com has come up with a list of its top 10 adventure vacations within the United States. The list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking at Oahu, Hawaii

If you’re into board sports, the surf scene on Oahu’s northern shore is a must-see spot while the scuba diving off Oahu is out of this world. Back on land, check out the many mountain trails for biking, ATV riding and horseback adventures.

2. Rafting, hiking, bungee jumping at Grand Canyon, Arizona

If you’re looking for perhaps the best rafting site in the United States, the Canyon’s Colorado River runs could be your answer. Camp along the banks of the enormous river, and explore the variety of hiking trails around the region.

3. Mountain biking, hiking at Flagstaff, Arizona

When it comes to mountain biking, no spot is better than Flagstaff, Arizona, which boasts several dozen trails, ranging from short, simple tracks to long, challenging ones.

4. Surfing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Cape Hatteras is popular because here the continental shelf drops off very quickly, resulting in bigger waves reaching the shoreline quickly and powerfully. This region has the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic” due to the havoc it wreaked on ships.

5. Climbing in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s White Mountains offer some of the best outdoor adventures in the Northeast. With several schools located in the area and a number of climbing areas for adventurers of all skill levels. Enormous ice walls challenge advanced climbers.

6. Hang gliding at Rising Fawn, Georgia

Near the Tennessee border, Rising Fawn, Georgia, is a small town known for being passionate about hang gliding. The region boasts Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, the U.S.’s largest hang gliding school with a 55-acres of beginner and advanced hills.

7. Mountain climbing, hiking at Pierce County, Washington

Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is one of the U.S.’s top mountain-climbing sites, with roughly 10,000 adventurers flocking to this region to attempt to navigate their way to the peak, which can take two to three days.

8. BASE jumping at Fayetteville, West Virginia

BASE jumping is illegal in many parts of America but the third Saturday of October at New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, is dubbed Bridge Day, and for six hours, BASE jumping is legal. The annual event attracts nearly 500 jumpers to the bridge which is 876 feet above the river, but you won’t free fall for long before having to pull the cord on your parachute.

9. Skydiving, deep-sea fishing at Sebastian, Florida

In this region, skydivers jump from planes over the Atlantic Ocean and soar above the coastline in what is perhaps America’s most scenic skydiving location. If you’d rather stay out of the air, Sebastian offers some great deep-sea fishing, in particular, the famed snook fishing season in September.

10. Skydiving at Eloy, Arizona

Eloy is home to Skydive Arizona, the largest skydiving site in the U.S. Hundreds of skydivers visit the region each year to enjoy the sites of Arizona from 13,000 feet in the air and at speeds of 120 miles per hour when in free fall.

Editing by Belinda Goldsmith

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