10 Great U.S. Adventure Trips – Part 2
Hike the Southwest canyons
While there’s no shortage of fine hiking trails in the U.S., there aren’t many areas that offer the same magic as the southwest corner. A small group tour of the area provides half- and full-day guided hikes in the more famous parks, with Monument Valley and Grand Canyon being the most notable. A Navajo guide leads the tour of the former.
These hikes also take you into lesser-known parts like Dead Horse Point and Goblin state parks, as well as Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, and Bryce national parks. The tour ends with visits to a stretch of Route 66, the Hoover Damn, and even a night in Sin City. Tours are offered by America as You Like at americaasyoulikeit.com.
Conquer Colorado’s 14ers
Known as either 14ers or Fourteeners in the U.S., it peaks above 14,000ft. Hikers rank climbing them as among their favourite pastimes. Colorado has 53 of the lower states. There are just 12 in the Golden State, the second in line. One trip enables you to take on eight non-technical summits.
It’s a trip you’ll want to give some consideration to before committing yourself. The altitude isn’t easy to deal with; although if you’re experienced enough and in good enough shape, you’ll be able to manage it. The tour includes a visit to Aspen, as well as a number of lower-level walks. Tours are offered by KE Adventure at keadventure.com.
Watch wolves in Yellowstone Park
For some 70 years, there were no wolves in Yellowstone Park as they had been harried and hunted to extinction. They were, however, reintroduced to the area in 1995-96. There’s a tour available that allows you to see the park’s wolf packs, with expert teams promising a 100% record of spotting wolves on their trips.
An ecologist with four decades worth of experience accompanies you on the tour. You will also have the opportunity to meet the experts and see their pioneering conservation and research work. Tours are offered by Responsible Travel at responsibletravel.com.
Cycle Big Sur and CPH
It may be one of the most popular road trips in the U.S. But you don’t have to do it by car. You can instead go on a 10-day cycling trip along the more scenic stretches of Pacific Highway from San Francisco in Northern California to Los Angeles in the south of the state.
It starts with a visit to the vineyards of Napa before crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge to the south via such coastal views as Big Sur and Monterey. There are numerous out-of-saddle trips, with a support vehicle to boot. The cycling is classed as moderate, with some hills on the 35-mile trip. Tours are offered by Exodus at exodus.co.uk.
Island hopping and hiking in Hawaii
While there are tours available to popular outdoor areas in the U.S. like Yellowstone, Alaska, and the Grand Canyon, those to less popular destinations are harder to come by. However, there is an 11-night trip available to Hawaii with a varied and gentle 3.8-mile walk.
The trip includes views of lava flows in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, sightseeing visit to points of interest such as Pearl Harbour, crater walks with views of Waikiki Beach, and trails through rich habitats including orchid-filled forests. Tours are offered by HF Holidays at hfholidays.co.uk.