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Best Adventure Vacations - United States & Canada

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1Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
At this behemoth of a canyon, whitewater and calm water rafting trips plunge along 277 river miles, fixed-wing and helicopter tours soar above its mile-deep maw and hikes and mule rides cover the terrain from rim to rim. Horseback tours operate from stables just outside the park's south entrance.
2Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Located about two miles north of the airport, the Kona Coast State Park's trio of tranquil, uncrowded beaches cater to swimming, kayaking, picnicking and snorkeling. It's possible to spot Hawaiian green sea turtles among the arches and caves of the offshore coral reefs. Surfers congregate in the winter for the big surf.
3Yosemite National Park, California
Within the nearly 1,200 square miles of one of America's first national parks are top-notch hiking trails to waterfalls, giant sequoia groves, meadows and the iconic granite cliff, Half Dome. Three stables inside the park boundaries lead horse and mule rides that last from two hours up to a full day.
4Moab, Utah
With three scenic byways, plus Canyonlands and Arches national parks close at hand, Moab inspires outdoor desert adventures. Cycle, climb or hike among sandstone cliffs and mind-blowing rock formations, raft the Colorado River or take a four-wheel-drive day trip through the arid backcountry.
5Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California
Dramatic canyons, the world's largest trees and the presence of Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, create dream terrain for hiking and backcountry camping. In summer, stalactite-draped Crystal Cave is open for guided tours. In the winter, sledding, skiing and snowshoeing are popular.
6Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
A single road accesses the six million acres of wild landscape in Denali National Park, and few private vehicles are allowed to travel it. Instead, park shuttles transport visitors into the wild for backpacking, wildlife spotting and attempts to climb 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak.
7Glacier National Park, Montana
More than 700 miles of trails cut through the forests, alpine meadows and jagged peaks of this national park near the Canadian border. Ranger-led walks, horseback rides and boat cruises explore the park's heritage and geology. In winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing routes delve into its wild interior.
8Olympic National Park, Washington
Day hikes and camping excursions abound in this Pacific Northwest park, taking in the Hoh Rain Forest, nearly mile-high Hurricane Ridge and oceanfront Rialto Beach. When the snows fall, cross-country and downhill skiing, tubing and snowshoeing cater to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
9Hood River, Oregon
Ever since Lewis and Clark discovered this glacial stream, intrepid travelers have been drawn to the Hood River. The breezes from the Columbia River Gorge, particularly midday, make it an ideal windsurfing and kiteboarding destination and numerous local shops offer lessons for newcomers.
10Acadia National Park, Maine
In the first national park east of the Mississippi River, outdoor activities include climbing pink-granite cliffs, horseback riding or cycling on 45 miles of rustic carriage roads, and fresh water and salt water fishing. The park's 125 miles of hiking trails traverse rugged coastline, forests and mountains.
11Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Ashy plumes of smoke and red-hot lava stream from the active craters in this Big Island park, 30 miles southwest of Hilo. Crater Rim Drive takes cyclists through deserts and rain forests and into the caldera of Kilauea volcano. More than 150 miles of hiking trails cover its 333,000 acres.
12Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii
Miles of hiking trails cut through the cinder desert landscape around Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano. The Maui park is even open around the clock for high-altitude stargazing. Junior ranger programs for adventurous spirits in the 7 to 12 age bracket can be found at the visitor centers.