If you’re anything like most Americans, the amount of vacation days you enjoy each year are limited. Two weeks can seem constricting when you enjoy mountain biking, fly fishing, skiing, climbing, hiking, camping, and on. How to decide which activity to focus your vacation on?
With these five adventure destinations, you don’t have to choose one vacation activity. So load up the ski rack hitch, and your mountain bike to the roof rack, and set off.
Crested Butte, CO
Nestled into the Colorado Rockies, this all-around mountain town has no chain restaurants or businesses (besides Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory), and some of the must jagged terrain and serious mountain athletes. Crested Butte Mountain Resort is accessible just up the road from downtown, and in the summer there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and just about every other activity you’re into.
Santa Fe, NM
With the Santa Fe National Forest to the east, Carson National Forest to the north, and Valles Caldera National Preserve to the west, Santa Fe is literally surrounded by outdoor recreational opportunities. Ski Santa Fe resort (though not as popular as Taos to the north) runs throughout the winter, and the network of trails hikeable in the summer, are often fat-bike friendly in the winter. Plenty of tributaries run through these forests for anglers or avid hammockers.
Since 1994, Kingdom Trail Association has maintained a large network of trails six miles north of Lyndon, VT. Their mission? To encourage more recreational users in the area. These trails are user friendly for mountain bikers, fat bikers, hikers, trail runners, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers alike. If this vast network of trails doesn’t speak to Lyndon’s outdoor opportunities, it’s worth mentioning Burke Mountain across the street, and Lake Willoughby to the north.
Hot Springs, AR
Known primarily for the 143-degree thermal water throughout the park, Hot Springs, AR sits on the boundaries of Hot Springs National Park. With 26 miles of trail within the park, there’s enough to stay busy. Once you’ve traveled those miles, head over to the 1.8 million acre Ouachita State Park for kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, boating, camping, hunting and more.
Often overlooked due to the overwhelming amount of outdoor recreation in Washington State, Leavenworth is not only a treat for outdoor adventure, but for architecture. Structured after Bavarian towns, Leavenworth is popular for their Oktoberfest celebration which draws hundreds to the streets for Polka, beer tasting, and all around shenanigans. As for outdoor activities, rock climbing ranks in popularity as well as fly-fishing, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and more.