Most of us lead a sedentary lifestyle in offices staring at a computer screen all day, whilst our children can spend all their hours out of school watching TV or playing video games. A breath of fresh air can be beneficial for all the family. For your next vacation, why not get away from the chairs and the screens and take a trip into the great outdoors. Here are some of the top outdoor adventures for you and your family.
Take a walk in the woods
If you’re looking for a forest adventure, there are countless places to go in the US. Pennsylvania is a particular hotspot for hikers – on top of its woodland it happens to contain a large portion of the world famous Appalachian trail. One town you may want to stay in is Lancaster. When it comes to outdoor activities, there are all kinds of things to do in Lancaster PA from archery to climbing. You can even stay in a wood cabin and truly embrace the earthiness of the region.
America has some of the best ski resorts in the world. If you’ve never tried skiing before, Colorado’s Breckenridge is ideal for beginners. Its high altitude and Victorian-style village make it a very scenic resort, on top of having some easy and leisurely runs. More advanced families of skiiers may want to give Jackson Hole in Wyoming a go. This is a favorite amongst professional skiiers and snowboarders and has a nice mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs.
Make a beach holiday active
A beach holiday doesn’t have to involve lounging in the sun all day. A vacation by the sea opens you up to a myriad of watersport options to choose from. Hawaii is a popular retreat for watersports and is recognized as the home of surfing. You can also rent a paddleboat, go parasailing, try paddleboarding or simply take a swim (for those that want a break from the water, you can even take a hike around the local volcanoes).
Ride the rapids
You can also look for a water adventure inland. Boston is a popular retreat for those wanting to ride the rapids. You can partake in white water rafting down the nearby Deerfield river, which extends all the way from Vermont to Northwestern Massachusetts. The Charles River meanwhile is a hotspot for those wanting a more leisurely kayak trip.
Get on your bike
Cycling can be a great activity for all the family. You can go cycling almost anywhere you desire, but for those that want a holiday specially set up for a bike ride nothing beats Austin in Texas. The state’s kooky capital is home to the 6 mile Lance Armstrong Bikeway. There are also miles of ranch country outside the city that are perfect for those craving a rural cycle escape. Austin is so crazy about cycling that they’ve even for their own bike zoo in which you can actually ride bicycles in the shape of animals!