The Best Places in America for a First-Time Adventurer
You”™re certain to be in for a treat when you settle on America as your next holiday destination. Covering 3,537,436 miles of land, America has plenty to offer for a first-time visitor to its shores.
But with 50 states to choose from and a staggering 417 national park sites to visit, how does an inexperienced traveller know where to start when planning their adventure holiday in the United States?
There is so much to do, but here are three great places to start your travel planning inspiration for your first trip to America.
If you are looking for more inspiration, here are some places in the US that you didn’t know existed!
Hiking in the Southwest
As mentioned above, America is home to hundreds of national park sites, making it the perfect destination for any holiday-goer who wants to see some breath-taking sights. Trust us, it”™s worth the hike!
Some of our top picks for stunning national parks to visit are in the southwest and include:
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
- Zion National Park, Utah
- Death Valley National Park, Nevada
- Yosemite National Park, California
You”™re likely to have already heard of many of these iconic spots ”“ the Grand Canyon has featured on a number of films, with the plots of National Lampoon”™s Vacation, Transformers and Thelma and Louise all involving a trip to this natural wonder. However, none of these will compare to seeing the awe-inspiring attraction in real life, with its amazing wildlife, stunning landscapes and spectacular sunsets.
Driving Route 66
Planning a road trip on the historic Route 66 is included on many adventurers”™ bucket lists. We can”™t think of anything more intrinsically American than driving down this iconic highway, crossing eight states and three time zones.
If you haven”™t got a road-trip buddy, then take a look at the solo holidays available at Grand American Adventures. You”™ll be buddied up with a small group of likeminded adventurers and given an experienced tour leader to guide your trip ”“ perfect for meeting new people and learning about the history of America on your first trip to the country.
Island Hopping in Hawaii
If you fancy an active holiday with gorgeous views, you should consider Hawaii island hopping. Only four of the eight Hawaiian Islands are open to visitors ”“ Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii (a.k.a. the Big Island).
These are more than enough to get a taste of tropical paradise during your holiday. You can try out activities like:
- Surfing on Hanalei Bay
- Scuba diving, deep sea fishing or active volcano trekking on the Big Island
- Mountain biking in in Molokai Forest trail
- Road Tripping the Big Island of Hawaii
You definitely won”™t be bored when you”™re island hopping in Hawaii.
We have plenty of Oahu Posts: Check them out here.
Whether you plan to travel solo, with a group of friends or with family, America has a lot to offer a first-time visitor and any adventurer is sure to find somewhere they”™ll love on their trip-of-a-lifetime. So, what are you waiting for? Get your American holiday plans booked ASAP!
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.