It’s no surprise that anyone looking for adventure should certainly consider America first and foremost as thanks to the country’s 50 separate states there’s something for everyone no matter what you’re into.
White-water-rafting, mountain biking, desert trekking, you name it and the USA has got the lot and even if you fancy a few urban adventures then you’ll find some of the finest cities in the world where you can really go wild and have a truly exciting time.
For most people, having an adventure means being outdoors and in this particular article I’d like to concentrate on Arizona and present some spectacular landscapes and locations where simply being there is pretty much as exciting as it gets.
The Grand Canyon
This is one of the most recognized landmarks in the whole world and no adventure trip to Arizona is complete without exploring the Grand Canyon. Trekking round the South Rim, white-water rafting on the Colorado River and even helicopter flights all add to the excitement value and stepping out onto the Skywalk will no doubt test your nerves to the max.
Located around an hour’s drive from Flagstaff, the Meteor Crater measures around a mile across and if you’re looking for a completely unique outdoor experience in Arizona then look no further. A fantastic interactive visitor center and museum explains more about this amazing hole in the ground and guided tours will take you closer to the stars than you ever thought possible.
This incredible reservoir can be found along the Arizona border with California and presents almost 20,000 acres of surface water as well as the original London Bridge which was shipped over in the 60′s. Fishing, boating, kayaking and jet-skiing are all possible and retiring to Lake Havasu City for your evening meal is the best way to conclude a perfect day outdoors in Arizona.
There are no prizes for guessing how Camelback got its name but if you’re looking for a spot of hiking or mountain climbing then you’ll find almost 3000 feet of granite and sandstone to enable you to do both in abundance. Located in Phoenix and promising two excellent hiking trails (Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail) Camelback is heaven on earth for outdoor adventure lovers.
Saguaro National Park
Situated in the south of the state and containing no end of sand dunes, mountain slopes and untold cacti, Saguaro is exactly what you’re after if you’re exploring Arizona for adventures. With over 150 miles of trekking trail as well as some quintessential images at dusk, this is indeed one of the top places to get away from it all and spend a night under the stars or day under the beating sun.
This fold of the Colorado River can be found near the town of Page and hardly any time at all from the likes of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. If you’re into your natural photography then prepare to be amazed as a trekking trip will take you to the top of a sheer cliff face where the immensity of the Bend can be seen in all its glory.
Slide Rock State Park
Situated some 7 miles or so from Sedona, within the boundaries of Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park is one of the most visited attractions in Arizona and well-worth your time if you’re in the area. Although the hiking trails aren’t exactly long they do contain some more than impressive views and if you’re in the mood for cider then you’ll find a fully working apple orchard right on site.
This ever-flowing stream can be found near the community of Strawberry in Gila County and is home to many examples of Arizona’s endangered species of animal and plant life. Thanks to the creek’s warm waters, this is an ideal location to take a dip after a hike and there are even a couple of small waterfalls adding to the allure of this awesome outdoor adventure in Arizona.
If you’re thinking of visiting Arizona or any other part of America then check out grandamericanadventures.com and find out more about the adventures that you can have in some of the country’s most coveted national parks.
Chris fondly remembers nights spent under the desert skies of Arizona and can’t wait to return to Phoenix for a taste of hot buttered corn.