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Planning an Adventure Vacation in the US
The definition of adventure varies for all of us. For some, it’s nearing the supreme power through meditation, and for some, it’s the experience of the adrenaline rush. Whatever maybe our expectations from these adventure vacation ideas, these 5 destinations will surely get you close to them. Let’s check out what these best adventure vacations in US have in store for us!
Grand Canyon, Arizona
River rafting through the Grand Canyon can be one of the best adventure vacations for you this year. You must have already heard stories of people going rafting on the Colorado river, which flows through the Grand Canyon. The gigantic beauty of the Canyon makes this adventure not only adventurous but a memory you’re bound to cherish your whole life. While you’re at the Canyon, you can also check out other adventure sports, such as rafting and paragliding, which are again common at the Grand Canyon. While you’re there, make the most out of it!
Scuba Diving, Hawaii
This is my personal favorite when it comes to the adventure vacations in America, and the entire world too. Scuba diving can be an experience in its own, and at the Hawaiian islands, it just gets better! Though there are more than a hundred islands in Hawaii, the ones visited most for scuba diving are Kauai, Oahu, Ni’ihau, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Hawaii (the island) and Kahoolawe. Avoid the islands of Ni’ihau, Molokai and Lanai if you’re a beginner. The marine life at Hawaii is one of the most beautiful in the entire world. Scuba diving is done extensively at these islands, so you don’t have to worry about finding company. You can also visit Mt. Kilauea, globally the most active volcano.
Road Trip on the Pan American
Traveling through 14 countries and 2 continents does seem an adventure to live for, doesn’t it? If this idea interests you, you might want to make a road trip across the Pan American Highway, that starts in Alaska and ends in the southern parts of the South American continent. It isn’t a single highway as such, but a network of roads that measures approximately 30,000 miles in totality. It is known as the longest motorable road, globally. This can be a great adventure vacation for a group, or just for a couple too.
Death Valley National Park, California
Considered as one of the best family adventure vacations, the Death Valley National Park has much more to offer than its name suggests. The Ubehebe Crater which is 800m deep, and the Zabriskie Point, are two famous places to visit inside the park. Dante’s View and Badwater are other two such places, the former being 5475 feet above sea level, and the latter being 282 feet below sea level. Trained hikers can hike on the Telescope Peak which stands 11,000 feet tall. A visit to the dry lake called Racetrack Playa might even show you the Milky Way at night. The children would love to see that, won’t they!
Underwater Volcanoes, Caribbean
No no, I’m not asking you to actually visit an active underwater volcano. There are volcanic fissures in the Caribbean that you can safely visit and see some amazing forms of nature. In Champagne and Dominica, you can witness small bubbles that are released from the sea bed due to these volcanic fissures. Most of the Caribbean cruises will take you to a visit here. You might even be lucky enough to witness these through a submarine ride. A combination of scuba diving and visiting these volcanic fissures would work just great.
The goods that you will be packing in your luggage will depend on the place where you are heading on to and the duration of your trip. People usually tend to stuff their backpacks with lot of unnecessary materials that contribute to increasing the load of their bags. Thus, you need to make a list, that will contain only those things which would prove useful to you. So what to take on safari holidays? We explain you over here.
» A Medicine Kit
Whether it’s a journey of a night or a few days trip, you should never step out of home without medicines. To be on the safe side, you should carry medicines for fever, pain, vomiting, dehydration and other minor health complications. Stuff your medicine kit with antiseptic lotions, rehydrate powder sachets, pain killers, paracetamols, insect bite creams, throat lozenges, etc. People usually take vaccinations, which is sometimes mandatory for traveling to different countries.
» Clothes and Accessories
Carrying too many clothes is not at all feasible on a safari. You can pack two clothes per day. Pack casual and light weight clothes so that you feel comfortable throughout the trip. Shorts, pants, Ts and cargo are some good options for your dress code on a safari. You can shop for long and short sleeve blouses and a good pair of safari jacket. Cool cotton shirts with three fourth pants would perfectly suit the adventurous trip. Wearing jeans would make you feel uncomfortable when you indulge yourself into adventures.
You need not deck yourself up with loads of accessories while going on a safari. A safari hat and a UV protective goggle would be useful for you. Girls should avoid heels, instead they can wear sneakers, canvas or sport shoes. Two pairs of shoes would be enough for you. Keep an extra pair of floaters if required. You can wear high boots to protect your legs while are treading through jungles. This is a general guideline to your clothing and accessories. You should pack your clothes according to the weather conditions prevailing there.
» Food and Drinks
Never set on an expedition without equipping yourself with food and water. Purchase packs of dry fruits and keep enough water with yourself. Canned foods, dry fruits, snacks and other types of dry eatables last long for a couple of days. You can also carry home cooked food, provided they are dry and dehydrated. Apart from water, you can also carry few bottles of energy drinks and cokes. Give importance to food and drinks more when kids are with you. You can also carry some extra jam, jellies and frozen foods so that they can relish them whenever hungry.
» Gears and Gadgets
The places that abound natural beauty are worth capturing with your camera. Those who are passionate about photography, will never miss out the photography equipment. Video shooting the wildlife and the scenic beauty is an experience of a lifetime. So do not forget to carry your camcorder or digital camera, or else the journey will remain incomplete. Watches, mobile phones and binoculars are also needed on a safari. Carrying laptops, music systems and GPS is a matter of personal choice. Maps and journals also prove useful for knowing the directions and jotting down your personal experiences, respectively, while traveling.
Now that you are aware of what to take on a safari, I hope you can start your packing in a much more organized way. Make a list of these things so that you do not forget anything. Till then, count days for the expedition that you are so avidly waiting for. Have fun!