10 Outdoor Sports Spots to Visit

Here’s one last picture from our trip to the Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City.

We got in some climbing and hiking, had fun in town, and got to check out all the latest trends in outdoor gear.

Coming back to Arkansas was a pleasure, of course, but doing some outdoor sports travel has made me think about the other great places in the United States I’d like to visit. Read my Top 10 list and then share your own!

  1. Durango, Colorado, has hiking, climbing, and water sports. It’s not as crowded as Denver or Boulder, and it’s near Mesa Verde National Park, a wonderful place to visit.
  2. Horse Pens 40 is Alabama’s music and nature park, with low day use fees and cabins for comfort. Hiking, climbing, and a restaurant and concerts in the evening. This is great for those who like to play hard and have a little luxury, but tent camping is also available.
  3. Hueco Tanks, Texas provided us with some excellent climbing and lots of laid-back fun over Spring Break this year, but we didn’t get in all the climbing, hiking, and exploring we wanted to do. Definitely worth another trip!
  4. Encinitas, California, is a fun town, with plenty of opportunities for surfing, SUP, and swimming. Hit Moonlight Beach, eat fantastic seafood, and maybe go to the racetrack in neighboring Del Mar.  San Elijo State Beach is beautiful for walking or swimming, and there’s a surf school there, too.
  5. Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the place to see wildlife and amazing scenery. Hiking and fishing are the sports to love. Until we go, we can watch the Live Bearcam and dream.
  6. The Grand Canyon is something everyone should see at least once. Whitewater rafting on the Colorado and backpacking would be on our don’t-miss list of activities.
  7. Yosemite is worth a visit for the hiking, backpacking, and the sheer beauty, but we would make a point of trying out El Cap, said to be one of the best climbing areas in the world.
  8. Moab, Utah,  is the place for mountain biking. The White Rim Trail is one of the best routes around. Moab is a popular place to base your visit to nearby state and national parks, and sometimes you want air conditioning in the desert. The town is a nice, arty place to visit, too.
  9. Asheville, NC, reminds us of Fayetteville, but the terrain is different. Deep shade keeps some places cool for summer hiking, and the scenery is stunning.
  10. Get back to Northwest Arkansas to enjoy our own Buffalo River before you end your vacation — or enjoy it instead of vacation if you don’t have more than a weekend. It’s just as fine as the rest of the places on this list!

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