10Besties Best Active Destinations Winners

  • Grand Canyon1

    Grand Canyon

    Cut and shaped by the power of water over millions of years, the Grand Canyon overwhelms visitors simply by its immense size; 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. It's easy to see why 5 million people visit each year to take advantage of the amazing hiking, camping, rafting riding and gazing the park has to offer.  Read more »

  • Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park2

    Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park

    Two glorious National Parks, three ski resorts, and activities in abundance, the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, area is a no-brainer for active travelers any time of year. Visit Old Faithful at Yellowstone, hit the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, white water raft down the Snake River and get ready for seemingly-endless adventure!  Read more »

  • Outer Banks, NC3

    Outer Banks, NC

    Whether you want to kiteboard, hang-glide, kayak, explore Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, stroll through the Elizabethan Gardens or just relax on the beach, the North Carolina's Outer Banks is yours to explore. Even history buffs will have much to discover in this historic string of islands.  Read more »

  • Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon4

    Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon

    Dark orange rock walls rear up toward a Delft-blue sky. Colorful wildflowers dot the trail. Zion's Virgin River tumbles through the heart of the canyon, while Bryce Canyon's clear air allows you to see for miles. Pick a trail, and discover Utah's best national parks in the springtime.  Read more »

  • Asheville, NC5

    Asheville, NC

    Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the meeting of two rivers, Asheville is often considered the top destination for active travelers who have a penchant for hiking, biking, rafting and more. One of the most popular activities, however, is taking a scenic drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Read more »

  • Yosemite National Park6

    Yosemite National Park

    With its many clustered waterfalls, lakes and spectacular mountain and valley views, there is no better place than Yosemite to take your family for an unforgettable experience. Activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding or simply tubing down the Merced River make this National Park the most popular and pleasantly affordable family destination.  Read more »

  • San Francisco Bay Area7

    San Francisco Bay Area

    Trekking San Francisco's steep hills isn't the only way to be active in the Bay Area - the city and its surroundings offer tons of year-round adventure. Hike through redwoods in nearby Muir Woods or along the coast at Point Reyes, mountain bike Mt. Tamalpais, or surf in Santa Cruz!  Read more »

  • Glacier National Park8

    Glacier National Park

    Glacier National Park, located in northern Montana, encompasses 1,000,000 acres, parts of two mountain ranges, and 700 miles of trails -- all perfect for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Visitors also have the opportunity to stay in historic chalets and learn about the area's original Native American inhabitants.  Read more »

  • Maui, HI9

    Maui, HI

    Often on the short list for "Best Island," Maui has a lot to offer the active tourist. From surfing to hiking, cycling down a volcano to whale watching, the island is much more than just a beach paradise.  Read more »

  • Big Island, HI10

    Big Island, HI

    Hawaii isn't all just sand and surf; the Big Island is home to one of the world's most active volcanoes (open for visiting!), the tallest sea mountain, lush rainforests, and volcanic deserts. With terrain like that, it's no surprise there are nearly limitless options for explorers of all types!  Read more »

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