Summer is almost here and we're all ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. We're looking for the best outdoor adventures – boat rides, helicopters, rafting trips, kayaking excursions, bike tours, adventure travel companies, hot air balloons and scenic train rides – to help our readers plan their greatest adventure yet.
Vote daily for your favorites in each category until voting ends on Monday, June 7 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Adventure Travel Company
These adventure travel companies offer life-changing experiences — Photo courtesy of Getty Images / Geber86
Adventure travel has exploded in popularity in recent years, and whether you’re looking for an individualized journey, eco-friendly group tour or multi-generational trip, these 20 travel companies can help.
Best Boat Tour
You never know what you'll see on these boat rides — Photo courtesy of PACWHALE ECO-ADVENTURE TOURS
Travelers can choose from myriad iconic water-based experiences in the U.S., from whale watching excursions and sunset sails to scenic cruises past waterfalls and cliff-backed shores. We want to know your favorites.
Best Cycling Tour
These cycling companies offer unique experiences around the globe — Photo courtesy of Getty Images / vm
One of the best, most environmentally-friendly ways to experience the beauty of North America is by bike. Hop in the saddle, and the journey becomes as important as the destination. These 20 companies lead some of the best bike tours around the United States, Canada and the world.
Best Helicopter Tour
Whether you're heli-skiing, discovering Chicago's architecture or getting a one-of-a-kind view of Niagara Falls, these helicopter tours will keep you on your toes — Photo courtesy of Matt Bansak Photography
Whether it’s the magisterial rock formations of the Grand Canyon, flashing neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip, churning waters of Niagara Falls or stern rock faces of Mt. Rushmore, North America’s top destinations often look even better from the air.
Best Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot air balloons offer a relaxing opportunity to take in the sights — Photo courtesy of Asheville Hot Air Balloons
Hot air balloons take the act of travel to new heights, offering a fresh perspective while floating in the sky in a woven wicker basket. There’s no other experience quite like it.
Best Kayaking Tour
From the crystal clear waters of Key West to the glacial bays of Alaska, the memories from these kayaking tours are sure to last — Photo courtesy of Getty Images / 6okean
Kayaking combines aerobic fitness with the chance to immerse yourself in nature, whether it be the mangrove forests of Florida or the glacial bays of Alaska. These 20 companies lead some of the best kayaking tours in North America.
Best Scenic Train Ride
Slow down and take in the sights on these scenic train rides — Photo courtesy of Mount Washington Cog Railway
Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination. Such is the case for passengers who step aboard these trains – handpicked by a panel of travel experts as the best in North America.
Best White Water Rafting Tour
From white-knuckle rapids to more relaxed family floats, rafting is a great way to add a dash of adventure to a trip — Photo courtesy of Getty Images / mountainberryphoto
The rivers of North America offer some of the world’s best white water rafting opportunities, with thrills for experienced rafters and newbies alike. From white-knuckle rapids to more relaxed family floats, rafting is a great way to add a dash of adventure to a trip.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, June 18.