With Memorial Day rapidly approaching, many people will be scrambling to make last-minute plans with their family and friends. Instead of heading straight for a lounge chair this year, why not plan an awesome adventure-based vacation? You’ll certainly get a little exercise and fresh air, and possibly learn a thing or two in the process. The best part is that a beautiful, action-packed destination may be a lot closer than you think. Below you’ll find locations perfect for spending an active three-day weekend.
Acadia National Park, Maine
There aren’t many outdoor activities you can’t take part in here. From fishing to climbing, this scenic park has a land or sea activity for everyone.
Adirondack Park, New York
If you’re headed to New York, why not take a walk on the wild side? The Wild Walk is a treetop trail that takes you on a very unique tour of the Adirondack forest.
Amelia Island, Florida
This island is home to the only national park to offer horseback rides on the beach. Head to Kelly Seahorse Ranch to saddle up. They also offer beach bikes if that’s more your speed.
Boulder was ranked as the No. 1 Sports Town in America by Outdoor Magazine, and it’s easy to see why. Stay cool this Memorial Day by tubing, kayaking, or rafting your way through the area.
Friday Harbor, Washington
Spend an unforgettable weekend in Washington by visiting Discovery Sea Kayak. They offer kayak tours that include opportunities for once in a lifetime wildlife encounters.
Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is probably best known for its slopes, but the area is just as much fun once the snow melts. Trail runners, mountain bikers, hikers, and rafters all fit right in.
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Need a break from the sunshine? Head underground at Mammoth Cave, where they offer Ranger-led tours of various lengths and difficulty levels.
It takes one look at the landscape to see that Sedona was built for adventure, but if you’re still struggling to find something to do check out this list of 100 activities in Sedona.
Sequoia National Park, California
Ready to be wowed? Head straight to the home of the sequoias. Many of the groves require visitors to ditch the car and head out on foot, so pack your boots and get moving.
Zion National Park, Utah
There is a reason so many National Parks are listed here: they have it all. Zion National Park is another great location for educational adventures, including hiking, biking, rafting, and birding.