Pacific Coast Destinations To Release Your Aqua-essence
There is nothing better than experiencing the great outdoors while enjoying your favorite activity. Rather you love to go kayaking, hiking, cycling or stand-up paddle boarding there are some outstanding opportunities in the United States. Here is a favorite for each of these favorite Pacific Coast destinations.
Cycling- Bend, Oregon
Home to the Classics Cycling Classic, which is the longest-running elite stage race in the US, Bend, Oregon, offers a great climate for cyclists. The Cascade Mountains offer many challenging uphill climbs testing rider’s abilities. A vertical climb of 3,500 feet adds to the challenge, although the area has several shorter rides for those not ready for the challenge yet including some where you can go swimming in rivers. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities for mountain, road and cyclocross fans. Almost all businesses are very friendly to cyclists.
Kayaking- Colorado River
The 1,450 mile Colorado River offers the best kayaking in the United States as it cuts its way through Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California, and it is filled with Class I through Class V rapids. Most people consider the 278 miles running through the Grand Canyon as the highlight of this trip because of its huge whitewater followed by nice recovery zones. Many find the largest rapid on the Colorado River the most thrilling rapid they have ever ridden. Typically, the weather is hot and dry meaning that you can spend long days on the river in a kayak, like the ones from Caney Fork Outdoors.
Hiking- Yosemite National Park
The best place to go hiking in the United States is the Half Dome day hike in Yosemite National Park gaining over 4,800 feet along its 15-mile length. Only 300 day-permits are offered each day for this 12 to 14 hour day hike while only 75 are given for overnight camping. Start by enjoying a stunning sunrise as you begin this hike by relaxing in the water of two gorgeous waterfalls before hiking up to the half dome that is the most photographed natural landmark in the world. You will need to use the cable handrail to climb the last 425 feet, but the reward will be amazing views of the entire Yosemite Valley including Tenaya Canyon, Clouds Rest, El Capitan and Glacier Point. The walk down will go very fast, but when you reach the bottom, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment.
Stand-up Paddleboarding- Lake Tahoe
Crystal clear blue water in Lake Tahoe is the best stand-up paddleboarding locations in the United States. Enormous granite borders at the bottom of the lake are beautiful to look at while paddleboarding. Additionally, the lake is often surrounded by mountains covered with snow. Along with Hawaii, this is one of the places that this sport originated. Many people choose to live in this area just so that they can participate in this sport so networking with other enthusiasts is easy.
Choose Pacific Coast Destinations For Adventure
If you enjoy an active lifestyle, then use this list to create memories lasting a lifetime. Depending on which sport you enjoy, you will want to head to different parts of the country. Adventures await you.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.