This week, the Save Summer theme is Explore. You can enter our Save Summer contest and show us how you explore the summer. It can be through food, hobbies, vacations or adventures. Today, So Delicious Dairy Free is showing our top ten picks for summer excursions. Whether you hike, bike, swim, climb or camp your way through the outdoors, there is the perfect spot for you right in your back yard.
Here is our list of ten summer excursions that will guarantee to move mind, body and soul. Rather than taking the traditional theme park vacation, get in touch with your adventurous side and explore the great places of the United States.
- Hike The John Muir Trail. This is 211 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Watch the documentary Mile, Mile and a Half to get a sneak peak at the beauty of this wilderness. Don’t worry, you don’t have to hike the whole thing!
- Visit a treehouse hotel. Tree House Point outside of Seattle has a whole series of luxury treehouses to stay in while you explore the forest around it.
- Try out “glamping”. Glacier Under Canvas in Montana offers tents to make you feel like wilderness royalty.
- Take a kayaking tour. A kayak trip with a group of likeminded people can be a good social and outdoors experience. Cumberland, Georgia offers some of the best sea-kayaking available in the United States. For a little more adrenaline, try the 40 mile route at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan.
- Take a rock climbing trip. Yosemite National Park in California offers some of the best rock climbing in the country. On the other coast? Don’t miss New River Gorge in West Virginia.
- Explore a cave. Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico stays cool all year when you need to cool off in the desert summer weather. Caves and caverns can transport you to another world.
- Try hang gliding. Sun Valley in Idaho is known for the best hang gliding out there.
- Attend Wanderlust Festival. Three days of yoga, organic food, meditation and music is enough to satisfy all your cravings for adventure. Check the festival site for various locations.
- Stay in an eco-lodge. Wilderness friendly resorts know how to connect you with nature. The Birch Pond Lodge in Alaska sits on 100 acres of rustic landscape.
- Bike, hike or ride the American Discovery Trail. You can travel coast to coast by foot, bike or horse, from Delaware to California. Happy Exploring!