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The expansive sands of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado

5 Cities to Visit for an Active Vacation

Explore USA destinations perfect for the travelers who’d rather hike a mountain than lay on a beach.

It’s time to get moving! We’ve compiled a list of the top destinations that’ll get your body moving from sunup to sundown. Kayaking, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and more: It’s all available in these fitness-oriented destinations.

Hiking rugged peaks in Denali National Park in Alaska

Discover Alaska’s Majesty

Ready to discover the Great Land? Alaska ranks as one of the USA's most active, adventurous destinations. Home to North America’s highest mountain, Denali National Park and Preserve offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Mush a dog team, go on an ice climbing excursion, fish the world-famous Alaskan salmon or even take a flightseeing tour via plane or helicopter to experience the most remote parts of this terrain. Before embarking on this incredible adventure, you’ll want to head to your local outdoor supply shop. Well-fitting boots and high-quality clothes for Alaska’s elements are a must!

A snowy hike in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park

Get your cowboy boots on and saddle up for a wild outdoor adventure across one of the USA’s most iconic parks. Yellowstone National Park spans a whopping 5,588 square kilometers (larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined) across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Sprawling canyons, iconic geysers and dense forests make this the perfect destination for some truly wild hiking, camping and animal watching. It’s important to note that a trip to Yellowstone National Park is a safe outdoor adventure; however following park rules is essential. Pay close attention to all signs and give animals lots (we mean LOTS) of space. Guests are likely to see buffalo, foxes, wolves, moose and even bears!

A wintry scene in the Flatirons just outside Boulder, Colorado

Fun in the Colorado Foothills

Looking for mountain adventure by day and city thrills by night? Discover the endless activities happening at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the Colorado cities of Denver and Boulder. Popular activities include mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, camping, white water rafting and even paragliding. After a long day of play in the mountains, these cities both offer premium hotels, shopping and vibrant nightlife. You won’t want to miss the craft brewery scene – locals live for a beer after a day of action-packed activities!

Enjoying a warm drink near Mount Rainier just outside Seattle, Washington

Adventure Along the Pacific Northwest

Washington and Oregon are known for a few things: moody weather, fabulous wine and some of the best outdoor activities in the United States. Why not book an adventure that encapsulates it all? Rent a car and drive the coast across the two states. Here, you can see wonders like Haystack Rock, hike to incredible waterfalls, trek Mount Rainier, kayak with orca whales in Puget Sound and explore plenty of unique cities along the way. Wine lovers will want to carve out time to enjoy the offerings of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, where volcanic soil and artisan winemakers create some of the most delicious Pinot Noir you've ever tasted.

The Washington Monument from the steps of The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Walk Across the Capital

The country’s capital may seem like the outlier on this list, but believe us, if you’re a history junkie who’s looking to get your exercise, there’s no better place for a trip than Washington D.C. With 74 epic museums and attractions like the National Mall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and more, you can truly walk until you drop here. When your legs need a break, take an upright scooter tour! Those still looking for the wonders of the outdoors will love Rock Creek National Park, a sprawling 710-hectare oasis with plenty of activities for guests to enjoy.