The United States is a country of nature’s diversity and the playground for extreme travelers willing to pack the bags in search of adventure.
From Extreme Tornado Chasing to Deadly Hikes in the US
The United States is a country of great natural diversity. From the highest mountain to the longest canyon, there is an adventure to experience around every bend. For some, extreme adventure is swimming in the deadly waters infested with great white sharks. While for others, it is the experience of seeing something different, distant, and new.
Chasing Storms in Tornado Alley
Tornados in the U.S. can vary in dynamics, some are mild and last only a few seconds, while others are capable of rampaging the miles long landscape in just a couple of hours. There is nothing more thrilling than chasing a tornado while all the people run for their lives in the opposite direction.
Tornado Alley, the commonly known area of increased tornado frequency, is where storms appear the most. The term was coined over half a century ago to indicate the regions in Texas, Kansas, Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska where these storms occur.
The storm chasing adventure tour is the real deal. To put it in a nutshell, a group of professionals chases storms around the U.S. while explaining the structure and dynamics of the wind as they approach the tornados. The tour is somewhat of a competition between the tourist agencies at the moment, as the goal is to get there first before anyone else does.
SpeRunking Sandmine Challenge
SpeRunking is a mixture of two different terms — spelunking and running. The answer to what this term means lies in the sand mines beneath Crystal City. Mines are usually damp and dark places, but the Sand Mine in Missouri has a sand-covered floor; the tunnels are fairly narrow at some points and at others, it stretches into vast open spaces.
Dating back from the 1900s, the Crystal City Sand Mine was supplying the state with limestone. The tunnels criss-cross over 200 acres, which host underground marathons. One of them is the 4 Mile Underground Challenge Run. While running, you hear nothing but the footsteps on the soft sand, and it is eerie at best.
Winter Wolves Tracking In Yellowstone Park
Hearing the spine-tingling howl of the wolves in the distance can cause adoration as well as fear among people. Wolves are considered powerful beings in many Native American cultures; some cultures even believe that the creator of Earth was a wolf as well.
Yellowstone Park offers a wolf tracking tour, with a highly skilled guide. Retracing the footsteps of wolves through the National Park, and learning about the animal’s life, behavior, and even prey is somewhat of an adventure by itself. Meeting one face to face while experiencing the magic of Yellowstone National Park and its treasures is a guaranteed adrenaline rush.
Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting
The Grand Canyon is steep and carved into the basin of the Colorado River which stretches some 227 miles. Some 22,000 daredevils go white-water rafting down the Colorado River each year. The Grand Canyon is the starting point of this thrilling adventure where nature is rugged, yet beautiful; the colors and the scenery are vivid and simply breathtaking.
The canyon experience while maneuvering the downstream rapids is nothing less than exhilarating. The moment of calm before the next rapid and the unity of the group on the boat is not only thrilling but creates bonds that last forever. People all around the States often refer to Grand Canyon rafting as but one of the items on their bucket list.
Offroad Ride in the Jeep through Zion National Park
Zion is a National Park located in southwest Utah. The first human settlement was created some 8,000 years ago; the entire area provides different views of the canyon and the wildlife. While there are many hiking tracks along the park, the most popular one is the Angels Landing due to its mesmerizing views. The highest peak on Zion is 8,726 feet tall, from which the scenic surroundings stretch in panoramic view.
The offroad Jeep Tours offer a taste of the open air environment, without walking up the tracks. The offroad adventures provide the excitement of exploring the park outside the well-formed roads and onto dusty trails. The Jeep tours are not the usual sightseeing groups designed for the people who are active and enjoy the great outdoors.
Joshua Tree National Park Climbing Adventure
The J-Tree, as most of the climbers name the Joshua Tree National Park, is the climbing Mecca of California. Thousands of climbers all over the world visit the park yearly. The jutting rocks offer challenges with over 8,000 routes and thousands of obstacles and problems.
Climbing along the rocks gives you a feeling of conquering the mountain and achieving a long-awaited goal. The experience of being out there is liberating. The climbing routes are more like small cliffs than faces.
The quartz monzonite along the routes tend to be thin, and the fingers poised on the edges quickly get bruising. Many of the climbers underestimate the challenge, the areas turn out to be demanding, dicey, and even scary. Despite its occasional severity it still the favorite climbing spot in the United States; you’ll feel as if you were in some National Geographic documentary.
The Maze: The Most Dangerous Hiking Path in the US
Canyonlands State Park is located in southeast Utah. The red rock is a nature-made labyrinth full of dead-ends and high cliffs. This dangerous track has deterred even the savviest of hiking trackers. There are only 2,000 visitors a year willing to brave this road.
There is no shade in the dry washes, and the temperature is around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the ranger, you have to be map savant and self-sustained in order to survive the hike. There is a long 15 miles between the hiker standing in front of the Rangers Station and the Maze Overlook. The possible dangers awaiting on the path make it worthy of the title “the deadliest hiking trail in North America.”
From one coast to another, there are some areas in the United States that bring a healthy dose of adrenaline while hiking along the dangerous tracks or rafting down the rapids. Some places and experiences are mostly taken for granted, underestimated and underappreciated, yet they can easily compete with what the rest of the world has in store.