For adventurous travellers, visiting a different country is the perfect opportunity to discover new experiences that get the heart racing. And America might be the best place to search for those. Rest assured, there are plenty of fun & adventurous things to do in USA.

Fortunately, all across America, you’ll never be far from another opportunity to enjoy a sporty excursion that’ll live long in the memory after your flight home.

To get you started, in this post we’ll share three ways you can find your thrills in the Home of the Brave.

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Cycling might be one of the simplest yet most adventurous things to do in USA. Source: depositphotos


Cycling is a staple activity for any sporty traveller. It’s a wonderful way to squeeze in some movement during your tip. However, cycling some of the country’s best routes gives a chance to enjoy more of the sights and sounds than otherwise one could do on foot.

If you’re planning a cycling trip or two during your time in the states, you’ll be spoiled for choice of potential locations to explore while in the saddle. However, depending on the sort of experience you’re looking for, some spots will be more suitable than others.

If you’re seeking a dynamic, lung-busting challenge, you may be drawn towards the mountainous regions like Colorado. There you can take on the world-famous Pike’s Peak. On the other side, if you prefer to embark on a more family-friendly adventure, complete with stunning views and gentle trails, a flatter landscape may better suit your preferences.

To soak up some of the country’s most beautiful sights from the comfort of your saddle, look to combine your cycling trip with a visit to one (or several) of America’s national parks. Plenty of these protected areas have their own designated cycling trails, varying in difficulty and accessibility. They simply wait to be explored on your next adventure.

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Rock climbing

Rock climbing is one of the most adventurous things to do in USA. Without a doubt, America is home to some of the best rock climbing spots in the world. From the granite monoliths of Yosemite National Park to the red sandstone towers of Moab, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is deciding where to climb first.

There are few climbing spots more iconic than the world-renowned El Capitan in Yosemite. The sheer granite walls will provide a stiff test of your endurance, with climbers from all over the world being drawn to California to attempt this challenging face.

In Joshua Tree National Park, climbers can scale towering rock formations while taking in the beautiful desert scenery. With more than 8,000 climbing routes to choose from, you’ll have no problems finding a climb that suits your preferences and skill level.

It’s often advised, particularly for inexperienced climbers, to hire a guide for your climbing trip. When doing so ensure they have a permit to work within the park.

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White-water rafting

White water rafting is more of an adventurous sport, than an endurance one. Though on some of the faster-flowing rivers, one needs a good level of strength to navigate crashing waters safely. Which makes a white-water rafting excursion one of the most adventurous things to do in USA.

You’ll find plenty of businesses offering rafting trips along some of the country’s most famous rivers. There you’ll have the opportunity to take on the natural rapids in all their glory.

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Some of the best places to go rafting include the wild rapids of California’s American River or the beautiful waters of Colorado’s Royal Gorge.

If you’re looking for a more challenging ride, West Virginia’s New River is one of the longest and oldest rivers in the world. It offers plentu of truly heart-pumping drops and rapids.

For those looking for a family-friendly adventure, Washington’s Wenatchee River is a perfect choice, offering a range of difficulty levels and stunning views.

Regardless of where you choose to go, white-water rafting in America is sure to satisfy your thirst for adventure.

George Halls

George is a freelance travel writer who has worked with international publications to produce both digital and printed content. He’s on track to visit his 50th country before 2025, and is always eager to inspire his readers to explore their spirit of adventure.