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7 Unique Adventure Travel Tours Across the U.S.

Adventurous Destinations to Inspire Your Next Excursion

The thrill of the unknown, the wonder that comes with exploring the great outdoors, or the fulfillment after a day of physical activity. These are just a few of the feelings that make adventure travel so attractive—and why you should start planning your next adventurous vacation right here in the U.S. 

From the otherworldly landscapes in northern New Mexico to the winding rivers of the Great Smoky Mountains, immerse yourself in some of North America’s most awe-inspiring landscapes with adventurous experiences and authentic stays that will leave you with a memorable connection to each place you visit. Discover a diverse range of adventure travel tours and outdoor excursions for every type of traveler, recommended by our independent innkeepers. 

Amelia Island, Florida

Off the eastern coast of the Sunshine State, discover high-flying fun and watersports abound from your basecamp at The Addison on Amelia Island. Ideally situated within walking distance of the downtown historic district and an easy bike ride away from pristine beaches, The Addison on Amelia Island offers an elegant and cozy retreat after a day outdoors—whether that’s sailing or skydiving, there are various adventure tours to choose from. 

Chart the Backwaters

Enjoy Amelia Island’s beautiful waters with a guest favorite: the Amelia and Cumberland Boat Tour led by Backwater Cat Adventure. Be the captain of your own adventure as you drive a two-person catamaran toward Cumberland Island, Georgia, where wild horses are a captivating sight. Follow an experienced guide driving a separate boat as you bask in the beauty and wildlife of Amelia Island’s backwaters, plus enjoy an opportunity to learn more about the area's history with a stop at Fort Clinch. 

Soar Above the Water

If a backwater outing wasn’t exciting enough, take on a new perspective of Florida’s coastal landscapes and historic attractions with a powered hang gliding experience with Florida Adventure Sports. On this epic tour with one-of-a-kind views, learn how to fly a hang glider in an open cockpit with a certified flight instructor.

The Inn at Newport Ranch overlooking the Mendocino coastline offers on-property adventure travel tours.

Fort Bragg, California

Adventure comes easy when you escape to 2,200 private acres along Northern California’s Mendocino Coast. At The Inn at Newport Ranch, guests at the waterfront accommodations can choose from a variety of guided and solo adventures without ever having to leave the ranch and timber preserve. There are more than 25 miles of trails for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing, but you’ll get the most out of your experience with a local guide. 

Encounter Distinct Microclimates

Gain a better understanding of the land and the property’s history with a fascinating UTV tour led by one of the inn’s skilled guides. Experience seven different microclimates as you venture to seaside bluffs, across meadows and pastures, and through redwood forests on this scenic two-hour adventure. 

For the culinary-inclined adventure travelers, The Inn at Newport Ranch offers a four-hour UTV excursion that gives guests the opportunity to forage for edible mushrooms, break for a picnic lunch and then indulge in a mushroom-infused dinner. Create and take home a “mushroom log” to start growing your own mushrooms.

Crane Estate offers a variety of outdoor adventures in coastal Massachusetts.

Ipswich, Massachusetts 

Surrounded by state parks, forests, and beaches, Ipswich is a coastal New England town teeming with opportunities for outdoor recreation. Embrace the area’s stunning location and storied past when you stay on the 2,100-acre Crane Estate at The Inn at Castle Hill. The expansive grounds are also home to the Crane Wildlife Refuge and Crane Beach, where guests can access a variety of trails that wind through meadows, marshes, maritime forests, and other island habitats. 

Explore by Land and Sea

Maximize your time outdoors with a guided kayak and hiking adventure with CraneOutdoors. Begin the tour kayaking through the region’s largest salt marsh and arrive at Choate Island for an immersive and educational hike. Along the way, learn about the island’s historic structures, habitats, and diverse wildlife, ranging from deer and coyote to sandpipers and gulls. 

Robbinsville, North Carolina

The allure of the Great Smoky Mountains draws adventure travelers from near and far for hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and many more outdoor excursions. Ideally located just a few miles from Lake Santeetlah, Snowbird Mountain Lodge is an all-inclusive mountainside retreat for those seeking the excitement and tranquility of a Smoky Mountain escape. The lodge provides complimentary gear such as kayaks, fly fishing rods, and yoga mats, so you’ll be ready to appreciate nature’s finest.

Navigate Whitewater Rapids

With countless rivers, streams, and lakes, take your adventure to the water with a riveting whitewater rafting experience led by the guides at Nantahala Outdoor Center. With numerous trips for all experience levels, your expedition can be as leisurely or as challenging as you prefer. Guests of Snowbird Mountain Lodge receive a discount on guided excursions

The Grand Hacienda resort overlooking Lake Abiquiu in New Mexico is a great adventure vacation destination.

Abiquiu Lake, New Mexico

In northern New Mexico a desert paradise awaits, ready to be discovered—by foot, horse, or watercraft. Vibrant rock formations characterize the land that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe, creating beautiful views for any activity. Overlooking the desert landscape and Abiquiu Lake is an authentic hacienda and adventure destination. The Grand Hacienda is a luxurious oasis, providing guests with convenient access to hiking trails and lakeside recreation, along with restorative amenities after a day of exploration

Gallop Across the Desert 

See more of the sprawling scenery while learning about stories of the past with a guided horseback riding experience. Across the lake from The Grand Hacienda lies Ghost Ranch, the former home and studio of Georgia O’Keeffe. Spark your creativity with a guided trail ride through restricted areas of the ranch, and visit the places where she drew inspiration from and finished several paintings.

Cast a Line in a Fisherman’s Paradise

While New Mexico may be known for its high desert climate, there are still many opportunities to enjoy its waterways and lakes, including fly fishing. Personalized for anglers of all skill levels, The Grand Hacienda partners with Orvis-approved guides to provide guests personalized fly fishing trips to some of the best trout fishing spots along the San Juan River and in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Beginners can learn the techniques of fly fishing while avid anglers can request more exclusive access points located on private ranches.

For more inspiration in planning your next adventure-filled vacation, explore our selection of craft lodging properties known for their natural surroundings and bountiful outdoor recreation

Best Places to Stay in Abiquiu Lake

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The Grand Hacienda

Abiquiu Lake, NM

Best Places to Stay in Fernandina Beach

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Amelia Island Williams House Bed & Breakfast

Fernandina Beach, FL

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The Addison on Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach, FL

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The Fairbanks House

Fernandina Beach, FL

Best Places to Stay in Fort Bragg

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The Inn at Newport Ranch

Fort Bragg, CA

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Noyo Harbor Inn

Fort Bragg, CA

Best Places to Stay in Ipswich

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The Inn at Castle Hill

Ipswich, MA

Best Places to Stay in Robbinsville

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Snowbird Mountain Lodge

Robbinsville, NC

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