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While some prefer to stay on the beach, many people prefer to explore nature and enjoy some outdoor activities when taking a trip. Whether you’re interested in hiking, nature, or just enjoy the outdoors, there are hundreds of destinations to choose from without leaving the United States. If you’re thinking about going on vacation soon and want to spend some time in the great outdoors, you need to check out these five ideas for trips.

1. Take a cross-country road trip

One type of vacation most people don’t think about is a road trip. There are so many beautiful parks, mountains, and historical sites across the United States, it’s hard to choose just one to visit. If you’re interested in getting to see as much of the country as possible, think about buying or renting an RV and hitting the open road. Make sure you do your research to ensure you have a safe trip. Think about an extended warranty and look into RV extended warranty reviews online before you make a purchase. RV living is so enjoyable that many make it a part of their lifestyle. Whether or not you end up wanting to do it again, road trips are a unique experience that provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

2. Go hiking in Colorado


There are plenty of resorts and upscale destinations in Colorado, but if you’re looking for scenic views and hiking opportunities, you don’t have to break the bank. Keystone is perfect for a summer visit with plenty of hiking trails, alpine tubing, and biking in some of the country’s best mountain biking parks. Fly fishing and rafting are also affordable and closeby if you’re interested in water sports.

3. Visit the redwoods in California


There’s no reason your trip can’t help you get in shape too. If you find you want to get a little more fit before you hit the hiking trails, JumpstartMD’s weight loss clinic in Piedmont (located at 1337 Grand Avenue) can help you and they’re just a 10-minute drive from Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. If you’re interested in learning more, check out their website or call (510) 300-6462. Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park is the perfect place to go if you want to see redwoods, it has the largest remaining natural stand of coast redwood in the East Bay.

4. See the Ozarks


The Central U.S. isn’t the best place for those who like mountains, but the area surrounding the Ozarks and Ouachitas is a notable exception. You can stay closeby in Arkansas, Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma. Some popular cities to visit are St. Louis, Dallas, and Kansas City. When you’re not in the mountains, Hot Springs National Park is one of the best natural gems in the area.

5. Take in Zion National Park in Utah

It’s only about 100 miles north of Grand Canyon National Park, so you could find a way to fit both in the same trip if you’re adventurous. Zion National Park is worth the trip on its own though. It has incredible rock formations, views, and plenty of space for hiking and camping. It also has several canyons, although none quite as deep as the Grand Canyon. It can be over 100 degrees sometimes in the summer, so plan your trip accordingly.

There’s no need to spend a fortune or fly overseas if you’re looking to have an outdoor vacation. If you have the flexibility and the desire, a road trip is one of the best ways to see all the United States has to offer in terms of natural splendor. If you’re looking for a shorter trip, there are plenty of options. Whether you want to camp in Zion National Park, take in the redwoods in California, or visit the Ozarks and the hot springs, you won’t regret taking some time to enjoy some of the most beautiful sights in the world.

Carol K.