The Best Adventure Vacations in the US

Spring is just around the corner, signifying it’s finally time to start planning your next adventure vacation to one of North America’s best outdoor playgrounds. It’s not easy to find the best adventure vacations in the US, mainly because there are thousands of possibilities! In an effort to help our guests stay fit and healthy this year, Elite Destination Homes has compiled five unique adventure-based destinations located throughout this diverse country, ranging from Hawaii’s Kohala Coast to New York City’s Central Park.

best adventure vacations in the usNantahala Lake in the Smoky Mountains

Deep in the heart of North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains is a breathtaking, secluded lake surrounded by lush forestry. Nantahala Lake rests in the tranquil, picturesque Nantahala National Forest, home to countless whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and hiking adventures. Forge Lake Lodge, one of the premier luxury cabins in NC, overlooks Nantahala Lake, far away from cell service, noisy traffic, and signs of civilization. Not only is Forge Lake Lodge a genuinely gorgeous lakefront home, but it’s steps from exceptional bass fishing, serene kayaking excursions, and secluded hiking trails.

best adventure vacations in the usHawaii’s Kohala Coast

The island of Hawaii, known to most as “Big Island,” is arguably the most diverse isle in the world. Big Island is home to active volcanoes, lush rainforests, deserts, heavenly beaches, and Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world (measuring from the sea floor to the highest peak). If you’re searching for a taste of adventure combined with peace and serenity, Hawaii’s Kohala Coast is the ideal destination! Spend your days hiking through the Pololu and Waipio valleys, home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls and ocean overlooks in the world. You’ll also want to spend several hours swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and sipping cocktails at Kauna’oa Bay or Kua Bay. After each day in tropical paradise, retreat to the Ali’i Villa, one of the most luxurious homes in Hawaii. Finish your memorable day on Big Island with grilled mahi-mahi, sunset yoga, and hot tub cocktails at Ali’i Villa.

Zion National Park / Bryce National Park

It’s common knowledge that Grand Canyon State Park is one of the world’s wonders, yet approximately 215 miles northwest of the Grand Canyon you’ll discover one of our favorite adventure vacations in the US: Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Zion National Park is a hiking enthusiast’s dreamland with breathtaking canyon overlooks, challenging gorge hikes, and hidden caves, fusing into a genuinely awe-inspiring experience. Bryce Canyon, meanwhile, is known for its towering, picturesque spires (called “hoodoos”). Your well-deserved Zion National Park vacation should include a stay at nearby Bryce Canyon Estate, a luxurious, hand-crafted mountain-top lodge. This immaculate home features a ten-person hot tub, a valley-view outdoor terrace, and ample space for horse boarding.

best adventure vacations in the usHistoric Taos, New Mexico

Sitting high above the historic creative arts community of Taos, New Mexico, rests the Adobe Zen House, a 4,600 square foot adobe-style sanctuary. The Zen House, as its name suggests, is perfect for those hoping to relax, unwind, and unplug. Enjoy an in-home massage, practice yoga in the atrium complete with a 400 square foot skylight, and relax in the outdoor hot tub under the stars. The Zen House, one of the most popular vacation rentals in Taos, is a short drive from historic Taos Pueblo, expansive Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and gorgeous Williams Lake. Read more about the Adobe Zen House here.

best adventure vacations in the usNew York City’s Central Park

The heart of Manhattan may not come to mind when thinking about the best adventure vacations in the US, but Central Park is the perfect place to explore, workout, and relax during your lavish stay in New York City. Ask our knowledgeable concierge upon arrival about Central Park’s best yoga instructors, Zumba classes, and health-conscious restaurants. Jog around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, make a pit stop at Central Park Zoo, and snap photos of the park’s best natural attractions. One Central Park, located at Columbus Circle on the southwest corner of the park, is also a short stroll from the Broadway Theatre District, endless five-star dining, and some of North America’s trendiest shops. Very few Central Park rentals are within walking distance of Broadway! Please visit us online, or give us a call at 1-651-389-3843, to learn more about the five best adventure vacations in the US.

Unplug at the Breathtaking Forge Lake Lodge

Reconnect with friends and family on a serene escape to North Carolina’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. Forge Lake Lodge combines luxurious old-warm charm and the beautiful natural surroundings of Lake Nantahala. The lodge is an experience all by itself: awe-inspiring mountain vistas, hand-carved 19th-century European cabinetry, and a massive moose antler chandelier. This lake-view paradise was forged into the mountainside, thus earning the namesake Forge Lake Lodge. As difficult as it may be to pry yourself from the vast property, the surrounding nature trails, picturesque waterfalls, and world-class whitewater rafting will allure guests for at least an afternoon of mountain adventure. All other North Carolina lake resorts pale in comparison to this secluded log palace.

No Cell Service, No Problem

Forge Lake Lodge is so spectacularly remote that there is entirely no cell service. Your family will no longer have the urge to check their smartphones by the time your week-long vacation in paradise is over. Whether you’re drinking a French roast coffee on a terrace overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, whitewater rafting up the Nantahala River, or fishing for a delicious walleye on Lake Nantahala, the last thing you’ll have on your mind is what your smartphone.

World-Class Amenities and Artistry

Forge Lake Lodge is a 16-person, 10,000 square foot wood and stone castle with four unique fireplaces, four stunning terraces, two bars, a private dock, and an outdoor hot tub. A concierge is always on-call via landline if any questions should arise. Mosey down to the fully-stocked wine cellar for a bottle of the finest regional wine and make a heartfelt toast on the terrace as the sun sets behind the western mountain range. Every square inch of Forge Lake Lodge was meticulously designed, built, and carved to ensure this lakeside haven feels like home. No other North Carolina lake resorts are nearly as elegant, artistic, and luxurious – Forge Lake Lodge is a quintessential locale for any family reunion or anniversary celebration.

Outdoor Adventure

Forge Lake Lodge’s architecture and location were chosen to provide an experience like none other: a secluded, unplugged lodge with supreme old-world charm steps from endless lake and mountain adventure. Anglers from across the region visit tranquil Lake Nantahala for exceptional bass fishing. The lake is also home to delicious walleye, rare kokanee salmon, and beautiful steelhead trout. Explore this stunningly natural lake by paddling through the calm sapphire water on a kayak, canoe, or SUP. Western North Carolina is an outdoor enthusiast’s dreamland. Spend each day hiking, mountain biking, swimming, whitewater rafting, waterfalling, horseback riding, or rock climbing. Elite Destination Homes has the most luxurious vacation home rentals in the U.S. Don’t waste your time with other North Carolina lake resorts; Forge Lake Lodge is the dream location for any family reunion, group outing, or anniversary party!