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.

A Rejuvenating Escape to Taos, New Mexico

Escape to tranquil Taos, New Mexico this autumn for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury vacation far from your tiresome daily routine. High above the uniquely historic creative arts community of Taos rests the Zen House, a 4,600 square foot adobe-style sanctuary. Autumn is the best time of the year to visit New Mexico’s high desert because this longtime artist community comes to life with music and art festivals. Elite Destination Homes provides guests at the Adobe Zen House with complimentary concierge services to ensure that your stay is as relaxing and pleasant as possible.

The Zen House: Unmatched Beauty and Serenity

The well set Adobe Zen House rests in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain valley, overlooking the city of Taos. The scenic drive to town takes 10 minutes, yet it seems within arms reach from the estate. The property is encircled by emerald mountains and breathtaking unharmed desert wilderness. The interior of this massive adobe palace features hand-carved tables, cabinetry, and furniture with giant horizontal wooden beams on the tall ceilings.

The Zen House was featured on Sweet Retreats, a television program centered on the best vacation homes in the United States. The highlight of the home is the giant atrium complete with a zen garden. Buried deep inside the enclosure is a large crystal which creates a positive resonance. The atrium features a massive retractable glass ceiling, ideal for late-night stargazing. The private outdoor deck is equipped with a year-round eight-person hot tub and a Swedish sauna. Most people who stay here do not want to leave. To learn more about the Zen House, visit our detailed website.

Annual Artistic Fall Festivals

Plan a visit to the Adobe Zen House in autumn and partake in some of New Mexico’s best fall festivals. Witness one of the grandest spectacles on Earth: a hot air balloon rally. Watch dozens of colorful hot air balloons pierce the sky during the annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally in late October. Immerse yourself in local artwork at the annual Taos Fall Arts Fest in late September to examine some of the Southwest’s best sculptures, paintings, photography, and prints. You also don’t want to miss the Taos Wool Festival, Taos Jazz Festival, or the Annual Feast Day at Taos Pueblo.

Historical Sites and Lush New Mexico Wilderness

Taos and the northern New Mexico high desert is steeped in cultural history dating back thousands of years. Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the U.S. and is believed to have been constructed over 1,000 years ago. Approximately 150 people still live inside of these ancient adobe homes. The Taos Art Museum showcases unique regional Pueblo Native American art as well contemporary work from local artists. The San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos is America’s most photographed and painted church. Outdoor enthusiasts spend multiple days in our vast natural wilderness as the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Williams Lake, and Rio Grande Gorge provide a seemingly endless playground for hikers, kayakers, and whitewater rafters.