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Adventure Ú ADVENTURE IDEAS Go wild

Don’t forget your binoculars. Wildlife abounds in the USA – from bears in Alaska and elk in North Carolina to bison in North Dakota and whales off Cape Cod.

Winter too

The US off ers some fantastic winter sport resorts especially in the Rockies and New England

Water babes Whether your preference is

under, on or beside the water there are endless options

Pedal past scenic Lake Union in Seattle. Or honky- tonk your way around Nashville. Oregon claims to be the only American state to offer a ‘scenic bikeways’ programme, with a series of routes suggested by locals. There’s a diverse choice, accommodating everyone from beginners on a day trip to experienced riders looking for an adventure of several days. Riders wanting to up the tempo – and the adren- alin – have some of the world’s best and most excit- ing mountain-biking spots from which to choose. Crested Butte in Colorado was one of the first places to develop the sport, while both Moab and Park City in Utah attract top cyclists from throughout the globe to their stomach-churning trails. Four-wheel fiends can take horsepower adventure to the max with activities ranging from Jeep safaris in the Nevada desert to driving a stock-car at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania or even a full- throttle racing car at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.


Taking to the water is another exciting way to see the USA. With a multitude of beautiful lakes and rivers and thousands of miles of stunning ocean shoreline, there’s a vast range of activities on offer. Cruise on a graceful Mississippi paddle steamer, a Maine windjammer or a private yacht on Lake Michigan. For a faster pace,

try an exhilarating

airboat ride to spot alligators in the Florida Everglades or roar past the Statue of Liberty on a giant speedboat known as the Beast. For the ultimate adrenalin fix in an iconic land-

scape, hit the rapids on a white-water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Other top spots for pad- dling your way through the foam include the Snake River in Wyoming, the Gauley and New rivers in West Virginia, the Youghiogheny River in Maryland and the Payette River in Idaho.

At the other end of the scale, life slows down about as much as it can at the remote Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. Only accessible by canoe, this beguiling region covers more than one million acres and features 1,200 miles of paddle routes on hundreds of lakes and rivers. Canoeing amidst breathtaking scenery is available in all parts of the USA, from kayaking around Puget Sound in Seattle to the pristine Buffalo National River in Arkansas. St John in the US Virgin Islands takes things one stage further, with night-time kayak tours. The clear-bottom kayaks are rigged with pow- erful LED lights so that paddlers can admire the Caribbean’s nocturnal underwater scenes filled with coral, sting rays, turtles and nurse sharks.


Water sports make a big splash in the USA’s fabled beach resorts, from surfing some of the world’s biggest and best waves in Hawaii and California and diving among shipwrecks off the Florida coast to windsurfing in Oregon and paddle boarding across in Virginia. Holidaymakers looking to get one up on the

Joneses have the chance to try plenty of unusual activities that will get the neighbours back home talk- ing. Zip-line into a historic coastal fort in Rhode Island. Ride a mule along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Drive a dog sled in Alaska. Come winter, the USA turns into a giant adven-

ture wonderland. The Rocky Mountains boast a number of world-class ski resorts including Aspen, Breckenridge and Vail in Colorado, Sun Valley in Idaho, Mammoth Mountain in California and Jackson Hole in Wyoming. New England also has top spots for hitting the slopes, such as Killington and pretty Stowe in Vermont and Alaska has the Alyeska Resort Paths in many state parks become cross-country ski trails. Other winter activities include snowboard- ing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ski-bobbing.


Find that one spot where your toes belong. Find the oceanfront cafe that makes you rethink it all.

Find the people and the charm you never knew you missed.

Find the memories that stay with you long after your tan fades.

Find your Virgin Islands Nice.

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