Sea to Shining Sea: The Great Outdoors Bucket List
by Ian (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Oct 15, 2015

From sea to shining sea, America is home to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. We’re proud of the rugged natural beauty that can be found in every corner of North America, from the majesty of the Grand Canyon to the haunting coast of New England. Everyone should experience the wonder of nature in their lifetime. So whether you’re an experienced adventurer or just looking for your first big trip we have some awesome outdoor escapes ready for your bucket list!

1. Rafting the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. When you stand at the top of the canyon, you can feel the unimaginable power of time, water, and wind! Better yet you don’t feel small, though, you feel like you’re part of something amazing! And the best way to experience the majesty of the Grand Canyon is rafting down the Colorado River. Most people only ever get to see one small part of the canyon, and that’s great, but what if you want to see all of it? The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and is over 6,000 feet deep. It’s so big that there are different environments in the canyon from the snow on the upper heights to the desert on the lower slopes. At the bottom, there are marshes, sandy beaches, and narrow canyons with mighty rapids.

Find a tour group that caters to your level of experience. You can raft the whole canyon in 2 weeks by paddle or 1 week in motorboats, or travel just a part in just a few days. We recommend a longer trip because you can take your time on the powerful Colorado River, taking breaks to explore brilliant green side channels, calmer and warmer than the river itself. Take a swim in the warm waters, leave the boats for hiking trips up the ancient slopes, camp on the beaches in the evenings. Prepare yourself for the thunder of ‘The Big Ones’—the whitewater rapids that will leave you breathless and exhilarated. Everyone should see the Grand Canyon and be refreshed by the pure power of 17 million years of stone and water.

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