Not all towns are created equal, especially if you’re looking to get outdoors. Whether you’re into activities involving mountains, rivers, canyons, or oceans, these towns across the U.S. are 10 of the best spots to hit the trail (or stream, or road, or waves) in the winter, spring, summer, and fall.
With the Tennessee River winding its way through town, Chattanooga is a natural spot for watersports, including rowing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, and whitewater rafting. And there's nothing more refreshing than tubing down a river on a hot day. But the town is just as renowned for its on-land activities. Sandstone bluffs attract climbers of all calibers, in particular at Tennessee Wall, which offers 600 routes. Bouldering is also a draw at areas such as Little Rock City and the Stone Fort.
More than 7,000 caves are within a one-hour drive of downtown. With a cool 55-degree average temperature, they're ideal for hot or rainy days. The area also boasts 150 miles of hiking trails, with the Great Eastern Trail leading through town and connecting with the Appalachian Trail. For those that prefer being on two wheels to two feet, the Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System offers round-the-clock access to wheels docked at 33 stations around town. Fans of disc golf, skeet shooting, and hang-gliding will also find places to enjoy their sport.
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Published by Smarter Travel on May 10, 2016: Written by Kate Sitarz