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  America's 100 Greatest Adventures
We're counting ‘em down, coast to coast.

[Note: Our poll is now closed. See the top ten and our editor's picks for the top 100 U.S. adventures in the March/April 2000 issue of ADVENTURE.]

This spring ADVENTURE is counting down America's top 100. (Eat your heart out, Casey Kasem.) Actually, we're unveiling them right here, minus one crucial element: the ranking.

While our editors arrange these adventures from one to 100, we want you to let us know which one you think should take the top spot. Just click your favorite below—one choice per person, please. Check back in March for the results.




  • Rafting/kayaking the Selway River, Idaho
  • Rafting/kayaking the Illinois River, Oregon
  • Windsurfing the Columbia River Gorge, Washington
  • Hiking the Cirque of Towers route, Wind River Range, Wyoming
  • Hiking the Northern Loop, Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Mountain biking the Great Divide Trail, the Tetons/Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Fishing for cutthroat trout on the Middle Fork, Salmon River, Idaho
  • Hiking and rafting the Snake River in Hells Canyon, Idaho
  • Winter flying along Idaho's last backcountry mail route
  • Mountain climbing on Middle Teton, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Hiking around Mount St. Helens, Washington
  • Skiing the natural ski jump, Corbet's Couloir, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Backcountry skiing at Bridger Bowl, Montana
  • Surfing the Lunch Counter, a standing wave, Snake River, Wyoming
  • Digging for dinosaurs in Badlands, Montana
  • Puma tracking in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Sea kayaking the Cascadian Trail, San Juan Islands, Washington




  • Drift diving Ringbolt Rapids, Colorado River, Nevada and Arizona
  • Rafting/kayaking the Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Rafting the Green River, Utah
  • Rafting/kayaking the Bruneau River, Nevada and Idaho
  • Rafting/kayaking the Forks of the Kern, California
  • Rafting/kayaking the Gunnison River, Colorado
  • Skiing the Olympic downhill course, Snow Basin, Utah
  • Backcountry skiing the Utah Interconnect, linking four ski areas
  • Paddling the upper Missouri River, Montana
  • Horseback trekking in Monument Valley, Arizona
  • Hiking the Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah
  • Hiking Boulder Grand Traverse, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Hiking the John Muir Trail, California
  • Mountain biking the Durango Singletrack, Colorado
  • Mountain biking the Enchanted Circle, New Mexico
  • Mountain biking Kokopelli's Trail, Colorado and Utah
  • Diving in the Channel Islands, California
  • Mountain biking the White Rim Trail, Moab, Utah
  • Road trip on California Highway 1
  • Road trip on Highway 50, Nevada
  • Paragliding in Owens Valley, California
  • Mountain climbing the Keyhole route, Longs Peak, Colorado
  • Technical climbing the West Face of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California
  • Hiking up and skiing down Mount Shasta, California
  • Heli-skiing in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada
  • Ski jumping in the Winter Sports Park, Park City, Utah
  • Backcountry skiing Minturn Mile, Vail, Colorado
  • Skiing from KT-22 (best U.S. chairlift), Squaw Valley, California
  • Cross-country skiing the 10th Mountain Division's hut-to-hut network, Colorado
  • Big-wave body surfing at Newport Beach, California
  • Sailing from San Francisco to Drake's Bay, California
  • Off-roading in Humvees in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona
  • Freeboarding Mount Tamalpais, Marin, California
  • Night-vision rafting on the Colorado River near Vail, Colorado
  • Canyoneering in the White and Dark Canyon of the San Rafael Swell, Utah




  • Paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota
  • Paddling the Niobrara River, Nebraska
  • Paddling the Iowa River in northeast Iowa
  • Hiking the Buffalo River Trail, Arkansas
  • Hiking the Outer Mountain Loop, Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Mountain biking in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  • Road biking the Breaking Away route, Brown County, Indiana
  • Cave diving in Bonne Terre Mine, Missouri
  • Hiking the Minong Trail, Isle Royal, Michigan
  • Cross-country skiing in the Birkebeiner race, Wisconsin
  • Riding on the Magnum XL 200 roller coaster, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio




  • Rafting/kayaking the New and Gauley Rivers, West Virginia
  • Mountain biking in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
  • Hiking the Presidential Range traverse, New Hampshire
  • Hiking the middle section of the Hundred Mile Wilderness Trail, Maine
  • Technical climbing the Black Dike, Cannon Cliffs, New Hampshire
  • Backcountry skiing in Stowe, Vermont
  • Sea kayaking the Maine Island Trail, Maine
  • Sea kayaking the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Lake Superior
  • Surfing hurricane waves up the East Coast




  • Rafting/kayaking the Chatooga River, Georgia/South Carolina
  • Kayaking the Green River narrows, North Carolina
  • Rafting/kayaking the Little River, Alabama
  • Paddling in Everglades National Park, Florida
  • Grass skiing at Bryce Resort, Virginia
  • Hiking the Grayson Highlands/Mount Roger section of the Appalachian Trail, Virginia
  • Cave diving in Live Oak and Branford caves, Florida
  • Mountain biking in the George Washington National Forest, Virginia
  • Road biking on the Natchez Trace National Parkway, Mississippi
  • Road biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
  • Tarpon fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida
  • Sport climbing on the Mother Lode routes, Red River Gorge, Kentucky
  • Sailing from Key West, Florida, to the Dry Tortugas
  • Swimming with manatees in Crystal Bay, Florida
  • Sea kayaking in the Sea Islands, Georgia
  • Tree climbing around Atlanta, Georgia



Alaska and Hawaii

  • Road biking the Alaska Highway
  • Dogsledding in the Arctic, near Bettles, Alaska
  • Salmon fishing on the Goodnews River, Alaska
  • Heli-skiing the Chugach Mountains, Valdez, Alaska
  • Climb the summit of Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska
  • Surfing Malaspina Glacier, Alaska
  • Adventure racing in the Beast race, Alaska Range, Alaska
  • Sea kayaking in Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • Surfing the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Solving the world's largest permanent maze, Dole Plantation, Hawaii
  • Sea kayaking the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii


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