Cycling from brewery to brewery, kayaking through rapids, and mountain biking on world-class single-track trails. Is this really Northwest Arkansas? These cities are quickly becoming a hub for outdoor adventure—meaning there’s plenty more to do than tour
the five-and-dime turned museum that launched Walmart’s global empire.
Millennials have surpassed baby boomers as the largest living generation, and by 2017, they’re estimated to have more spending power than any generation, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. As these ‘80s and ‘90s babies age, putting them in a corner is not an option for outdoor companies looking to generate a profit.
Venture just six miles from the Eastern Washington metropolis of Spokane, and you’ll find the city’s backyard: A 14,000-acre outdoor retreat called Riverside State Park. The recreationist’s paradise along the Spokane River is popular for hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and ATV adventuring.
Imagine riding a gondola above a powerful waterfall, feasting on Northwest cuisine al fresco, and boating, fishing or whitewater rafting on the in-town river. In Spokane — the unofficial capital of the Inland Northwest — it's all possible without leaving the downtown core.
National Guardsmen are bankers, pilots, teachers — regular people from all walks of life who voluntarily serve their country and communities. Despite the chaotic schedule and time away from family, Utahns like Danielle Dao and Justin Ascione choose to make a difference by serving in Utah’s Air and Army National Guards.
A Utah treasure best known for its stunning fall colors and dramatic cave formations, American Fork Canyon is made for year-round adventuring. Located in the Wasatch Mountains 30 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, the canyon is home to Timpanogos Cave National Monument and the Alpine Loop, Utah’s premier fall color byway.
Every June, 3,500 women travel to rural Lewiston in Northern Utah, donning spandex shorts and helmets for a bike ride on quiet roads through Cache Valley’s lush farmlands. Called Little Red Riding Hood, this cycling event has become so popular in recent years that a lottery system was instituted.
McCurtain County is Oklahoma’s outdoor recreation capital, featuring nearly endless options for your next family vacation. Whether you paddle the crystal blue waters of Broken Bow Lake, venture into the woods in Beavers Bend State Park, catch trophy trout, or kayak on the region’s rivers, each day is a thrilling adventure.
Birding is a popular pastime in southeastern Oklahoma, and there’s no better place to spot rare birds than the ecosystem at the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area. From mudflats to marshes, to hardwoods and wet prairie lands, the area provides a year-round home for hundreds of types of birds.