If you’re sick of the travel restrictions that are the norm nowadays, it’s time to start getting creative. Even if you’re used to jet-setting over international waters to a faraway country, there are still plenty of ways to fulfill your travel cravings, even in the post-pandemic world. 

So buckle up and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with these unique outdoor adventures that won’t require the use of a passport for US travelers. 

Go Star Gazing in Joshua Tree 

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most magical places on Earth, especially at night. As soon as the sun goes down, the moon and stars take over, and it’s quite the sight to see. 

Even though you’re looking at the same night sky that you normally see from your bedroom window, the stars of JT are much brighter and bolder. This is due to the lack of civilization within the national park; there are no lights around whatsoever, so the stars are able to shine to their fullest potential. 

The National Park Service describes stargazing in Joshua Tree perfectly: “Boasting some of the darkest nights in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park, an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), offers many visitors the chance to admire the Milky Way for the first time in their lives.”

Sign Up for a Whale Watching Tour in San Diego

Whales are one of the most majestic creatures to walk (or rather, swim) the Earth. Not only are they majestic, but they’re also extremely mysterious. The good news is that you can uncover some of the mysteries by booking a whale watching tour in San Diego. 

The largest population of Blue Whales in the world can be found off of Cali’s southern coast between June and September. This is one of the most endangered whale species, so if you have an interest in marine biology or just want to catch a glimpse of a Blue Whale, now is the time to do it.  

Embark on a Long-Distance Hike in Minnesota

If long-distance hiking is your jam, then you’re in luck. Some of the best long-distance hikes are located right here in the good old US of A. While many thru-hikes are well-known around the world, like the Appalachian Trail or the PCT, there’s one that’s more under-the-radar, but still just as beautiful: Minnesota’s Superior Hiking Trail. 

The SHT spans over 300 miles through Minnesota, all the way up to the Canadian border. Throughout most of the hike, you’ll have amazing views of Lake Superior to the East, and thick forests to the West. 

Before you try the Superior Hiking Trail, just make sure to go through the proper steps to prepare. Hiking the entire trail can take anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks, so you’ll need to pack the right food and equipment and plan out your camping spots along the way. 

Say Hello to the Sea Otters of Kodiak Island

While Alaska may seem a bit out of reach, it’s definitely worth making the trip, especially if you’re a fan of wildlife. Alaska is bounding with wildlife, both on land and in the water. 

Ninety percent of the world’s sea otters live in coastal Alaska, and Kodiak Island is probably the best place in the region to see them. 

Set Out for a Rafting Trip in Utah

Utah is teeming with white water rafting opportunities, so if you’re up for a river adventure, this is the perfect destination. Even if you’ve never rafted before, the waters range from “mild to wild”, so you can still enjoy a more laid-back rafting trip (just without the white water).

Not only are there tons of rafting guides and tours to choose from, but there are also lots of rivers that are suitable for rafting, including: 

  • Cataract Canyon
  • Green River
  • Provo River
  • San Juan River
  • Weber River
  • Desolation Canyon

Go Deep Sea Fishing in Alabama

If you’re focusing your next adventure on the South, head to Alabama for some deep-sea fishing. There are tours with licensed offshore fishing boats every day of the week, and you’re likely to come back from your day out on the water with fresh fish for dinner. 

Who ever said that a passport was essential for traveling? With these awesome ideas for your next trip, you’ll be able to stay in the country while also fulfilling your need for adventure.