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AUG 2017

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August 2017 22 TOP 12 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SPORTS SPOTS Adironadack Coast, New York The Adirondack Coast stretches across Lake Champlain's western shores in the shadow of New York's Adirondack Mountains. The area enjoys four distinct seasons, numer- ous bodies of water and mountains to explore by hiking or biking. The area hosts everything from jet skiing to snow- shoe races and cycling events. The Adirondack Coast has hosted the Rockeater Adventure Race; the East Coast Snocross, pro snowmobiling race; the Mayor's Cup Regatta; the American Windsurfing Tour; and Velo Quebec's Le Grande Tour to name a few. The Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in the country with more than a mile of sandy beach, nature trails and a view of the Green Mountains of Vermont from Lake Champlain. Ausable Chasm is another scenic location that attracts adventurers. Open to the public since 1870, the Chasm features waterfalls, an adventure trail, cable bridges, cargo net climbs, rappelling and scenic views. 5 Redding, California Between Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, Redding has outdoor adventure sports spots galore. With 225 miles of trails to hike, bike and run, the area was dubbed the Gem of the U.S. Trails System by the San Francisco Chronicle. Flat paved rail trails or steep and rugged single tracks allow athletes to explore the backcountry year-round. The annual Redding Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier with a route that takes runners from Shasta Dam, along the river, through an old railroad tunnel and across the historic Diestelhorst Bridge, the Ribbon Suspension Bridge with a finish at Sundial Bridge. The Shasta- Trinity National Forest offers trails wide enough for jeeps, ATVs and dirt bikes across creeks; hill climbs; and views of the Three Shastas: Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, and Mount Shasta. The Shasta Dam Grand Prix is a two-day event in April. The Sacramento River from Redding is the site of the California 100, in which paddlers come to surf, ski, kayak and canoe 100 miles to Chico past oak woodlands, lava flows and riparian gallery forests. The 25-mile, two 50-mile races and a full-length race create a memorable experience. Time magazine labeled Redding the "unofficial capital of kayaking." 6 Outer Banks, North Carolina The barrier islands of the Outer Banks on the Atlantic coast are known for the beautiful scen- ery and assortment of water sports, including jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboard- ing. This 130-mile stretch of islands includes small towns and fishing villages. Events such as Storm the Beach, an obstacle course on Nags Head, is one way to see the area. The Outer Banks Triathlon in September is another way to enjoy the panoramic views while competing. This race also includes an Aquabike event for those who prefer the swim and bike legs of the triathlon. The 426-acre Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head is a good place for hang-gliding or hiking. Jockey's Ridge is the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast. Sandboarding is also allowed. 4

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