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The best national parks for extreme sports

By: Starre Vartan on July 8, 2012, 5:51 p.m.
rafting in Grand Canyon

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The wild outdoors

For some, going on vacation is a relaxing time, filled with activities like staring at clouds, enjoying leisurely meals and catching up on reading. And then there are those who find that approach boring; they see time off as the opportunity to push themselves in ways that work and family obligations never allow.


It might not be obvious that our national parks are a great place to feed your inner adrenaline junkie, but they offer some of the most exciting terrain and natural obstacles available in the U.S. — not to mention some insane views as a reward for your efforts. If you think our country’s parks are only for older folks and families to cruise through, think again. (Text: Starre Vartan)