Looking for a way to cool off this summer? Forget air conditioning. Get wet instead.
The country provides many terrific opportunities to enjoy watersports, whether it's snorkeling or kayaking. Teaming with National Geographic Adventure magazine,"GMA" hopes to inspire you to explore the country's landscape.
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The Nantahala Outdoor Center guides whitewater rafting trips for people of all ages and abilities through the Great Smoky Mountains, that uses an Olympic training ground.
Ten miles to the northeast, mountain bikers ride through the popular Tsali Recreation Area.
Where to stay: Falling Waters Adventure Resort has tricked out the humble yurt.
Right off the large sandy beach, find a rainbow of fish and reef-dwelling creatures at Hawaii's most popular snorkeling destination. This ancient volcanic cinder cone affords a protected environment for new snorkelers to explore.
What to do: Hanauma Bay is accessible by public transportation. Rent fins and snorkels at the Hanauma Bay Nature Park to explore at your leisure, or organize a guided expedition with an outfitter such as Hanauma Bay Dive Tours. Wild Side Specialty tours lead eco-friendly half-day trips on the west side of O'ahu that include snorkeling with sea turtles.
Where to stay: Catch some z's at tranquil Ke Iki Beach Bungalows.
Where to eat:
Refuel with a local classic: a cheeseburger at Kua Aina sandwich shop (808-367-6067).
Try the shave ice over ice cream and Japanese adzuki beans at Matsumoto's Shave Ice
For more information, check out O'ahu Visitors Board
Hook trout in Stanley Basin on Idaho's River of No Return.
Where to stay: Mountain Village Resort
Where to eat: Pot Belly Café at Elk Mountain RV Resort (208-774-2202).
Combine warm, clear waters and more than 2,000 wrecks, and you've got perfect conditions for some of the best wreck diving in the United States. Gulf Stream and Arctic currents combine to create the perilous waters that sailors and divers alike have dubbed the Graveyard of the Atlantic; the Spar and the Titan are the most recent additions, both sunk in 2004.
What to do: Dive to the wreck of the still intact German U-boat 3-52, home to hunting sand tiger sharks, with Olympus Diving .
Where to stay: Enjoy southern hospitality at the Beaufort Inn.
Where to eat:
The Channel Marker (252-247-2344) for cold beer and the morning's catch of triggerfish.
Floyd's 1921 (252-727-1921) for southern comfort food favorites like the fried green tomato stack.
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