Alaska among top U.S. adventures

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2000

WASHINGTON - From the folks who brought you the world's top treks, now comes the 100 best adventures in America - from rafting the Grand Canyon to canoeing the Niobara River in Nebraska.

National Geographic Adventure magazine had a panel of editors and outdoor writers study the most exciting things to do in this country and presents the best in its March-April issue.

No. 1? Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

``There are other whitewater trips with this much adrenaline,'' the magazine admits. ``But nothing can compare to rafting the Colorado through the Grand Canyon ...

``It is the shear power of the water - massive waves, boat-soaking holes, furious rapids - that defines the Colorado experience,'' the magazine notes.

How about No. 100?

Canoeing the Niobara. ``A Cornhusker secret revealed, the Niobara is a superb prairie paddle,'' National Geographic Adventure reports.

In between are a manic miscellany of adventures including delivering the mail by plane to isolated ranches in Idaho, swimming with manatees in Florida's Crystal River and digging for dinosaurs in Montana. The magazine will be on newsstands March 7.

Rounding out the top five overall are: sea kayaking the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii; dog-sledding in the Brooks Range, Alaska; mountain biking Kokopelli's Trail in Colorado and Utah; and hiking the Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah. Competing in Alaska's ``Beast 2000'' adventure race ranked ninth.

6: Skiing Corbet's Couloir, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

7: Climbing El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, Calif.

8: Hiking the Presidential Range traverse, New Hampshire.

9: Competing in the ``Beast 2000'' adventure race, Alaska.

10: Diving in Bonne Terre Mine, Bonne Terre, Mo.

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