Rock Climbing Destinations In The U.S.

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Prepare to reach new heights and experience the world from a different perspective through rock climbing. Read on and find out the best destinations to pursue this fastest growing sport!

Rock Climbing Destinations: Uncle Sam's Most Thrilling Crags

A couple of decades ago, rock climbing is a sport reserved only for the extreme adventurers with relatively superhuman strength and incomparable robustness. But with a massive influx of gyms especially designed for rock climbing, it is no surprise this sport is being pursued by a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts today. Scroll down and check out the best places in the U.S. to experience an exceptional climb.

Yosemite National Park, California

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Yosemite National Park is renowned worldwide as one of the most enchanting and enthralling places for rock climbing. With its tremendous domes and impressively beautiful cliffs, countless climbers are flocking Yosemite's granite every year. Definitely, a climbing mecca that inspired John Muir to devote his life to nature. No list or climbing adventure shall be complete without including or mentioning this legendary park.

Red River Gorge, Slade, Kentucky

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Seasoned climbers know some of the most remarkable rocks to climb on are located in Slade, Kentucky. This destination is favored by many for its astounding beauty, and the climbing potential is absolutely immense. Climbing in “The Red” creates a magical experience that can be cherished for a long time.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

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You can ask every outdoor enthusiast, and they will immediately tell you, Joshua Tree is the dream destination. Other than that, it is absolutely one of the best places for rock climbing in the U.S. There are times it can be crowded here, but Joshua Tree still offers a plethora of routes up its marvelous rock formations.

Zion National Park, Utah

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Zion National Park offers the most awesome climbing and rappelling opportunities in the area, and its view is nothing short of spectacular. Its 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs made this destination famous for its long climbing routes. But this location doesn't have a lot of top roping, so it is better left for those who are more experienced in rock climbing.

Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin

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Most of the rock climbing enthusiasts in the Midwest often feel frustrated because all the great climbs are located out west or on the east coast. But little did they know Wisconsin has a few surprisingly remarkable cliffs you can try without costing you an arm and a leg.

Devil's Lake State Park has some heavenly rock formation that can be enjoyed by both beginners and intermediate climbers. And after a day of hardcore climbing, you can soak your sore body in the soothing lake below.

Leavenworth, Washington

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Leavenworth is the most famous destination in the Washington area when it comes to rock climbing. The reason behind its popularity is the high-quality granite with plenty of cracks and a comprehensive variety of root difficulty. Leavenworth is arguably a mecca for an outdoorsman with great hiking, biking, kayaking, mountaineering, and rock climbing a stone's throw away.

Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert, Maine

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The jagged edge of the Maine coastline with all its mystique provides an exemplary backdrop for an exceptional climbing adventure. It is one of the awesome places where you can climb on magnificent, solid, crisp granite just a few inches above the cold and dark waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean.

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With the multifariousness of terrain in the U.S., it is not that difficult to find the perfect rock climbing destinations suited for your skill level and experience. Unbelievable rock formations with high-quality granite is a feast for your eyes and will unquestionably arouse your ardent zeal. So what are you waiting for? Choose the ideal destination for you and embark on a magical adventure.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Mar 31, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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