Summer started off with so much promise! There were so many places to go, people to see, and things to do. But now the leaves are starting to change color, and you still haven't finished off all your summer goals. A thin layer of dust covers the copy of Infinite Jest on your nightstand and the new hiking boots you bought in May have nary a crease or stain. Don't worry, though! Cooler days are coming, but there's still time to cram in some of the adventures that you initially sacrificed in order to plow through the new season of Arrested Development.
Go hiking or backpacking.
Hiking never really goes out of season, but trekking through the wilderness in the summer months is decidedly easier than toughing out a cold winter excursion. If you're in the market for an intense hike, check out one of America's most dangerous hiking trails or consider visiting a leg of one of the Triple Crown of Hiking trails, which includes the Pacific Crest, Appalachian, and Continental Divide trails. Just don't worry about hiking as fast as record-breaker Josh Garrett. If you're stumped, look up a national park near you.
Take a kayak or canoe for spin.
Hiking might be an evergreen activity, at least in theory, but kayaking or canoeing in the winter is considerably more intimidating. Some notable destinations for kayaking and canoeing include Arizona's Colorado River, Alaska's Glacier Bay, The Ozarks in Missouri, and The Everglades in Florida. But, again, don't let your distance from a famous location deter you from enjoying the water one final time before winter's freeze. There are plenty of suitable bodies of water throughout the country, many of which rent out kayaks or canoes on a day-by-day basis.