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Top spots for extreme sports enthusiasts

Honolulu has some of the best spots for extreme sports in the country.

Honolulu has some of the best spots for extreme sports in the country.

If you have a need for an occasional adrenaline rush, or you just love being outdoors doing something most would be hesitant to think about, considering grabbing your moving boxes and heading to a place that embraces extreme sports could be the right decision. While you may not think it, there are plenty of places around the country that cater to thrill seekers, and the varied terrain and climate available can help you find the exact spot that could be good to partake in the activity you love.

Bend, Oregon
The Pacific Northwest's landscape makes it easy to try just about anything when it comes to extreme sports. This centrally located city is the home of a myriad of activities. It's the home of some pretty diverse terrain, so if you like whitewater rafting, skiing, snowboarding or rock climbing, The Adrenalist notes this city could be your answer. The Deschutes River runs next to the city, while there is also access to the Smith Rock State Park. There you can get your blood pumping while climbing the many formations, all with varying difficulty.

It may be a paradise to those who want to sunbathe and swim, but Honolulu has plenty for you if you are more into taking risks. Surfing is a staple here, according to HotelClub. How big is surfing? It may be the top spot in the country to catch some waves, with plenty of places to check out. One of these is Waikiki Beach, which has been long storied as one of the best spots around. The city also is near the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which certainly makes hiking an extreme sport. 

Glasgow, Kentucky
One place that you may not readily connect with extreme sports is Kentucky. However, that likely means you haven't checked out Mammoth Cave. Located in Glasgow, the venue is the longest cave system in the world, and according to The Adrenalist, it has guided tours. When taking the tour of the more than 5 miles of caves, you may want to put on your best brave face. It not only can be exhausting, but it is risky as well. However, those who are both thrill-seekers and those who love rock studies may find this voyage quite rewarding.

The Rocky Mountain region is known for its diverse landscape, and this really can help you out if you want to go to a place that has a bunch of extreme sports options. If you want downhill skiing or snowboarding, HotelClub suggests you visit nearby landmarks such as Vail and Keystone. If warm weather options are more of your thing, you've got plenty to choose from. The terrain offers great mountain biking, while water sports such as rafting are also popular. Less conventional ways to get thrills are also possible. Bungee jumping is a popular activity, while paragliding is also available in the area.

Stillwater, Oklahoma
The Great Plains is also the home to some great extreme activities, so don't let the fact that its typically less populated than the coasts fool you. If you love motocross, then Stillwater may be the place you need to go. It is one of the biggest spots for the sport, and one of the places you will want to visit is Area 51 motocross. This place attracts athletes from all over the country. Don't worry if you aren't an expert just yet. Every ability level is welcome to the tracks in Stillwater. To top it off, it is the home to Oklahoma State University, which could make it a great destination if you want a college town.