Any form of travel can improve your well-being by lowering your stress levels, giving you a break from the regular grind of work and home, and exposing you to new ideas, cultures, and foods. While some people think that setting their sights on a beach is the best way to relax, others are learning that heading to the mountains is one of the best choices for finding serenity.
It’s all about the mountain air
The phrase “mountain fresh” isn’t just something manufacturers put on scented products. The cool, crisp air you will find in the mountains of the United States is like no other. The fresh mountain air will invigorate your senses, give you energy, and make you want to hike or walk trails longer than ever before. No matter which North American mountains you choose to visit, you’ll come across huge, beautiful trees that release all of the oxygen you need to feel alive and improve your overall health and well-being by getting fresh oxygen to your lungs, muscles, and brain.
Soak in Vitamin D from the sun
When you’re out and about in the mountains and soaking up nature, your skin soaks up natural vitamin D from the sun. Of course, wearing sunblock is important if you will be out during the most intense rays between 10 am and 4 pm, but getting the right amount of sunlight also boosts your mood because sunlight increases the brain’s levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that helps us feel calm and focused, and low levels of serotonin lead to seasonal affective disorder.
Get some exercise
When you visit the mountains, you are more likely to exercise while on vacation. North America is full of hiking trails and scenic nature trails that give you a chance to view beautiful views, see powerful waterfalls, listen to babbling brooks, and watch wildlife and birds. Of course, you can choose the degree of difficulty of the hikes and decide if you’d rather take a brisk stroll through the woods or push yourself to take a strenuous hike that leads to vistas and peaks for the best views America has to offer.
Play in the valleys
One of the best parts of traveling to the mountains is visiting the valleys between them. One such valley that you definitely want to include in your travel itinerary is Garden Valley, Idaho. Garden Valley offers mountain peaks 7,000 feet above the horizon, tranquil meadows stretching across the valley, and the exciting South Fork of the Payette River. The valley has a rich history of gold mining, countless hot springs, exceptional wildlife viewing.
Rafters and kayakers especially enjoy visiting Garden Valley, ID, because the South Fork of the Payette River is wild and turbulent as it runs through deep canyons. The Payette River system has whitewater classifications of I-Iv, and visitors can choose to go on partial-day, full-day, and overnight trips spring through autumn. Spending time in Garden Valley, Idaho, gives travelers a sense of wonder and excitement as they explore all that the valley has to offer.
Indulge your desire for adventure
Some people like to get their adrenaline pumping and re-energize themselves by finding adventure and thrills in the mountains of North America. Adventure-seekers flock to the mountains for everything from hiking and ziplining to skiing and whitewater rafting. Some of the most adventurous travelers choose to hike and whitewater raft in the Grand Canyon, while others hike, bike, and horseback ride in Yosemite National Park. Rock climbers especially love to trek to Anchorage, Alaska, to tackle the cliffs of Chugach State Park. Hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers also choose to visit this part of Alaska, and families can enjoy easier hiking in Alaska by choosing to follow the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.
No matter how you choose to spend your time in North America’s mountains, you’re sure to benefit from the fresh, crisp air, sunlight, and adventures that await you in nature.