Top-10 Extreme Sports You Can Try In The USA 2020

Extreme Sports - Scuba Diving
Scuba Diver. (Photo credit: jackmac34 / Pixabay)

The adrenaline rush we get when we engage in adventure sport is exhilarating. Aside from awakening a sense of excitement into taking action which we once thought we were no match for, adventure sports helps us push our limits. In the United States of America, extreme adventure sports have long existed, and these sports have attracted lots of tourists seeking to enjoy the heights of the thrills extreme adventure sports brings. In this article, we’ll consider the top-10 extreme sports you can try out in the United States of America in 2020.

While these sports may need no sort of training, it is imperative that individuals who engage in these sports, do so with the appropriate safety gears along with the guidance of an experienced safety instructor.

10. Ice Swimming

Woman swimming in ice water
Woman swimming in ice water. (Photo credit: Inga Gedrovicha / Shutterstock)

Swimming in water bodies as low as 5°C can be classified as ice swimming. This sport is often engaged in during winter. Swimmers can be equipped with a moderate swimsuit. Aside from natural water bodies cold enough for ice swimming, Ice swimming can be replicated in swimming pools with temperature as low as 0°C. As a form of celebrating the arrival of the new year, there’s often an annual new year day swim at the Coney Island Beach in New York. That’ll be a wonderful way of engaging in Ice Swimming.

9. Bungee Jumping

Extreme Sports - Bungee Jumping
Bungee Jumping. (Photo credit: bungeeinternational / Pixabay)

Jumping from a tall structure while connected by an elastic cord, bungee jumping can be scary, but it’s really thrilling. The free-falling and rebound are exactly where the thrills of this extreme sport come from. A fixed solid tall structure such as a bridge or a crane is often used. It is not uncommon for helicopters or hot air balloons to be used in place of a fixed structure. High Steel Bridge in Washington DC is a great place for bungee jumping.

8. Parasailing

Extreme Sports - Parasailing
Parasailing (Photo credit: Hans / Pixabay)

Often called Parascending or parakiting, this sport involves attaching a tow to a boat, while the tow is connected to a canopy which resembles a parachute called a parasail wing. The Parascender her sits in a harness right in front of the parasail wing. As the boat moves, the parascending and the parasail wing move. Aside from a boat, a vehicle can be used in its place. The Grand Traverse Parasail in Michigan is a great destination for parasailing.

7. Snowmobiling

Extreme Sports - Snowmobiling
Snowmobile (Photo credit: grandadventures / Pixabay)

The thrill of snowmobiling comes from how fast you can move your snow sledge across the snow. The sport seems to be getting a lot of attention from Americans and Canadians, as it was reported that both countries spend as much as $28 billion USD on the sport. During winter, you can try out this form of extreme sport at the Yellowstone National Park in Idaho.

6. Bouldering

Bouldering - Moab, Utah
Bouldering – Moab, Utah. (Photo credit:

Very similar to rock climbing, Bouldering which is set to make its debut in the Olympics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics involves climbing small rock formations whether natural or artificial, without the use of safety implements. The equipment used in rock climbing in such as a climbing shoe and chalk is also used in bouldering. Moab in Utah is an ideal location for bouldering, but always remember to stick to small rock formations.

5. Skydiving

Extreme Sports - Skydiving
Skydiving (Photo credit: Skeeze / Pixabay)

A really extreme sport, skydiving is not to be tried without some form of training. This sport involves jumping from an aircraft while enjoying the free-falling before deploying a parachute. Enjoying the thrill of the fall involves being calm as well as falling from an altitude, high enough to enjoy the free-falling. Alaska Skydive Center is a top destination for skydiving in the US.

4. Rock Climbing

Extreme Sports - Rock Climbing
Rock Climbing. (Photo credit: wallace769 / Pixabay)

Nature has several rock formations, so steep that many individuals who are ready to test their limit challenge themselves into climbing these surfaces. Equipped with the right tools, which includes a climbing shoe and chalk, the ultimate goal is to get to the summit of the rock. Most times, the sport is performed on natural rock formations, but climbing artificial rocks formations is totally allowed. Yosemite, located in California is one of the top climbing locations in the US.

3. Paragliding

Extreme Sports - Paraglider
Paragliding. (Photo credit: JaStra / Pixabay)

A very common extreme sport, paragliding involves sailing across the air by means of a canopy attached to a harness. By harnessing the power of the wind, you can glide across the sky with your worries at Bay. A very thrilling sports, it’s no surprise that there’s an International Championship organized every year for this extreme sport. A top destination for paragliding is the Jean Ridge Dry Bed located in Las Vegas.

2. Kayaking

Extreme Sports - Kayaking
Kayaking on rough water. (Photo credit: mploscar / Pixabay)

How fast can you move across the water? You’ll never know until you try. Moving on the water with a kayak, most often an inflatable kayak, this extreme sports can be engaged in on virtually every flat water surface. While calm waters are preferably and recommended if you are new to kayaking, kayaking across rough water can be exciting. The San Juan Islands, Washington is one of the top kayaking destinations in the United States.

1. Scuba Diving

Extreme Sports - Scuba Diving
Scuba Diver. (Photo credit: jackmac34 / Pixabay)

Ever wondered how many underwater creatures exist? A whole lot that is. Scuba diving in some of the aquatic habitats rich for its vast array of creatures is just one of the thrills this extreme sports commands. Equipped with the right safety gears, often called the scuba, in an instant you’re transformed from just another mammal to a new breed of an aquatic creature as you explore the wonders of a world blessed in versatility and beauty. One of the best destinations for scuba diving in the United States is the Channel Islands National Park in California.

There you have it—Our top-10 list of extreme sports you can try out in the USA this year, 2020. What do you think about these sports? Which extreme sports were you expecting to see on this top list? Please share with us in the comment section below.

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