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Best Road Trip Ever: Active Vacations Across the Country

Ride shotgun with FITNESS for this sporty girl's guide to 10 of the most visited cities in America. Whether you want to get amped on adrenaline, hit the water, or burn off the local eats, try these heart-thumping picks for a perfect fit-away.
Girl kiteboarding Portland, Oregon

1. Go kiteboarding in the Columbia River Gorge, an hour east of Portland in the town of Hood River. Radio-equipped helmets help instructors from Cascade Kiteboarding guide you as you catch wind and skim past the gorge's towering waterfalls. ($275 and up, cascadekiteboarding.com)

2. Zip-line along at Tree to Tree Adventure Park on nearby Hagg Lake for a close-up of the area's renowned leafiness. The six courses vary in difficulty: Beginners can go for the Tween Adventure Course, and adrenaline junkies for the Extreme Adventure Course, which includes 19 zip lines and 60 treetop obstacles like tightropes. ($35 and $45, tree2treeadventurepark.com)

3. Pedal like one of the locals on some of Portland's more than 315 miles of bikeways. Choose Portland Bicycle Tour's Essential Portland Tour to see the culture-rich Pearl District, the waterfront esplanade and more, or opt for its Portland Brewery Tour to sample a few of the almost 50 breweries. ($40, portlandbicycletours.com)