I’ve recently started asking my readers for their article suggestions. The military community has requested to know more about which military bases are recommended for exploration. For the first part of this series I’m going to cover 5 Army bases for adventuring.
Here are 5 of the best military bases for people with an adventurous soul!
JBER in Anchorage, Alaska
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then you need to make your way to Alaska. Hiking, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, whale watching.. The possibilities are endless in Alaska. The food is also well loved in Alaska, especially seafood. Adventurer’s hearts are made whole in Anchorage!
JBLM in Washington
Throw yourself into the great outdoors and take in all of the fresh mountain air while you’re in Washington! As a second benefit, you’re only a hop, skip, and a jump from Canada. Washington has the mountains, the ocean, lakes, a national forest, and two large Indian reservations. You can hunt, hike, fish, or kayak until your heart is content. Nearby cities include Tacoma, Lakewood, and Federal Way.
Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina
North Carolina has a lot to offer military families. As a NC native I recently wrote up an article on a few things to know about being stationed at Fort Bragg. North Carolina has the beach as well as the mountains, and you aren’t far from either if you’re stationed in Fayetteville. If you’re looking to get outside of NC, then check out Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA! As a plus, Fort Bragg is the largest military base in the United States, so you’re bound to meet someone you like in the community!
Camp Pendleton in Southern California was established as a marine base, but currently serves as one of the many training bases for the United States Armed Forces. It is actually the largest base in California. The cost of living at Pendleton is extremely high, but you can make the most of the outdoor space. California is home to a number of beautiful beaches, but Pendleton is so large that there are recreation beaches that can ONLY be accessed by military families. I mean the base has 13 gyms… do you get the idea here?! Adventure awaits!
You can’t beat the base life at Fort Bliss, and you can’t beat the city life either! Fort Bliss made its way onto my list of admirable duty stations, and here it is again as one of the best Army bases for adventuring! It sits teetering between Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico, so you’re mingling a ton of cultures at Bliss. I can’t even begin to imagine how amazing the authentic Mexican food is. After you gain 100 pounds eating you can check out the cattle ranches, one of the many gyms, the museums, or just go on a walking tour.
If you are looking for more information on your next duty station, then you should check out the base directory on Military One Source. They give you information on cost of living, travel, the community, and more.