The Greatest Adventure Stories of All Time

We know probably better than anyone that adventure is always calling. Unfortunately, not everyone can answer that call all the time. After all, there are always bills to be paid, families to feed, and a whole host of other commitments pushing exciting adventures to the side.

While we firmly believe everyone should take a break from those commitments and follow their inner wanderlust from time to time, we also know there are plenty of ways to fill your everyday life with enough adventure to get you by in the interim. One of the very best ways to do this is through books. What other hobby can take you from one side of the world to another in seconds while also making time travel and magic completely possible?

Looking for an amazing adventure story to pass the time until your own adventure can happen? Try one of these great books!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Technically, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a sequel. That said, it can easily stand on its own, and the adventures in this book are somehow even more entertaining than those of its predecessor, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Join a couple of young boys living in the deep south in the mid-1800s and get ready for a wild ride!

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

If you prefer adventure on the high seas, Treasure Island is for you. In this book, readers will follow an old sailor on his journey for great fortune. Complete with peg legs, treasures, and plenty of fighting, this is an awesome story for those who love a good pirate’s tale.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Interesting in that a dog is its narrator, The Call of the Wild is the story of Buck, a St. Bernard Scotch-Shepherd who begins the tale living a pampered life. Unfortunately, he’s stolen away from his plush home and taken to Canada, where adventure ensues.

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver’s Travels is an amazing fantasy adventure story that has truly stood the test of time. Tiny people, giant people, fictional lands, and pirates are just a few of the exciting things to grace the pages of this book as it follows the travels of the adventurous Lemuel Gulliver.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is another amazing fantasy adventure story. In fact, this particular story might be even more impressive due to the incredible amount of detail given to the fictional worlds and creatures within it. If you're into fantasy, you certainly won't want to put this story down. Fortunately, it's a trilogy, so it does last a while.

The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

Of course, if you finish The Lord of the Rings trilogy wanting more, you can always move on to its prequel, The Hobbit. This story is just as elaborate and beautiful as the trilogy, but is much easier to follow, making it a great one to share with the kids. After all, who wouldn't want to hear the story of the brave hobbit, Bilbo Baggins?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Short and sweet, The Old Man and the Sea is full of important life lessons. However, it is also full of great adventure. Santiago, looking to break a terrible streak of bad fishing luck, heads far out into the sea to fish. Soon enough, an enormous marlin bites his line. The events following this are exciting, thrilling, and so intriguing you won't want to put the book down.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Yet another adventure book that takes place on the ocean, Moby Dick follows a group of whalers as they seek out the eponymous whale. Encounters with storms, a giant squid, and of course, whales, all make this an exciting adventure story everyone should read at least once.


These fantastic books are just a few of the amazing adventure stories told through the years. However, we believe they are some of the best. Go ahead – pick one up and see what you think!