When most people think of traveling within the USA, certain stock images spring to mind. The Statue of Liberty, Central Park and the Empire State Building in New York. Road trips down Route 66. Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Disneyland parks in Orlando or Florida. But some of us yearn for something a little different. When planning a trip we want to explore destinations off the beaten track. Have stories to tell of places that others have rarely frequented. So where should you go to experience the more remote parts of America? Trekking is a good place to start. This takes you off the mainstream track and allows you to discover some beautiful destinations that you may not have known existed. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Havasu Falls, Arizona
We’ve all heard of the Grand Canyon. But you don’t necessarily have to visit it on a guided tour where you look out to the great falls for an hour or so and leave with an overpriced t-shirt. There are more remote parts of this beautiful area to visit. Take the Havasu Falls! You will have to undertake a ten-mile trek to get in and out of the area, but once you’ve seen what it holds, you’ll understand that it’s definitely worth the time and effort. Stunning green-blue waters invite you in for a dip, and the local people welcome you into their community. Gaining access to the area requires permits, which are pretty hard to get a hold of. But they are available to purchase from February 1st. For more information, consult the Havasu Falls & Havasupai camping travel guide, which will have everything you need to know about gaining access to the area and making the most out of your trip.
Rampart Mountain, Montana
It will take you about five days to make your way into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex at the heart of the Rampart Mountain in Montana. But it is one of the most tranquil and relaxing spaces of any mountain range in America. You will see grizzly bears, mountain goats and are unlikely to bump into other travelers on your journey. So if you’re looking for seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the major cities, this may well be the place for you to go. Choose a camping buddy who you love to go with you though. Being completely alone in a new environment can prove tiring and anxiety provoking after a couple of days. Traverse white limestone and red sandstone streams for the ultimate hiking trip!
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
This barren land resembles the surface of the moon on Earth. Try to visit during the winter for a view of one of the most bizarre, extraterrestrial landscapes you could hope to see. The flats collect over an inch of water and perfectly reflect the surrounding mountainscape and skies. Alternatively, if you have a need for speed and want to get your adrenaline levels boosted, visit during the summer and drive a rocket car across the vast expanses. People often take to this area in an attempt to break land speed records.