The United States is legendary for its breathtaking scenery, fascinating wildlife, and sheer variety of opportunities. America’s national parks and protected lands offer chances for exploration unlike any other. This can be your guide to choose the ultimate adventure for your next backpacking trip. From the landmark Grand Canyon, to more off-the-beaten-path locations, the US is a wonderland for travel, hiking, biking and all kinds of adventure to add to your bucket list.
1. Grand Canyon National Park
There’s no adventure more iconic than hiking the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Trail at Grand Canyon National Park. This hike is serious business, and less than one percent of the park’s visitors actually descend into the canyon. The strenuous path takes you 6,000 feet down into the canyon, up the other side, and back again.
What makes the experience even more special is backcountry camping at the bottom of the canyon. You’ll just have the company of the night sky, the Colorado River, and the two-billion-year-old massif around you. It’s one of the best ways to see every vantage point of America’s iconic canyon.
2. Acadia National Park
The first park east of the Mississippi, Acadia is well-known for its beautiful scenery and high-society vibe. The park doesn’t have many multi-day hiking trails, but the real joy in Acadia is the sheer variety in experiences available.
There are dozens of day hiking trails, from oceanside to mountainside, like the adrenaline-pumping Precipice Trail, which hangs off the side of Champlain Mountain. There’s also opportunities for biking, horseback riding, and kayaking. The best way to experience Acadia is to camp overnight and take advantage of as much as possible.