Top 10 Places To Go Backpacking in the United States

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Top 10 Places To Go Backpacking in the United States

The United Sates over the past years have been known to have iconic destinations to go backpacking. If you are looking to have a great backpacking experience in the United States, we have come up with a list of our top 10 places. What better way to do that than to go into the beautiful wild landscapes in places like the wild acres of Alaska Gates, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. These places will give you the best experience that you are looking for and you will be glad you decided to live the busy life in the city to go backpacking in the wild. The best examples of these beautiful places in the United States include the Following;

  1. The Yosemite Valley, California

Found in Yosemite National Park in California, it cuts through a 215- mile range of the Sierra Nevada. It begins from the National Park of Yosemite and it ends at the mountain of Whitney. This is a good backpacking destination because of its high altitude (14, 505 feet high). This means you will be able to have a good view and have the famous experience of the big wall climbing.

When you decide to go through with this backpacking experience you will begin at the Tuolumne Meadows climb through the range of the granite bone towards the renowned valley. On the way, there are lakes and a stunning view of pines that you will have the opportunity of experiencing. The trail will take you about two to five days according to your plan, but you will get to see the beautiful waterfalls, granite cliffs, and the giant sequoias. What more could someone ask for! And if you’re lucky you can get the opportunity of spending the night at the iconic High Sierra camp found in Merced Lake which is breathtaking.

  1. Thorofare, Yellowstone National Park

This is the best place to go backpacking if you’re looking to go far away from the normal life of a busy city. Yellow stone is in a place that is so far away from any roads. It will take you about seven to fourteen days to go through the yellow stone river but you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience. The lake attracts a lot of animals like the grizzly bears, elks and wolfs that you will be able to see. These animals go to the corridor of the lake during migrations which for you will be a great backpacking adventure. There is also the Thorofare cabin that is historic that you will be able to see and even camp in it.

  1. Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Found in Brevard, North Carolina, it is famously known as the Land of Waterfalls. We guarantee this to be a great backpacking experience because in the depths of this beautiful iconic forest are single track trails that will take you to view breath taking views in the natural forest. If you are a backpacker who wants to have a deep connection with nature found deep in the forest, then this is an experience for you. The most exciting part is that there are recreational trails for any kind of backpacker.

  1. North Coast Route, Washington

This is a place that you will want to go if you want to experience the best beach setting for your backpacking trip because it is known to provide the best in the whole of the United States of America. On your trip, you will get to see Mountain Olympus, which is 7980 feet, and on your way to its alpine glaciers, you will get to interact with the Rainforests ecosystems. There are natural aquariums that have been formed on the beach shores of the Pacific Ocean meaning you will have a closer look at the sea animals like crabs and anemones. It is a trip that can take two to four days to finish but it will give you an experience of a lifetime.

  1. Mount Sterling Loop, North Carolina / Tennessee

Found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park found on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. It is the most visited place by many people and every backpacker in the United States should have it on their bucket list. It is famous for its beautiful mountain tops and hidden valleys that give it a view that will make you think that you are in paradise. This is a world recognized site that has been named as a world Heritage site by UNESCO who have recognized it for its diverse range of microclimate. It is a place you have to visit since on top of all that it offers many options for backpackers courtesy of the Wildland Trekking Company. When you are there ensure that you visit mountain sterling which is about 5, 842 feet and offers a great view of the great smoky mountains.

  1. The Maze, Utah

Found in Canyon National Park in Utah, this is not a trip for the faint-hearted backpackers since the navigation of the maze is not an easy one. If you are looking for a difficult challenge then this will be a good trip for you. The maze does not have readily available water you have to navigate hard in order to find it. In addition, it is possible to find dead ends however, despite the difficulty it can be a good challenge for the backpackers who are willing to take a challenge. There is the Colorado river that runs through the maze this can be a good experience since you will get to a hire a boat to take you through. Remember the good things do not come easy in life this is something you should have in mind while going backpacking to the maze.

  1. Marble Canyon Loop or Cottonwood, California

Found in Death Valley – California’s large desert region, when you decide to go backpacking in this region which takes three to five days in order to navigate you will get to navigate and experience the remote areas of marble canyon. In addition, you will see wild horses and the eye-catching ancient rocks. It is best to travel during winter time and have a GPS since you are using a route in the desert. It is, however, an exciting backpacking trip in the forest that is unique from the rest you take on land or water.

  1. Brown Pass, Montana

This is a place where you cannot miss out because of its iconic mountains. The mountains were left with a curved shape that was caused by glaciers emerging from the old ice age. There are also breathtaking lakes in its view that were created by the melting ice. There is also the beautiful serene view of Bowman Lake and Kinta Lake that you will get to experience when you go backpacking in the Brown pass. The sad thing is that these glaciers are disappearing with the passing of time the reason that you should have these least on your top most places to go backpacking.

  1. The Grand Loop, Colorado

Found in the Rocky Mountains of the state of Colorado, it is one of the of the greatest iconic scenery’s in the US. When you make up your mind to go on this mind blowing backpacking trip it will only take you three to seven days. It is important to start at the Bear Lake found on the East side to ensure that you cannot miss any experience that is coming your way. This trip will take you on a wonderful hike where you get to see farm sheep’s on your way to the flat top mountains. The important part of this wild adventure is that you can give yourself a break at the Grand Lake. This is the time you can take your favorite cup of coffee before you embark back on your wild adventure.

  1. Alatna River to Noatak River, Alaska

Found in the great Gates of the Arctic National Park in the beautiful state of Alaska, it is in the bottom of the list but it does not mean it is the least interesting. The most iconic thing about these beautiful places is seeing the Caribou animals and the best time to visit is when they are migrating. When they are migrating a group of over 20,000 herds of cattle moves in parks through the river and it is an iconic scene to be a part off. We also advise while backpacking here to actually consult with the hiking guides of the Arctic wild. Since there are brown bears and wolves found there, it’s best to be on the safe side.


If you love backpacking, these are the top ten places that will give you that wonderful adventure that you’re looking for. These places have different experiences so you can decide to go to a desert, a mountain, an ocean or just normal land in order to get the different experiences that it brings. These places will give you the kind of experience that you are looking for and am wishing you the best as you go on these iconic sites for your backpacking trip.




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