As the weather turns nicer, the pull of the great outdoors grows stronger. Whether you are into hiking or biking, surfing or paddling, now is the time to get serious about planning your next outdoor adventure. Here are four great trip ideas to consider.
A Backwoods Adventure
If the most important part of a getaway is the word “away,” as in away from everything, you can’t find a much better place than Montana’s back country. While the state has no shortage of stunning scenery, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, or the Bob, offers the wilderness experience without the crowds. With over 1.5 million mostly untouched acres, there is no one way to experience the vast area of the Bob; and because there is not a road bisecting the park, you’ll need to trek in to see the best parts. If you have a week to explore, consider a 42-mile shuttle hike through the Bob’s Scapegoat region, where you’ll experience wildlife, like mountain goats and grizzly bears, and the unbelievable view on top of the alpine plateau of the 9,202-foot Scapegoat Mountain. Or, hike into Moose Lake where you can set up a base camp and explore the area’s dense woods and spectacular summits. Hike any of the many trails, including the trail to Tranquil Basin, practice target shooting with your air rifle or fish the Flathead River.
Hiking is not the only way to get to breath-taking views. If your favorite way to commune with nature is on two wheels, you have to visit Moab, Utah, which has some of the best mountain biking in the world. Its most famous trail, Slicrock, is a 10.5-mile loop that will take you through the area’s beautiful red rock landscape and over some of the best views in the state. Plan your trip for one of Moab’s two riding seasons: April-May or September-October.
Ride the Waves
If you are more comfortable in the ocean than you are on land, take a trip to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, a town Surfer magazine calls one of the best surf towns in America. Located on the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills’ laid-back pace and southern charm make for a perfect surf vacation. Check out the surfing year-round at Avalon Pier, S-Turns and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. To make your trip a true outdoor experience, reserve a camping spot on Cape Hatteras National Seashore, open from spring to early October.
Paddle the Isle
One of the most unique wilderness experiences for paddlers is found in Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. The park is a 45-mile long island located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior and reached only by small passenger plane or ferry. You can paddle the dozens of small islands, coves and inland lakes, camping along the way. The park’s remote location means it gets very few visitors, making Isle Royale a truly secluded wilderness experience.