The Wildland Trekking Company is a U.S.-based and -focused hiking and backpacking tour company. We are experts on domestic adventure travel. The goal of this post is to give you a solid foundation from which to plan an extraordinary adventure in the United States, even if you came to us in search of an international trip (assuming you are from the U.S. of course).
The first question to ask is what time of year are you wanting to or are able to visit? Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?
The second question is are you more compelled by deserts or mountains?
Depending on your answers, here are our recommendations of where to go and what to do (all of the recommended trips are on The Wildland Trekking Company’s website (http://www.wildlandtrekking.com):
#1 (Spring, deserts): Either Souther Utah Parks or Grand Canyon – suggestions are the Boulder Mail Trail or Coyote Gulch trips in Utah or the Grandview Trek or Hermit Loop Backpacking Trips in the Grand Canyon.
#2 (Spring, mountains): Yosemite Valley North Rim backpacking trip in Yosemite, the Mount Sterling Appalachian Loop in the Great Smoky Mountains, or the Spring Trekking Adventure in Yellowstone.
#3 (Summer, deserts): Your options are limited because of the heat, but we recommend the 4-day Havasupai Waterfalls Tour or the Rim to Rim Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon.
#4 (Summer, mountains): Take your pick of anything in Yellowstone, Beyond Yellowstone (Wind River Range and Jackson Hole), Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park, or the Great Smoky Mountains. You can’t go wrong!
#5 (Fall, deserts): Take your pick – anything in Southern Utah or the Grand Canyon is off the hook fantastic. The Havasupai Waterfalls are also excellent in the Fall.
#6 (Fall, mountains): In September all of the mountain destinations are still rocking and rolling but have fewer tourists than in the summer, so it’s a great time to visit. Once you’re into October and the full swing of fall foliage, there’s no better place to be in the mountains than around the kaleidoscope of colors of Great Smoky Mountains National Park – any of the trips are winners!
#7 (Winter, desert): The Grand Canyon is phenomenal in the winter, mainly trips off the South Rim like the Phantom Ranch Tour, Grand Canyon Classic, Winter Rim to Rim to Rim, and the Hermit Loop.
#8 (Winter, mountains): The ski and snowshoe trips in Yellowstone National Park are sure winners, as are the winter offerings in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Again, check out http://www.wildlandtrekking.com for all of these options. You can’t go wrong!