In 2020, we're putting a premium on personal space: Rather than aiming for the classics, the safest, most pleasant way to enjoy the outdoors right now is to plan a trip to the US's less-trafficked peaks, trails, and campsites rather. You may not have these 21 destinations completely to yourself, but if you want to beat the crowds of the most popular national parks, these are for you.
California’s rolling hills and desert heat will eagerly invite you to cool off in isolated swimming holes.
Discover the forgotten lakes and boulder fields in, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT. Take Ruth Lake Trail and head off on a private adventure.
Even locals hardly know about Hesse Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN/NC, this secluded spot is the perfect nature get away to explore.
Even locals hardly know about this secluded spot
Leave the desert heat and hike along side Lanphier Canyon Blue River Loop, take a dip in the cool Arizona water when the sun gets too hot.
Camp and kayak at one of three remote islands
It may be in a popular park, but you won't find any crowds on this underappreciated trail.
Leave your canoe and hike through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in Minnesota, your legs will appreciate the exercise on the Sioux-Hustler Loop.
Dip into Georgias’ Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest after hiking along babbling creeks, and silent oak trees, find your paradise in a swimming hole.
At eight thousand feet in Guadalupe Mountains, the Texan desert seemingly stretches forever.
Backpack past shimmering high-altitude lakes, up steep mountain ridges, and over 7,000+ foot passes in the mountains of the Selway-Bitterroot, MT.