Best Rafting and Backpacking Spots
If the snow-capped peaks, towering volcanoes and jagged cliffs in North America are calling your name, now is the time to grab your boots and get ready for the ultimate backpacking vacation. As a backpacker, you have probably already decided how you want to see the United States and Canada, and you are determined to see the natural beauty of the land on your own terms. Each year, thousands of people from around the world make their way to the United States and Canada for the ultimate backpacking and rafting destination vacations.
The Lost Coast Sinkyone Wilderness SP
This is the best backpacking destination if you are looking to find yourself surrounded by the redwoods while also been around isolated coves of the shoreline of California.
Beginning at the Usal trailhead and going north, the Lost Coast Trail goes through a bunch of skyscraper redwoods that are infused with what appears to be a fairy-tale light. There is a red-green glow that filters very softly through the tree canopy, and it also settles on the green emerald ferns.
By itself, just walking along the half-mile walk or hike through the century-old trees is a memorable, lifetime experience. Suddenly, you eject onto the open bluff below, which sits over one thousand feet over the Pacific Ocean.
After that, you will plunge into an entirely different redwood grove. You will then go past the red, white and pink waist-high wildflowers that begin to appear in the summer.
Skyline Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta
If you are looking for a backpacker’s heaven, you must take a hike on Canada’s best high-country path. This is a 10.8-mile stretch that is a magnificent soul-stirring landscape, but there is a restrictive quota in place. However, the Skyline Trail rivals the Grand Canyon.
The 27.6 mile Maligne Range traces ridges that are strewn with lupine, cinquefoil and fragrant spruce. Do not be surprised to see a few black bears and caribous along your hike.
Prince Edward Island
This is a Canadian island province that has several hiking trails. However, one of the more popular ones is the 270-mile trail known as Confederation Trail.
The trail was initially being cleared for the railway, Prince Edward Island Railway. The terrain is flat enough for cycling, walking, and the branch trails are perfect for weekend getaways.
Colorado River, Arizona
This river travels through the Grand Canyon, and this is considered the premier rafting day trip in North America. There are over 200 miles of big water fun while having one of the most stunning canyon backdrops on Earth.
These are a few of the best backpacking and rafting destinations in the United States and Canada. No matter the destination you choose, you will be guaranteed a heart pounding, memorable adventure.