We’re barely a week into 2020, but already 2019 is but a fleeting memory. If you’re like me, you’re probably already looking to the year ahead and starting to make plans for where you should go and what you should do. If you’re looking for some inspiration in that department, Backpacker magazine is here to help, offering up its picks for the top 20 bucket list trips that are guaranteed to scratch your itch for adventure and travel.
As you would expect from Backpacker, this list is filled with excellent options for hiking, camping, and exploring the backcountry. Some of the suggestions include hiking a trail through Montana’s epic Beartooth Wilderness, which offers not only a 300-foot tall waterfall to admire, but dozens of lake filled with fresh trout for those who want to do a little fishing along the way. Other options include a trek through the Gates of the Arctic National Park—which has been on my bucket list for sometime—and hiking the Inca Trail, which is a classic adventure travel experience to say the least. Other truly bucket-list worthy items include climbing Mt. Rainier and visiting Zion National Park for some canyoneering too.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and some of the better known trips, that made the cut on Backpacker’s list. There are plenty of other adventurous trips that earned a place of honor on that round-up as well, with a few that you probably haven’t even heard of before. You’ll find everything from challenging day excursions to weeks-long backcountry adventures here, with some good choices for veteran and moderately-experienced adventurers alike. Beginners are welcome too of course, but I’d definitely recommend going with a guide or very experienced trekkers and travelers if that’s the case. Either way, when you finish one of these grand excursions, you won’t be considered a “newby” any longer.
Check out the entire list here.
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