Every person has a desire to travel paths less trodden. Somehow, this poem from Lord of the Rings starts to ring every time we talk about National Parks:
The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can…
Although, the movie was actually shot in New Zealand, we have some truly beautiful trails here in the US as well. Large lakes like the Yellowstone Lake, which is situated at 7700 feet above the sea level and even the largest tree in the world, all exist in the US. Alas, very few people truly take benefit of these natural wonders. We highly recommend camping at Yellowstone Lake. Just spending some time away from the toxic city life can actually bring about a beautiful change in a person.
On the other hand, Sequoia National Park is perfect for some tree gazing.. The General Sherman Tree can be accessed by a short hike from through the Sherman Tree Trail. And once you are done tree gazing, you can always go cave exploring. This is one activity that we would recommend doing with professionals, as there are restrictions on most cave sites. But, still the calcite formations in the Crystal Cave are a sight to behold.
The first step to actually go to any of these travels is packing right for the trip. On the one hand, you would hate to look like a hobo in the pictures and on the other hand there are only so many things that can be carried easily. The balance lies in selecting a good Backcountry Backpack to take along on your trip. It will hold your sleeping bag and still have enough space for your gadgets, an extra pair of clothes and all the other essentials of setting up a camp.
If you are new to all this, we would recommend going through the following detailed infographic to acquaint yourself with the basics.