Disconnect To Reconnect: Remote Adventure Destinations
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Off-the-beaten path destinations are becoming more and more popular with travelers all around the world. People are starting to look for remote destinations where they can find adventure, disconnect from daily stress and reconnect with themselves and surrounding nature.
Here are the top remote adventure destinations in US:
1. Texas’ Hill Country River Region
When you come to Texas’ Hill Country River Region, you don’t come for a typical stay at a hotel, surrounded by chains. You come to get cozy around a campfire at one of their campsites or various vacation rentals, or get out on the town and take a chance at country line dancing at the local watering hole, Joe Jimmy’s. It’s here that you enjoy one of the only pure night skies left in the US, take a deep breath while floating down the lazy Frio River or take in nature while hiking the trails at Garner State Park. Get active – swim, kayak, mountain bike, horseback ride or even say “namaste” on top of a 2,200 chalk cliff at one of their annual yoga retreats. And, if your 2017 resolution is to do something new every day – it’ll be easy here: see the largest tree in all of Texas, drive a WWII Sherman Tank, have gourmet dinner in a one-of-a-kind treehouse, try skeet-shooting for the first time, camp out at their spring or summer music festivals, or get a tour at the Frio Bat Cave, where the second largest population of bats in the world live. The options are endless – and guess what? None of them require a cell phone or computer. Remember, locals say, if you can’t get a cell phone signal, you’re doing it right. Plan your trip: http://www.visituvaldecounty.com.
2. Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Try Black River Outdoors’ guided eco tours in Murrells Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach’s main drag. The two- or four-hour tour options allow guests to truly escape from civilization on the clear black waters that served as colonial “roads” during plantation times.
3. Medora, North Dakota
Looking for a spot where even cars aren’t allowed to roam? Head to North Dakota’s Badlands to hike, bike or horseback ride the unique terrain of the Maah Daah Hey trail system that runs from Burning Coal Vein Campground near Medora to CCC Campground near Watford City. Opt to set up camp under the stars at one of the trail system’s nine campgrounds or take in the old western charm of Medora at the newly renovated Badlands Motel or Rough Riders Hotel. Bonus: Medora is located right at the opening of the South Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
4. Hocking Hills, Ohio
If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle, Ohio’s Hocking Hills Region is the perfect place to reconnect and revel in natural beauty. Its remote location in southeast Ohio allows you to disconnect from the outside world, as cell service is pretty spotty. Hocking Hills State Park offers visitors more than 10,000 acres of forests, trails, cliffs and caves to explore. Other popular activities include ziplining (DragonFly Zipline Adventure is perfect for kids!), canoeing and horseback riding. When you’re ready to rest after a day of outdoor adventure, accommodations in the area include your choice of campgrounds, cabins, B&Bs and hotels.
5. Dubois, Wyoming
Dubois, Wyoming, is a small, authentic western village, and home to less than 1,000 year-round inhabitants. Dubois doesn’t have a fast food franchise nor is there a mall. There isn’t a high-rise building and also no traffic light. Here, visitors love the pristine Wind River and close proximity to the Wind River Mountains. Dubois visitors can strap on some snowshoes, cross country skies, hiking boots or mountain bike and hit the trailhead, where they’ll likely spend the day in complete solitude. Guest ranches such as Big Diamond Ranch, offer visitors the exclusive right to fly-fish the private stretch of river which boasts with an angler’s dream of native cutthroat, big browns, rainbow, and brook trout. Here, the back of the cabins open directly to 2.5 million acres of Shoshone National Forest.
6. Sun Valley, Idaho
Each summer KULAvie—River Goddess Getaways offers a variety of daylong whole wellness excursions in Sun Valley, Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley region. The day includes outdoor yoga, an organic lunch, rafting through two class III rapids followed by a relaxing float along the Salmon River. Attendees learn to the flow in yoga, on the river, and in life.
7. Soldier Meadows, Nevada
Nevada is the seventh largest state in terms of square miles, but the 35 largest in terms of population. As a result, most of the state is pretty rural outside of Las Vegas and Reno. Travelers often find themselves in cell phone dead zones, which are perfect if you’re looking to truly disconnect. The most remote place to disconnect is Soldier Meadows in the Black Rock High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Northern Nevada. Nothing screams, “no service” like hours of driving on dirt roads. Once you arrive to the GPS coordinates (because this area doesn’t have an address), you’ll be greeted with a handful of hot springs, some dessert wildlife like burros and coyotes, great hiking and biking opportunities, and best of all, a FREE, first come-first serve BLM Cabin for the most peaceful night’s rest you’ll ever have.