8 of the Most Remote Gems in the United States
When it comes to thinking about America and everything it has to offer, most people will think of the towering cities or the grandeur of the Grand Canyon or Mt Rushmore. But what about the little hidden gems dotted about the country?
Given the sheer size of the USA, it’s only natural that some of it will fly under the radar. Luckily for you, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most remote hidden gems in the USA. So pack your bags, fill in your ESTA online application and book those flights! Here are our top picks.
Wildcat Beach, California
For those willing to hike, the Wildcat Beach in California is one of the most stunning unspoilt stretches of beach in the USA. This west-facing beach is backed by steep bluffs along the Point Reyes National Seashore, and the hike of over five miles to get there is what makes this beach so remote – and for that reason, quiet!
The Wildcat Campground allows for an overnight stay which can make it that little more worthwhile. There are hiking trails and free parking at the beginning of the trail, and for those willing to make the long walk, the Alamere Falls pour out onto the beach near Double Point for another tranquil sight to see.
Lake Clark National Park is 6,297 square miles of rarely-visited beauty. With only about 15 visitors a day, this national park is a gem that needs more recognition than it has. This park has lakes, active volcanoes, three mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, and arctic-like tundra and there is even a rainforest.
In short? There’s something for everyone, and plenty to do. Previously, sledge-dogs were used to get around this park, but snowmobiles are quickly becoming more popular in the snowy months, giving you a more adrenaline-rush of a trip.
Buck Island Reef
Buck Island Reef is particularly remote simply because the only way to access it is by boat, and even that can take 90 minutes. Walking or swimming is the only way to get around the island, but even then there is only one footpath. Its 176 acres of land and coral reefs are fully protected by the National Park System.
If you want to see pelicans, green and leatherback sea turtles or any of the other wealth of wildlife, don’t hesitate to take a trip here. You certainly won’t regret it.
For anyone searching for peace and quiet, Northern Maine has plenty of that. This location is home to the Appalachian Trail between the town of Mondon and Mount Karahdin, and is known widely as the hundred mile wilderness. You’ll need to be fully prepared, however, because there’s no supplies and no towns along this route. You’ll need a satellite phone and several days’ worth of food and water.
You can access the trail from a range of points entering the region, but these often come with a fee, so be prepared to pay it! Otherwise, this is foolproof for peace and quiet – after all, such a remote location is often empty of other people unless you intentionally travel in a group!
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
While anyone seeking out sun, sea and sand might find themselves missing out, anyone wanting a unique trip filled with nature and wildlife will love the Aleutian Islands. Being one of the most remote locations in Alaska comes with its perks – wildlife thrives in the harsh, stormy climate, and you’ll get to see active volcanoes… from a distance, of course.
There are a few settlements on larger islands, but they are relatively small, and there are plenty more animals than humans! For sea life lovers, you could see the likes of grey, mike, humpback, orca and sperm whales, not to mention sea lions, walrus and seals too!
This may seem like a strange addition to this list, as millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park every single year. However, the majority of these visitors (we’re talking 99%) will stick to the hiking trails and campsites that Yellowstone offers when they visit, allowing them to drive the most popular paths.
However, if you’re looking for a remote destination in Yellowstone, head off the beaten path towards the Southeast of the National Park. Here, you’re far more likely to encounter grizzlies and other exciting wildlife. There’s plenty to see here too, with the Snake and Yellowstone Rivers, the Teton Wilderness and more. In fact, Southeast Yellowstone, also known as Thoroughfare, is so remote, that it is known to be an area that is farthest from a road than any other part of the US mainland!
If you’re a nature lover, then North-Eastern California is the perfect destination for you. Also known as the Tip of California, this area has very few towns and villages along the highway. In fact, this area is so remote that, at the centre of Modoc National Forest, you will discover areas that are practically untouched!
With incredible scenery, idyllic views, exciting hikes and breath-taking sites and sounds, you will believe that you’ve gone back in time to before people existed. Keep an eye out for the wildlife – you may even come across a new species.
Death Valley National Park
Are you a lover of star-gazing at night, or you simply want to explore a ghost town or two? Then Death Valley National Park is for you. Expanding across California and Nevada, just east of the Sierra Nevada, this unforgivingly remote destination is a great choice for the avid explorer.
With a diverse desert environment consisting of everything from salt-flats to mountains and sand dunes to canyons, there’s plenty to explore here. However, this area can get hot – so make sure that you are prepared if you’re making the trip.
There’s a main highway that travels through this National Park, with plenty of services and hotels along the way, but try not to stray too far from the path as you may not be able to come back.
Death Valley National Park is the largest in the lower 48 states and is a 95% designated wilderness area. With some of the darkest skies in the United States, despite being affected by light pollution from nearby Las Vegas, this is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a remote location in the US.