6. North Maine Woods, Maine
> Closest city: Houlton, Maine (population: 6,055)
The North Maine Woods is a forested region encompassing 3.5 million acres and two wild rivers, the St. John and the Allagash. With camping, hiking and fishing opportunities, this is what enjoying nature is all about.
7. Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana
> Closest city: Helena, Montana (population: 32,091)
Named for a celebrated conservationist and co-founder of The Wilderness Society, this million acre stretch of the Continental Divide is a beneficiary of Marshall’s promotion of roadless wilderness. The scenic peaks, waterfalls, and lakes provide the perfect setting for memorable hiking and camping experiences.
8. Gannett Peak, Wyoming
> Closest city: Rock Springs, Wyoming (population: 23,526)
Considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb among the 50 states’ tallest, Gannett Peak is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. At 13,810 feet, it is the highest mountain in Wyoming and the highest of the Rockies outside of Colorado.
9. Black Hills, South Dakota and Wyoming
> Closest city: Rapid City, South Dakota (population: 74,703)
Home to Mount Rushmore, one of America’s most famous landmarks, the Black Hills never feel overrun with tourists beyond the visages of the four presidents. It’s stark landscapes are largely undeveloped and memorably eerie.
10. Finger Lakes, New York
> Closest city: Ithaca, New York (population: 32,108)
A legacy of the last ice age, these 11 narrow north-south oriented lakes define central New York’s Finger Lakes region. Their shores are bounded by scenic farms, vacation homes, and, more famously, over 100 wineries. The region is a popular destination for summer recreation and wine tours, yet there are miles of uncluttered scenic expanses.