I've been thinking, in my mind, this trip will be as much about photography as about hiking. With that in mind, it would be a huge task to carry all I'd need for backcountry hiking and all my camera gear. So I think I want to stick with some place (or places) that are good for day hikes.
rath358 wrote:I went on a day-hike or two in Glacier a couple of years ago, and have rode through it on the train. It is also wondrous, but sounds like it is a bit too much of a drive for your purposes. If you do go out there, though, be sure to check out Flathead lake and Wild horse Island. My grandfather used to live on the island, and it is absolutely beautiful.
If you want more information, I can email my mother. She used to be a ranger at Glacier, and probably knows all the cool places to go to.
I would appreciate that, especially if you could ask about underrated (specifically undercrowded) day hikes.
I've decided Acadia is just too far at this point. If it was me and one or more other people going, we could take shifts driving. I wouldn't want to fly, because how am I going to see the country that way? So let's cross off Acadia for now.
I've also got a couple of other recommendations, so here is the current list of possibilities, in no particular order:
1. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
2. Colorado/Utah loop -- some combination of Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, and Bryce Canyon national parks
3. Isle Royale (Michigan)
4. Glacier National Park (Montana)
5. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming) with a possible trip to the Wind River mountains (also Wyoming)
This is what I'm looking at the most right now. And I should probably narrow things down quickly, in case I need to reserve a camping spot or five. I'll be going sometime during the summer (start of June to mid-August), if that affects anyone's recommendations.