It looks like I'll have 2 weeks off during the second half of May to dedicate to a hiking trip/travel and I'd love some help choosing a location. I live in Minneapolis, and am planning on either heading to the Southwest (Utah, Arizona, etc) or possibly Europe or South America if I can find an inexpensive-enough flight.
I've got a friend or two that have expressed interest in coming along, but only tentatively so. I'd like to approach planning this as a solo trip with the possibility of having one or two buddies joining. A 10-14 day backcountry trip would be ok, but I'd be open to multiple shorter trips within that two week period as well. I've been to Canyonlands, Arches and Grand Gulch in Utah, and would like to explore new areas. I've never been to South America or Europe. I looked into Iceland a bit, but it seems a lot of the backpacking trails are snow-covered until mid-June.
So, what are your ideas? The timing of the trip (May) seems to limit a lot of Alpine options and northern options. Flights appear more expensive than usual lately, so a trip to the Southwest (as opposed to South America, etc) may be more reasonable, but I don't want to rule anything out.
For what it's worth, I'll be more than happy to post a trip report of wherever I end up.