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Wide open spaces - best places in the world to hike long distances in vast open landscapes
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Veronique Dault
(verndo) - MLife
Wide open spaces - best places in the world to hike long distances in vast open landscapes on 01/08/2013 18:39:59 MST Print View

Maybe it's because I live in a city, maybe it's because I am surrounded by the Boreal forest... but when I travel, I love open spaces, be it ocean, desert or treeless hills and mountains.

Iceland, Bolivia (salt flats) and Patagonia have blown my mind. Certainly they can't be the only places in the world that can provide that awesome epic sensation of feeling so tiny in a world so large.

I'm itching for a trip, a goal, something to get fit for, something to dream about.

Any ideas?

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
OPen spaces on 01/08/2013 21:11:47 MST Print View

If you want wide open spaces and big skies, check out Mongolia or the Sahara

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
TRNP? on 01/09/2013 13:17:47 MST Print View

Theodore Roosevelt NP?

ANWR?

EDIT- Actually, I just looked at some pics from TRNP, and I guess not.

Do you want NO trees, or would savannah be OK? Like the Serengetti?

Greenland?

Baffin Island? (Actually, anywhere in the far north of Canada.)

Kayak South Georgia Island, or the Aleutians, or Little Diomede. If that doesn't make you feel small and vulnerable, nothing will.

Death Valley? Surrounded by mountains, though- it might not feel so large as you are describing.

There are a few National Grasslands here in the U.S., but they aren't huge. Maybe they'd do for a quick fix but they aren't really "lifetime goal" material.

There are parts of the Australian outback that may as well be on a moon of Jupiter. Several folks here can tell you about it.

Mongolia. I've heard several glowing trip reports from the region.

The more I think about it ANWR and that region of Alaska sound like what you're looking for. I have often daydreamed of a 20-day float down the Colville River. It's one thing on my life list that I'll probably never do...

An even better alternative might be the MacKenzie River in Canada. That's an epic!

Edited by acrosome on 01/10/2013 07:41:50 MST.

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Re: OPen spaces on 01/12/2013 05:16:40 MST Print View

+1 for Mongolia,

the grasslands and Gobi desert are both phenomenal places to visit, if you get a hankering for some trees, you can head north towards Russia and be in taiga-like forests.