Monday, September 15, 2014

Getting "lost" can take time, campers -- a travel-oriented website operated by insurance giant AIG -- has travel tips and insights at its Travel News page.

An article this summer about best camping spots in the United States touted these three:

Acadia National Park, Maine (shown above): It "offers a mix of expansive wilderness with the safety of an organized campground, according to (the website)  Greatist. The park is situated among trees, rivers and lakes for ample hiking opportunities, but camping is only allowed in designated areas. That means you'll be safe from the bears and coyotes that roam the area and still be ready to take on the woods in the morning."

Arches National Park, Utah. It's "a good choice for campers who want to avoid the chance of a frightening wildlife encounter and don't mind basking in the heat instead. There are fewer spots for wilderness hiking at Arches than in more forested campgrounds, but the park does feature a number of trails and canyons to explore."

Rampart Mountain, Montana, was "described by CNN as the most remote location in the U.S. Located in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the spot is both far removed from major cities and less traveled than many other popular parks."

All are fine destinations. But what about logistics?

Clearly, clothes alone for your trek will fill a suitcase or two. And  maybe you can ship ahead the gear you need. Or buy it at the airport where you land.

A nearby airport? Not for these places.

Acadia National Park is a three-hour drive from  Maine's Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM).

Arches National Park is close to a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).

Rampart Mountain is indeed remote: about 7 1/2 hours by road from  Montana's Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). It's in the vicinity of Kalispell, Mont.

The difficulty distant  travelers may have in reaching these three areas would seem to help sustain their elbow-room appeal.

Ah, wilderness!