My Top 10 “Hidden Gem” Destinations

by | Mar 25, 2019 | Tips & Tricks, United States

We all know that Instagram has created a huge environmental impact on once hidden destinations. Geotagging is something that I’m in constant conflict with. Do I share these gorgeous destinations down to the very exact pin? Do I keep them a complete secret with no geotag at all? Do I give a general location and wish people luck in finding it?

Lately, I’ve been tagging the general location, which usually boils down to the national forest I’m exploring. I feel like that provides enough information for people to explore on their own, possibly find the same location, but also have the opportunity to create their own adventure.

Below, are my top 10 favorite locations that I think are absolutely breathtaking, and don’t get a ton of hype on social media. I will not be listing specific hikes or camping areas, because I want you to find your own space, but please please remember to follow the Leave No Trace principals whenever you’re in nature. Educate yourself and explore responsibly to ensure future generations are able to enjoy these amazing locations just like we can.


The locations listed below are some of my favorite areas to explore. They each have their own unique beauty and never cease to leave me breathless. I use Alltrails to find most of the hikes I do and I highly recommend it. Each of these public lands have so many beautiful and amazing locations to discover, so get planning 😘

  1. San Juan National Forest
  2. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  3. Black Hills National Forest
  4. Santa Fe National Forest
  5. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
  6. Pawnee National Grassland
  7. McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
  8. Badlands National Park
  9. Roosevelt National Forest
  10. Custer State Park