New Year Inspiration: My Top 10 Adventure Trips

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By Michael Lanza

I often get asked, “What’s your favorite trip?” And I can’t answer that one. To pick just one from all the amazing adventures I’ve had the good fortune to take feels like an impossible task. So instead, I’ve assembled the following list of my 10 all-time favorites (so far). It includes, among other five-star trips, backpacking the Teton Crest Trail and John Muir Trail; hiking across the Grand Canyon; and trekking in Iceland, Patagonia, and Italy’s Dolomite Mountains (lead photo, above).

So as you’re thinking about what great adventures to take this year, consider that these admittedly subjective, personal picks are chosen from scores of backpacking, dayhiking, paddling, trekking, and other trips I’ve taken, domestically and internationally, over more than two decades as a writer for Backpacker magazine and other publications.

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9 Responses to New Year Inspiration: My Top 10 Adventure Trips

  1. April Yap   |  January 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    My husband and I are both adventurers at heart. One of our most memorable adventure was at Grand Canyon, where we have traveled with the whole family. We booked the West Tour and the Sky walk is so much better than in the movies! Our kids also loved camping near the Colorado river. We enjoyed eating and talking with the warm bonfire! Can’t wait to go back!

    • Michael Lanza   |  January 30, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Sounds like good memories, April.

  2. Steve Piragis   |  March 23, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Michael, I think Uummannaq, Greenland sea kayaking and hiking would make your top ten. Call me anytime. S

    • michaellanza   |  March 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      That’s a tempting offer, Steve. You just may hear from me soon.

  3. rangewriter   |  February 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I agree about Iceland. It has stolen my heart.

  4. Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel)   |  February 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    You’ve done some incredible trips. Looking at the Iceland photo makes me want to go there right now. Patagonia is in my sights for early 2015. I’d love to do the John Muir Trail and LOVED the Rime to tRim to Rim – and would happily do it again in a heartbeat. I have done loads of great adventures in Canada – and I think backpacking in Banff & Jasper NP’s ranks right up there with what you have in the US.

    • michaellanza   |  February 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      You think like I do, Leigh: Always planning the next several trips. I like it.

  5. JenSnyder   |  February 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Incredible photos! This post definitely inspires me to continue my outdoor adventures in 2013.

    • MichaelALanza   |  February 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Jen. I hope you do!

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