Camping is an American tradition for millions of people as warm weather approaches. The problem is campgrounds fill up weeks in advance and can be jam-packed with crowds. Are you getting a little tired of just backing up into a spot, pitching a tent, lighting a fire, and then dealing with the masses? Well this could be your year to explore pristine backcountry.

Aside from being one of the best exercises to lose belly fat, backcountry hiking offers every kind of adventure. If you plan on going, take a well-equipped four wheel drive vehicle with off-road tires, sturdy cargo carrier, and a reinforced frame. If you don’t have anything that matches the description you can always hike the extra few miles or find a rental car service that specializes in the outdoors.

After you are fully outfitted and ready to go, it’s time to decide on the location. If you live somewhere in the west, chances are you won’t have to drive too far to find something. Even east coasters can find a great spot relatively close if you look hard enough. Search the internet to find what others are saying and see if one of the areas fits your interest.

One place that people often overlook as a backcountry destination is the National Parks. Many National Parks are much larger than they seem when you visit. For example Denali National Park in Alaska is over 1 million square miles, the road into the park is less than 100 miles long. Even in an extremely crowded park like Yellowstone, you will only be able to see about half the park from designated roads and trails.

Backcountry camping in the National Parks will allow you to see a side of the park that most visitors will rarely see. Even if you have been to a National Park many times in your life, a backcountry experience will completely change the way you see it. Just make sure to talk to the National Park in advance so you can secure a backcountry permit.

No matter where you decide to go, you will love camping in the backcountry. It is a wonderful chance to see unspoiled natural beauty and get some needed seclusion while you are doing it. As John Muir said, "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."