Kettle River Range
The gold-rush mountain region of Kettle River Range forms a section of the Pacific Northwest Trail and lacks only one thing: crowds. Their absence makes this chunk of Washington hugely appealing. The 1.5 million-acre (607,028ha) Colville National Forest, for instance, offers hikers and mountain bikers solitude and freedom. Fewer people equals greater chance of wildlife sightings, including caribou, a rarity in the United States.