Where to Backpack in America on a Low Budget

I am a keen hiker. I love the outdoors, the countryside and super scenery. I also realise I am no “spring chicken” – heading toward my fifties.What really inspires me is when I read about kids that have barely left high school but planning to backpack America. I suppose it is a time in their lives where they are discovering what they want to do with their lives. I think it is great.There are 2 problems though which each backpacker going across America seems to experience. The first is money and the second is where to go. Surfing the internet I have been looking for answers to these issues and hopefully this will help.When you backpack America you are probably on a budget. Therefore you need to stay in cheap accommodation. Hostels are the most likely and are abundant and varied. So it is not difficult finding one that will cater to your needs, at a fraction of the cost of a hotel. The other option is a tree under the stars which is completely free (however check out the safety risks first).Buses are good for travelling between locations. In particular the Greyhound is a good point to get prices especially booking 2 weeks in advance. You can find really cheap rides for example you can travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco via a Chinatown bus.So what do you want to see when you backpack in America? Here are some suggestions:1. The West trip is good. This is popular backpacking this side of the country. Start in Vancouver for example and get a bus down to San Francisco then via Yosemite National Park. Travel by bus down to Los Angeles then through the red rocks of the desert and onto the Grand Canyon. Stay clear of Las Vegas unless you want to lose your money. In my view Las Vegas is a place for spending cash and is not a place to backpack in America on a budget.2. The other option I have seen is Florida. South Beach in Miami is a great place and you can meet some famous people. It is also great in Tampa Bay and Orlando when you backpack in America.3. The other favourite is backpacking in South America. Good starting point is Quito (capital of Equator). From Quito you can travel the gringo trail (as the route through Central and South America is known). There are lots of places to visit and lots to view whether you are trekking in the Patagonian wilderness in the South or the Caribbean beaches in the North.So where ever you go backpacking I take my hat off to the young kids that want to adventure and discover themselves. Have a great journey, do not lose your shirt and return home safely when you backpack in America.