America’s Most Beautiful Hikes

This Travel Tuesday we are highlighting some of the most beautiful hikes right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Of all the modes of travel available to us today, walking is still the best for experiencing the wonders of the world. North America offers some of the best hiking in the world because of the many national parks and protected areas. Whether you prefer a brisk walk, a casual saunter, or a stroll, here are the best hikes to get the legs moving.

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a long-distance route that spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. Being such a long trail, it’s extremely diverse. You’ll walk through arid deserts, glaciated valleys and thick forests as you take in the most stunning landscapes the West has to offer.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is an impressive 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep. This beauty comes with an exhausting downhill and uphill round-trip hike.

Great Smokey Mountains

Great Smokey Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountain range straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border. The name derives from the natural fog that rolls over the range and looks like large smoke plumes. Hikers will see the most beautiful waterfalls along each trial that flow year round.

Precipice Trail, Maine

Precipice Trail Maine

Experienced hikers say the ocean views atop the Precipice Trail is something you need to experience. The short and steep 1.6-mile round-trip hike provides hikers with a dramatic view of the rugged coast.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier Park Montana

Huge mountains, active glaciers, colorful lakes, variety of hiking trails and abundant wildlife make this place a hiker’s dream come true. You will find something for each type of hiker. There are more than 730 miles of marked trails ranging in difficulty.

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles and runs up the East Coast from Georgia to Maine. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers. Hikers of all skill can jump on anywhere along the trail.

John Muir Trail, California

John Muir Trail California

The John Muir Trail is a 210 mile trail that cuts through the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. You don’t have to trek the entire trail to experience the finest mountain scenery in the U.S.

 

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