Hiking is one of the safest, most inexpensive, and easily accessible ways for Americans to get some exercise, fill their lungs with fresh air, and get up and close with the beauty of Mother Nature. Most of us live just minutes from a hiking route, and with so many trails, mountains, and national parks dotting the countryside, it’s no wonder so many millions of Americans are gearing up for outdoor adventures each year. So lace up your boots, load up your backpack and strap on your GoPro for 5 of the best hiking spots in the United States:
Said to be the easiest of the Adirondack High Peaks to scale, this 4.8 mile route has a payoff of breathtaking 360-degree views of Lake Champlain and New York State’s gorgeous green mountains.
The incredible cliffs and canyons of Utah’s Zion National Park offer hikers a ton of diversity. Choose a day hike or get your backcountry permit and go for an overnight. Stay up on the crests, venture into the canyons, or brave Angel's Landing, or do it all! No matter how you plan your trip, beauty abounds in this desert wonderland.
Want to get some good peak experience before tackling a monster? Mount Whitney boasts the highest peak in the contiguous U.S. Keep in mind this 22 mile trip to the 14,497 ft. summit is a beast. Only about half the people who attempt it actually make it to the summit, so it’s best left to serious hikers.
Stretching from Georgia all the way up to central Maine, the Appalachian Trail is the longest marked trail in the country. Because it passes through 6 national parks and 8 national forests, you can really take your pick of where to start and end your journey, but we recommend the 100-Mile Wilderness portion in Maine, which features incredible views, gorgeous falls and lakes, and 100 miles of uninterrupted nature.
Part of the Pacific Crest Trail in California’s majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, the John Muir Trail is a thru-hiker’s paradise. Cutting through Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park and more, hikers can literally walk for weeks without seeing a paved road.
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