Sitting at home away from airports has me a bit delusional. At this point, I’ve convinced myself that when we’re finally out of this pandemic, I’ll be a frequently hiking, road-tripping, camper & outdoorsy-type. To that end (and to help inspire adventure), here are some great hiking spots from real pros.– Jake
The US is one of the most diverse and vast countries in the world. It’s varying landscapes and climates are just part of what makes the country such a great place, especially when you’re looking for adventure. Some of the best outdoor vacation spots are in the United States, and for anyone that loves to explore and hike, then searching out the difference between the great rolling plains and the rugged coastlines is a must. For newbies or experienced hikers, to families and friends, these are some of the best hiking spots in the US. Which would you love to go and explore first?
Washington: Mount Rainer National Park
One of the top hiking spots goes to the Burroughs Mountain Trail, found in the Mount Rainer National Park in Washington state. All in all, it is a round trip of about nine miles. It is a hiking route that is quite tough, but as the distance isn’t too long, it isn’t too intense. There are some amazing views on the trail, with a range of scenic spots, wildlife, and even glaciers.
Utah: Bryce Canyon
Utah has some pretty epic National Parks, but Bryce Canyon is unlike any other. You will feel like you’re on Mars with the red rocks and the vast landscape. There is a great trail that is more family-friendly, called the Navajo Loop Trail is quite short. Being only two miles long, it is a pretty great trail for all to enjoy and take in all of the wonderful southern Utah desert soil.
California: Yosemite National Park
When you think of hiking in the US, Yosemite is one of the top choices that comes to mind. It is one of the most famous places to hike, with the Mist Trail being one of the most popular choices in the park itself. The views are like no other, with the ancient redwood trees overhead, and also the epic Vernal and Nevada Falls.
Tennessee: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
If you are looking for something more on the east coast, then heading to Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains is where you need to be. Not only are there some historical spots and landmarks along the way, there are also some great towns and cities to visit like Memphis, Knoxville, and Pigeon Forge. Porter’s Creek is a hike that can be challenging, but being only four miles, it can be well worth it. If you visit in spring, then you will be surrounded by fields of wildflowers which is pretty amazing.
Arizona: Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is another popular choice, but with it being such a vast space, you can still find quiet spots even with the masses of tourists that visit each year. The South Kaibab Trail is one of the top trails in the National Park, and if you choose to hike it too, then you’ll experience some pretty amazing views, dramatic ridges, the canyon itself, and see a lot of local wildlife. It can be quite tough if you are not a fan of heights, though, so just something to bear in mind.
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