The U.S. is a country rich in diversity, from its people to its landscape. Across the U.S., you’ll find lush forests, stunning plains and dusty deserts, so it’s no wonder the country has some of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the world. Here are our top 10 picks for the best hiking spots in the U.S.
Forest Park, Oregon
You don’t have to venture outside of Portland itself to discover Oregon’s natural beauty. As the largest urban park in the U.S., Forest Park boasts 5,000 acres and 70 miles of trails, rich in Oregon’s trademark greenery. It’s the perfect destination for the bike-friendly city, but also a great option for bikers and hikers looking for an easy route.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
This addition to the list goes without saying. Thanks to the Colorado River carving through the canyon for hundreds of thousands of years, this stunning hike is a long, arduous journey, but its desert beauty is simply unmatched.
The Narrows at Zion National Park, Utah
Breathtaking canyons meet the Virgin River at this Utah hiking destination, packed with wildlife and gorgeous views. The Narrows can be explored without expert equipment in some areas like Buckskin Gulch.
Panorama Trail at Yosemite National Park, California
Eight and a half miles of waterfalls, cliffs, enormous trees and wildlife… How could you expect anything else from the Eden that is Yosemite National Park? It’s not for beginners, but hikers who make the pilgrimage to this site say it’s some of the most beautiful landscape in America.
Highline Trail at Glacier National Park, Montana
In Montana, bordering Canadian territory, is Glacier National Park, known for its accessible trails and pristine scenery. Montana boasts some of the country’s most beautiful views, and the Highline Trail leading toward the Grinnel Glacier Overlook offers breathtaking views of the entire national park.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
2,181 miles of gorgeous, untainted southern territory stretching through 14 states. The Appalachian Trail, as it’s informally known, is not just a hike, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those hikers who choose to walk the entire path.
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail offers a view from the southeastern U.S. to the north, but the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail takes hikers from Canada down to Mexico. See every type of landscape the country has to offer, all on foot.
Arizona National Scenic Trail
Arguably, no desert landscape matches the beauty of Arizona’s. Visit over 800 miles of trail, from the border of Mexico to the border of Utah. Skip this hike in the summer, though.
Barnes Creek Trail, Washington
The northwestern United States is often rainy, which leads to some of the most beautiful paths in the country. Barnes Creek Trail takes you through waterfalls, trees and cliffs for a stunning experience.
Kilauea Iki Trail, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Outside the continental U.S., this national park offers some of the only tropical landscapes in the entire country. It’s four miles of challenging work, but the views of volcanoes and rainforest is well worth it.
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