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Amazing Hiking Trails
There are so many modes of travel today: cars, bikes, planes.
Hey, it seems like we might even have jet packs in the near future.
The future is now.
However, if you want to experience the wonders of nature to the fullest, the best mode of travel is still hiking.
So it’s no wonder that, according to research from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, there are more than 33 million hikers and backpackers in the United States today.
And whether you prefer a casual walk, a stroll or a canter, we’ve put together some of the best hiking trails in America to put your walking shoes to good use.
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1. Columbia River Gorge; Washington & Oregon
The first place on our list has some issues—rainfall being the biggest.
But don’t worry; the results from it are nothing less than spectacular.
The gorge has the second largest river on the continent and a huge number of overwhelming waterfalls.
Places like Mount Defiance and Angel’s Rest highlight a good number of trails, which are suitable for all hiking levels.
As a matter of fact, there are so many hiking trails near the gorge that you should Google-around a little bit and check out all of your options before you take the trip.
2. Grand Canyon National Park; Arizona
If you haven’t seen one of the most breath-taking vistas on the planet by now, you need to visit the second spot on our list.
But before you buy the plane ticket, we need to talk about one thing first: you need to keep in mind that this will actually be a road trip and the hike will only be a part of it.
Most hikers—even those with years of experience—often find themselves exhausted after just a couple of miles.
Therefore, it’s important to bring water bottles on your trip to stay hydrated at all times.
It would also be wise to bring an emergency food kit, just in case.
3. Glacier National Park; Montana
With 730 miles of marked trails, Glacier National Park presents an absolute paradise for hikers—no matter the age or experience.
The park is so popular among hikers that more than 50% of visitors set off on foot to explore the wonders it has to offer.
This park got its name from the glaciers that helped to shape its rock formation more than ten millennia ago.
However, if you still want to see the glaciers, we suggest you visit the park now.
You see, just a century and a half ago, it had more than hundred and fifty glaciers, but today, there are only twenty five.
By the end of the decade, most of them will be gone, due to changes in the climate.
4. Arches National Park; Moab, Utah
If you want a challenge, then you should definitely do a desert hike.
And if you to decide to that route, you should visit the Arches National Park.
This iconic park hosts around 2,000 sandstone arches, and if you want to see one of America’s biggest natural wonders up-close, you should simply walk to them.
This hike is great because you could find plenty trails for beginners, but even if you’re an experienced hiker, there are still some trails that will pose significant challenge.
Of course, the park has its must-see attraction—the Delicate Arch—and luckily, you can take just a short hike from the park’s parking lot if you want to see it.
5. John Muir Trail; Yosemite National Park, California
Here we come to the final entry on our list: the famous John Muir.
And what separates our last hiking path from the rest?
For starters it’s more than 215 miles long; it runs through the Sierra Nevada Range and ends at Mount Whitney—the highest point in the continental United States.
Do we need say more?
Well, we cannot fail to mention the century-old sequoias, magnificent waterfalls and granite cliffs.
What else can you possibly need?
Just keep this in mind: if you’re serious about hiking and you want to gain respect from serious hikers, you need to visit the John Muir Trail as soon as possible.
And there you have it; those are just a couple of best hiking trails America has to offer.
While there are many more, we guarantee that every single one of these places will provide beautiful surroundings, dramatic geology and stunning views—so don’t forget to bring a camera on your next trip!
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