Seven Best Places To Go Hiking In The US
Hiking offers a great way to see the real America, with varied landscapes home to historic points of interest such as battlefields, Native American sites and the remnants of some of the first settlers’ mills and homes. In order to get the most out of your next hiking or trekking adventure it’s important to get the right hiking boots so you don’t get sore feet which could ruin your adventure.
Take in the extreme beauty of the great outdoors, invigorate your mind and body and reconnect with nature. Not forgetting some of the outstanding plant and wildlife you’ll come across on your way. So, without further ado, here’s our top seven places to go hiking in the US. As they’re all incredible, we’ve listed them in no particular order, so take your pick, organize your trip and happy hiking!
Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming
With over 200 miles of hiking trails, whether you’re planning a day hike or an expedition into the backcountry, you won’t be short on choice.
Alpine terrain, rugged mountains and pristine lakes, Grand Teton also offers a huge variety of different landscapes. Stroll through meadows of wildflowers or backpack up the challenging Teton Mountain Range.
Visit the park’s numerous lakes and rivers and combine your hike with a fishing or canoeing trip. Explore historic trails first used by Native Americans then fur trappers, or photograph old ranches and homesteads, the park is also home to a surprising number of cultural and historical artifacts.
Whatever you’re looking for from your hiking trip, you’re sure to find it in this incredible park.
Lake Tahoe – California/Nevada
Straddling the northern border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is situated in an area well known for its abundance of hiking trails. Take an easy lakeside stroll along the deep Alpine lake or a challenging hike into the granite mountain peaks that surround it.
For stunning views of Reno and the Tahoe Basin, hike the 10-mile round-trip up to the summit of Mount Rose, one of the tallest peaks in the area. The short trail to Eagle Falls and the very scenic Eagle Lake is another popular hike that leads on to other trails in the Desolation Wilderness Area.
Wherever you hike in these incredible surroundings, you can be sure of some magnificent vistas and varied landscapes, just don’t forget your camera!
Yosemite National Park – California
Famous for its waterfalls, Yosemite is also home to a vast number of famous landmarks including Half Dome, El Capitan and Tuolumne Meadows. With more than 750 miles of trails, Yosemite is nothing short of a hiker’s paradise.
Whether you choose to explore less frequented areas or the famous Valley itself, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring scenery, plant and wildlife, including the Grizzly Giant sequoia estimated to be around 2,000 years old. In spite of the park’s huge popularity, there are plenty of secluded parts just waiting to be discovered away from the tourist hot spots down in the valley.
Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades National Parks all offer plenty of unique hiking experiences. From geothermal vents to temperate rainforests, glaciers and an extensive coastal back country, experience the great outdoors like never before in Washington State.
Home to two major mountain ranges, the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains, there are ample opportunities for hiking through old-growth forests, admiring stunning waterfalls and mountaineering. With such a wide range of spectacular hikes for all abilities, no wonder the state is one of the most popular hiking destinations, with something for everyone.
Glacier Park – Montana
With more than 700 miles of trails through pristine forests, passing by alpine wildflower meadows and craggy peaks, not forgetting the park’s crystal-clear lakes, it’s easy to see why Glacier Park is a must-visit for any aspiring hiker.
Choose from numerous day hikes or go back country backpacking, there are even organized ranger-guided hikes if you would like to benefit from a true park expert’s knowledge. To find out more about the area’s stunning plant, wildlife and scenery you can also complete one of the self-guided interpretive nature trails that are suitable for all abilities.
Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado
Enjoy 415 square miles of protected parkland with more than 300 miles of trails. Whether you’re looking for fun, adventure or solitude, the Rocky Mountains offer an unparalleled hiking experience.
Explore the accessible Kawuneeche Valley and river for up-close wildlife viewing or head out into the 250,000 acres of designated wilderness for a journey of external as well as internal discovery.
Visit the Holzwarth Historic Site and discover what life was like living in the Rocky Mountains 100 years ago. With over 60 species of mammals and more than 280 types of bird, the park is also a prime wildlife spotting destination adding extra interest to any hike.
If you really want to truly get away from it all, try a few nights wilderness camping. Most of the park’s trails begin at over 8,000 feet, so you may need a day or two to acclimatize before tackling any steep ascents.
Kenai Fords National Park – Alaska
Lush forests and icy waters create a magical environment that is home to almost 40 glaciers flowing from the Harding Icefield. Spend at least a day hiking here for an almost out-of-this-world, unforgettable experience. If you’re up for a challenge, try the Harding Icefield Trail.
At just over eight miles round trip, this spectacular day hike begins at the valley floor, where you’ll slowly wind your way up through forests, then meadows up to the trail’s apex where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Harding Icefield stretching over the horizon and on for 700 square miles.
Ranger-led tours of this trail are available in summer time, although over winter months the hiking trail becomes a mountaineering route due to snow and ice. For more easily accessible and less strenuous hikes, there are several other shorter alternatives in the valley that provide excellent vistas of the Exit Glacier descending its own glacially carved valley.