7 Best Hiking Destinations in the US

 

7 Best Hiking Destinations in the US

With over millions of miles of hiking and walking trails located in the US, it may be challenging to decide what locations offer the best hiking. Look no further, as this guide will lead you to some of the best trekking destinations throughout the states. Whether you’re searching for stunning mountain views, or tropical rainforests, these are the best hiking destinations, featuring the best of American topography.

Kauai, Hawaii
Hawaiian visitors who enjoy a fertile and diverse terrain love “The Garden Isle” state. Kauai is one of the best because it offers something for every Trekker. The popular Napali Coast, Kalalau Trail, is an 11-mile (one-way) riveting hike overlooking the cliffhanging coastline. Many Kauai trails lead to waterfalls and tropical baths of pool located amidst fertile tree lines. The popular Waimea Canyon offers desert-like hiking featuring stunning colors as rays of sun trickle along canyon walls.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
With over 14,000 feet in height, Mt. Rainier offers hiking for every age, fitness level and nature lover. Lower level terrains offer reflective lakes, waterfalls and meandering streams. Wildflower season is one of the best in Washington State, offering fields of blooms located at Paradise and Spray Park. For those who enjoy aerial views, hike Skyline Loop Trail and Ptmarigan Ridge trail. Grove of the Patriarch trail is an easy, family-friendly hike, that showcases huge old growth trees, the biggest you’ll see outside the Sequoia.

Yosemite National Park, California 
Yosemite occupies 747,956 acres of land with more than 800 miles of hiking trails. The park receives more than 3.5 million visitors each year and issues more than 15,000 backcountry passes. Most find fascination-watching climbers conquer the Half Dome when not trekking amidst forest growth and wildlife abundant terrain.

Glacier National Park, Montana
With more than 730 miles of marked hiking trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise. Although there is worry that the glaciers will one day be gone (only 26 remaining), hikers get plenty of snowcapped mountain peak, alpine forest and wildlife views. The park was carved from glaciers more than 10,000 years ago and life has regenerated into a beautiful park of bloom. Higher elevations are best hiked during July when most of the snow has melted.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is another outdoor playground for hikers of all fitness levels. Partly located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the 2.2 million acres of land features more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails. This park is abundant with wildlife, frequently seeing a black of grizzly bear. Springs, geysers and mountain hiking is perfect for those who want to experience various topography.

Zion National Park, Utah
To view the best of desert, canyon and cliffs, hike Zion. The top and bottom of the canyon offers various terrain, landscape and ecology. Hiking trails range from easy to difficult, but luckily waterfalls and river hikes are more easy than the intense desert trails.

Denali National Park, Alaska
This region is known as the mother-load of adventurous hiking. Trails cut through untamed lands, showcasing dramatic peaks. But most hiking occurs off-trail as not many trails are clearly marked, leaving adventure and guidance to a map, compass and hiker’s intuition with possible encounters with dangerous wildlife. This place is only for the experienced hiker.

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