Top 10 Places to Hike in North America
Why go: For some East Coast hiking, venture to the Adirondacks in upstate New York. With 2,000 miles of trails in the region and 46 high peaks, hikers can experience a new view every time. While nature lovers can rough it in the woods if they want, the area also has luxury cabins and lodges, and some tasty restaurants nearby, too.
Why go: Hiking in Sedona is kind of like walking on Mars. Numerous trails lead through red rock canyons and past mystical "vortexes." In addition to Red Rock State Park, visit the Palatki Heritage Site to see ancient Hopi dwellings.
Why go: Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking along Kauai's scenic cliffsides and testing their stamina on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. And nature lovers should head straight to Waimea Canyon's verdant paths. Just be sure to pack a sturdy pair of boots: The trails can be challenging.
7. Acadia National Park
Why go: This park in Maine offers a variety of expeditions. Hikers will enjoy stretching their legs along the the verdant forest trails or along the craggy coastal paths. If you stick close to the water, keep your eyes peeled for harbor seals sunning themselves on cliffside rocks.
6. Jackson Hole
Why go: With the Grand Tetons serving as a backdrop, Jackson Hole's hiking trails are sure to impress. This laid-back Wyoming destination has routes for a variety of skill levels and scenery that you won't get tired of photographing.
Why go: Banff is renowned for its many hiking areas. To top off striking vistas of the Rocky Mountains, there are more than 80 trails. Catch a glimpse of the hoodoo rock formations along the Tunnel Mountain trail.
Why go: Yellowstone National Park offers more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails across 2 million acres. Popular routes include those in the Canyon and Norris areas. Come during the fall months for optimal hiking conditions.
3. Glacier National Park
Why go: Glacier National Park offers more than 700 miles of hiking trails in northwestern Montana. Don't be surprised if you see mountain goats, elk or even grizzly bears while taking in the scenery of pristine mountains and fresh water streams, this national park is full of wildlife.
2. Grand Canyon
Why go: A hiking trip to the Grand Canyon is one you'll never forget. You'll find more popular routes – like the Bright Angel Trail and the Rim Trail – along the canyon's South Rim. If you're looking to avoid the crowds, head to the North Rim.
Why go: Most travelers flock to Yosemite National Park's valley area, where some of the most popular trails can be found (including the daunting Half Dome). But you'll find more tranquility in the backcountry. Just make sure to bring a map and pack snacks and water.
Source: US News - Travel