One way to stay healthy and active during your vacation is to spend a day hiking. You’ll discover unique viewpoints you can’t visit by car, get up close to local plants and wildlife, and feel great as you breathe in the fresh air. Check out the best hiking destinations in the United States and plan to see amazing sights around the country during your next vacation.
In Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, you’ll find the Old Rag Mountain hike. Follow the Ridge Trail for a challenging hike up the mountain. Climb over rocky areas and duck through caves before reaching the summit. You’ll see amazing views of the Shenandoah National Park before enjoying an easier hike downhill.
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Visit Virginia Beach for a hiking trail taking you through the best of the city area. Walk through the urban part of the trail and enjoy stopping at the local shops and restaurants along the route. The trail will lead you through First Landing State Park, where you can enjoy a stroll through the woods. You’ll see local wildlife, including ospreys, great blue herons, and foxes. This trail is wider and flatter than others in the area, which makes it perfect for mountain biking or nature walks with the kids.
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Head to Aspen, Colorado for nearly 200,000 acres of wilderness. The trails in the area are suitable for hikers of any skill or fitness level, and explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Hike towards Maroon Lake to see hot springs and towering mountains reflected in the water. In winter, you might spot elk or deer, while in summer, you’ll see some of the best wildflowers in the area.
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Discover amazing views in Kauai. This 11-mile trail is the only land access to the Na Pali Coast, and hiking the trail can bring you to secluded beaches and unspoiled views. Start at Ke’e Beach and cross 5 valleys, Hanakapi’ai Beach, and rugged uphill stretches before arriving at the secluded Kalalau Beach. This trail is difficult, but those who have taken the hike agree that the views are worth it.
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Hike across the length of Isle Royale in Lake Superior in Michigan. The island has no roads, so hiking this trail is the only way to see the beauty of this stretch of land. The trail generally follows Greenstone Ridge, but you’ll also find yourself on lake beaches or at the top of Mount Desor—the highest point on the island. Wildlife such as moose and wolves do live on the island, and seeing one of these shy animals is a rare treat for a hiker.
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