Millions of Americans enjoy hiking, with some of the latest statistics revealing that 42 million people have headed out for a hike at least once in a single year. With a little research, you can easily find the best places for hiking in the United States. Consider traveling to one of these destinations to enjoy an outdoor vacation along some of the country’s best trails.
Rocky Mountains, Colorado
There are few better places to hike than in Colorado, home to a glorious stretch of the Rocky Mountains. Those who live in Colorado are lucky to have this hiker’s paradise with miles and miles of trails. Hikers can choose from easy jaunts to challenging climbs. If you don’t live in the area, you can easily fly into Colorado Springs or Denver and you’ll be just a short drive away. Make unforgettable memories in the scenic, wildlife-filled Rocky Mountain National Park or experience one of the state’s best trails. The West Maroon Creek Trail travels for 10.2 miles between two famous mountain towns, Crested Butte and Aspen. Along your hike you’ll see beautiful views of Maroon Lake and Crater Lake. The West Maroon Creek Trail winds through rocky terrain as well as lush meadows filled with colorful wildflowers.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park covers 1,442 square miles and is home to more than four dozen peaks higher than 6,500 feet. Hikers can choose from more than 600 miles of scenic trails, much of which are designated wilderness by the National Park Service. Here you can hike along wild, driftwood-strewn beaches on the coast. Or plan a route further inland through lush rainforest with many options for treks to waterfalls. Families with kids can try the short and sweet hikes to Marymere and Sol Duc falls. Experienced hikers can enjoy the 9.4-mile Ozette Triangle Loop which features petroglyphs that were etched into Wedding Rocks, a cluster of boulders that hug the ocean shoreline.
Arches National Park, Utah
Arches National Park near Moab is high on the list of best places for hiking. The park is jam-packed with fascinating rock formations and natural color. More than 2,000 sandstone arches frame the sky with peek-a-boo windows. This colorful landscape of brilliant orange and vibrant red is highlighted with natural hues of pink, purple, brown and aquamarine. A 3.2-mile round trip hike brings you to one of the most famous natural arches on the planet, Delicate Arch. For a longer trek, take the 7.2-mile Devil’s Garden Loop that features seven unique arches.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park is one of the best places for hiking in the northeastern United States. Half of the park’s 47,000 acres are on Mount Desert Island. It showcases the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast, Cadillac Mountain. Hikers will enjoy views of many breathtaking granite peaks as well as rugged coastline and glistening lakes. In the fall, Acadia National Park boasts some of the most spectacular foliage in the country. The trek to the summit of Cadillac Mountain offers sweeping views of the harbor islands. You can take multiple trails to reach the summit but the 7.5-mile South Ridge trail is one of the best routes, with a gradual ascent curving around the mountain.
Have you hiked any of these trails? Wherever you go in the United States, you are bound to find beautiful hiking trails just waiting to be discovered.
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