It’s the journey, not the destination. For hikers, that adage is especially true. The journey takes them through some of the most beautiful terrain in the U.S. and that alone makes the physical aches and pains after a good day’s hike worth it. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to hiking, the HealingRadius gurus have put their heads together to come up with five trails that will surely make your next hike one to remember.
The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world at around 2,180 miles in length. Meandering through 14 states, this trail is accessible to a plethora of residents from Maine all the way to Georgia.
So, if you’re up for a couple months of hiking, this trail is for you. Be cautioned, though. It’s not an easy walk despite the well-maintained paths; it’s simply the great distance between start to finish. Only one in every four hikers actually complete the trail.
If you’re not into months spent in the wilderness, walking continuously every day, it’s OK. With hundreds of access points and short hiking sections throughout, it’s a popular trail for hardcore enthusiasts and day adventurers alike.
I’ve personally walked many of the smaller trails in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia and have enjoyed pleasant scenery, happy conversations and delicious picnics along the way. The mountains are certainly breathtaking when you reach the peaks, so enjoy this natural beauty for minutes or months, your call!
Located in one of the most well-known areas in the U.S., Grand Canyon National Park is home to dozens of trails that take you through the rugged backcountry of Arizona. Though overnight stays in undesignated camping areas do require a permit, there are available places to camp in designated areas if you want to stay.
Take your four-legged hiking buddy on a leash or borrow a Mule as a hiking companion on one of their half-day excursions. All its trails are pet-friendly and can range from easy to fairly difficult, so plan your hike well in advance, even for a day trip.
The beautiful desert landscape is definitely a sight to see as there are great views from almost every trail.
Yosemite National Park in California is perhaps one of the best places to experience views of striking granite mountains all in one trip. Since the elevation changes throughout the park, it’s no wonder there is a little of everything for everyone.This park is a gem for photographers who want to snap shots of waterfalls, plants and wildlife. With 400 different animal species to choose from, it’s not surprising that most people end up with extraordinary pictures from their hikes. In addition, there are designated wildflower trails if you want to take in more color.
Audrey, one of our HealingRadius Gurus, says Yosemite is the absolute best for hiking and camping trips! From easy walking trails to the mighty Half Dome, you’ll find beautiful scenery along your path. She says you might even be as lucky as her and witness an engagement proposal at the top of the mountain!
Among the 750 miles of trails to explore—from wooded areas, mountainous terrains and valley hikes—there is variety for every skill level in your group.
Montana is known for its beautiful scenery and remote wilderness, and the trails of Glacier National Park offer both. As thickly wooded areas are interspersed with towering Northern Rocky mountains, alpine meadows and beautiful blue lakes, each trail is another scenic destination in itself.
Carved out of the land from a retreating glacier thousands of years ago, Glacier National Park has a rich history and scientific importance that is still celebrated today. The trails are definitely important to the eco-lovers, animal enthusiasts and natural historians in all of us.
Ever wanted to see the Northern Lights next to a stunning blue lake? Well, you can, next to many trails and hidden places if you happen to stay overnight. If you’re into remote landscapes, natural solitude and breathtaking views ending in a lakeside picnic, this is probably the set of trails for you.
Desert landscapes are nearly as celebrated as they should be, but the set of trails of Arches National Park in Utah does just that in a fascinating historical way.
The first visitors gathered there nearly 10,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age, and left colorful artwork on the bottom of rock enclaves along the Courthouse Wash Rock Art trail. Wolfe Ranch, located at the trailhead of the Delicate Arch hike, gives hikers a glimpse into the life of a 1890s family whose six members slept in a one-room cabin. Little gems of history lurch everywhere in this stark landscape, waiting for people to discover them.
Ranging from 15 minutes to five hours, the trails of Arches are easy to moderate and enable you to enjoy the deep red stones and historical discoveries without overtaxing yourself in the desert heat.