Hiking

Choose Your Hiking Adventure

Are you looking for the perfect hike? With hikes on six continents ranging from a few miles to multi-day adventures, explore some of the best hikes from around the world. To get you started, learn about our favorite hikes in our post 10 Best Day Hikes in the World, or continue down the page to read about hikes organized by region.

 
 

North America

Old Rag is the most popular hike in Shenandoah National Park. Some people say that it is the best hike in the mid-Atlantic region. It’s a fun, challenging hike that is great for adults and very adventurous kids.

Read more: Hiking Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park (with Kids)

This is a 9 mile loop with 2,450 feet of climbing. It is a strenuous hike with several sections of difficult rock scrambling.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
McAfee Knob is the most photographed section of the Appalachian Trail. It is a steady walk up the Catawba Mountain to the final, spectacular viewpoint. This spot was made famous in the movie “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford.

Read more: Hiking McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail

7.7 miles with 1700 feet of climbing. It is an out and back hike that is moderately strenuous.

Allow 4 to 5 hours for the hike.

On the Appalachian Trail near Roanoke, Virginia

South America

The one day hike allows you to walk the last section of the famous Inca trail, ending at the Sun Gate in the afternoon, for your first views of Machu Picchu. This is an awesome alternative to the four day trek for those with limited time or for those with no desire to do a multi-day trek.

Read more: Hiking to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail

It is a 9 mile, mostly uphill hike to get to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. It is moderately strenuous. This hike, including the train from Ollantaytambo or Cusco and the descent down to Aguas Calientes, takes an entire day.
In Peru, starting in the Urabamba River Valley and ending at Machu Picchu.
Mount Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the world outside of Asia. Confluencia is the first base camp on the way to the Aconcagua summit. The hike out and back to Confluencia is gorgeous, with views of Aconcagua and the amazing Andes Mountains.

Read more: Hiking to Aconcagua Base Camp in Argentina

It is a 10 mile (16 km) round trip hike with 1,400 feet (440 meters) of climbing. The difficulty level is medium. The trail is easy to follow with small sections of climbing. This hike takes place at a high elevation (10,000 ft; 3,050 meters), which increases the difficulty. Allow 4 to 6 hours for the hike.
The hike is located in Parque Provincial Aconcagua in Argentina, just 15 km away from the Chile Argentina border. Most people use Mendoza, Argentina as their home base for this hike.

Caribbean

The Natural Pool, also known as “Conchi” in Papaimiento, is a small, naturally occurring pool on the rugged, rocky, volcanic coastline of Aruba. One of the most scenic and adventurous ways to get here is by hiking along the coastline from Daimari Beach to the Pool.

Read more: Adventure in Aruba: How to Visit Natural Pool

This is an easy, 2 mile round trip hike. It is mostly flat with very short climbs. Allow 3 to 4 hours for the entire hike, including the time to swim in the Natural Pool.
This hike is in Arikok National Park in Aruba. Getting to the start of the hike involves driving on rough, dirt roads. The hike starts and ends at Daimari Beach. 

Europe

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the Dolomites’ iconic views. This is also one of the most popular hikes in the Dolomites. This hike circumnavigates the three massive rocky prominences that gives Tre Cime its name.

Read more: Hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Loop

This is an easy hike and a great option if you are visiting the Dolomites on a family vacation. The entire loop is 6 miles long and mostly flat. Allow 3 to 4 hours for the entire hike.
The hike begins and ends at Rifugio Auronzo in the Dolomites of Italy.
This is another hike in the Dolomites with incredible views. This hike involves a scenic cable car ride and optional hiking through tunnels carved into the mountains, remnants from WWII. 

Read more: Hiking the Lagazuoi Tunnels in the Dolomites

This is a quick and easy hike, just 4 km (2.5 miles) long. A cable car whisks you to the top of the mountain. From here, enjoy the views and then it is a downhill hike (650 meters of descending) to the car park. Allow 3 to 4 hours to complete this hike.
This hike starts and ends at the Falzarego Pass, near Selva di Cadore in the Dolomites of Italy.
This is our favorite hike in the Dolomites. Jam packed with stunning views, it feels like you are hiking on top of the world. It is hard to beat the spectacular beauty of this hike.

Read more: Hiking the Puez-Odle Altopiano

This is a long, strenuous hike with lots of climbing and descending. The hike is 9 miles (14.5 km) long with 500 meters of climbing and 1100 meters of descent. A chairlift lops off the first 600 meter climb. Allow 6 to 7 hours to complete the hike.
Located in the Dolomites of Italy, this hike starts and ends in the town of Selva di Val Gardena.
The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a group of five towns perched on the dramatic coastline of Italy. Adventurous travelers can hike from town to town, one of the best ways to explore these five technicolor towns.

Read more: Hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy

It is 11 km (7 miles) of hiking to connect Riomaggiore with Monterosso al Mare, the two towns that bookend the Cinque Terre. This hike has a moderate difficulty level, with several sections of true hiking on dirt trails. It takes a full day to hike the entire Cinque Terre.
The Cinque Terre is located in Italy, and is easily connected to Florence, Pisa, Milan, and Venice by train.
The Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most recognizable spots. These cliffs stretch 14 km (9 miles) from north to south, starting at Doolin in the north and ending at Hags Head in the south. It is possible to hike the entire distance or just a piece of it, the choice is yours.

Read more: Walking the Cliffs of Moher: Doolin to Hags Head

This is an easy hike, with very little climbing involved. Since the Cliffs have a shuttle service, you can choose to hike just a portion of the coast or the entire 14 km (9 miles). Because the trail is just a few feet from the cliff, children under the age of 12 are advised not to do this walk.
The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland, in the County Clare.
Hiking to Kjeragbolten, this giant boulder wedged between two cliffs, is our favorite hike of all time. Why? It’s not just because you get the chance to do something absolutely crazy, stepping out onto the boulder, it’s also because this hike is just downright fun. Do you dare?

Read more: The Kjeragbolten Hike: A Complete Guide

The hike to Kjeragbolten is moderately strenuous. It is 12 km (7.5 miles) long with 500 meters (1640 feet) of climbing. There are several challenging sections of climbing using chains for assistance. And of course, there is the danger of stepping out onto kjerag. Allow 6 to 8 hours to complete this hike.
Kjeragbolten is located in southern Norway. The closest town is Lysebotn, just 15 minutes away by car. Stavanger is two and a half hours away.
Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most popular hikes for good reason. It is an incredibly scenic hike, ending at the Troll’s tongue, a thin sliver of rock perfect for creative photographs. This is definitely a hike to add to your bucket list.

Read more: Trolltunga: A Fabulous Hike Packed with Incredible Scenery

The hike to Trolltunga is long and very strenuous. It is 23 km (14 miles) out and back, with a very steep climb at the beginning of the hike. With this effort comes great rewards…this hike just may be one of your highlights on a trip to Norway. Allow 10 to 12 hours to complete this hike.
Trolltunga is located in Norway. The closest, major town is Odda. Use Odda, Tyssedal, or Eidfjord as your home base for doing this hike.
The hike to Pulpit Rock is one of the most popular hikes in Norway.  Its great views, relatively easy hiking trails, and convenient accessibility from the town of Stavanger is what makes this hike appealing to so many people.

Read more: Hiking to Pulpit Rock with Kids

The hike to Pulpit Rock is classified as an easy hike that people of all ages can do. It is 5 miles round trip with 330 meters (1100 feet) of climbing. Allow 5 hours to complete this hike.
Pulpit Rock located in southern Norway. Most people use Stavanger as their home base to do this hike.
This is a point to point hike along the Romsdalseggen Ridge, a narrow ridge high above the fjords and the town of Åndalsnes. On a clear day, the views are unbeatable, and you can even see out to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Read more: Hiking Romsdalseggen Ridge in Norway

Even though it is only 11 km (7 miles) in length, this is a very challenging hike. Difficulty is rated as expert, due to long climbs and descents over very uneven terrain. Since the trail follows the edge of a cliff, this hike can also be dangerous.
This hike is accessed from Åndalsnes, Norway. There is a bus service that transfers you from Åndalsnes to the trailhead. From the trailhead, it is a point to point hike, ending in the town of Åndalsnes.
Montserrat is a rocky mountain range in Catalonia, Spain. Sitting atop the mountain range is Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedictine monastery. The best way to get there, in our opinion, is hiking (although you can take the cable car).

Read more: Hiking Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain

It is a moderately strenuous, uphill, 5 km (3 mile) hike to get from Monistrol to the monastery. Allow one to two hours to hike up to Montserrat. From the top, you have the option to hike down or take the cable car down.
Montserrat is easily accessible from Barcelona. From Plaça Espanya, take the R5 line to Monistrol de Montserrat. From the train station, walk through the town of Monistrol to trails winding their way up the mountain.
The Saddle is described as one of the most magnificent mountains in the Highlands of Scotland. This is your opportunity to bag not one, but two Munro’s, while having one of the best views of the Scottish countryside.

Read more: Hiking the Kintail Saddle in Scotland

This is a very challenging hike. It is 13 km (8.25 miles) long with 1,350 meters (4430 feet) of climbing. On this hike you have the option to walk the knifelike Forcan Ridge, a section that should only be attempted by those with lots of hiking experience. Allow 6 to 8 hours for this hike.
The Kintail Saddle is in the Highlands of Scotland. It is located near Shiel Bridge and Invershiel and is just a short drive from the Isle of Skye.
Rubha nam Brathairean, also known as Brothers Point, is a hidden treasure on the Isle of Skye. This is an easy hike with stunning views of the Isle of Skye coastline.

Read more: Rubha nam Brathairean: Isle of Skye’s Hidden Treasure

This is an easy hike, only 2.25 miles (4 km) in length, with very limited climbing. Allow two hours for this experience.
Rubha nam Brathairean is located on the Trotternish Loop on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The car park is in Culnacnoc, 13 miles (25 minutes of driving) north of Portree.
The Old Man of Storr is iconic Scotland: spiky pinnacles of rock set against the backdrop of rolling green hills and the coastline of the Isle of Skye. This is a must-see spot on the Isle of Skye and perfect for all hiking abilities.

Read more: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This is an quick and easy hike, less than a mile one way. It’s a gradual uphill climb to get to the Old Man of Storr that people of average fitness should be able to do. Allow one to two hours for this hike. 
The Old Man of Storr is located on the Trotternish Loop on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
The Quiraing is one of the most dramatic spots on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. This hike takes you up and over cliffs and rocky prominences for amazing views of this emerald green island.

Read more: Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

There is a 4.5 mile (7 km) circuit you can do through the Quiraing. Difficulty level is listed as medium. Allow approximately 2 hours for this hike.
The Quiraing is located on the Trotternish Loop on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Arthur’s Seat…a jagged, grassy prominence rising up from the urban sprawl of Edinburgh, offers one of the best views of the city. It’s a short, slightly strenuous hike to the highest point, but absolutely worth it to look out over Edinburgh from this vantage point.

Read more: Arthur’s Seat: Climb an Extinct Volcano in Edinburgh

There are several ways to get to Arthur’s Seat, ranging from easy to medium difficulty. This hike is appropriate for people of all ages and ability levels. Allow two hours for this hike.
Arthur’s Seat is located in Edinburgh, Scotland in Holyrood Park, at the end of the Royal Mile. This large, grass covered hill is the remains of an extinct volcano that erupted 350 million years ago.
Bla Bheinn (Blaven) is one of the most spectacular hikes on the Isle of Skye, if not all of Scotland. From the summit, hikers have 360° views along the Cuillin Ridge and over the Isle of Skye.

Read more: Our Attempt on Bla Bheinn, Scotland

This is a strenuous hike, 5 miles (8 km) long with just under 1000 meters (3280 feet) of climbing. Allow five to six hours to complete the hike.
Bla Bheinn is located on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, next to Loch Slapin.

Middle East

This hike is challenging, dangerous, and breathtaking in its beauty. Climbing up the rocky mountains and looking out over the almost martian landscape of Wadi Rum is awesome, but so is standing on this narrow bridge of rock. What an experience!

Read more: Hiking to Jebel Burdah Rock Bridge, Wadi Rum

The entire hike can take up to four to five hours, depending on your hiking speed. It requires lots of climbing, some rock scrambling, and even one short section of rock climbing. It is a strenuous hike with some technically difficult areas. Only those with hiking experience should attempt this hike.
This hike is located in Wadi Rum, Jordan.
There are several short hikes you can do at Petra. Hike up to the Monastery, the High Place of Sacrifice, or go off the beaten path, and explore hiking trails that take you away from the more touristy parts of Petra. 

Read more: The Best Things to See in Petra

The hikes in Petra are all short but they all involve various amounts of climbing. These hikes take you up to viewpoints overlooking the Treasury and the landscape. See our post for more details.
Petra, Jordan
This is a very quick hike, ending at uniquely shaped spires that gives Love Valley its name. This hike takes you through a very scenic valley with small climbs, caves, and unique vegetation and it will leave you with quite an interesting collection of photographs.

Read more: The Best Hikes in Cappadocia with Kids

This is a short, easy hike appropriate for all ages and ability levels. It is a 1.5 mile (2.4 km) point-to-point hike with very little elevation gain. Allow one to two hours.
This hike is located in Cappadocia, Turkey.
The Red and Rose Valley Hike is a three mile hike through a landscape that looks like a cross between Love Valley and the Grand Canyon. Explore caves, hike among stone spires that are pink, red, and white, and marvel at the uniqueness of Cappadocia.

Read more: The Best Hikes in Cappadocia with Kids

This is an easy, 3 mile (5 km) point-to-point hike with very little elevation gain. Allow two to three hours.
This hike is located in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Africa

For a hike with constantly changing terrain and views, this one is perfect. Hike along a rocky peninsula, watch (and smell) the seals playing by the water’s edge, and go whale watching. Throw in an almost secluded beach and you have a fabulous hike.

Read more: Hiking Robberg Peninsula in South Africa

This is a moderately difficult hike, 5.75 miles (9.2 km) in length. There are short sections of rock scrambling. Allow 4 to 5 hours for this hike.
This hike is located in Plettenberg Bay, on the the Garden Route of South Africa.

Asia

The Everest Base Camp Trek takes those willing to do it through some of the most gorgeous terrain in the world.  Hike amoung the Himalayas, spin the prayer wheels, and visit Buddhist monasteries on the way. This is the trip of a lifetime.

Read more: Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal

This is a challenging, 11+ day journey. It is 83 miles (134 km) round trip, with a maximum elevation of 17,600 feet (5,380 meters). It’s not just the daily hiking that makes this difficult, but also the risk of altitude sickness and the living conditions in the teahouses on the way. 
This is a 11+ day journey from Lukla to Everest Base Camp, Nepal.
This hike has all of our favorite elements: stunning scenery, rock scrambles, steep ascents that required basic rock climbing skills, and an almost deserted trail. The views from the highest point over this lush, tropical island are amazing.

Read more: Hiking Teapot Mountain in Taiwan

This is a moderately strenuous hike. There are sections of rock scrambling and even one short section involving a climb up a rock wall using ropes. Allow four to five hours for this hike.
This hike is located on the northern coast of Taiwan. The closest city is Keelung.
Did you know that you can go hiking on the Great Wall of China? Walking on the unrestored sections of the Great Wall is a true adventure. Climb a rickety, wooden ladder to get on the wall, dodge huge potholes and sections crumbling down the mountainside, and look out over China from the watchtowers. It is an awesome experience.

Read more: Hiking Jiankou to Mutianyu on the Great Wall of China

The hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu spans 9.5 km (6 miles). It is a moderately difficult hike, with some steep sections of climbing. The entire journey, including transportation to and from Beijing, takes a total of ten hours.
The Jiankou section of the Great Wall is located near Beijing, China.
The Tiger’s Nest is a Buddhist monastery perched on the side of a cliff, 900 meters off of the ground. It is a long climb to get here, but oh, what a view. Prayer flags are waving in the air and you can smell the incense and hear the Buddhist monks in prayer. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

This is a moderately strenuous hike. It is four miles (6.5 km) round trip with 1,700 feet (500 meters) of climbing. Allow 5 to 7 hours for the entire visit, including time to visit the monastery.
This hike is located in Paro, Bhutan.

Australia & New Zealand

For an awesome hike in the Australian Outback, look no further than King’s Canyon. It is short, incredibly scenic, and just challenging enough to keep things fun. Walking along the red dirt path and getting a bird’s eye view of the canyon walls are incredible.

Read more: Is King’s Canyon Worth It?

The Rim Walk is a 6 km (3.75 mile) walk along the King’s Canyon rim. The only strenuous section is the first climb up to the top of the rim. This is a hike that is perfect for almost all age groups and fitness levels. We saw people as young as 10 (our daughter) as well as hikers in their 70’s circling the rim.
Watarrka National Park, 300 km (185 miles) from Uluru.
Hiking out to Cape Raoul is a great way to see the stunning coastline of the Tasman Peninsula. Hike along coastal cliffs, through a eucalyptus forest, and if you are lucky, you might even spot a bettong!

Read more: Hiking Cape Raoul on the Tasman Peninsula

This is a moderate, 14 km (8.7 miles) hike. This is suitable for most people of average fitness levels. Allow five hours for the hike.
Cape Raoul is the southern promontory on the Tasman Peninsula. It is located in Tasmania, about a two hour drive from Hobart.
A great way to really get to see Uluru is to do the 11 km perimeter walk. It is an easy walk, entirely flat, but allows those willing to go the distance a unique perspective of Uluru, viewing all of its nooks and crannies, undulations, caves, and watering holes.

Read more: Journey to the Red Center of Australia

This is an easy, 11 km (7 mile) hike that is completely flat. Allow three to four hours.
Uluru is located in the Northern Territory in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Wineglass Bay is rated as one of the top beaches in Australia. The Wineglass Bay Hazards Beach Circuit is the perfect way to explore this very scenic part of Tasmania. If you are lucky, you’ll also get to see wild wallabies.

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This is an 11 km (7 mile) loop of medium difficulty. There is an initial, slightly strenuous climb to the Wineglass Bay overlook. The remainder of the hike is on beaches and through forests and the scenery is stunning. Allow three to four hours.
Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia.
Labeled as the best single day hike in New Zealand, some people even consider this hike to be best single day hike in the world. Here is your chance to hike in the shadow of Mt. Doom, walk through an almost lunar landscape, and watch as semi-dormant volcanoes smoke just a short distance from the trail.

Read more: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s Best Single Day Hike

It is a 19.4 km (12 mile) point-to-point hike that is moderately strenuous. Allow 6 to 8 hours. 
This hike is located in Tongariro National Park on the North Island of New Zealand.
Advertised as one of the best walks in New Zealand, the Hooker Valley Track is the easiest way to get terrific views of Mt Cook.

Read more: Hooker Valley Track and its Views of Mt Cook

The Hooker Valley Track is an easy walking trail that can be done in three to four hours round trip. It is a 5 km (3 mile) hike with only 80 meters (260 feet) of climbing. This is appropriate for all ages and ability levels.
The Hooker Valley Track is located in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.
For one of the best views of New Zealand, consider hiking to Roy’s Peak. This is iconic New Zealand: Wanaka Lake with mountains and islands stretching out on the horizon. 

Read more: Hiking Roy’s Peak Track with Kids

The hike up to Roy’s Peak is a steady, monotonous uphill climb with 1300 meters (4,265 feet) of climbing. There is nothing technical about the climb. There are no rock scrambles, no steep, slippery pathways, no rope assisted climbs. Allow 5 to 7 hours.
This hike is located on the South Island of New Zealand just a few kilometers from Wanaka.
The Key Summit Hike is a short section of the famous Routeburn Track. For those driving out to the Milford Sound and are looking for a short hike with great views, this hike is unbeatable.

Read more: The Perfect Day Trip: Te Anau to the Milford Sound

This is an easy hike that anyone with average fitness can complete. It is a constant, steady climb up to Key Summit. Rarely is it steep, just be prepared for a steady, uphill walk. Allow 3 hours.
This hike is located between the Milford Sound and Te Anau on the South Island of New Zealand.