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 20 Best Day Hikes in the World, or continue down the page to read about hikes organized by region.


North America

With 63 national parks and thousands of miles of hiking trails, your options are endless for exploring the American national parks. We narrowed down the list to 20 of the best day hikes in the national parks, 20 amazing ways to explore this beautiful country. Which ones do you want to do?

Read More:  20 Epic Day Hikes in the National Parks

Hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim is a bucket list adventure. Over the course of nearly 24 miles, hikers descend below the level of the rim, cross the mighty Colorado River, and climb back up the other side. Most people do this as a 2 or 3-day backpacking trip. However, if you are extremely fit and fast, you can do this as one massive day hike. 

Read More:  How to Hike the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

The South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails are two of the Grand Canyon’s classic hiking trails. You can combine these two trails together to create one massive day hike or a two-day backpacking trip. It is a long, challenging hike but it makes for some incredible memories.

Read More:  How to Hike the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails in One Day

Half Dome is one of Yosemite's most challenging and most memorable hikes. The best part is the final climb on the Half Dome cables. In order to do this hike, you must have a permit to climb the cables. Permits are awarded in the preseason by lottery. Read more: Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite, a Step-by-Step Guide

Glacier National Park is home to some of the most exciting hiking trails in the United States. The scenery in this national park is jaw-dropping and there is no better way to experience it than on your own two feet. Take your pick from easy strolls to spectacular alpine trails.

Read more: 10 Great Hikes in Glacier National Park

The Narrows is one of Zion’s most popular hikes, for good reason. For miles, you hike in the North Fork of the Virgin River, surrounded by sheer rock walls and amazing beauty. It’s challenging, it’s unique, and it makes for a very memorable experience.

Read more: Zion Narrows:  Hiking the Top-Down Route in One Day

Angels Landing is the most popular hike in Zion National Park. The final climb of the hike involves scaling a narrow ridge high above the valley floor. With chain-assisted rock scrambling sections, stunning views, and vertigo-inducing heights, this really is a thrilling hike. Read more: Angels Landing Survival Guide: Things to Know Before You Go

Zion National Park is one of the best spots in the United States to go hiking. From the awe-inspiring hike up Angels Landing to the family friendly Riverside Walk to multi-day backpacking adventures, there is something here for everyone.

Read more: 10 Great Hikes in Zion. Which Ones Will Be Your Favorites?

There are numerous hiking trails in Bryce Canyon. The most popular trails are the Queens Garden Trail and the Navajo Loop Trail. On these two trails, get up close with the hoodoos, see Thor’s Hammer, and walk through canyons, arches, and forests of pine trees. This hike combines Queens Garden with the Navajo Loop Trail and a portion of the Rim Trail, for the overall best hiking experience in Bryce Canyon. Read more: Hiking Bryce Canyon: Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Trails

Arches National Park is a wonderland of desert vistas, short hiking trails, strange rock formations, and you guessed it, arches. There are several great hikes to do in Arches. The most popular is the trip to Delicate Arch. For the details on how to do this hike, plus more ideas for your visit to Arches National Park, click the link below.

Read more:  10 Best Things to do in Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park is enormous in size. There are three districts in Canyonlands. Most people visit Island in the Sky, an easily accessible section of the park filled with overlooks and numerous hiking trails. Go to The Needles for more unique hiking trails and for a less crowded hiking experience than at Island in the Sky. The Maze is a remote area of the park that is only accessible by 4x4. To get the details on the best hikes in Island in the Sky, click the link below.

Read more:  Best Things to do in Canyonlands: Island in the Sky

If you are looking for a unique slot canyon, Zebra Slot should be high on your list. Zebra Slot Canyon is a very short slot canyon, named for its striped canyon walls. It's a fun hike but it can be deceptively challenging in some sections. Read more: How to Hike Zebra Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante
Willis Creek Slot Canyon is pure fun. Hiking within the narrow canyon, hopping and skipping over the creek, and watching as the canyon walls steadily grow higher and higher as you head downstream is such a great experience. Read more: Hiking Willis Creek Slot Canyon
If you are looking for a hike that is pure fun, put Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch on your list. Peek-A-Boo Gulch has several sections of challenging rock scrambling, including a 12 foot climb just to enter the canyon. Spooky Gulch is one of the narrowest slot canyons around, only 10 inches wide in some spots! Read more: A Photojourney through Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch
Devils Bridge is a wonderful hike in Sedona. With an easy hiking trail, beautiful red rock scenery, and of course, the chance to have your photo taken on top of Devils Bridge, this hike makes the top of the list for many visitors to Sedona.

Read more: How to Hike Devils Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

Just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon, an outdoor playground for hikers, families, and outdoor adventurers. Out of the 26 trails to choose from, it can be hard to pick your perfect hike. Here are two fun trails to try. 

Read more: Two Fun, Short Hikes to do at Red Rock Canyon

The Valley of Fire is a brilliant, colorful spot located in Nevada, just one hour from Las Vegas. Filled with panoramic vistas, hiking trails, petroglyphs, and stunning red and pink rock formations, the Valley of Fire makes an excellent day trip from Vegas.

Read more: 12 Best Things to do in the Valley of Fire

Take your pick from short, easy strolls to all day efforts. Have a blast exploring Mosaic Canyon, watch the sunset as you hike through the Badlands, or test your rock scrambling skills at Grotto Canyon. You can even hike to the top of Telescope Peak for an amazing view of Badwater Basin and Mt. Whitney. Get all of the details on our Death Valley itinerary post.

Read More: 2 Amazing Days in Death Valley National Park

The Enchantments is a slice of hiking paradise. Located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Washington state, this is a wonderland of alpine lakes, jagged mountains, and waterfalls. On this hike, the landmarks make it sound like you are in a fairytale. It definitely looks like something from another world. You’ll climb over Aasgard Pass, gaze up at Dragontail Peak, and hike past Leprechaun Lake and Sprite Lake.

Read More: The Enchantments Thru-Hike: The Complete Guide and How to Hike the Enchantments in One Day

You don’t truly get to see the beauty and the majesty of North Cascades National Park unless you go hiking, and honestly, you are going to have to hike high. I’m talking challenging climbs up into the mountains. But it’s absolutely worth it because the views that await you are breathtaking. Layers and layers of glacier-capped mountains stretch off in all directions. It is awe-inspiring, and the only way to get these views is on your own two feet.

Read More: 12 Great Hikes in North Cascades National Park

Acadia National Park is filled with an amazing variety of hiking trails. From easy strolls along coastal paths to summit climbs to thrilling cliff walks, there is something here for everyone. One of the things that makes Acadia so unique is the large number of trails with ladders and metal rungs. Similar to a via ferrata, you can hike along narrow ledges and climb up sheer rock faces with the aid of these metal rungs. 

Read More: 10 Great Hikes in Acadia National Park

Grand Teton National Park truly is a hiker’s paradise. Hike through picturesque canyons, around glacier-fed lakes, and up to the highest peaks. Wildlife sightings from the hiking trails are frequent, with elk, moose, and bear making regular appearances. If you want to add some adventure to your visit to Grand Teton, strap on your hiking shoes and take your pick from this list of unforgettable trails.

Read More: 15 Great Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is best seen from a hiking trail. Fortunately, there are hikes for all ages and ability levels. From short, easy strolls around lakes, to ridgeline trails with panoramic views, to challenging but epic climbs to the tallest mountain peaks, there truly is something here for everyone.

Read More: 15 Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Big Bend National Park is a hiker’s paradise. Hiking trails crisscross their way through the Chihuahuan Desert, along hot springs and the Rio Grande, and up and over the Chisos Mountains. Take your pick from short, easy strolls to off-the-beaten-path adventures to challenging mountain summits. 

Read More: 15 Great Hikes in Big Bend National Park

The Gunnison Route takes hikers from the South Rim of the Black Canyon to the Gunnison River. It’s the most popular inner canyon experience on the South Rim, but don’t let that fool you. This is a hard, strenuous hike where you will descend (and later hike back up) a massive amount of elevation in a short period of time. To stand next to the Gunnison River and gaze up at the immense granite walls is an unforgettable experience.

Read More: How to Hike the Gunnison Route | Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Summiting Mt. LeConte is one of the Smoky Mountains great hikes. It is a long way to the top but it’s an interesting experience, hiking through caves and along trails that, at times, cling to the side of the mountain. On a clear day, the view from the top of Mt. LeConte can be magnificent. Read more: Hiking Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains

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
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


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


The Jungfrau region of the Bernese Oberland is a hiker’s paradise. Alpine trails crisscross their way through the towns, valleys, and the mountain peaks of this gorgeous place. Hike the thrilling Mürren Via Ferrata, walk the family-friendly trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, walk on the snow at Jungfraujoch, or hike the epic Hardergrat trail. 

Read more: 15 Great Hikes in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

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 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 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
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
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
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
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: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Best Experience

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: How to Hike to Pulpit Rock

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

Many of the hikes in the Lofoten Islands involve climbing to the top of a mountain, so be prepared to work hard. But it’s worth it…seeing the Lofoten Islands from the road is wonderful, but there’s nothing like standing on top of one (or more!) of these mountain peaks.

Read more: Top Ten Things to do in the Lofoten Islands

The hike up to the summit of Segla is one of Senja’s most popular hikes. You have to be prepared to work hard to get to the summit, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of Norway.

Read more: How to Hike Segla, One of Senja's Most Popular Hikes

This gorgeous hike is located on the Vesteralen islands of northern Norway. It's a relatively easy hike and the views you get of the coastline are breathtaking. You can hike directly out to Måtind, the highest point on the hike and a spot that offers panoramic views, or you can hike the entire distance of the coastline. 

Read more: Hiking to Måtind on the Stave-Bleik Coastal Trail, Vesteralen, Norway

Hiorthfjellet is one of the tallest mountains on Svalbard. You can combine this hike with a kayaking trip across Adventfjord for a full day adventure. If the skies are clear, you get an amazing view over Longyearbyen.  

Read more: Kayaking Adventfjord and Hiking Hiorthfjellet, A One Day Adventure on Svalbard

26 waterfalls, 1 volcano, 2 glaciers, and 3 very unique landscapes. On this epic day hike, you will start at Skógafoss waterfall, hike past the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, walk on fresh, volcanic soil, and end with a descent into Thórsmörk. If you are looking for a great hike in Iceland, put Fimmvörðuháls at the top of your list. 

Read more: Fimmvörðuháls Hike: A Step-By-Step Guide to Iceland's Best Day Hikes

Landmannalaugar is an area in Iceland that is famous for its colorful rhyolite mountains and epic day hikes. Geothermal hot springs, lava fields, and unique hiking trails attract adventurous travelers all summer long. This is one of Iceland’s best areas for day hikes. Take your pick from short, easy trails or tougher climbs up ancient volcanos for panoramic views over the region.

Read more: The Essential Guide to Landmannalaugar for First-Time Visitors

Kerlingarfjöll is a mountain range located in Iceland’s central highlands. Tucked away within this mountain range is Hveradalir, a geothermal wonderland of steaming vents, boiling mud pools, and rainbow-colored hot springs. The combination of hiking trails, rust-colored mountains, and clouds of steam creates one of Iceland’s most unique hiking and photography destinations.

Read more: How to Visit Kerlingarfjöll and the Hveradalir Geothermal Area

One of the best ways to experience Iceland is from a hiking trail. Visit stunning waterfalls, hike through the steaming, colorful landscapes of Landmannalaugar and Kerlingarfjöll, and visit beautiful, remote destinations that you can get to only your own two feet.

Read more: 10 Great Day Hikes in Iceland

Koscielec is one of the mountain peaks in the Polish Tatras. Easily accessible from Zakopane, this hike offers ever changing views as you hike through forests, fields of wildflowers, and the rocky mountain peaks. 

Read more: How to Hike Koscielec in the Polish Tatras from Zakopane

For stunning mountain views and a visit to several vividly green alpine lakes, the hike to the summit of Vel’ká Svišt’ovka is a good one to add to your hiking list. Located in the High Tatras of Slovakia, this is a gorgeous way to spend the day hiking. 

Read more:  Hiking to Vel’ká Svišt’ovka and Zelene Pleso in the High Tatras of Slovakia

Rysy is a mountain in the High Tatras that straddles the border between Poland and Slovakia. It is also the tallest mountain in Poland. Learn how to hike to the tallest peak in Poland from the High Tatras of Slovakia.

Read more:  Hiking to Rysy from the High Tatras of Slovakia

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
The Isle of Skye is filled with hikes that range from short, easy strolls to longer, more challenging hikes. Hike up to the Old Man of Storr, hike the Quiraing, and explore the hiking trails of Brother's Point and the Fairy Glen.

Read more: The Complete Isle of Skye Travel Guide

Vidova Gora is the highest point on the Adriatic Islands. From this point, you will have 360° views of the islands of Croatia and a view down to spectacular Zlatni Rat beach. Read more: Hiking Vidova Gora on the Island of Brac, Croatia
The Ladder of Kotor is a historic hiking trail that climbs the mountains behind Kotor, Montenegro. It's over 70 switchbacks to the top and your reward is stunning views over the Bay of Kotor. This hike can be combined with walking the fortress walls for an even more memorable experience. Read more: Hiking the Ladder of Kotor in Montenegro
The hike from the Vršič Pass to Slemenova Špica is a thrilling day hike in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. This is a great way to get a taste of hiking in Triglav National Park without needing special equipment or doing a full day hike.

Read more:  Hiking from the Vršič Pass to Slemenova Špica in the Julian Alps of Slovenia

Not only is Mount Zas the highest point in the Cyclades, but according to Greek mythology this was the place where Zeus was raised. Visit the cave where Zeus lived and enjoy 360° views over Naxos and the Greek Islands from the summit.

Read More:  Hiking Mount Zas on the Island of Naxos, Greece

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
Cappadocia offers several short but very sweet hikes through stunning landscapes. Love Valley is named for the uniquely shaped rock formations you see at the end of the hike. The Red and Rose Valleys are a gorgeous place to go hiking and to watch the sunset. 

Read more: The Best Hikes in Cappadocia with Kids


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


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


The Everest Base Camp Trek takes those willing to do it through some of the most gorgeous terrain in the world.  Hike among 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 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
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 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

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?
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
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. Read more: Now We Can Call Ourselves Bushwalkers
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
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
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

Essential Hiking Gear

If you are new to hiking or are curious about what you should bring on a hike, check out our Hiking Gear Guide. Find out what we carry in our backpacks and wear on the trails.
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