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

20 Best Day Hikes World
Best Day Hikes in Europe

North America

Day Hikes in National Parks

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?

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Day Hikes in National Parks

One of the best ways to experience the national parks is from a hiking trail. Hike to amazing viewpoints, deep into the forests, through scenic canyons, and to hidden lakes and waterfalls. Along the way, you have a better chance of spotting wildlife and potentially leaving the crowds behind. Here are 20 fun, short hikes in the national parks.

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Grand Canyon Rim to Rim
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. 

LEARN MORE:  How to Hike the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim

Grand Canyon Hike
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.

LEARN MORE:  How to Hike the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails in One Day

Half Dome

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite, a Step-by-Step Guide
Hikes in Glacier NP

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.

LEARN MORE: 10 Great Hikes in Glacier National Park

Zion Narrows
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.

LEARN MORE: Zion Narrows:  Hiking the Top-Down Route in One Day

Angels Landing

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.

LEARN MORE: Angels Landing Survival Guide: Things to Know Before You Go
Hikes in Zion

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.

LEARN MORE: 10 Great Hikes in Zion. Which Ones Will Be Your Favorites?

Bryce Canyon

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Bryce Canyon: Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Trails
Capitol Reef

If you are looking for a great hike to do in Capitol Reef, the list is surprisingly long. In Capitol Reef, you can hike to arches that are tucked away in the colorful sandstone mountains, through easy slot canyons, and up to overlooks with jaw-dropping views.

LEARN MORE: 16 Epic Day Hikes in Capitol Reef National Park

Arches National Park

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.

LEARN MORE:  16 Best Things to do in Arches National Park


Canyonlands National Park is enormous in size. Of the five districts in Canyonlands, most people visit Island in the Sky, an easily accessible section of the park filled with overlooks and numerous hiking trails. To get the details on the best hikes in Island in the Sky, click the link below.

LEARN MORE:  Best Things to do in Island in the Sky | Canyonlands National Park

The Needles

The Needles is an often overlooked section of Canyonlands National Park. But those who take the time to visit the Needles are rewarded with thrilling, unique hiking trails, low crowds, and jaw-dropping views of Canyonlands National Park.

LEARN MORE:  12 Amazing Things to Do in The Needles, Canyonlands National Park

Little Wild Horse Canyon

Little Wild Horse Canyon is one of the most thrilling slot canyons in Utah. With tight passageways, curving, scalloped walls, and short sections of easy rock scrambling, this hike is fun for both kids and adults. You can hike the narrowest (and most fun) section of Little Wild Horse as a fast out-and-back hike, or do this as a loop, adding on Bell Canyon.

LEARN MORE:  How to Hike the Little Wild Horse Canyon and Bell Canyon Loop

Zebra Slot

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.

LEARN MORE: How to Hike Zebra Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante
Willis Creek

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Willis Creek Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot

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!

LEARN MORE: A Photojourney through Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch
Hikes in Sedona

If you are looking for an epic hiking destination, it’s tough to beat Sedona, Arizona. With its red rock scenery, arches, hidden caves, and network of hiking trails, this is a great place to explore on foot. Add in the abundance of top-notch hotels and restaurants in Sedona and you have an awesome getaway destination, whether it is just for a few days or an entire week. In this guide, we share 12 of the best hikes in Sedona.

LEARN MORE: 12 Amazing Hikes in Sedona, Arizona

Red Rock Canyon
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. 

LEARN MORE: Two Fun, Short Hikes to do at Red Rock Canyon

Valley of Fire

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.

LEARN MORE: 16 Best Things to do in the Valley of Fire

Death Valley

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.

LEARN MORE: 2 Amazing Days in Death Valley National Park

Hikes in Joshua Tree

One of the best ways to explore Joshua Tree National Park is on foot. Hike to the highest peaks, learn about the Joshua Trees and Cholla cacti on the nature trails, explore hidden slot canyons, and hike to remote oases. In this guide, we share the best hikes in Joshua Tree National Park.

LEARN MORE: 14 Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

The Slot Anza Borrego

The Slot is one of the best hikes to do in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It’s also one of the most popular, so there are some very important things you need to know before you go.

LEARN MORE: Ultimate Guide to The Slot, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Grand Teton 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.

LEARN MORE: 15 Great Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

Rocky Mountain 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.

LEARN MORE: 15 Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

Gunnison Route

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.

LEARN MORE: How to Hike the Gunnison Route | Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Hikes in Guadalupe Mountains

If you like hiking, you’ll love Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Almost everything in the park requires some sort of short walk or hike…there is very little that you can see from your car. And you have a wide variety of hikes to choose from. Hike to Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, hike to a slot canyon, and explore the quieter trails in the remote areas of the park.

LEARN MORE: Best Things to Do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Hikes in Mount Rainier

One of the best ways to experience Mount Rainier National Park is from a hiking trail, of which there are many. Some of the best hikes in Mount Rainier National Park are short and sweet, offering jaw-dropping views with very little effort. But for those who crave more adventure or want to journey deep into the park, there are plenty of options.

LEARN MORE: 15 Epic Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic NP

One thing that makes Olympic National Park so unique is its wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems. In this one park, you can hike to mountain peaks, stroll through lush, temperate rainforests, and explore the rugged, rocky coastline. In this guide, we list 17 of the best hikes in Olympic National Park…17 great ways to explore this wonderful national park.

LEARN MORE: 17 Great Hikes in Olympic National Park

North Cascades National Park

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.

LEARN MORE: 12 Great Hikes in North Cascades 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.

LEARN MORE: The Enchantments Thru-Hike: The Complete Guide and How to Hike the Enchantments in One Day

Badlands National Park

One of the great things about Badlands National Park is that most of the hikes are short and sweet, perfect for all ages and ability levels. These hikes range from boardwalk trails, to flat, easy walks through the mixed prairie grass, to backcountry experiences where you are allowed to wander “off trail.”

LEARN MORE: 10 Great Hikes in Badlands National Park

Acadia 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. 

LEARN MORE: 10 Great Hikes in Acadia National Park

Best Hikes in Denali

Looking for a great hike to do in Denali National Park? You have a lot to choose from. In this guide, we cover the best hikes in Denali National Park.

LEARN MORE: Top 10 Hikes in Denali National Park

Hikes in Wrangell St Elias

There are many adventures to choose from in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park. On foot, hike to some of the highest peaks, explore the backcountry, and go glacier hiking.

LEARN MORE: Best Things to Do in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Harding Icefield Trail Kenai Fjords

Hiking the Harding Icefield Trail is a challenging, rewarding, and unique experience all rolled into one. This memorable hike takes you past the Exit Glacier and ends with sweeping views across the Harding Icefield, the largest icefield that is located entirely in the United States.

LEARN MORE: Harding Icefield Trail: The Ultimate Hiking Guide

Big Bend 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. 

LEARN MORE: 15 Great Hikes in Big Bend National Park

Hikes in New River Gorge

One of the great things about New River Gorge National Park is that all of the hikes are short and sweet (the longest hike on this list is just 3 miles long). In this guide, we cover the 6 of the best hikes in New River Gorge National Park.

LEARN MORE: 6 Great Hikes in New River Gorge National Park

Hikes in Shenandoah

500 miles of hiking trails travel through Shenandoah National Park. These trails range from short, easy summit hikes, gorgeous walks to waterfalls, to challenging climbs up the tallest mountains. You also have the option to walk a few miles of the legendary Appalachian Trail. 

LEARN MORE: 10 Great Hikes in Shenandoah National Park

Mt. LeConte

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains
Sliding Sands Trail Haleakala

In Haleakala National Park, you can combine two very unique trails into one big day hike. The Sliding Sands Trail, which is one of the most popular trails in the park, starts on the rim of Haleakala and ends on the crater floor. To finish the hike, you can retrace your steps back up the Sliding Sands Trail, or, for a more interesting experience, cross the crater floor and hike back up to the rim on the Halemau’u Trail.

LEARN MORE: How to Hike the Sliding Sands and Halemau'u Loop

South America

Inca Trail

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.

LEARN 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.

LEARN 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.

LEARN MORE: Adventure in Aruba: How to Visit Natural Pool


Walkers Haute Route

The Walker’s Haute Route is a multi-day trek from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. On this walk, hikers will cross 10 mountain passes, walk through small towns and through rugged, remote landscapes, and get to experience a less touristy side of the Swiss Alps.

LEARN MORE: Complete Guide to the Walker’s Haute Route

Hikes in Switzerland

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. 

LEARN MORE: 15 Great Hikes in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Hikes in Zermatt Switzerland

In Zermatt, Switzerland the network of cable cars and trains takes you up into the mountains, so for the most part, you don’t have to hike far to have an incredible experience. Get big views of the Matterhorn from numerous trails throughout Zermatt, including the walk from Gornergrat to Riffelberg, on the way to Hörnlihütte, and on the Matterhorn Glacier Trail.

LEARN MORE: 12 Epic Day Hikes in Zermatt

Best Hikes in the Dolomites Italy

The Dolomites are one of our favorite places in the world to go hiking. This area is truly a hiker’s paradise. Hike to the highest peaks, to picturesque alpine lakes, and to jaw-dropping viewpoints. In our Dolomites hiking guide, we list 15 awesome hikes to do in the Dolomites. Click on the “List of Trails” tab for links to our list of hiking guides.

LEARN MORE: 15 Best Hikes in the Dolomites

Path of the Gods Hike

Located high above the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano is one of the most beautiful walks in Italy, the Path of the Gods (also called Sentiero degli Dei). This is the most popular hike to do along the Amalfi Coast and it is famous for its jaw-dropping views over Positano and the Sorrento peninsula.

LEARN MORE: Complete Guide to the Path of the Gods Hike

Cinque Terre

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy
The Algarve

Stretching along the coastline of the Algarve is one of the most beautiful walks in Portugal, the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail. On this hike, you will gaze across some of the most picturesque beaches in Europe, peer into Benagil Cave, and be treated to an endless number of jaw-dropping views of the Algarve.

LEARN MORE: The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

Cliffs of Moher

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.

LEARN 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?

LEARN 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.

LEARN MORE: Trolltunga: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Best Experience

Pulpit Rock
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.

LEARN 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. 

LEARN MORE: Hiking Romsdalseggen Ridge in Norway
Lofoten Islands

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.

LEARN 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.

LEARN 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. 

LEARN 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.  

LEARN MORE: Kayaking Adventfjord and Hiking Hiorthfjellet, A One Day Adventure on Svalbard

Fimmvorduhals Hike
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. 

LEARN 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.

LEARN 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.

LEARN MORE: How to Visit Kerlingarfjöll and the Hveradalir Geothermal Area

Best Iceland Hikes

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.

LEARN 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. 

LEARN MORE: How to Hike Koscielec in the Polish Tatras from Zakopane

Velka Svistovka in Slovakia
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. 

LEARN 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.

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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).

LEARN MORE: Hiking Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain
Isle of Skye
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.

LEARN MORE: The Complete Isle of Skye Travel Guide

Vidova Gora

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Vidova Gora on the Island of Brac, Croatia
Ladder of Kotor

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking the Ladder of Kotor in Montenegro
Julian Alps Hike
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.

LEARN MORE:  Hiking from the Vršič Pass to Slemenova Špica in the Julian Alps of Slovenia

Mount Zas

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.

LEARN MORE:  Hiking Mount Zas on the Island of Naxos, Greece

Middle East

Jebel Burdah

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!

LEARN 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. 

LEARN MORE: The Best Hikes in Cappadocia with Kids


Robberg Peninsula

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Robberg Peninsula in South Africa


Everest Base Camp

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.

LEARN MORE: Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal
Teapot Mountain

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Teapot Mountain in Taiwan
Great Wall of China

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking Jiankou to Mutianyu on the Great Wall of China
Tigers Nest

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.

LEARN MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Hiking the Tiger's Nest, Bhutan

Australia & New Zealand

Kings Canyon

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.

LEARN 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.

LEARN MORE: Journey to the Red Center of Australia
Wineglass Bay

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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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.

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Routeburn Track

This point-to-point track connects Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park, two gorgeous parts of the South Island of New Zealand. This is one of New Zealand's Great Walks and can be done as a multi-day backpacking trip or as one massive day hike.

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Hooker Valley

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.

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Roy's Peak

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. 

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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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