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.
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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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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