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.
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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.
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 4×4. To get the details on the best hikes in Island in the Sky, click the link below.
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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.
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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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.
Svolvaer is one of the largest towns in the Lofoten Islands. Fløya is the mountain that forms the backdrop of the town. From the top of Fløya, you can look out over the town of Svolvaer and nearby mountain peaks and islands off in the distance.
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The hike to Ryten has all of the ingredients of a perfect Lofoten Islands hike: sweeping vistas across the mountains and fjords, a fun but slightly strenuous hike to a mountain peak, and a breathtaking view of a white, sandy beach. The icing on the cake is a “mini Trolltunga,” an outcropping of rock where you can get creative with your photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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