With the weather getting warmer and warmer, a lot of us will feel the want to go on hikes again. There are so many stunning hiking trails in the United States, that it could be a bit tricky to decide which one to choose. So, if you are getting ready for the hiking season, and you’re still not sure where your next adventure should take place, here are our recommendations.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
One of the most visited national parks in the country is the Grand Canyon. Additionally, one of the top walks in the country is the South Kaibab Trail. You’ll pass a spectacular ridge-line descent with breathtaking views of the gorgeous canyon along the way. However, if you are terrified of heights, you might want to stay away from this hike. There are certain points during this hike where you’ll be able to see the raging river hundreds of feet below. Needless to say, this can be extremely unsettling for anyone with acrophobia. But if you’re not afraid of heights, then it’s the perfect adventure for you this hiking season.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
One of the best hikes in the USA if you want a challenge is the Upper Hawksbill Path in Shenandoah National Park. It’s a fairly easy hike that can easily be finished in the morning; the round-trip distance is only about two miles. The best part is that it takes you to the peak of the park’s highest point, where you can take in breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. Even though the hike only takes around two hours to complete, you will still want to spend more time since you’ll want to admire the breathtaking views or have a picnic in the stone hut.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Being just an under two miles round trip, the Navajo Loop Trail is a quick and easy stroll. As a result, it’s a fantastic, family-friendly hike where you can discover the area’s stunning desert landscape. You will be absolutely stunned by the hoodoos. These constructions sometimes referred to as fairy chimneys, are tall rock formations that rise into the sky and are a sight to behold. To be completely honest, the entire national park resembles something out of a different universe. So make sure you bring a camera with you, or just plan enough time to admire this unique location. Be sure to include the Queens Garden Trail as well if you’re looking for a somewhat longer hike.
Yosemite National Park, California
The Mist Trail is possibly the most well-known hiking trail in the United States. Along the journey, you’ll get to enjoy Vernal and Nevada Falls, as well as stroll amidst tall, ancient redwood trees. The hike itself involves a moderate ascent up a flight of stone stairs, so make sure to wear appropriate footwear and use the handrails that are provided. There are many additional hikes in Yosemite National Park for hikers of all skill levels if the Mist Trail isn’t your thing, making it perfect for the hiking season. There is even one that ascends the notorious Half Dome’s face. But this trail definitely isn’t something for beginners.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
The Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail is a reasonably simple hiking trail located in Yellowstone National Park. Although it’s not the hardest hike in the world, it’s undoubtedly one of the prettiest in the USA when it comes to views. You will be able to enjoy a stunning view looking down on Grand Prismatic Spring and the Midway Geyser Basin from the right side of the path. The route is manageable for the majority of hikers, and you’ll have more than enough energy to snap some pretty pictures.