By Jul 21, 2022

Hit the Trail: 5 Best US Hiking Destinations

Angels Landing, Zion National Park in the mid-afternoon sunlight

If you’re looking for a chance to explore America’s natural beauty, there's no better way than hiking through our nation's countryside. We have distilled a top-five list of the greatest hiking experiences in the United States, giving you a sampling of must-see hiking destinations.

Pacific Crest Trail

Whether you’re looking for a weekend adventure or you're a diehard hiking enthusiast, the Pacific Crest Trail offers something for everyone. From pine forests to the Sierra Desert, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the range of America’s natural climates.

"Over the course of its 2,650 miles, you’ll hike through three states, seven national parks, 24 national forests and pass more than 1,000 lakes."

–Alexander Davies, Discovery.com

This trail runs the entire span of the western US and is only a short drive from all the major cities in California, Oregon, and Washington. Whether you want to take a day, a week, or summer, this trail offers something for every skill level.

Zion National Park (Utah)

The perfect combination of cool mountain air and desert terrain, Zion is a wonderland of natural beauty. There are dozens of hiking destinations in this beautiful park. You can park your car and take a short 30-minute walk up to Weeping Rock. Or you can take on the more engaging challenge of the water hike through Zion’s Narrows. Whatever the difficulty level, you’re sure to be rejuvenated by the mesmerizing landscape.

The Appalachian Trail

"The trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and passes through 12 other states along its 2,178 miles, making it the longest marked trail in the United States."

–Alexander Davies, Discovery.com

If you've got wanderlust and are eager to see the natural wonders of the eastern US, this is the ideal through-hike destination. You can enjoy a day-hike up Anthony’s Nose in New York. Or advanced backpackers can take a 30-mile excursion through Maine’s 100-mile wilderness.

Glacier National Park (Montana)

For many hikers, Glacier is heaven on earth. It has hundreds of miles of marked trails that wind their way through the many mountain peaks and pristine lakes. If you're brave enough (and not afraid of heights), you might challenge yourself by hiking the Highline Loop--the scenery and wildflowers are well worth the effort. For a more leisure hiking experience, try the 4-mile round trip hike to Avalanche Lake.

Mount Whitney (California)

This may be the most challenging and rewarding US hiking experience. The 22-mile hike to the summit is not for the faint of heart. Of the thousands of people who have attempted this hike, only half reached the top. If you are fortunate enough to scale this mighty mountain, you will count yourself among the elite and have the experience of a lifetime.

"Mount Whitney holds the distinction of being the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48."

Alexander Davies, Discovery.com

Whether you are a novice hiker or are interested in the ultimate backpacking experience, you are sure to find each of these hiking destinations to be a thrill of a lifetime.

Hiking can take a toll on your feet. You’ll need comfortable hiking shoes to keep your feet in good shape during your off-road adventure. Check out KURU Footwear for the world’s most comfortable shoes.

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