Guest Post by Shawn Michaels.
Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the wonder of travelling and find scenic natural beauty. Those who wish to connect to nature cannot find anything more suitable than hiking. Throughout the whole world, North America has some of the best hikes. There is no doubt that tourists love to go their again and again.
So, if you plan to go on a hiking trip, here are the 5 best hikes in North America.
John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park, California
The 215 mile trail runs through the entire length of the Sierra Nevada Range. Starting from Yosemite National Park, it ends at Mount Whitney. The latter is the highest point in the United States, so you can already guess the fun that the hiking trail would be.
It is packed with waterfalls, granite cliffs and massive sequoias; this is all you need to make your hiking a memorable experience. John Muir Trail is for all the hikers who wish to have a 360 degree view into the world of hiking.
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park might seem to you the eccentric ‘desert’ hike, but it is one of the most iconic out there. You will get an other-worldly feeling with more than 2000 precarious sandstone arches and red rocks. Good for both beginners or hardcore hikers, there are all kinds of trails present there. But, don’t forget to pack your good quality boots if you want to see the must-see, world-famous attraction of Delicate Arch.
Ixtacimhuatl, (Just East of) Mexico City, Mexico
It’s a volcano, and hiking a volcano sounds pretty cool. Right? You can also have fun enjoying the views of twin volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Ixtacimhuatl. You can’t hike on the former these days due to a volcanic eruption that happened a decade or so ago. So, the only volcano you will be hiking on is Ixtacimhuatl, as mentioned.
Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, North Carolina
You know that you are going to have the “hike of your life” if you are going to a place that is known as “The Land of Waterfalls”. In the dark depths of Pisgah with awe-inspiring views of the natural wonders, there are hundreds of miles of single track trails.
The best part about the trail is that it is equally beautiful and enjoyable yearlong. There are also long-distance recreational trails, including the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Shut-In Trail, and the Art Loeb Trail. They are connected together for amplified scenic beauty, multiplying the enjoyment of hikers a zillion times.
Appalachian Trail, East Coast United States
The 2200-mile-long trail keeps on changing from time to time, as more and more trails are added. It passes through the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.
You can pick out a trail from whatever state is near you or whichever trail you think is suitable as per your taste. It is mostly wilderness, but there are some cross rivers, roads, and traverse towns down the path too.
(Editor’s note: For those looking for advice on preparing for a long hiking holiday, check out this guest post for more great tips.)
About the Writer
Shawn Michaels is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves traveling. Currently, he is studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at Thesmartlad.com
Have you been on any of these hikes? What would you say are the best hikes in North America? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.