There’s something about exploring on two feet that invokes a true sense of freedom and adventure. Exposing yourself to the elements with just the rucksack on your back as you adventure along incredible scenic paths, one step after another. The views and diverse landscapes; the camaraderie when the going gets tough; and the countless rewarding moments you’ll encounter along the way.
A hiking holiday is the perfect way to really experience nature at its best, and here are our top hiking trails in the Americas to take on.
The Americas’ oldest and most popular mountain range, the Appalachians are an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Experience the vast wilderness of Northeastern USA with a back-to-basics approach, staying in hut accomodation. Encounter Crawford Path, one of the oldest maintained trails in the US, and the ‘Presidential Peaks’, a range of mountains named after, you guessed it, US presidents. True back country hiking, nature lovers and photographers will be in their absolute element.
Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park
For those visiting Zion National Park looking for one of the most iconic short hikes in North America, the trail to Angel’s Landing is an absolute must. At its peak, you’ll experience panoramic views across the park. If you’ve got a head for heights, the rewards this trail brings are quite simply incredulous.
John Muir Trail
One of the most famous hiking trails in North America, the John Muir trail is quite simply the adventure of a lifetime. Cross through three awe-inspiring national parks, make your way along California’s High Sierra and climb the highest peak in the lower 48 states, Mount Whitney. One for experienced hikers, it offers challenging back country routes, alpine peaks, beautiful meadows and forested river valleys.
Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park
A great trail for those with less hiking experience, although the waterfall views will be appreciated by even the most seasoned explorers. Make your way through forest scenes and across picturesque bridges in Yosemite to the top of Vernal Falls, and continue upwards for amazing, barrier-free views as the falls thunder below. A perfect day hike, leaving enough time to enjoy more of the amazing discoveries to be found within one of America’s favourite national parks.
Carthew-Alderson Trail, Waterton Lakes National Park
For a lesser-talked-about Canadian exploration, visit Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park and hike the Carthew-Alderson Trail, regarded as one of the most visually spectacular in the area. Along the route, discoverremote mountain lakes that are only accessible on foot and a bird’s eye view of Waterton Lake itself. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also find yourself captivated by views of Montana’s Glacier National Park to the south.
The Inca Trail
Another iconic hiking adventure in the Americas, the Inca Trail winds its way through diverse ecosystems, past mountain views and Inca ruins. Climb the steps to the trail’s highest point, Dead Woman’s Pass, follow the path through an Inca tunnel and descend the world-famous Inca stone stairway. Although the final sight of Macchu Picchu from Sun Gate is a fantastic finish to the trek, the journey itself will delight and surprise, with plentiful awe-inspiring landscapes and exciting stop-offs along the way.
Peek-A-Boo Trail, Bryce National Park
Bryce Canyon’s Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail begins at Bryce Point, and you’ll find yourself down in the canyon amphitheatre pretty quickly. Take the time to gaze upwards as you wind your way amongst the canyon’s striking ‘hoodoos’ for an almost fairytale feeling. For a whole different perspective on this famous canyon, the ups and downs of this hike are certainly well worth it! If you’re short on time or experience, the Navajo loop trail also offers fantastic views of the area.