5 Of The Most Beautiful US Hiking Spots
Angels Landing – Credit: Utah.com
The United States is an expansive, dynamic, and awe inspiring place. When it comes to natural wonders, there are few other places in the world that surpass what one can find in the States. This summer opt to go out and explore some of the incredible National parks that cover hundreds of thousands of miles across the country. From coast to coast, there are mountains to be climbed, trails to be forged, and photos to astound others. We've compiled a list of some of the best hiking to be had in the US for your summertime pleasure.
This is our absolute favorite hike in America. Angel's Landing is a major part of what makes a trip to Zion National Park in Utah absolutely unforgettable. This hike is 4.8 miles round trip and, what it lacks in distance, it makes up for in elevation climb. You'll stat at the valley floor and quickly rise to the top of the mountain. Then comes the fun part; a chain course! On this hike you'll be clasping to a chain, which is tethered to the mountain, and looking down thousands of feet on either side. It's terrifying but extremely exhilarating. The views at the end, which give it its name, are breathtaking and unforgettable.
This is an iconic hike in Yosemite National Park in California. This hike can be on the lengthier side. When combined with Four Mile Trail starting at the valley floor, it can be about 16 miles in total. You'll climb from the valley floor to the top of Panorama Trail and then follow Panorama all the way back down to the floor. Make sure to leave about eight hours for this hike. The distance is well worth it, though. You'll get up close and personal with Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and other incredible views of the valley from angles you've never even dreamt of seeing.
This Hawaiian gem is 11 miles, end to end, and incredible every step of the way. Located on the island of Kauai, this trail offers the only land access to the hidden beach to which it owes its name. The views below are incredible throughout, often offering glimpses of the sparkling blue water far below. Once you get to the end, you're likely to be the only person sprawled out on the white sand.
GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM
No hiking list would be complete without an appearance by the Grandest of Canyons. This is an actual wonder of the world- a title that has been well earned. The North Rim made the list as it is far less visited and offers spectacular vistas with a fraction of the other people. It sits at a much higher elevation and allows for incredible views into the canyon. Opt for any path leading into the canyon. Safety is key here! It gets hotter as you descend and climbing back up is one of the toughest hikes you’re likely to ever do. Water can be scarce as you descend- so be smart!
ICEBERG LAKE TRAIL
This trail is absolutely stunning and a must-see for those visiting Glacier National Park. This particular trail offers panoramic views of snow capped mountains and the opportunity to gaze into rainbow colored lakes. Minerals in the glacial lakes cause the water to turn bright hues of blue and green. If you’re brave enough, try to take a dip into the icy water.
Panorama Trail credit: ScenicWonders.com