America is a vast country with a diverse landscape. There are many different types of hiking locations in America and within its boundaries, you can surely find the best hiking destination for you.
Each hiking location is divided into three difficulty levels so be sure to do some online research before planning your hiking trip and consider your strengths, weaknesses and the type of destination you want to travel to and what time of the year before booking up.
Let’s take a look at the best 15 hiking vacations in America in 2020:
Hiking In Salt Lake City, America
Downtown Salt Lake City has numerous trailheads that will guide you to the mountains in no time at all. A paved 3.6-mile pathway follows a shimmering stream through vibrant woods, home to a diverse mix of aquatic birds. If you would prefer you can stretch your legs farther afield by booking onto the three-hour Big Cottonwood Canyon tour. The tour makes for incredible sightings of wildlife, including deer and moose, and a lot of photo opportunities to capture the jaw-dropping scenery.
Hiking In Phoenix, Arizona
With an elevation of 2,704 feet, Camelback Mountain offers some of the most sought-after views of Phoenix in Arizona. There is a 1,264-foot climb to the top of the Echo Canyon Trail and it is definitely not suited to less experienced hikers. For a complete change of scenery why not book a day out to Sedona. Take time to explore the bright red and orange Bell Rock formations and see Native American ruins at Montezuma Castle National Monument with your own eyes.
You can head to Dayton to follow the Mad River trail which is a really accessible hike that follows the Mad River for over seven miles in the northeast part of Dayton. The trail is flat and great for first-time hikers or those who want an easier walking experience.
There are lots of bars, restaurants, and cafes to try out in this great area.
Home to the most extensive urban park in America known as Forest Park, Portland has some great trails for those who love hiking. In the summer months, you can experience walking through wildflowers on the Wildwood Trail or detour to Pittock Mansion which is a beautiful house museum that dates back to 1914. If you’re in need of a thirst-quenching drink after all that hiking, you should jump on the Portland brewery bike tour and enjoy a 3.5-hour beer tastings cycle around the cities best breweries.
Asheville, North Carolina
It’s not the first place that would come to mind when searching for the best hiking vacations in America however Craggy Gardens is well worth a visit. Located a short drive away from Blue Ridgeway Park, the Craggy Flats will take you over a heath bald which in summer is blooming with purple and pink flowers.
At the peak, you’ll get 360-degree mountain views. Waterfall tours are available and many guided hiking tours welcome hikers of all abilities.
Known as the Evergreen State Seattle hiking trails do not disappoint.
With over 230 acres of crisscrossed trails with more than 4,000 species of trees, it’s no wonder people flock to hike here.
A great way to see the city is by taking a sightseeing bus around all of the attractions which is a great way to chill out after a great hike out into the countryside.
Fort Collins, Colorado
You can enjoy hiking trails, biking, and tours around breweries when coming to Fort Collins. The Horseshoe Mountain Open Space is a vast 2,700-acre site that is open year-round for hikers to enjoy. You can wild camp here too and even catch your own supper by fishing in one of the many splendid lakes here. One of the trails, the Poudre Trail, follows the winding Poudre Rivers for more than 12 miles through woods and agricultural areas. The views and beauty of this place are outstanding.
South Lake Tahoe, California
Mount Tallac is the jewel of South Lake Tahoe standing 9,735 feet tall. It has rainforests, ridgelines, lakes and meadows of wildflowers to hike through. The unparalleled views from the summit are worth the muscle burning trek and it makes for a great place for the family to hike together.
One of the best ways to discover this beautiful area is on foot. The angel rock trail here is some 3.5-miles long and climbs up to an elevation of 1,700 feet. You can follow trails to the Chena hot springs which are along an 8.3-mile trail but can be finished with a therapeutic dip in the hot spring pools.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hike to see the ancient petroglyphs at Boca Negra Canyon, follow the Eye of the Sandia’s to a spectacular rock formation, where an unknown artist painted a large eye with the Zia tribe’s sun symbol as its pupil. Head to Llamas del Sol where you can walk with Llamas on your hike.
Burlington has a well-known bike path that can be followed for 8 miles. The paved path is popular with walkers, joggers, bikers and hikers and takes you to beaches, through parks with gorgeous views of the city and out to Lake Champlain. You can also head out on a sailing trip in this same area.
Just 15 minutes from Flagstaff the hiking route at Walnut Canyon provides wonderful history lessons in historic cave houses that were once up to the volcanic cinder cone towering at 1,000 feet above the Coconino National Forest.