As the leaves are beginning to change colours and just before it gets way too cold to be outside, the fall season is one of the most perfect times of the year to go hiking in almost any place in North America. If you, your family, or travel buddies love the outdoors and enjoy spending time embarking on adventures in thrilling new places, a hiking trip to one of North America’s most beautiful hiking locations might be the perfect pre-holiday season escape for you.
From Yellowstone National Park to New Hampshire’s secret nature pathways, these are the 10 most breath-taking hiking trails in North America.
Yosemite National Park, California
Hiking in Yosemite can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Open all year round, hikers can come to Yosemite during the springtime where you’ll be able to see some of the prettiest wildflowers blooming in the country. During December and through the rest of the winter season, you can hike snow-shoe trails that are perfect for an outdoor holiday trip with the family.
Banff is one of Canada’s most popular National Parks with a variety of hiking trails that outdoor lovers can experience. Those who have travelled and hiked through Banff have said these hikes are not for the faint of heart. Some require serious strength and cardio, however, the views you get at the end of your hike are always absolutely worth it.
Whether you’re interested in walking alongside mountain wildlife or hoping to see hot springs erupt in person, there is something at Yellowstone for every adventurer. One of the best hikes that the park offers is called the North Rim Trail which follows the perimeter of the Grand Canyon where you’ll see where the Yellowstone River turns into a breath-taking waterfall.
Lost Coast Trail, California
There’s a hiking trail in California that many locals don’t even know about. It’s called The Lost Coast Trail, and it’s the area of rugged land that lines the coast of Northern California where not even roads have crossed through. If you’re someone who loves a good ocean view, this hike might be perfect for you.
Mount Katahdin, Maine
With evergreen trees and a breezy climate to guide you along the way, Mount Katahdin is also home to Darcy Pond, a quiet body of water that’s perfect for sitting next to and taking in all the nature around you. If you’re looking for a great natural escape, this is definitely the hike to take.
Hiking in Telluride is usually a short, fun, and satisfying journey. Trails like the Cornet Creek Falls Hike or the Bear Creek Trail are perfect for families hiking together or people who aren’t looking for hard and taxing trails to take. While the weather might be super chilly, a winter hike in Colorado will bring you some of the most beautiful snowy mountain views you’ll ever see.
Red River Gorge Loop, Kentucky
Located in the Daniel Boone National Forest of the state of Kentucky, the Red River Gorge is a canyon system that hikers love to travel through. The Red River Gorge is known to have more challenging hikes and are for more experienced travellers and hikers, but they do almost always result in beautiful views, including crystal white waterfalls and stunning treescapes.
John Muir Trail, California
Cutting through Yosemite and California’s Sequoia National Park, the John Muir Trail is 211 miles long, but it ends on what many travellers say is the prettiest mountain scenery on the entire U.S. west coast. If you think you’ve got what it takes, grab your backpack and book your trip to California today.
Black Angel Trail, New Hampshire
Some of the natural landscapes that are located in New Hampshire are many times overlooked and forgotten. In the state’s White Mountain National Forest, the Black Angel Trail is known for being one of the most challenging hikes in the East Coast but produces some of the most wonderful views of wildflowers in the right season.
The Jewels Route, Arizona
The famous pictures of so many beautiful red rock formations come from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is also home to The Jewels Route, a hiking trail that is said to be the same route that the first European explorers walked when they first discovered the Grand Canyon.
On a quest to find all the best hiking spots in the world? Be sure to check out our post on the 10 best trails in Asia here. In the mean time, let us know about some hikes you’ve been on in the comments below.