Top 5 Most Amazing Hiking Trails in North America

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You’re tired of planning another beach getaway, then heed your adventurous spirit by planning the most amazing hiking trail. North America has everything you need, from jagged cliffs to snow capped peaks, verdant forests and towering volcanoes. They’re all calling your name and there’s no better way to spend your holidays than grabbing your boots and hitting some of the most amazing hiking trails.

Five trails. Five unmatched miles each. We’re bringing you top five most amazing hiking trails across North America.

Yosemite National Park, California

A World Heritage site, Yosemite is filled with picturesque streams, cliffs, waterfalls and towering Sequoia forests. Mild temperatures make it a great hiking and camping destination any time of the year, and the park’s 13 campgrounds offer restrooms and running water. The Park is popular among bicyclists and hikers during spring and summer, while in winter is a popular destination for cross-country and downhill skiers.

Amazing scenic views this Yosemite National Park provides are easily accessible by driving through the Tioga road. While camping is the most affordable and popular activity here, there are still hotels that offer deluxe rooms if you don’t want to spend your nights outside in the open.

The best time to visit the park is from March to May when the temperatures are mild and nature is in full bloom, from animals waking up from hibernation to greening leaves and melted snow that boosts the waterfalls, it’s the best time to enjoy the beauty of this place. Plus, you will avoid the crowd that arrives in the summer. If you’re into chilly temperatures and you don’t mind colder nights, then we advise you to plan your hiking trip from December to March when the park is empty, but the scenery is still beautiful. Grab your winter hiking gear, the best hiking poles and warmest boots you can find and hit the trail.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Hiking at Grand Canyon is the adventure you’ll never forget. Measuring approx. 277 miles, this massive hiking trail is a true natural wonder. For centuries, people and hiking enthusiasts from all over the world are coming to this red and orange hiking beauty. The Park is officially nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is managed by the National Park Service. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in North America and has over 4.5 million visitors per year.

Especially popular is the Phantom Ranch that can only be reached by raft, mule or foot, but you will not miss the convenience of cars during your stay because the lodge is so well-equipped and serves delicious meals three times a day. Budget travelers can stay in single-sex dorms while cabins are available for those who desire more privacy. The only accommodation available at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the lodge fills quickly, but reservations can be made up to one year in advance.

The best time to visit is from March to May and September to November when the temperatures are perfect for taking a hike and is not too crowded. The season is during summer, so if you plan on visiting the Grand Canyon during July and August be ready for the hordes of tourists and booked accommodation.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Located on the border of the United States and Canada, Glacier National Park was named for the ice age glaciers’ remnants. Since it’s located at the place where the headwaters of the streams flow into the Gulf of Mexico, Hudson Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the National Park is often called the “Crown of the Continent”.

Being one of the most favorite places for hikers, Glacier National Park has a wide variety of trails for all hikers, from beginners (the easy Cedars’ trail) to professional hikers looking for challenges (Grinnell Glacier). What makes this place even more perfect are 130 lakes that can be found there, not to mention two mountain ranges and a large number of waterfalls spread across 1 million acres of breathtaking wildlife. Besides from this, this place is also popular for its history. The National Park has a historic landmark – The “Going to the Sun” road which drives through the park, plus many chalets, lodges, and hotels that were built in the early 20th century and took place in the National Register of Historic Places.

The best time to visit the Park is in July and August. It’s the peak season for hiking enthusiasts when the temperatures are perfect for hiking trips and nights are great for camping and sleeping outdoors. The park is open all year.

Adirondacks

One of the lesser known hiking destinations, but we couldn’t miss mentioning this amazing place. Located only 290 miles from New York City, the place is a very much welcome break from the noisy metropolis. It’s especially popular during winter when you can enjoy different activities such as Snowshoeing, skiing, dog sledding and bobsledding. During summer time the place is perfect for canoeing, hiking, fishing, water rafting, and biking. So, no matter what time of year is it, the place offers majestic scenery to enjoy and explore.

The best time to visit this beautiful hiking trail is from May to August. The weather is warm enough to hike and you’ll enjoy the trails longer. But, be prepared for the crowd, so if you don’t plan on spending your nights outdoors, camping, book a room at least 3 months earlier.

If you plan on enjoying the Adirondacks in winter, then we advise you to plan your hiking trip from November to March but be ready to face lower temperatures.

Kauai, Hawaii

Beautiful beaches, honey-dipped sunsets, and aquamarine skies are what makes this place a master of seduction. Located on the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, the place offers both luxurious places and affordable and no-fuss tourist attractions.

If you’re into something rural then this place is your place to go. Although you’ll have only 2 highways to explore, there are local places and regions that are accessible and perfect for exploring on foot.

The best time to go on a hiking is between April and June and from September to November when the weather is perfect and (in case you’re not into sleeping outdoors) hotel rates are affordable. The place is popular during winter from December to March but we have to warn you – you’ll run into the highest prices on flights and rooms, so visiting Kauai during the winter is just too pricey for hiking enthusiasts.


Rebecca lives in the USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, a company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com.

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