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Canadian Rockies Tour

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Canadian Rockies

"Amazing scenery and great group of people to travel with." Liam, traveled in July 2017

Hiking Utah\'s Mighty 5 Tour

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Hiking Utah's Mighty 5

"Loved this trip, got to meet some awesome people and even got to do some hikes that weren't on the itinerary but were on my bucket list." Marc, traveled in August 2022

Zion to San Francisco Adventure Tour

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Zion to San Francisco Adventure

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies Tour

Hiking & Trekking Camping Explorer +1

Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

"Excellent trip, definitely recommend it!" khoja, traveled in August 2021

Walking in the Canadian Rockies Tour

Hiking & Trekking Camping Mountain Hikes +1

Walking in the Canadian Rockies

"Fantastic guide, great group of people to travel with." Joshua, traveled in July 2022
  • 10% deposit on some dates

National Parks Walk Tour

Hiking & Trekking Active Walking Adventure Wildlife +2

National Parks Walk

Gems of the Yukon | Hiking Tour with Hotel Stays Tour

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Gems of the Yukon | Hiking Tour with Hotel Stays

"The hikes were tough but absolutely worth it and the views from the top were unreal." Lindsay, traveled in July 2022
  • €140 deposit on some dates

4 day Yellowstone and Tetons in depth tour from Salt Lake City Small Groups Tour Tour

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4 day Yellowstone and Tetons in depth tour from Salt Lake City Small Groups Tour

"We saw the most beautiful natural wonders you can imagine. This tour surpasses many other companies." Beatrice, traveled in July 2023
  • 5% deposit on some dates

Alaska & Yukon Explorer Tour

Hiking & Trekking Active Family Mountain Hikes +2

Alaska & Yukon Explorer

"Really fabulous experience hiking Alaska and Yukon, beautiful, and often majestic scenery." Maakere, traveled in August 2019

USA – 8 Days Arches Canyonlands Antelope Zion Bryce Grand Canyon Tour

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USA – 8 Days Arches Canyonlands Antelope Zion Bryce Grand Canyon

The Best of Banff and Jasper, Hoteltour Tour

The Best of Banff and Jasper, Hoteltour

"Good Accommodation, Transport and Locations. Hikes could be more challenging than expected." Wendy, traveled in August 2022

USA: National Parks Road Trip (End Los Angeles, 12 Days) Tour

USA: National Parks Road Trip (End Los Angeles, 12 Days)

  • €100 deposit on some dates

12 Day Rockies Hiking and Camping Tour Tour

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12 Day Rockies Hiking and Camping Tour

"The quality of your service is very high. The 5-star evaluation is not enough to express my gratitude." Katherine, traveled in July 2022

7 Day Southwest National Parks Grand Canyon Camping Tour Tour

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7 Day Southwest National Parks Grand Canyon Camping Tour

"We love the destinations included in the tour, every place we visited is on our bucket list." Yao, traveled in October 2023

Hawaii Trails of the South Pacific 14D/13N Tour

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Hawaii Trails of the South Pacific 14D/13N

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Wildland hiking tours allow guests to focus 100% on the hiking experience. We provide all gear, meals, transportation, professional guides, permits, fees and much more!

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For us quality of experience is only second to safety.

We are committed to providing world-class trekking experiences for our guests that go way above and beyond the mass-produced tours so common today.

The Mt. Rainier Inn trip with Wildland was perfect. The Inn was comfortable; the guide was an expert in his field; the pacing was just right to accommodate all those on the trip; the scenery was ideal. If you can go please do.

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Why Join a Guided Hiking or backpacking Tour?

10,000+ people join our guided hiking tours and backpacking trips annually, and there are many reasons so many people make this choice.

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Trained Guides

Hiking with an experienced, trained guide helps to maximize the safety and enjoyment of your trekking adventure. This is especially true if your trip is in an unfamiliar area, which guided trips often are.

Everything Included

A specific hiking or backpacking trip may be on your "life list" and you don't want to purchase all the gear and equipment to do a single trip. In this situation going with a guide service where everything is included provides a tremendous benefit.

Knowledge & Learning

Some guests are most interested in learning as much as they can about the area(s) they're hiking through. Guides can bring places to life by sharing stories, knowledge, observations, context and personal passion.


We handle all the trip planning and on-the-ground logistics. This service takes the burden of planning almost entirely off your plate. Additionally you can travel light and have everything waiting for you.

Learn from Experts

Some guests are new to the outdoors, backpacking, hiking, and/or camping and prefer to go with experts to learn best practices from professionals. Guided trips are an excellent way to get started.

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For most guests it's a combination of some or all of these reasons that they join guided hiking tours and backpacking trips. Whatever your reason is, we're ready to help you create the experience of a lifetime.

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Explore with our Expert Hiking & Backpacking Guides

For the last 15+ years Wildland has been awing guests with the professional and inspiring service our exceptional guides and staff provide. The secret sauce to our award winning trips is our staff (guides, managers, adventure consultants, drivers and more) who are deeply passionate about wilderness, about adventure, and about sharing those loves with others.

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Hermit Loop Backpacking Trip

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Hiking and Backpacking Guide

If you want to truly experience the grandeur and thrill of walking through the Grand Canyon, the 4 day Hermit hiking journey is the best way to achieve this once in a lifetime experience. Our guide Josh was first rate and managed our hiking group with skill and flexibility!

— Michael A.

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Choosing the Right Hiking Trip

Choosing the right trip is a key ingredient for enjoying your hiking vacation. We offer backpacking trips, horse/llama/porter supported hikes, inn-based hiking tours, basecamp hiking tours and day hike tours. For guests looking to challenge themselves and travel deep into the backcountry, a backpacking trip is the best choice. Some people want to explore the backcountry but without heavy backpacks, and for those folks we recommend horse/llama/porter supported trips. Inn-based and basecamp tours are multi-day hiking vacations that showcase the best hikes and highlights of an area and are either inn-based or camping-based, and are great for families, couples, and solo travelers. And, finally, day hikes with an award winning hiking tour company like Wildland are an exceptional way to maximize a short amount of time at one of America’s amazing national parks.

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When and Where to Hike

For desert hiking destinations like Joshua Tree and Death Valley, the best seasons are spring, fall and winter. In mountain destinations like Yellowstone, Iceland, the Pacific Northwest, the Alps and others, the best seasons to hike are late spring, summer and early fall. Some destinations are great year round, regardless of whether they are in the desert or mountains; examples are Grand Canyon, Sedona, the Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Yellowstone (ski and snowshoe tours), Peru, and Ecuador. Winter is, generally, the most underrated season for hiking and backpacking tours in many areas, as it’s a spectacular time of year to hike but largely skipped over by many people.

When choosing your next destination, it’s important to consider more than just the time of year. You can call us 7 days a week at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to speak with our Adventure Consultant Team.

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While ryder-walker focuses on exploring the absolute best alpine experiences that international travel has to offer, we would be remiss not to also offer what we consider to be the best of the magical hiking in the united states, all of which happens to be in our company’s backyard in the desert southwest. whether exploring the soaring peaks of colorado or the mysterious canyons and desert vistas of arizona, utah and new mexico, you get the chance to experience some of our country’s most sublime and untouched wilderness.  .

Ryder-Walker’s guided Rocky Mountain High Life: Aspen to Telluride trek adventures high into the mountains of Colorado. 13,000 feet high! The home of Ryder-Walker’s office, these mountains have been close to our company for decades and offer hiking that rivals the best the Alps have to offer. The Colorado Rockies are a stunning mountain range with craggy peaks that rise above 14,000 feet, bohemian towns tucked into the mountains such as Crested Butte and Telluride , and high alpine lakes which are a truly brilliant blue. Our journey begins in Aspen, perhaps the most famous of Colorado destinations, as we explore beneath the brooding faces of the Maroon Bell mountains and enjoy the lively village at Aspen. From Aspen, we continue to Crested Butte, a mountain town centered around The Butte, a lone mountain that rises from the Colorado plains. To this day Crested Butte is Colorado’s best-kept secret . Finally, we journey to Telluride, the home of Ryder-Walker!

For self guided hikers that want to explore the vibrant mountains of Colorado we recommend our Telluride: The Switzerland of America hike. This route focuses on the area surrounding Telluride Colorado, unambiguously the most dramatic and wild section of the Colorado wilderness, and the home to Ryder-Walker and many of its guides. Visitors to this magnificent region will get to experience the same beauty and western charm that have kept us in the region for decades!  

Ryder-Walker’s trips through the desert southwest of America are some of our company’s in-house favorites, and explore the region where many of the guides spend their own vacation time! In both New Mexico and Utah we travel to all of our favorite locations in the desert. Whether they are hidden local haunts or world-class hiking destinations like Moab , the mystery and charm of the desert southwest are guaranteed to provide a profound experience – especially for those new to the stunning region. The southwest still hides many secrets, including ancient trails that lead to Anasazi cliff dwellings and hidden waterfall canyons

New Mexico: Santa Fe to Taos , which we also offer as a self guided hike, travels between the desert and the mountains in New Mexico. You get to enjoy the unique experience of leaving the desert trading city of Santa-Fe and wander upwards as the climate dramatically changes from rolling hills to the high mountains surrounding Taos. Santa Fe is a reason to visit New Mexico in itself, boasting world-class restaurants , art-crawls , and outdoor markets , Santa Fe truly feels like a gem of the wild west!

Sedona, Arches, & Canyonlands is our true desert trek that explores the heart of Utah’s national parks, including Arches, Canyonlands, and Bears Ears National Monument. Arches is an incredible testament to natural beauty with its twisting sandstone formations . Canyonlands include hundreds of miles of wandering canyons some of which are still only rarely explored. Finally, The Bears Ears National Monument is the United States’ youngest National Monument, which has been protected to preserve the historic remnants of the Anasazi people which are hidden deep within the ultra-remote desert that Bears Ears encompasses.   Every step in this alien landscape provides another surprise or delight. There is nowhere else on earth quite like Utah, and we strongly believe that it is important for every person to experience this truly different section of the US at least once in their life.


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USA | New Mexico: Santa Fe to Taos

New Mexico and the phrase the “Land of Enchantment” are synonymous, and while the state of New Mexico is most certainly that, it is actually so much more. Stunning desert vistas, high alpine peaks of the most southern portion of the Rocky Mountains, charming adobe homes and dwellings, thriving art communities, and chilis are only the tip of the iceberg...

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The Heart of Redrock Country | Sedona, Arizona

Soaring spires painted red against a backdrop of snow- covered peaks and endless blue sky, characterize the magical desert scenery of northern Arizona. Our desert trek focuses on the quiet, off the beaten paths of Sedona, Arizona, a popular town with an established reputation for exquisite dining, inspired art galleries and a plethora of outdoor activities. For outdoor enthusiasts, the...


Rocky Mountain High Life | Aspen to Telluride

Majestic snowcapped peaks; golden aspen leaves; rolling alpine meadows; tumbling waterfalls and charming Victorian hotels beckon you to explore the Maroon Bells, Elk Range and San Juan Mountains of Colorado, home of Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures. From bubbling hot springs and historic hotels, to scenic hikes and colorful towns, the Rocky Mountains offer an authentic flavor of the American West. Ryder-Walker’s...

Sun setting in the mountains of New Mexico

Stunning desert vistas, high alpine peaks of the most southern portion of the Rocky Mountains, charming adobe homes and dwellings, thriving art communities, and chilis are only the tip of the iceberg in the 47th US state. You begin your journey in Santa Fe.  Santa Fe has, over the years, become the heart and soul of New Mexico’s thriving epicurean...

Telluride, Colorado

USA | Telluride Trek: The Switzerland of America

Majestic snow capped peaks, expansive alpine meadows, tumbling waterfalls, and charming Victorian hotels beckon hikers to explore the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado; home of Ryder- Walker Alpine Adventures. From bubbling hot springs and historic hotels, to the outposts of bank robbers and miners gone “mad”, Colorado mountains over a mother lode of scenic hikes and colorful towns. Ryder-Walker’s...

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Colorado | Telluride Mini Trek

Majestic snow-capped peaks, expansive alpine meadows, tumbling waterfalls, a charming Victorian hotel and more beckon hikers to explore the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado; home of Ryder- Walker Alpine Adventures. From bubbling hot springs and historic hotels, to the outposts of bank robbers and miners gone “mad”, Colorado mountains offer a mother lode of scenic hikes and colorful towns....

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When it comes to immersing yourself in the great outdoors, nothing beats camping in the wilderness beneath a sky full of sparkling stars.

Have all the fun of an adventurous outdoor experience without any of the organizational hassle by embarking on a  hiking & backpacking tour  through some of the  USA’s most captivating landscapes  – the Intrepid way. Take in the sights of national treasures like  Zion National Park , Joshua Tree National Park, and Olympic National Park during the day, and at night, help your guide set up camp, swap stories with your fellow travelers, and let the sounds of Mother Nature slowly sing you to sleep. Simply put, unforgettable doesn’t even begin to describe it. 

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Our backpacking trips are all about switching off and getting back to basics. Say goodbye to running water, and hello to cathole toilets! Carrying a backpack loaded with camping gear, personal items and group supplies, you’ll hike through untamed backcountry and set up a new camp each day with your group. Two words: pack light.

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Our base camp trips are perfect if you don’t want to lug a backpack around, or if you'd prefer to camp with a few extra creature comforts. After enjoying daily hikes on front country trails, you’ll return to the same campsite each day equipped with proper toilets, showers, bigger tents and a camp kitchen.

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If you’re an adventurous type who also likes sleeping on a real mattress (we don't blame you), our hut-to-hut trips could be for you. You’ll still need to carry your backpack as you hike through the backcountry, but you’ll stay in huts each night that range from basic bunkhouses to comfortable motels depending on the trip.

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Hiking and backpacking in yellowstone, 4 days from 1605.

See the best of Yellowstone on an Intrepid small group hiking and camping adventure...

Hiking and Backpacking Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse

5 days from 2045.

Avoid the crowds and see the best of Southern Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry...

Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains

3 days from 1070.

Discover great trails, incredible views, spectacular summits and more on a small group...

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Hiking and camping in zion, 3 days from 1560.

Experience Utah’s most famous national park as a standalone canyon country experience...

Hiking and Camping in Joshua Tree

4 days from 1775.

Experience Joshua Tree’s surreal landscapes, cool oases, and famous Joshua Trees on a 4...

Hiking and Camping in Yellowstone

5 days from 2230.

See the best of this iconic national park on five spectacularly diverse, hand-picked...

Hiking and Camping in Utah

6 days from 2360.

Experience Utah’s most famous national park destinations and see the best of Zion,...

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Hike new hampshire's appalachian trail and presidential peaks, 4 days from 1895.

Spend an incredible 4 days hiking the highest mountains in New Hampshire, the...

Highlights of our hiking & backpacking tours

The colourful Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park

Take in the sights of Yellowstone National Park

Leave the busy roads and noisy sounds of everyday life behind as you embark on an adventure through one of the USA’s most beloved parks. Brimming with epic natural features, Yellowstone National Park boasts landscapes that need to be seen to be believed and luckily for you, you’ll get to see them all on hikes during the day before resting your body and camping out under the stars every night. 

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Marvel at the natural wonders in Yosemite

If you’re searching for remarkable sights that’ll give your camera its hardest workout yet, then search no longer – Yosemite National Park’s North Rim offers all that and so much more. Perfect for both outdoor enthusiasts and hardcore hikers, this trail boasts giant waterfalls, majestic peaks, and flower-filled meadows you’re bound to ooh and ahh over. And at night, set up camp, enjoy a hearty meal, and fall asleep under the night sky’s twinkling stars. 

Hikers wading through the Narrows in Zion National Park

Explore Utah's wild west

Picture this: you wake up to the peaceful sounds of Mother Nature and have your morning coffee surrounded by spring-fed creeks, huge canyons and colourful cliffs. Spend six days hiking in Utah ’s most iconic national parks and watch these otherworldly landscapes come alive. Trek through Bryce Canyon’s awe-inspiring “hoodoos” and natural amphitheatres, wade through the rushing waters of Zion’s slot canyons, and explore the labyrinth of potholes, arches, and grottos in the dreamy Escalante. 

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Hike the Appalachian Trail

Explore one of the most beautiful sections of the Appalachian Trail on a three-day backcountry adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll journey deep into the wilderness of the Cradle of Forestry, wind through postcard-perfect grassy meadows and witness the majestic cascades of Looking Glass Falls – maybe jumping in for a swim to cool down. The best part? You’ll camp on the summit of the spectacular Shining Rock and enjoy lunch on huge ledges overlooking the rolling plains of Ivestor Gap.

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Our  US National Park Tours  offer something for all kinds of adventurers, explore our range below.

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A moose in the wild in Denali National Park

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Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park

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Kenai Fjords National Park from the water

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Walking and trekking tours

Our hiking & backpacking tour reviews, essential info & faqs, what's the range of backpacking and hiking trips available.

We offer a wide range of all-inclusive backpacking and hiking tours in some of the USA's best national parks and scenic trails. Apart from getting yourself to the meeting point and bringing your personal items, everything is organised and provided for you including an expert hiking guide, permits and fees, meals, and most camping and hiking gear. Our trips range from base camp tours that include easy to moderate day hikes on front country trails to multi-day backpacking or hut-to-hut adventures in high mountains and backcountry routes. 

What do I have to carry when we hike?

On our backpacking and hut-to-hut tours you'll need to carry a backpack that weighs between 25-45 lbs (11-20 kg) depending on the itinerary and season. It'll be loaded will be with your personal items (clothing, camera, toiletries, water bladder, etc), camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc), and a portion of the group's food supplies or camping gear. Base camp tours are a bit different – we'll return to the same campsite each day so you can leave your main bag at camp. You'll still need a small daypack to carry your water bottle, snacks, camera and any other essential items while we're out hiking. 

Should I bring/pack anything special?

We'll provide you with camping gear including a daypack, trekking poles, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow. Essentials you'll need to bring from home include a three-litre water bladder or bottle, hiking clothes and boots, headlamp, toiletries and medication, camera and any other personal items you might need. Just remember, it's no fun lugging a really heavy bag around so try to pack as light as possible. 

How fit do I need to be to join?

While our range of backpacking and hiking trips differ in difficulty, it is recommended that you have a reasonable level of fitness so that the tour's enjoyable and you can get the most out of your holiday. To do this, try participating in some form of physical activity (such as long walks, running, cycling, etc) at least six weeks out from your trip. It's also a good idea to do some shorter test hikes with a backpack or something similar so you can become comfortable carrying your gear when the trip comes. 

To help you choose the trip with the right level of difficulty, our team will forward an assessment form to you at the time of booking, and we will be open to discussing your choice and making suggestions if need be. You won't be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. 

What sort of safety precautions are taken?

We value the safety of our customers, staff and fellow travellers very highly so you can rest assured that you'll be safe throughout the duration of your trip. Our leaders are well-trained and experienced (as well as insured) and don't cut corners when it comes to the wellbeing and safety of others. This means we only take well-researched trails and listen to all safety warnings when it comes to changing weather conditions. 

Do I need special insurance for backpacking trips?

The short answer is no and yes - you won't need any extra insurance to cover any additional or technical activities that come with a backpacking and hiking trip but you will need to have an insurance policy that covers activities such as hiking and trekking. To make sure you're appropriately covered, we recommend presenting your insurer with the trip's itinerary.

Are backpacking and hiking trips accessible?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely  accessible , regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to join a backpacking and hiking trip?

Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. However, any guest who has been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or who develops flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, body aches/chills, recent loss of taste or smell), or who tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of their scheduled trip will not be allowed to join the trip without a negative COVID-19 test result.

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North America, the third-largest continent in the world, holds some of the greatest natural history adventures imaginable. Whale-watch and snorkel with dolphins in sunny Baja California, track the wolf packs of Yellowstone’s iconic Lamar Valley, watch polar bears roam the tundra in Manitoba, and sea kayak in Alaska’s glacier-carved world as bald eagles soar and humpback whales breach.

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This trip really exceeded my expectations. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and we were able to see so much of it and all the amazing wildlife, plant life, and landscapes. A full itinerary without feeling overwhelming.
The inclusion of the Blackfoot Powwow, the museum visit, the rodeo, and the Blackfoot ranger program presentation made this so much more than a hiking trip!
This is an amazing tour and experience of Baja and the Sea of Cortez. We had more than one unique experience daily and guides enlightening us about what we were seeing and experiencing.
This is the only way to really experience Alaska and meet its people. The food was incredible, the boat a classic, and our naturalist was wonderfully knowledgeable, whether we were kayaking, hiking, or whale watching! It was a magical and soulful way to see the Inside Passage just as John Muir saw it.
This was the magical trip of a lifetime. We sailed on incredible blue-green water, hiked in forests of cactus, and touched sweet, young whales. I will never be the same.
This was a magical trip with wonderful leaders and terrific fellow shipmates. i loved learning and seeing so much in this part of Baja. The whole experience has made me ever more mindful to look and listen carefully for all the sights and sounds of the sea, the land, the sky, and even under the sea.
Our guide was great, hotels were local in feel but also elegant and comfortable, logistics were amazingly smooth, variety of scenery and breadth of feel for the country was wonderful—mountains, tropics, forest walks, jungle river trips, city tour. It was a total package!
All-in-all, the trip was amazing—the trip of a lifetime. The crew did a wonderful job and the kayaking and hiking was great (although I could have done more, but do realize that sometimes the boat just has to travel!). And we were really fortunate to have a great group of guests that all got along.
This was a fabulous way to travel the Alaskan Inside Passage, a wonderland of beauty and inspiring vistas. The crew really made the trip memorable and I cannot say enough wonderful things about them. We saw so much wildlife everywhere we turned and spent one serene day kayaking with humpback whales that was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It just could not have been better.
This was such a wonderful trip. We saw an almost unbelievable variety of wildlife. Our leader was terrific – extraordinary knowledge of the plants and animals of Costa Rica. Education, fun, adventure, and exercise equals a great vacation.
Everyone at Wilderness Travel from our first call to our final good-bye at the airport was exceptional!
The food was absolutely outstanding—it was like dining every day in a three star restaurant. Captain Bill is an wonderful guy with great stories. He was able to navigate the many icebergs and got our small vessel right to the head of the Dawson Glacier!

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The Best Hikes in the U.S. From Maine to California

Explore the great outdoors at these hiking areas across the U.S.

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There’s no shortage of hiking trails snaking through the beautiful natural landscapes of the United States. From the meadows of Mount Rainier National Park to volcanic vistas in Hawaii, sometimes the best way to appreciate this country is on your own two feet. As proof, we’ve rounded up some of the very best hikes, from the East Coast to the West.

These trails range from easy to moderate. They also represent a diversity of landscapes, from alpine to volcanic, from the Appalachian Trail to Carmel-by-the-Sea. As you weigh up which one is right for you, it’s always a good rule of thumb to check the official site of the park operating your trail of choice for information on current conditions, permits, and closures.

Explore canyons, waterfalls, and breathtaking views on the best 18 hiking trails in the U.S.

Nugget Falls Trail, Tongass National Forest, Alaska

Visitors to the Tongass National Forest can hike through dense forests and meadows, explore caves, or even venture on a wooden "boardwalk" trail through swampy bogs called muskegs. With more than 700 miles of trails cutting through the property, hikers need never see the same sights twice. Many of the most accessible paths start at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau. The area is a nature lover's paradise, with visitors often spotting bald eagles, sockeye salmon, and black bear cubs. The Nugget Falls Trail provides particularly great views of the waterfall and the glacier, and it's a relatively easy 0.8-mile hike.

Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park , 75 miles from Washington, D.C., is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors in Virginia. The park consists of 200,000 acres of protected lands, home to deer, songbirds, and a clear, star-speckled night sky. The park also has over 500 miles of hiking trails, including more than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail ; you can tackle a small section for a day hike. Each trail offers something new, including waterfalls, viewpoints, and deep forests.

Burroughs Mountain Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state is home to one of the most iconic mountains in the world. Mount Rainier rises 14,410 feet above sea level straight into the clouds. But the summit of the mountain isn't the only hiking opportunity in the park. The park has more than 260 miles of maintained trails that lead visitors through peaceful old-growth forests, river valleys, and subalpine meadows. Check out the Burroughs Mountain Trail for stunning views of Mount Rainier and the alpine landscape.

Halema'uma'u Trail, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park provides visitors with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of getting up close and personal with the extreme heat of a volcano . The park has several trails available to visitors, including the Halema'uma'u Trail, a 0.8-mile hike descending 425 feet at the southern edge of Kīlauea caldera that takes visitors through a rain forest.

Charlies Bunion Hike, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Spread across two states, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is world-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life and sprawling mountains to explore. The park offers miles of official and backcountry trails with views of waterfalls and old-growth forests. For a particularly breathtaking vista of the mountains and valley, hike to Charlies Bunion , a popular outcropping along the Appalachian Trail. You may even be inspired to take up the " Hike the Smokies " challenge, which rewards hikers who have covered more than 100 miles with exclusive mileage pins.

Billy Goat Trail, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland

Billy Goat Trail is a moderate 4.75-mile hike located in Maryland, just minutes from Washington, D.C. Here, outdoor enthusiasts can experience the raging Potomac River and the rocky crags of Great Falls . The hike is incredibly popular, so visit early to beat the crowds. Be sure to check for closures, as Section A is sometimes closed due to flooding, and Section B may be unavailable due to trail damage and erosion.

Kalalau Trail, Hā'ena State Park, Hawaii

Kalalau Trail in Hā'ena State Park on the island of Kauai runs about 11 miles along the island's north shore from Keʻe Beach to the Kalalau Valley. All visitors must pay an entrance fee, and a camping permit is required to hike past Hanakāpīʻai Beach, even if you don't plan to stay the night. Be warned: The trail is challenging and dangerous. The trek takes experienced hikers through streams and up steep hills but rewards thrill seekers with stunning views of the crystal blue waters surrounding the island.

Chautauqua Trail, Chautauqua Park, Colorado

Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado, has been around since 1898. The 80-acre park has miles of hiking, much of which is uphill. But there are less strenuous hikes, too. You can start with the Chautauqua Trail, which offers views of the Flatiron mountains and Boulder, before moving on to more challenging trails.

Canyon to Rim Loop, Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Hikes at Smith Rock State Park vary in length and difficulty, but they all offer beautiful views of the Central Oregon landscape. The park suggests visitors arrive early in the morning for sightings of geese and ducks on the banks of the river. And throughout the day, you may even spot golden eagles, prairie falcons, river otters, and beaver. Take the gentle Canyon Trail past the Rope-de-Dope climbing area and up to the rim for spectacular canyon views.

Petroglyph Wall Trail, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada offers mainly short-distance hikes (many clock in at less than five miles), but don't let the length fool you. Many of the hikes at Red Rock Canyon are labeled as difficult, and it can take upward of four to five hours to complete just a five-mile hike. Along the different routes, you can try to spot desert wildlife, including lizards, toads, and hawks. One of the park's most beginner-friendly must-do hikes is the 0.2-mile Petroglyph Wall Trail , which takes you past centuries-old rock art.

South Rim Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

With more than 630 miles of trails, Grand Canyon National Park is a magnet for adventurous hikers. The canyon's rim offers stunning panoramas for miles and miles, while the inner corridor boasts multicolored rock layers carved by the Colorado River. Experts can attempt to see it all by hiking the canyon from rim to rim . But the park also has a plethora of easier hiking options , including the South Rim Trail. This mostly flat and paved trail offers access to canyon's-edge views for hikers and visitors using the South Rim's hop-on, hop-off shuttle.

Cadillac North Ridge Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park has hikes from easy to strenuous, each offering different views of the bays and tiny islands off the coast of Maine. The Cadillac North Ridge Trail is a great choice for incredible views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Schoodic Peninsula, and is 4.4 miles round trip. The park remains open year-round, but it does experience limited closures in the harsh winter months, so be sure to check the website before visiting.

Grinnell Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana

Covering more than a million acres,  Glacier National Park provides the headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Hudson Bay. The Montana park has several hikes, including more than a dozen options ranging from easy to difficult around the Many Glacier area, like the 11.2-mile out-and-back Grinnell Glacier Trail. Along the way, look out for the park's varied wildlife, including 71 species of mammals, from the tiny pygmy shrew to one of the largest remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48.

Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah offers one of the most unique sights of any hiking excursion. The park is home to hoodoos, which are odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion. In fact, Bryce Canyon has the largest collection of hoodoos in the world, and you can see them from the Rim Trail. Once you reach the end of the 5.5 mile trail , you'll be treated to views of the Main Amphitheater. Bryce Canyon offers hikes for all levels, including backcountry options for those looking for a little added adventure and moonlight tours for night-owl explorers.

Upper Emerald Pools Trail, Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park , Utah's first national park, is famous for its massive cream, pink, and red sandstone cliffs, freestanding arches, and hiking trails suitable for all experience levels. Hikers should attempt to visit for sunrise and sunset to snap breathtaking photos of sunlight splashing off the cliffs and into the rivers below. Try the Upper Emerald Pools Trail for an easy hike leading to sparkling waterfalls. Visit in the spring to beat the summer crowds and see the most waterfalls.

Mount Ida Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain National Park 's 415 square miles of Colorado wilderness encompasses lakes, mountains, and spectacular hiking. The park has more than 350 miles of trails, offering the chance to see wide-open views and wildlife, including birds, reptiles, and bears. The 9.4-mile out-and-back Mount Ida Trail is one of the park's most popular hikes thanks to its spectacular scenery above the treeline.

Point Lobos Loop Trail, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California

The Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in California 's picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea has more than a dozen trails for visitors to explore. To experience the stunning ocean vistas to the full, tackle the Point Lobos Loop Trail, which stretches more than six miles mainly along the coast. Look out for the 19th-century Whalers Cabin and marine mammals basking on the rocks in secluded Sea Lion Cove.

Half Dome Day Hike, Yosemite National Park, California

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The Half Dome day hike in California's Yosemite National Park offers visitors a true adventure into the wilderness along the 14- to 16-mile round-trip trail. Visitors, however, are warned on the national park's site that this trail is exclusively for well-prepared and experienced hikers, as the elevation gain of 4,800 feet can feel overwhelming. In total, the hike usually takes between 10 and 12 hours to complete.

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Retracing the steps of the Stampeders route over the Chilkoot Pass. | Mark Daffey

If you’re after a lot more freedom than a group tour might allow you, more flexibility to travel at your own pace or just a sense of accomplishment of achieving a goal on your own - without compromising on the security and organisation of a guided tour - you should definitely consider a self-guided hiking trip in North America..

Designed to help you see the United States or Canada at your own pace, our self-guided hiking tours operate for as little as one person on selected departures and are incredibly flexible, economical and most of all, fun.

During a self-guided hike all the hassle of trip logistics like luggage transfers and accommodation is taken care of, allowing complete freedom for you to explore fascinating landscapes rich in history, culture, and beauty.

Our detailed route notes and maps mean you’ll stay on track, while the 24/7 emergency contact number, should anything go amiss, is also comforting.

Our North American self-guided hiking tours include hand-picked accommodations that showcase the best of a town or village, your bags being transported each day to the next evening’s accommodation, clear and detailed route descriptions and maps and local sightseeing information covering the best things to see and do en route. Under your own steam you’ll have time to savour the sights and delights of the region at your pace.

Discover North America in an active way on one of our self-guided hiking tours in the United States or Canada.

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North America Active is a division of the World Expeditions Travel Group, who has been operating authentic and unique active and adventure holidays with a genuine focus on the paths less travelled since 1975.

We are the pioneers in designing groundbreaking itineraries across the globe, and many say our trips start where most others end.

As the leaders in responsible travel, we offer big adventures with a small environmental footprint.

While safety is core to how we operate, we’re also focused on the fun factor and suitably challenging you to feel that great sensation of personal achievement while enjoying the camaraderie of like minded travelers.

Quality Inclusions

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. We've sourced the highest equipment and most authentic accommodations so you can enjoy a stress free self guided walking trip in your chosen pocket of the US or Canada.

North America Active is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. It was a commitment formed when our parent company, World Expeditions, was established in 1975, and today, in the face of a multitude of threats to global environments and cultures, our commitment is stronger than ever. Over several decades we have honed our responsible travel philosophy and are continually assessing and improving initiatives that are practiced in the field to ensure that we are mitigating our impact to the smallest possible footprint. By joining a hiking or cycling tour, you too are making a concerted effort to minimize your impact when you travel. Learn more about our Thoughtful Travel policies and practices .

Frequently Asked Questions

what is a self-guided trip.

Our wide range of self-guided itineraries across the USA and Canada have been designed to afford you as much freedom as possible to explore what interests you, at your own pace. We take care of the logistics: we supply you with lodgings in charming inns and B&B’s, mountain huts, and 2, 3 and 4-star hotels chosen for their location and local flavour; we provide route maps and information about sites you can visit; we generally include daily breakfast, packed lunches during remote hikes, and often dinner; we organise for your luggage to be transferred daily.

? How fit do I have to be?

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips, with each itinerary carefully-graded for ease of selecting the trip that best suits you. Detailed information, including suggested pre-trip training, can be found in the trip notes and pre-departure information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the physical requirements of your trip and speak to our staff if you have any questions. View our trip grading system for more detail as to how we grade the activity levels on our adventures and the suggested physical preparation.

? What is the accommodation like?

We have carefully selected a range of charming inns, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and hotels, based on their charismatic nature and the fact that they epitomise the region in which you are travelling. Most smaller properties are family-run, so expect a healthy dose of local charm and insights while you're there.

? I’m a solo traveller, can I join a self-guided tour?

On a number of our self-guided tours, transfer services are shared so you will meet others along the way and need only pay the cost of covering single room accommodations. On select self-guided tours which operate using private transfer services, we offer Solo Friendly departures; Solo travellers can sign up on these departure dates and we will match them up with other solo travellers. And, for those who are happy to go it alone, there is an option to pay a solo traveller supplement for private transfer services and accommodation throughout. Please check the trip notes or ask one of our agents for more details.

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Discovery & Cruising

These are our least demanding trips. These journeys of discovery and cruises involve little or no extended activity and are suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. The itinerary may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and may involve long travel days on various types of transport. Sightseeing may be conducted on foot and all participants should be capable of carrying their own luggage from vehicle to hotel rooms. These adventures rarely involve camping.

Adventure Touring

These adventure tours may visit remote areas where facilities are often basic. Some of these trips involve camping or basic lodging. These adventure tours will sometimes involve long journeys and rough roads. Sightseeing and optional day walks are often included and these days may involve up to 5 hours of physical activity.


These trips involve trekking or walking, cycling, or paddling for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace and should never be misinterpreted to mean they are easy trips. Hikes are mainly on well-defined trails with undulating terrain and cycling is on mostly flat surfaces.

These trips involve a combination of what is described in our Introductory and Moderate levels. The emphasis is on introductory activity with some moderate components. Hiking trips typically require carrying a daypack only, but could involve carrying a pack of up to 20 pounds (9kg), depending on personal gear.

These adventures involve trekking, cycling, or paddling for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace. Many moderately graded hiking trips involve the carrying of a daypack only, though some may involve carrying a backpack of up to 30 pounds (14kg), depending on personal gear. Hikers should be prepared for plenty of roots, rocks, significant elevation gain, wilderness camping, and potential variable weather conditions. Cyclists should be prepared for undulating terrain and some steep hills.

Moderate to Challenging

These trips involve a combination of what is described in our Moderate and Challenging levels. The emphasis is on moderate activity with some challenging components. Hikers should be prepared for very rugged off-trail hiking, significant elevation gain, wilderness camping, and to carry a pack weighing up 45 pounds (20kg), depending on personal gear.


These adventures involve trekking, cycling or paddling in remote areas in variable weather conditions for up to 8 to 10 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). Hikers should be prepared for very rugged off-trail hiking, significant elevation gain, wilderness camping, and to carry a pack weighing up to 45 pounds (20kg), depending on personal gear.

These journeys of discovery and cruises are suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health.

Suggested preparation: Once or twice a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

To enjoy these adventures, we suggest you are reasonably fit, healthy, have a moderately active lifestyle and have a positive attitude.

Suggested preparation: Two or three times a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour or more, for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Our introductory trips are not ‘easy’ trips and you will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health.

Suggested preparation: 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for 3 months leading up to your trip.

On these adventures you will need a good level of fitness and be in good health.

Suggested preparation: We recommend 45 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week from a minimum of 3 months leading up to your trip. This can include swimming, jogging, hard walking or cycling. For hiking trips, hill or stair walking with a 15lb daypack is highly recommended at least once per week.

These adventures require a good level of fitness and be in good health.

Suggested preparation: 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week and extended periods of exercise during the weekend. This can include swimming, jogging, hard walking or cycling. For hiking trips, hill or stair walking with a full day pack is strongly recommended at least once per week (or a 30lb pack for backpacking trips).

These trips require an excellent level of fitness and be in good health.

Suggested preparation: 1 hour of aerobic exercise, four to five times per week for three to six months leading up to departure. Hill walking with a full pack in variable weather conditions or on/off road cycling is essential.

On these adventures, you will need to be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions, have an excellent level of fitness and be in good health.

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Best u.s. national parks for 2024.

For more than 100 years, the National Park Service has managed millions of acres solely for the "enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations." Today, 63 designated national parks in the United States draw millions of visitors a year to witness jaw-dropping natural wonders and unforgettable terrains. To determine the best U.S. national parks, U.S. News considered scenic beauty, range of activities and the opinions of both travel experts and recent park visitors. Do you have a favorite park? Cast your vote below to help us determine next year's ranking. (Note: Some of the below destinations require reservations for timed entry. Plan ahead to ensure you can visit on your preferred date.)

Glacier National Park

Yellowstone national park, yosemite national park, grand canyon national park, grand teton national park, zion national park, denali national park and preserve, kenai fjords national park, bryce canyon national park, redwood national and state parks, arches national park, sequoia national park, olympic national park, hawai'i volcanoes national park, mount rainier national park, rocky mountain national park.

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Considered one of the world's best places to visit , Glacier National Park spans two mountain ranges and includes more than 700 lakes across Montana. Take advantage of the park's expansive hiking trails, and be sure to hit traveler favorites like the Trail of the Cedars and Iceberg Lake Trail. Other activities include a ride along the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road and a trip to the unique Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Canadian border. What's more, Glacier National Park hosts plenty of free ranger-led activities like guided hikes and stargazing events ideal for visitors of all ages.

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Even if Yellowstone didn't hold the incredible distinction of being the world's first national park, the 2.2 million-acre park, which stretches across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, could easily stand on its own for its unique natural attractions and magnificent landscapes . Here, travelers can get lost in the splendor of Yellowstone's many lakes, mountains, bison-filled valleys and, of course, its unmatched hot springs and active geysers (of which the park boasts more than half of the world's supply). To avoid the crowds that often plague Yellowstone while also ensuring excellent weather, plan to visit in April, May or October.

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One of California's most-visited national parks, Yosemite National Park stands out for its bevy of impressive waterfalls, such as Vernal Fall and Bridalveil Fall, as well as its unique granite rock formations like Half Dome and El Capitan. There are also ample scenic hiking and camping opportunities; just keep in mind that campsites sell out quickly after becoming available for booking, so make your reservations in advance. Whatever your itinerary may be, make sure to stop by the Tunnel View overlook, which offers showstopping panoramas of Yosemite Valley. What's more, the picturesque lookout spot is relatively easy to access (no hiking is required).

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The Grand Canyon is so magnificent that even the highest quality photos don't do the Arizona park's vast beauty justice – you just have to see it in person. The 18-by-277-mile UNESCO World Heritage Site offers endless hiking opportunities with trails of various lengths and degrees of difficulty, as well as the chance to raft the Colorado River. For a slight break from the tourist crowds, head to the less-congested North Rim. And if you're looking for a different vantage point, consider a helicopter tour to learn more about Grand Canyon National Park and see it in all its glory from above.

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Jackson Hole's backcountry is a wild wonderland begging to be explored. Once home to ranchers and fur trappers, this Wyoming park now offers more than 250 miles of trails that weave past forests, lakes and the jagged, snow-capped peaks of the Grand Teton mountain range. The Cascade Canyon Trail – which takes travelers past waterfalls, glacier-carved canyons and more – shows off the best of Grand Teton National Park's stunning topography. Don't forget to stop by the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center to stock up on maps, check out its informational exhibits and watch the interesting documentary film about the park.

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Utah's Zion National Park is a paradise for thrill-seekers. Hike Angels Landing, which brings you up through a nearly 1,500-foot natural staircase (permits are required to hike this popular trail and are awarded through an online lottery system). You can also trek The Narrows, a roughly 10-mile hike through the thinnest section of Zion Canyon, which requires hikers to travel upstream through the Virgin River. For a less strenuous exploration of the park, join a shuttle bus tour to traverse the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, which takes you past many of the park's most famous landmarks.

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Spanning six million acres of unspoiled Alaskan wilderness, Denali National Park and Preserve is as vast as it is fascinating. One-sixth of the park is covered in glaciers, and the tallest mountain in North America, Denali, stands within its bounds, towering at 20,310 feet high. The park appeals to true explorers as there isn't an abundance of marked trails. However, free ranger-led trail hikes are available seasonally. Visitors can also watch a sled dog demonstration, go snowmobiling or take a narrated bus tour of the 92-mile Denali Park Road to see scenic landmarks like Savage River and Wonder Lake.

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Comprised of glaciers, coastal fjords and icefields, Kenai Fjords National Park transports guests to an age where ice covered large parts of the earth. The Harding Icefield – which was created more than 23,000 years ago – is one of this Alaska park's main features, extending for 700 square miles and viewable via the 8.2-mile Harding Icefield Trail. Visitors can also embark on the Glacier Overlook Trail and Glacier View Loop Trail to catch vistas of Exit Glacier, which flows from the famed icefield. Or, take a kayak or a boat tour to experience the awe-inspiring landscapes from the water.

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Hoodoos are odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from forces of erosion, and Bryce Canyon National Park is home to the most extensive collection of hoodoos in the world. Located in southern Utah, the nearly 36,000-acre park offers an array of hiking opportunities. All trails offer a glimpse of the impressive red rock formations; visitors can also sign up for guided horseback riding tours. While Bryce Canyon is most popular in summer, the park's stark white snow-covered landscape juxtaposed with the orange-red rocks is an unforgettable sight. Winter is also a prime time for activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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As the name suggests, Redwood National and State Parks are best known for their sky-high redwood trees, which typically soar more than 300 feet tall. Along with exploring the old-growth redwood groves, travelers can hike past rivers, through prairies and along 40 miles of Pacific Coast shoreline, spotting wildlife like elk, sea lions and various species of birds as they go. If you can't stay long, scenic drives like Howland Hill Road and Enderts Beach Road showcase park highlights. But for those wanting to sleep under the stars and rise with the sun, there are four developed campgrounds.

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Established in 1929 and awarded national park status in 1971, Arches National Park covers nearly 77,000 acres in eastern Utah. Oddly shaped sandstone monuments occupy every view, and the formations make the park an excellent place for backpackers, rock climbers and hikers, not to mention photographers. Visitors will find a whopping 2,000-plus arches in the park – the world's densest concentration of these natural structures. The most popular to see are Landscape Arch, Delicate Arch and Double Arch. Plus, travelers will want to check out the visitor center, which features a wealth of information and exhibits outlining Arches National Park's history, geology and more.

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Sequoia National Park is defined by its beautiful, towering sequoia trees – the largest trees in the world. Travelers can hike through this unique California national park to admire its trees, rivers, meadows and wildlife. A visit here is not complete without seeing the Giant Forest's General Sherman Tree, which measures nearly 275 feet tall and more than 36 feet in diameter, making it the world's largest tree by volume. After you ogle the truly impressive evergreens, try some other adventurous activities like rock climbing, horseback riding or fishing.

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Among the nearly 1 million acres that make up Olympic National Park, visitors can wander through the enchanting Hoh Rainforest, trek to stunning overlooks and relax on more than 70 miles of Pacific Northwest coastline. One of North America's top hiking destinations , this Washington state gem features top trails like Mount Storm King and the Hall of Mosses. However, you will also want to save time for trying out one of Olympic National Park's other popular activities, which range from canoeing on Lake Crescent to birdwatching on Kalaloch and Ruby Beach.

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Visit Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park for a chance to get up close and personal with two of the world's most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The latter almost continually erupts, which visitors can witness from multiple points in the park, including Crater Rim Drive and the famous Chain of Craters Road (although eruption sightings are never guaranteed). While driving along Chain of Craters Road, set aside time to stop at the Kealakomo Overlook. The scenic lookout offers expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and the ancient village of Kealakomo.

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At 14,410 feet tall, Mount Rainer is the highest peak in the Cascade Range and the tallest volcano in the contiguous United States. Though thousands of travelers tackle the ambitious hike to the mountain's summit each year, it's far more popular to drive to Sunrise, the highest point accessible by vehicle, to soak in 360-degree views of the Cascade Range and Emmons Glacier. Numerous shorter hikes are also available at Mount Rainier National Park, so visitors can explore the temperate rainforests of Carbon River, admire the picturesque wildflower meadows at Paradise or search for the waterfalls in the old-growth forests at Ohanapecosh.

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The Rockies earn plenty of points for their convenience. Sitting about 70 miles northwest of Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park makes for an easy daytrip. However, you could also spend days exploring this Colorado park. The Rockies' magnificent landscape is one for the books, featuring more than 350 miles of scenic trails, plenty of lakes and numerous mountain peaks taller than 10,000 feet. If you're short on time, Emerald Lake Trail is a popular trek that's less than 5 miles round trip and promises spectacular alpine views. If you'd rather skip the hiking, opt instead for an auto tour of Trail Ridge Road.

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10 Hiking Capitals Of America

  • Sedona, AZ, boasts 254 scenic hiking trails, showcasing stunning desert landscapes and red rocks that glow orange under sunlight.
  • Asheville, NC, offers 50 trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring easy loops and challenging trails like Mountains to the Sea.
  • Salt Lake City, UT, has 197 scenic trails surrounded by snowy mountains, deserts, and lush forests, catering to all experience levels.

Anyone with an interest in hiking or outdoor activities will know that the United States features some of the best hiking destinations on Earth. From beautiful forests and picturesque mountains to otherworldly deserts and enthralling wetlands, the United States has hiking trails that appeal to every interest.

Many travelers looking for bucket hikes in the USA might believe they have to travel to remote locations far from civilization. However, in reality, some of the country's most expansive and impressive trail networks lie within proximity to major cities and towns. These US cities with hiking trails nearby often sit close to specific natural landmarks or attractions, or else simply feature miles and miles of trails suitable for travelers of all experience levels.

For hiking aficionados looking to get their fix on the best outdoor treks the United States has to offer (or indeed those looking for places to live in America with year-round hiking ), here are some of America's hiking capitals that everyone should visit at least once.

10 Most Livable Hiking Towns In America

Sedona, arizona, 254 scenic hiking trails.

The name "Sedona" is already famous among most outdoorsy types in the United States. Located in Coconino and Yavapai Counties in Northern Arizona, Sedona is famous for its incredible landscape that blends eye-popping desert scenes with tranquil forests and even snow-capped mountains.

Lying within Coconino National Forest , Sedona offers visitors easy access to 254 trails rated by . Many of these trails take hikers past some of the region's most notable geological features, such as the bright-red sandstone rock formations that glow bright orange under the sunlight at both sunrise and sunset.

Hikers in Sedona can enjoy some of the city's top-ranked trails, such as the Devil's Bridge Trail , the Cathedral Rock Trail , and the Boynton Canyon Trail . Hikers with less experience or who are just looking for an easier jaunt into nature can enjoy Sedona's 73 trails with an "easy" AllTrails rating, such as the Soldier Pass trail to Seven Sacred Pools .

Portland, Oregon

210 scenic hiking trails.

Oregon's prime location in the scenic Pacific Northwest gives it a special status among hikers and outdoor types. Portland, Oregon's largest city, certainly does not withhold scenic hiking routes from visitors. Even walking around downtown Portland, travelers can often see the iconic, snowy peak of Mount Hood rising in the distance. This alone should give anyone a good idea of the hiking options just outside the city limits.

According to, Portland has 210 scenic trails through the surrounding Pacific Northwest landscape that, in total, offer something for every potential hiker or traveler. Even within Portland's city limits, hikers can enjoy trails through many of the city's exceptional city parks. This includes the enchanting Forest Park , which happens to be one of the largest forest reserves in the country. Visitors to the park can take a top hiking trail like the Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion route and suddenly find themselves transported from a major city to a seemingly unspoiled forest.

Visitors can also make a day trip to the aforementioned Mount Hood and explore many of the incredible trails in Mount Hood National Forest . Portland's Wildwood Trail and Aspen Trail offer more challenging treks through forests surrounding the city.

10 Small Towns To Live In With Beautiful Hiking Trails

Boulder, colorado, 200 scenic hiking trails.

The state of Colorado is arguably associated with the concept of "mountains" more than any other state in the country. Located right in the heart of North America's famous Rocky Mountains, an area home to some of the best hikes in Colorado, the state unsurprisingly features gorgeous mountain scenery, pristine lakes, deep forests, and other attractions for fans of the outdoors.

While cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, and Durango have access to excellent hiking trails, the true hiking capital of Colorado is undoubtedly the city of Boulder . Boulder lies directly at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains' Front Range, where the eastern plains dramatically rise into snow-capped mountain peaks towering in the west. Thanks to this unique geographical location, Boulder also features extensive networks of hiking trails that cover both easy and more challenging terrain.

For example, the Flatirons Vista Trail is an easier trail that gives hikers excellent views of the famous "Flatirons" rock formations among the Rocky Mountains foothills. At the same time, the much more challenging Royal Arch Trail takes hikers through hardier terrain into some of the most stunning views of the surrounding landscape anywhere in the city. Boulder lies within a short distance of Rocky Mountain National Park , so visitors can also plan a day trip to experience many of the best hiking trails in the Rocky Mountain Range.

Salt Lake City, Utah

197 scenic hiking trails.

Utah as a whole presents hikers with once-in-a-lifetime excursions into some of America's most unique landscapes. With an intricate combination of snowy mountains, arid deserts, and gorgeous forests, Utah contains abundant trails that are unlike anywhere else on Earth.

While any city or town in Utah will probably have hiking options, the true hiking capital of Utah is undoubtedly its actual capital of Salt Lake City. Lying near the shores of the eponymous Great Salt Lake, the region surrounding Salt Lake City offers hikers some of the most memorable hikes they are likely to experience in their lives.

According to, the Salt Lake City area has 197 scenic trails that represent all difficulty levels. This includes the easy Donut Falls Trail , the moderate Lake Mary Trail , and the hard Brighton Lakes Trail to Sunset Peak . Many of Salt Lake City's trails are also excellent destinations for mountain biking, backpacking, and camping.

Plus, the surrounding region also has some of the country's best destinations for winter sports, such as alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. These winter activities in and around Salt Lake City are one of the reasons this destination is so popular in the chilly season.

Ideal for hikers with less experience or ability, Utah offers many parks that offer scenic views with minimal hiking .

Boise, Idaho

160 scenic hiking trails.

The landscape around the city of Boise, Idaho, presents a perfect blend of rugged hills, expansive grasslands, and beautiful river valleys to make it a premier destination for hikers of all kinds. The centerpiece of Boise's natural splendor is the nearby Boise National Forest, which contains awe-inspiring rocky mountains rising from gorgeous evergreen forests. Hikers who wish to explore this area can visit Freddy's Stack Rock Trail for a lengthier, more challenging hike, or the Homestead Trail for a more moderate hike.

Another major attraction near Boise is the Lucky Peak State Park , which includes several hikes up to mountain summits, such as the Cervidae Peak trail . All in all, identifies 160 scenic trails in and around Boise . These trails also offer several opportunities for camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV experiences.

Los Angeles, California

133 scenic hiking trails.

Los Angeles is so much more than just cool beaches and Hollywood stars. The Southern California metropolis is one of the best destinations for hikers on the West Coast. AllTrails currently lists 133 separate scenic hiking trails in the Los Angeles area . These trails include both simple walking trails and more challenging treks up hills and valleys. Given the cultural and historical significance of Los Angeles as a whole, many of its trails bring hikers up close to major historical sites as well.

Many of the best hiking trails within the City of Los Angeles are in Griffith Park . As one of the country's greatest municipal parks, Griffith Park covers 4,310 acres and features 67 distinct trails through the city's gorgeous Santa Monica Mountains. Many of these trails take hikers up to the famous Griffith Observatory , where they can get incredible views of downtown LA and the world-famous Hollywood Sign.

Hikers looking for more challenging hikes can venture out to the San Gabriel Mountains or the Will Rogers State Historic Park .

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Anchorage, alaska, 106 scenic hiking trails.

Due to its remote location, vast size, and intimidating landscape, Alaska may seem like the final frontier when it comes to American hiking destinations. However, the state's largest city provides excellent access to many incredible hiking trails without the requirement of trekking out too far into the remote Alaskan wilderness.

A glance at the Anchorage skyline will reveal epic mountains, heavenly shoreline, and rugged wilderness all within close distance to the city. By far a favorite destination for hikers within range of Anchorage is the stunning Chugach State Park. With its towering mountains, massive glaciers, and deep woodlands, Chugach State Park packs a bit more punch than even many national parks found elsewhere in the country. Plus, thanks to its proximity to the city of Anchorage, Chugach State Park's extensive hiking trails are well within range of anyone visiting Anchorage itself.

Many of these trails represent challenging treks for experienced hikers, such as the park's Flattop Mountain Trail and the Basher Trail to Wolverine Peak . While both of these trails are difficult, they reward hikers with incredible scenery and awe-inspiring views of the Alaskan landscape. Visitors to Anchorage looking for easier trails can enjoy many of the city's great public parks, such as Elderberry Park and Kincaid Park .

Seattle, Washington

86 scenic hiking trails.

As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is unsurprisingly also the region's primary capital for excellent US hiking trails. The city itself is arguably one of the premier destinations for urban hiking in the entire country. Thanks to the beautiful architecture decorating its skyline (including the iconic Space Needle), Seattle provides visitors with some of the best opportunities for city walks in the United States. Add the awe-inspiring scenery of Mount Rainier and the Cascades rising along the horizon, and visitors to Seattle won't even need to leave downtown to get some of the most memorable walks of their lives.

Still, Seattle does not leave fans of the outdoors wanting. AllTrails identifies 86 scenic trails in the Seattle area alone. These trails range from easy city parks to more challenging treks through forest terrain. Visitors to Seattle may also want to take advantage of many of the city's excellent urban parks.

Perhaps the most worthwhile of these is the aptly named Discovery Park , a gorgeous city park lying right along the shores of Puget Sound. Visitors to the park can hike the Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop Trail for a less challenging hike that nonetheless takes them right up along Seattle's beautiful coastline. Here, hikers can see picturesque lighthouses, exquisite forests, and even some of the region's famous marine life--including harbor seals and California sea lions.

Visitors to Seattle can also hike the more challenging Cable Line Trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest or the wheelchair-accessible route through the Washington Park Arboretum . From Seattle, hikers can also plan exciting day trips to some of the most beautiful national parks in the US , including the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park and the breathtaking mountain peaks of Mount Rainier .

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Washington, dc, 71 scenic hiking trails.

Most people know that Washington, DC is the capital of the United States. However, as it turns out, it's also one of the best hiking cities in the US as well. As one would expect, many of the city's popular hiking trails take visitors up close to many of the most iconic historic and cultural sites in the US. For example, the National Mall offers hiking trails that go past famous historical landmarks like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museums.

Still, Washington DC is not just American history; it also features many incredible city parks that display the area's superb natural beauty. Rock Creek Park is one of the region's best urban parks. By hopping onto one of Rock Creek Park's extensive trails, hikers can quickly travel from the hustle-and-bustle of a busy to a peaceful forest.

Likewise, West Potomac Park offers several excellent hiking routes along the Potomac River and into the placid Tidal Basin and its numerous monuments . Visitors to West Potomac Park in the Springtime might even be lucky enough to encounter the splendid Cherry Blossom Festival , where the hundreds of Cherry Blossom trees planted along the tidal basin bloom in spectacular pink flowers. This event is just one of the many reasons to visit Washington DC in the spring .

Asheville, North Carolina

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The American West does not horde all the country's natural beauty on its side of the Mississippi River. The Eastern United States also has its share of incredible hiking destinations for travelers of all experience levels, and one of the main US hiking capitals of the East is the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

Asheville gets its distinction as a hiking paradise thanks to its location right in the heart of Western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, which offers lots of unique and fun activities and attractions , especially hiking trails. Hikers can explore the 50 AllTrails-ranked trails located in and around Asheville and discover many of the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountain Range.

Hikers looking for an easy excursion through the Blue Ridge Mountain landscape can enjoy easy trails, such as the Big Berea, Bull Creek, and White Pine Loops trails . Alternatively, hikers looking for more of a challenge can try the harder Mountains to the Sea Trail through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Asheville is also notable for its proximity to many of the premier outdoor destinations in the region. Visitors to Asheville can make a quick day trip to Mount Mitchell , the highest point in the entire Appalachian Range, or the world-famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park lying along the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.

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