Hiking is one of the best pastimes around. You get to enjoy the fresh air and experience nature from a unique perspective. If you want to see the raw beauty of our natural environment up close and personal, and take in some ultra-amazing views, put these top hikes in America at the top of your bucket list.
They are the best hikes for those who want to see what mother nature has to offer at her most powerful in the United States, and they are a must-hike for any self-respecting hiker who has ever laced up a pair of trail boots.
Hike Up Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Half Dome is am amazing semi-circular, dome-shaped rock formation that's like an amphitheater for the sonic beauty of the stars and the surrounding rugged landscape. The sweet music that comes from the sweeping views of the terrain compared to the world's best symphonies. That being said, it's no easy hike to get there—which is why it is top on our list. It mixes both a challenging hike up a string of cabled stairs with an ultimate reward at the end. Come ready to do some serious hiking for a serious payoff.
Rim-to-Rim Hike, Grand Canyon National Park
If you want to see the raw power of nature, take this hike. The Rim-to-Rim trail puts you center stage to some of our planets most breathtaking scenery. You'll scale the rugged cliffs of the canyon ogling views of the canyon's walls sawed into the earth over millions of years by the slow passage of the Colorado River. This is a long hike however, but it is well worth the time you put in. Expect to spend up to 6 days traversing these trails and along the way get a very intimate and personal view of America's greatest geological wonder.
When you take this hike come prepared. You should be in fairly good shape, have the proper hiking equipment and bring a walking stick, or another assistive device. Trekking poles, or lightweight adjustable canes are a great idea on this adventure. They will give you support when needed and are easy to pack.
The Sierra High Route
This trail is for serious hikers, as it is almost 200 miles long. At an eye-popping 195 miles, the pace is almost as breathtaking as the views. Again, this hike gives you a serious reward for your efforts. You will be far removed from civilization and truly experience the presence and power of nature. It is also a high-elevation hike so be prepared to expend more energy than usual. You should also train by climbing some higher peaks prior to your trip. But during your hike you'll see incredible scenery, mountainous views and spectacular terrain.
The Kesugi Ridge Trail, Alaska
Hiking the Kesugi Ridge Trail is like traveling through the heart of the uncivilized world. It's raw nature at its finest. This trail takes you straight through Alaskan Wilderness with sprawling views of towering mountains like Mount McKinley looming like gods in the distance. It's a long hike at 36 miles, it should take about 4 days to complete.