Top 3 Hiking Sites in the United States

“Nature…how you continue to amaze us with your grace, your elegance, and your natural beauty.  How can one be with nature?”

Fortunately, many of the hiking trails are still in good shape despite the recent wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters.  

For those who enjoy being outside, staying active, and exploring the beauty of this world, hiking can be a great hobby for you!  When hiking and exploring new grounds, our tourists have reported feeling “less stressed” , “more energetic”, and “tranquil and therapeutic”.

Today, we’ve gone ahead and assembled our top three hiking sites that we recommend tourists to visit in the United States.  Although there are plenty of well-known trails, we narrowed them down to three.  Life is short and time is one of your greatest assets.  As a result, we may not have the opportunity to travel to and explore ALL of the hiking trails in the United States.

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#1.  Glacier National Park (Montana)

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Glacier National Park offers MORE than 700 miles of hiking trails!  Simply Amazing, right?

This park is home to the Rocky Mountains in Montana.  The total area covered by this site is approximately 1 million acres or 1,583 square miles.  With a couple of mountain ranges, several waterfalls, and 130 lakes, it is no question that Glacier National Park is a very well-liked site for tourists to visit.

Before you embark on your hiking expedition at Glacier National Park, HERE are a couple of recommendations from our staff to help ensure your first trip is a safe and successful one!

Dress and Pack accordinglyStop by a park visiting center and check out the current conditions, warnings, and any other information you may need.  Bring a cooler with plenty of water, liquids, and food that isn’t perishable.  The main sources of dining are located at the developed areas of the park such as Apgar and Lake McDonald.

Visit in the winterPark entrance fees and housing options are most likely to be highest during the summer or peak season.  If you plan a trip in the winter, you can save money on these fees and put the money towards food or future hiking trips.

Don’t Aggravate the Wildlife.  There is nothing wrong about admiring or appreciating the beautiful scenery or wildlife, but also do not startle, interact, or get too close to wildlife in their natural habitat.  That being said, carry bear spray and secure any food or garbage so you do not attract animals. Instead, notify a park ranger or park visiting center so they can take the proper precautions for your safety and the safety of other hikers.

#2.  Yosemite National Park (California)

Since 1864, the Grand Valley has been a true treasure of the United States and a beautiful place to find some inner peace and explore what it has to offer!  

Although it is best known for its waterfalls, Yosemite National Park also consists of gorgeous valleys, a giant wilderness area full of wildlife, archaic sequoias that are some of the tallest trees in the United States, magnificent meadows, and much more within this 1,200 square mile creation!

Have you heard of a monolith?

A monolith is simply one large massive stone of rock.  In this case, Yosemite has two of them: Half Dome and El Capitan. 

El Capitan is one of the world’s largest monoliths, towering over 4,000 feet above Yosemite Valley.  The first person to ever “free solo” (or climb without a rope) this ginormous rock was Alex Honnold.

The real beauty behind all of the terrain and mountain ranges is the story behind Yosemite National Park.  It deals with hardships, adventures, cultural diversities, and preservation of one of the first national parks.

Inhabited by American Indians nearly 6,000 years ago, Yosemite was not very well-known originally.  It wasn’t until the announcement of possible gold along the Sierra Nevada Valley that sparked the interest from non-American Indians.  

The beauty of Yosemite spread and Abraham Lincoln made it official and granted Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the state of California as the country’s first public reserve.

#3.  The Grand Canyon (Arizona)  

Maybe this one comes as no surprise but The Grand Canyon remains to be a favorite hiking site and one of our favorites as well.

With over 277 miles worth exploring, the canyon is immense in size but has a good mixture of geological variations.

If you have a little extra money to spare, we highly recommend taking a full tour of the canyon or an aerial tour in a helicopter over the canyon if you do not feel like hiking.  

Enjoy visiting the Sedona and Navajo Indian reservations if you enjoy learning about some history from the United States.

 

Tips for Hiking Trips

  1. Hike as a group. Do NOT travel alone if you are unfamiliar with territories or near wildlife.  You never know what you may encounter on your trip or on a trail.
  2.  If you do travel as a group, don’t separate.  Everyone travels at their own pace, but a majority of the rescue missions involve looking for people that were separated from their groups.
  3. Don’t plan on having cell phone service.  Plan ahead.
  4. Help could be hours or days away because of the immense size of these parks or forest reserves.  Be patient and be prepared to take care of yourself.
  5. Check a visitor station for maps and weather conditions.

 

What to wear or bring

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or footwear
  • Plenty of liquids or water
  • Bear spray (know how to use it to defend yourself)
  • Sunscreen and head protection from the sun
  • Bug spray and repellent
  • Rain gear and extra clothes for warmth
  • Snacks to eat on the trail (don’t leave garbage behind)

 

Thanks for reading!

Comment below if you or someone you know hiked at one of these locations.

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