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Hiking is one of our favorite things to do while traveling.  We simply can’t get enough of the outdoors, and rarely need an excuse for adventure.  What follows are nearly a dozen of our favorite hikes in the USA. We hope you enjoy.
  1. The Hayduke Trail, Arches National Park (Moab, Utah) - We are huge fans of Utah and love the Hurrah Pass on the Hayduke Trail.  The area is absolutely stunning and is one of the most-unique places in our country. This trail, recommended for advanced hikers, is located on public lands, and is part of six National Parks in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona that covers 800 miles.  The route is divided into 14 sections, and the route from Hurrah Pass to Big Spring Trailhead located in Canyonlands National Park, stretches just over 47 miles.
  2. Cape Henry Trail (Virginia Beach, Virginia) - The six-mile-long Cape Henry Trail winds through  First Landing State Park and is relatively flat. However, it winds through forests, swamps, and salt marshes and allows hikers to get a taste of Virginia’s coast and its rich wildlife.  It is also a very popular place for birdwatchers and photographers.
  3. Franconia Ridge Traverse (White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire) - The Franconia Ridge Trail links Mount Liberty (4459 feet tall), Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette along a knife-edge.  This trail runs from south to north above-treeline, and it plunges thousands of feet to the Lincoln Brook and Walker Brook river valleys below.  Visibility on a clear day allows you to view the entire Pemigewasset Wilderness, including distant Bondcliff, The Twins, and Owls Head Mountain.
  4. Old Rag Mountain (Shenandoah National Park, Virginia) - This popular hiking destination is not easy, in fact, the National Park Service says it is one of Shenandoah's most dangerous hikes.  The 8-mile Old Rag route is considered a staple, draws crowds from across the country, and is known for its rocky nature.
  5. Angels Landing (Zion National Park, Utah) - This is a tough hike, but well worth the spent calories.  Angels Landing begins by hiking up cliffs with the help of chains bolted into the rock.  We recommend this for serious hikers, and recommend doing some research on your own before traveling to this picturesque destination.
  6. Beacon Heights (Linville, North Carolina) - This trail is relatively easy, but offers incredible scenery.  After less than one mile to the top of Beacon heights, hikers will be greeted by stunning views of Grandfather Mountain, MacRae Peak, and Rough Ridge Overlook.  When visibility is at its best, you can see the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Beacon Heights trail also provides access to the 13-mile Tanawha Trail that runs to Price Lake, and to the Mountains to the Sea Trail which goes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
  7. Torreya Challenge Loop (Bristol, Florida) - This seven-mile, mostly flat loop around Florida's Torreya State Park is a moderate-level hike by most standards.  This jaunt through a marshy forest terrain will take you across several deep gorges and ridges and impressive scenery along the way. The trail is open year round and also offers camping.
  8. Sierra Nevada Mountains (Yosemite Valley, California) - The John Muir Trail is incredibly long, in fact, you can hike for several weeks without crossing a single road.  It’s part of the more famous Pacific Crest Trail which stretches the entire length of the United States from top to bottom. Its trail takes hikers through Yosemite, John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Without a doubt, this is for experienced hikers and those with an incredible sense of adventure.
  9. Snowmass Wilderness (Aspen, Colorado) - The Marron Bells trail in the Snowmass Wilderness is one of Colorado's most-photographed mountain landscapes.  It offers exceptional hikes and is surrounded by 14,000 foot-high peaks. It draws thousands of hikers every year, and is extremely popular.
  10. Point Reyes National Seashore (Olema, California) - The Mt. Wittenberg Loop is located within  the boundaries of California’s 70,000-acre Point Reyes National Park.  Hikers will find a steep five-mile ascent to the park’s highest point and beautiful forests that meander to meadows. Make sure to take your camera on this adventure because there are lots of great opportunities for shooting.

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