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Best Places to Hike in North America

Instead of planning yet another beach getaway, heed your adventurous side. North America's snowcapped peaks, jagged cliffs, towering volcanoes and verdant forests are calling your name, and there's no better time than the present to grab your boots and hit the trails. Based on the opinions of travelers and experts, here are the best hiking destinations across the continent. U.S. News wants your feedback, too, so vote for your favorite hiking spots below.

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Why go: Most travelers flock to Yosemite National Park's valley area, where some of the most popular trails can be found (including the daunting Half Dome). But you'll find more tranquility in the backcountry. Just make sure to bring a map. Read More»

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Why go: A hiking trip to the Grand Canyon is one you'll never forget. You'll find more popular routes — like the Bright Angel Trail and the Rim Trail — tracing the canyon's South Rim. If you're looking to avoid the crowds, try the paths along the North Rim. Read More»

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Why go: Yellowstone National Park offers more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails across 2 million acres. Popular routes include those in the Canyon and Norris areas. Come during the fall months for optimal hiking conditions. Read More»

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Why go: Banff is renowned for its many hiking areas. To top off striking vistas of the Rocky Mountains, there are more than 80 trails. Catch a glimpse of the hoodoo rock formations along the Tunnel Mountain trail. Read More»

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Why go: Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking along Kauai's scenic cliffsides and testing their stamina on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. And nature-lovers should head straight to Waimea Canyon's verdant paths. Just be sure to pack a sturdy pair of boots: The trails can be challenging. Read More»

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Why go: With the Grand Tetons serving as a backdrop, Jackson Hole's hiking trails are sure to impress. This laid-back Wyoming destination has routes for a variety of skill levels and scenery that you won't get tired of photographing. Read More»

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Why go: Glacier National Park offers more than 700 miles of hiking trails in northwestern Montana. Don't be surprised if you see mountain goats, elk or even grizzly bears while taking in the scenery of pristine mountains and fresh water streams, this national park is full of wildlife.

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Why go: Hiking in Sedona is kind of like walking on Mars. Numerous trails lead through red rock canyons and past mystical "vortexes." In addition to Red Rock State Park, visit the Palatki Heritage Site to see ancient Hopi dwellings. Read More»

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Why go: For some East Coast hiking, venture to the Adirondacks in upstate New York. With 2,000 miles of trails in the region and 46 high peaks, hikers can experience a new view every time. While nature lovers can rough it in the woods if they want, the area also has luxury cabins and lodges. Read More»

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Why go: Plummeting waterfalls, fuming volcanoes, verdant forests — the Big Island has it all. Strap on your boots and set out for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, or venture to the Hakalau Forest for a meet and greet with some of Hawaii's feathered friends. Read More»

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