Best Places to Hike in North America

Instead of planning yet another beach getaway, why not heed to 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.

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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 space and tranquility in the backcountry. Just make sure to bring a map. Read More»

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

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Why Go: Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking along Kauai's scenic cliff sides 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: Beautiful Banff is renowned for its many hiking areas. To top off striking vistas of the Rocky Mountains, there are more than 80 pristine trails — including the Johnston Canyon and the Tunnel Mountain trail — where you can see the hoodoo rock formations. Read More»

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Why Go: From plummeting waterfalls to fuming volcanoes, the Big Island overflows with gorgeous scenery. So 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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Why Go: This park in Maine offers a variety of expeditions. Hikers are thrilled with the unspoiled paths traversing the wilderness and animal-lovers relish spotting harbor seals sun themselves on cliff-side rocks. Read More»

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Why Go: Hiking in Sedona is kind of like walking on Mars. Along the numerous trails, you'll walk past majestic red rock canyons as well as the New Age "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: With the Grand Tetons serving as a picturesque 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's sure to provide picture-perfect photo-ops. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife. 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: The Adirondacks' steep trails are not for the faint of heart. Luckily, you'll find several outposts, like Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, that you can use as jumping points to different trails. Plan to trek through the mountains in summer, when the temps are nice and comfortable. Read More»

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