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Best Places to Hike in North America

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If North America's snowcapped peaks, jagged cliffs, towering volcanoes and verdant forests are calling your name, then 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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#1 Glacier National Park

#1 in Best Places to Hike in North America

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 freshwater streams since this national park is full of wildlife. Read More »

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#2 Grand Canyon

#2 in Best Places to Hike in North America

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 – along the canyon's South Rim. If you're looking to avoid the crowds, head to the North Rim. Read More »

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#3 Victoria & Vancouver Island

#3 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Vancouver Island is home to a wealth of hiking options. While Mount Tzouhalem features the most frequented trails, a drive to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park will yield stunning views of the Pacific coastline. Closer to Victoria, you can watch the annual salmon migration by strolling along the river in Goldstream Provincial Park. Read More »

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#4 Yosemite

#4 in Best Places to Hike in North America

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 and pack snacks and water. Read More »

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#5 Prince Edward Island

#5 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: This Canadian island province is dotted with a variety of hiking trails, but the most popular is the 270-mile Confederation Trail. Originally cleared for the Prince Edward Island Railway, its flat terrain is ideal for walking or cycling, and branch trails make for easy daytrips.

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#6 Big Sur

#6 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Known for its unparalleled natural beauty, this 90-mile stretch of California coastline is home to an abundance of state parks. The local favorite – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – offers seven distinct trails, while the 4,800-acre Andrew Molera State Park boasts even more trails and endless photo ops. Read More »

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#7 Park City

#7 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Although this Utah destination is best known for its winter sports, Park City is equally beautiful when all the snow melts. The area is home to more than 150 miles of trails that serve up scenic Utah views. Plus, resorts like Deer Valley and Canyons Village offer trails that are suitable for all levels of hikers.  Read More »

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#8 Banff

#8 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Banff is renowned for its many hiking areas. No matter which of the 80-some trails you choose to traverse, you'll be rewarded with striking vistas of the Rocky Mountains. Catch a glimpse of the hoodoo rock formations along the Tunnel Mountain trail. Read More »

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#9 Yellowstone

#9 in Best Places to Hike in North America

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

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#10 Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

#10 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Less than 20 miles north of San Diego, this 1,750-acre natural reserve overlooks the beach and offers 8 miles of trails through protected topography. Hikers can get up and close personal with the park's namesake, the Torrey pine, which is one of world's the rarest pine tree species.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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