Nature is unarguably the world’s greatest gift to mankind. What could possibly be better than a hike through one of the most incredibly breathtaking spots in the world with your loved ones? Okay, we know that right now with everything that is going on in the world that right now no one is going anywhere, but one can daydream, right? From multiday treks that are not the faint of heart to picturesque scenery made for a photo shoot, these are the best hiking trails in the world. So while we’re all at home social distancing, take this time out to plan your next big hike trip once we’re allowed to tie our boots on! Here are some top picks to help you narrow down your bucket list.
Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, Utah
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If you’re a daredevil looking for a thrill, then this hike is for you. The final half-mile of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, Utah is nothing other than a rock face with a mere chain to grasp on. You won’t be sorry once you see the view at the end.
Cinque Terre, Italy
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This hike is ideal for romantics. The incomparable lover’s walk has the initials of lovers carved into them on plants. The hike is no easy feat, especially so towards the end between Vernazza and Monterosso, but the beach below will have you forgetting all struggles.
West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, Canada
The West Coast Trail in British Columbia, Canada is the perfect challenge and offers an entire seven days of pure bliss for nature lovers. It’s what some call the hike of a lifetime and there’s a good reason for it! The 47-mile trail is part of the ancient paths and routes used in the past for trade and travel.
Kalalau Trail; Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, Hawaii’s Kalalau trail is simply heaven on earth. The trail runs 11 miles along the island’s north shore and has been named one of the most beautiful and dangerous hikes in the world. Adventure junkies everywhere will love this trek! You can expect to see valleys, waterfalls, sea caves, and gorgeous greenery everywhere.
Jotunheim National Park, Norway
This National Park is like a magical Christmas painting. Reindeer, glaciers, and spectacular mountain views. In southern Norway, the park’s trail crosses betweens peaks and offers views of two lakes: Gjendevatnet and Bessvatnet. The park is also home to reindeer, elk, mink, and wolverines!
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Depending on where you start from in the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the Tongariro National Park, you’ll get a different experience. Whether it be a rain forest, a volcanic crater, or lakes with sparkling blue water, you won’t be disappointed.