by besthike editor Rick McCharles
I posted our top 10 hiking towns worldwide based on some quite vague criteria.
top 10 hiking towns in the world
#1) Queenstown, New Zealand
#2) Huaraz, Peru
#3) Namche Bazaar, Nepal
#4) Cortina, Italy
#5) Chamonix, France
#6) Banff and Canmore, Canada
#7) Grindelwald, Switzerland
#8) El Calafate & El Chaltén, Argentina
#9) Zermatt, Switzerland
10) Moab, Utah
I’ve personally hiked out of all 10 of those great towns in recent years. But there might be others just as good … or better.
Of those 10, El Calafate and Moab are the two that might be replaced.
The USA has the best hiking in the world, under represented on our list of top 10 towns.
But what’s a hiking town USA better than Moab?
My first pick is Yosemite Village. Wonderful … but is it really a “town”?
Almost nobody would dispute Banff / Canmore on the list. But I personally prefer Waterton townsite. It’s a true town compared with Yosemite.
In fact, it would be the #1 town on my personal list.
In Argentina you can make a good argument for Bariloche. You can take a city bus to some of the best hiking in South America.
There must be more good candidates. Leave a comment if you have a suggestion.
That list is not carved in stone. … Yet.