Guest post by Ashley Lipman:
Are you an avid hiker who also loves to see the world? Whether you’re looking to cross some of Earth’s most amazing locales off of your bucket list or dip your toes into the world of traveling and hiking adventure, then these are the top 25 places to go.
The Inca Trail
Located in Peru, this 26-mile trail is one of the most popular hikes in the world. It features intense inclines and declines, but offer visitors the chance to explore ruins, jungle, and beautiful mountain scenery.
It takes roughly four days to make it from start to finish, but the final leg in Machu Picchu is worth it. The best time to head to the Inca Trail is from May to September.
The Torres del Paine
These 50 miles worth of trails are located in Patagonia, Chile, and are the most popular during October and April. The most travelled route is marked with the letter “W”, which takes you through Torres Del Paine National Park.
This hike offers views of volcanic peaks, glaciers, and mountain reflecting lakes. This area is immensely less populated by tourists during the winter months, but make sure to bring your best hiking gear to combat the cold!
The Appalachian Trail
This series of trails stretches a whopping 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine in the U.S. That’s 14 whole states! It takes roughly 5 to 7 months if you want to travel its entirety, but the scenery is beyond compare. You can travel here anytime during the year, but be prepared for colder weather in the Fall and Winter as you head up north.
In the heart of Tanzania, Africa, lies Kilimanjaro. At its highest point, this mountainous trail reaches 19,340 feet above sea level. It is highly recommended to travel with an experienced tour guide through all 35 miles, and the best times to hike here are in January or February.
From August to early September, the hiking at Kungsleden couldn’t be any better. Located in Sweden, this 65-mile trail offers breathtaking views of the countryside from open tundra to glaciers. If you’re feeling brave, see if you can climb up Mount Kebnekaise while you’re there.
Considered by many to be the hardest trail on the planet due to the unpredictable weather of the Himalayas, many a traveler never finish this beautiful hike. It’s over 200 miles and takes about 25 days to complete, mainly due to the 11 mountain passes. You’ll definitely want a tour guide for this one.
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon’s hiking trail stretches 44 miles from rim to rim. The views and scenery are outstanding no matter where you stop at on the trail.
Best of all, it’s close proximity to lodging in Arizona makes booking your stay a breeze. Just make sure to look into airline baggage information if you want to save even more money on your flight.
Pacific Crest Trail
West of the Grand Canyon sits the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans California, Oregon, and Washington states. Its 2,650 miles of trails stretch through seven national parks and numerous forests. You can also experience the Mojave Desert along the way with it’s gorgeous rock formations and clay colored earth.
Yosemite Grand Traverse
On you way north you will find Yosemite grand Traverse and its 60 miles of California beauty. This trek takes you right through Yosemite National Park, which is home to waterfalls, granite basins, meadows and famous natural landmarks like the Half Dome.
Alaska and Canada’s Yukon Territory encompass the Chilkoot Trail. There are plenty of routes to choose from, altogether creating a 33-mile hike. This one of the most wild and vast areas in the North-Eastern hemispheres, so make sure to stop and take in the sights.
Also located in Canada, this 27-mile trail combines the best features of the northern part of Northern America’s landscape. From mountains to streams and grasslands, it’s a sight to behold.
Bay of Fires
Heading to another hemisphere, Bay of Fires is located in Tasmania, Australia. The hike takes you along white sand beaches and boulders covered in red lichen, which give it its unique name. This hike requires a guide, but head out in October and it will be well worth your time.