Best Hiking Vacations in the US

When it comes to going on vacation, some love the beach and others love the mountains. While others love relaxing by the pool, there are some serious hikers who are looking for the best hiking vacations in the US. If you're one of those hikers, then the following list is for you.

best hiking in the usThe Superior Hiking Trail

Beginning in Duluth, Minnesota, this hiking trail is 277 miles long going all the way to the Canadian Border. You don't have to hike the whole thing, however. There are parking lots every 5 to 10 miles along the trail allowing you to create your own day hike right near your vacation home in Duluth. This trail overlooks Lake Superior and provides some of the most amazing views. The trail is maintained by the Superior Hiking Trail Association , which has cultivated the trail and marked it so it's easy to follow; there are blue blazes that mark the main trail with white blazes marking overlook trails.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake provides some of the most fabulous views and you'll find that vacation rentals in this area are set in nature. This five-mile trail takes you along Crater Lake, which was formed over 7,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. Although the hike isn't too long, you'll gain 1,500 feet in elevation in just two and a half miles of hiking. You'll definitely want to bring layers for this hike; often there is still snow at the top even in June. There are snowshoe tours available if you want to try out snowshoeing.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This national park makes for one of the best hiking vacations in the US. There are over 150 miles of hiking trails that you can explore including Devastation Trail , Sulphur Banks , and Thurston Lava Tube . The Kilauea Ik hike takes you through rain forest areas and across a frozen lava lake. Each day, there's a Summit Walk available where a ranger leads visitors for about an hour teaching them about the area.

Yosemite National Park

This national park is known for its waterfalls and the beauty of the area. Covering over 1,200 square miles, there are plenty of trails including Yosemite Valley , Glacier Point , Hetch Hetchy , and White Wolf . With so many options, you can choose a long, challenging hike or one that is more a leisurely walk. For a more challenging hike, head up on the Rancheria Falls trail ; it's about 13 miles long and takes you to the beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike. If you're looking for something that will give you exercise, but won't take too long, try the Poopenaut Valley hike ; it's only three miles long, but will give you a decent workout.

Moab, Utah

Moab is definitely one of the best hiking vacations in the US because of the variety of terrain found here. It is the doorway to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park . Many of the hikes increase in elevation, even for short two-mile hikes. There are many hikes that are easy as well as moderate and strenuous hikes. At Arches National Park, you can head on Devil's Garden trail , a seven-mile hike that takes you to eight arches. Other hikes include Balanced Rock , a short half-mile hike; The Windows , a one-mile hike; and Tower Arch , a three-mile hike.

At the end of a strenuous day of hiking, nothing is better than relaxing in a cool, comfortable vacation rental. No matter where you head to for your hiking vacation, you'll be glad you chose a vacation home rather than a hotel.


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