WOW there are Best Hiking Spots in the U.S.

1. Denali National Park

If you want to experience some of the best rugged and untamed country in the United States, you’ll have to leave the mainland and venture into Alaska and Denali National Park. Denali is not like most national parks. Hikers here aren’t typically cruising along on well-marked, cut trails. This is Alaska, after all, and as such, most of the hiking in Denali is trail-less.

2. Mount Whitney

Only three hours from Los Angeles, Calif., Mount Whitney holds the distinction of being the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48. If you want to get that peak experience, you’re going to have to make the 22-mile (35.4-kilometer) round-trip hike on its 100-year-old trail to the summit. If you dare try, keep in mind that it’s for serious and experienced hikers. Only half of 16,000 people who attempt it each year reach the summit, according to park rangers. Altitude sickness and fatigue are the main reasons people turn back.

3. Arches National Park

The beauty and majesty of Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, is something all fans of desert hiking (and biking) need to witness at some point. The red rocks and more than 2,000 precarious sandstone arches are a sight to behold, and there’s no better way to see them than to walk amongst them. Many of the trails at Arches aren’t difficult, making it easy for the novice day hiker to get out and explore. But just because they aren’t full of massive mountaintop ascents doesn’t mean you won’t get some spectacular views. Not all the trails are easy though. There are a number of moderate to difficult hikes, meaning steep and rocky trails await you.

4. Zion National Park

For a taste of some of the most beautiful cliffs and canyons the desert has to offer, give Zion National Park in Utah a try. Whether you choose to stay up top on the rims or delve into the canyons (or both) you’ll be sure to see a diverse ecology on your hike. Like all national parks, plan ahead and secure your backcountry permit for any overnight excursions. Or you can take in an easy day hike to view the waterfalls, high sandstone canyon walls or the valley of the Virgin River.

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