America is one of the most diverse ecological countries in the world. From deserts and mountains to forests and scrubland, a nature lover can hike in a wide range of different landscapes without ever leaving the country.
It’s remarkable just how diverse America is, so much so that listing out the most breathtaking hiking trails in America can be a real challenge. But if you’re looking to plan a hiking trip somewhere new and beautiful, you can’t go wrong with the following mind-blowing hikes.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park in Utah features some of the most breathtaking hiking trails in America. The incredible rock formations are almost unbelievable to witness, especially if you take a few moments to ponder the incredible natural forces that created the plethora of arches and other rock formations.
There is no bad time of year to visit Arches National Park–it’s stunningly beautiful all year round. A hike to the iconic Delicate Arch is an absolute must for visitors of any hiking skill level. Arches is also located in the cool town of Moab, UT, which gives you central access to a wide range of awesome places like Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. There is also the Moab KOA nearby to give you a great base camp to experience these awesome places from. Don’t miss the jaw dropping sunsets (or sunrises if you’re an early bird) and enjoy the interesting wildlife. Also be sure to keep your water bottle filled and nearby as the park can get hot during the summer months.
Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park
For a completely different environment than Arches, take a trip to Alaska and Kenai Fjords National Park. The stunning and beautiful Alaska coastline and surrounding areas are waiting for you to explore and experience all they have to offer. Green mountains and blue streams give way to views of the Harding Icefield. This massive expanse of ice and snow will take your breath away when you see it for the first time.
The best trail to hike while visiting Kenai Fjords is the Harding Icefield Trail. On this trail, you’ll climb up through forests and meadows before finally breaking the tree line and seeing the icefield stretch out before your eyes.
The Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, located in Montana, is one of the most beautiful and wondrous of America’s national parks. Long distance views of mountains and forested valleys dotted with blooming meadows make for a breathtaking view no matter which area of the park you decide to visit. When visiting Glacier National Park stay at one of these great KOA locations, West Glacier KOA or the St. Mary’s / East Glacier KOA.
The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park should easily make any list of the most breathtaking hiking trails in America. You won’t take one step on this trail without being offered a spectacular view of the surrounding wilderness. If you’re lucky, you may even spot an elusive mountain goat walking along the trail as well. An added bonus is walking along the Continental Divide throughout the hike. If that sounds intimidating, don’t fear– the majority of the trail is actually quite flat. Just make sure that this trail is open before you go, which usually happens in July.
Three hikes is an incredibly small sample size of the most breathtaking hiking trails in America. However, if I kept going, you’d be reading forever! If none of the hikes I mentioned appealed to you (or you’ve already been to them), check out our map of the greatest natural wonders America has to offer, and find the breathtaking hike of your dreams.
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