Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Need to go for a hike to take your mind off your worries? Check out these great spots for hiking and trekking across the world.
1. For many people hiking is about more than getting in a low-impact work-out. They hit the trails in order to be close to nature and see the beauty of the world around them. The Appalachian Trail is one of the most beautiful trails anywhere in the world. The trail is an astonishing 2,175 miles long, and crosses into 14 different states. It’s estimated that each year nearly 4 million people trek along some part of the trail to see the wild, wooded and pastoral lands that run along its borders.
2. The Santa Cruz Trek in Peru is part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest mountain range outside of Asia. This 4-day hike that takes you along 31 miles of some of the most beautiful land you’ll ever see. Meadows filled with a tapestry of wildflowers, pristine turquoise lakes, and you’ll come close to some of the highest snow-capped mountain peaks in the world. On the way down you’ll be able to gaze out onto the magnificent Punta Pass. This trek is truly spectacular.
3. If you hike along the trails in the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, you’ll pass through an array of climates that starts with the tropical and ends with the Arctic. Kilimanjaros’ summit is one of the most assessable summits in the world, and thousands of people ascend her slopes each year.
4. For one of the best hikes along a coastline, visit the West Coast Trail in British Columbia. There is 75 miles of coastline to walk along and as you do you’ll be able to see romantic coves, high cliffs, beautiful beaches, and you can even see some stunning caves. There are also shipwrecks and much more to see.
5. There’s a footpath located in Camino De Santiago, Spain that is more than a thousand years old. For centuries, many have set out along this path to make their pilgrimage to one of the holiest sites in the Christian faith. The footpath starts out at the remarkable Leon’s Cathedral that boasts soaring towers and exquisite buttresses, and ends 460 miles away at the Santiago De Compostela’s 10th century Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral. Much of the footpath will take you through countrysides and townscapes that have been unchanged from the time people first began making their pilgrimages along this route.