The Best Places to Hike Across America This Summer

Filed in American Culture by on April 27, 2018 0 Comments

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If you’re an exchange visitor living in the United States for the first time, there may be no better way to see all the country has to offer than by grabbing your hiking boots and hitting the trails. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned hiker, America’s sprawling mountains, forests, canyons, (and even volcanoes) have something to offer everyone.

Though many of the country’s national parks are open all year around, summer is one of the optimal times to go hiking. Many national parks have trails that are only open during the summer months. You’ll also be likely to visit when parks are at their liveliest—vegetation will be in bloom and there will be fellow hikers to join along the paths.

If you’re ready for the adventure, check out some of the best places to hike across the United States this summer:

The Appalachian Trail

As the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail has something for every hiker. The trail sprawls across much of the eastern United States, beginning in Georgia and extending all the way up through Maine. Because the trail runs through so many states—15 in total—it would be a great opportunity to travel to multiple places or take a day hike to visit one of your must-see states. The Appalachian Trail is also one of the most popular in the United States, making the outdoors a real social experience.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

If you’re looking for something a little different (and some great vacation photos to share with friends), considering hiking through Hawaii Volcanos National Park. This national park is home to two of the Aloha State’s active volcanoes, including Mount Kilauea—the largest volcano on earth at a staggering 14,000 feet tall. If that sounds too intimidating, don’t worry—hikers can check in at the Kilauea Visitor Center to sign up for a three-hour tour of the park’s best lava flows.

The Grand Canyon National Park

This one might seem like a given, but it’s on everyone’s hiking list for a reason. The Grand Canyon offers some of the greatest looks into America’s rich geological history and is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Visitors can hike from one rim to the other, travel down the expanse of the canyon on mule rides, and even go whitewater rafting. While temperatures in the Arizona canyon can be high in the summer months, national park guides can help you navigate your hike safely.

Glacier National Park

Named for the glaciers left over from the ice age, Glacier National Park in Montana is a favorite among hikers of all skill levels. Hikes in this park consist of everything from trails for beginners to the more difficult trek to Grinnell Glacier. Visitors can also see more than 130 lakes, multiple waterfalls, grizzles, elk, and mountain goats along the trails.

As an exchange visitor to the United States, you definitely don’t want to pass up the opportunity to explore the country’s outdoors.

Do you plan to hike across the United States this summer? Tell us in the comments below.

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