Hiking is a great way to get in exercise, explore natural surroundings, but also to see some of the amazing views. When traveling, it’s easy to get stuck in the city you’re visiting, or even the resort or hotel you’re staying in. But taking the time to go outside the city and appreciate the natural beauty of the country or state you’re visiting is totally worth it, because you’re almost guaranteed to see some beautiful sights.
When deciding on where to go, you might want to keep in mind what hiking opportunities there are, because it can definitely enhance your vacation! Here are 10 of the most beautiful places to hike around the world.
1. Plitvice Lakes National Park
This gorgeous park is located in Croatia. With beautiful waterfalls and iridescent colored trees surrounding the area, it’s the perfect place to walk around and relax. There are 16 lakes interconnected by waterfalls. Additionally, there’s various routes you can take each varying in mileage and difficulty. You’ll have to pay a fee to get in, but the cost is relatively cheap, around $5 to $25. The price is based on what time you travel and your age. Despite having to pay to get in, the cost is well worth it for the world-class views you’ll be getting!
2. Waipi’o Valley
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii resides Waipi’o Valley. Home to some of the most amazing views and waterfalls, this place is definitely worth checking out. It also has the highest waterfall in Hawaii, Hiilawe Falls which is about 1,300 feet. You can walk around the cliffs and go to the black sand beach, which differs from the typical yellow-colored sand beaches you might typically see.
3. Kenai Fjords National Park
This national park in Alaska has the largest ice field in the United States and offers some great trails for experienced hikers. The Harding Ice Field Trail, for example, is difficult and long but offers breathtaking views that make the hike well worth it. If you’re looking for a place that provides both challenge and natural beauty, look no further than Kenai Fjords National Park.
4. Cinque Terre National Park
In Liguria, Italy lies Cinque Terre National Park, which offers mountainous views and a variety of trails. Surrounded by small villages and a gorgeous ocean, there are plenty of sights to see here. In addition to being home to five towns, it also some of the best hiking experiences in the world. You get to from town to town there by taking one of the various trails, many of which overlook the ocean. It’s a great place for someone who wants the best of both worlds. You can explore both the towns and the nature here!
5. Kejimkujik National Park
In this national park in the Canadian province state of Nova Scotia, you can find seemingly never-ending forests of trees and overlooks a lake and rivers. Named after a Mi’kmaq word that means “land of the little fairies”, this park offers outstanding views and offers over 15 trails. This is definitely one of the most beautiful places to hike.
6. West Highland Way
This area in Scotland is perfect for anyone who wants to do a long-distance hike, and offers great views of the country. The 96-mile hike takes usually a couple of days, but there are plenty of areas to rest and eat during the trek. Plus you’ll get some of the best views of Scotland and there are a variety of things to see from waterfalls to mountains.
7. Romsdalseggen Ridge
This hike in Norway offers a great view of the mountains and rivers. Some even say they can see the Atlantic ocean at the top. Although a strenuous hike, it is well worth it for the amazing sight you’ll get at the top!
8. Zion National Park
Located in Utah, this national park offers mountainous trails and unique terrain. The rocky landscape offers picturesque views and treks that range from easy to difficult.
9. Aoraki National Park
Located in New Zealand, this national park offers beautiful views of the mountains. There are a variety of trails and you can see various breathtaking sights.
These trails in Iceland are very popular, and we can definitely see why. It is on the list of the most beautiful places to hike for good reason. All the trails lead you by hot springs and you’ll also see black lava fields along the way.