The United States has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, from the cold and wintry peaks of Alaska to the winding rivers and tropical rainforests of Hawaii. With so many stunning spots to explore, it’s hard to pick just one favorite hiking trail that showcases what this country has to offer. Luckily, we have you covered! Here are the top most scenic hiking trails in America!
Solstice Canyon, California
There are several trails in Solstice Canyon outside of Malibu that can be completed in just a few hours, making it a great option for anyone. The trails are filled with greenery and there is even a waterfall in the canyon.
It’s easy to get to Solstice Canyon, as it’s only a 15-minute drive from Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Malibu. There are two main trails that offer various options. The Canyon Trail is 2.8 miles long and travels through part of Little Sycamore Canyon and leads to a waterfall at Solstice Creek. For those who like more mileage, there is an 8-mile loop trail that takes hikers along Solstice Creek past a variety of birds, plants and other wildlife (there are also camping areas along these trails). Along both trails hikers will be treated to amazing views of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Mt. Ida, Rocky Mountains
There’s something about the Rocky Mountains that seems to draw people in. Maybe it’s the way they loom large in the distance, or the way they beckon you to explore their hidden nooks and crannies. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that the Rocky Mountains are one of the most popular destinations for hikers. And Mt. Ida is one of the best trails in the area. With its gentle slopes and stunning views of Turquoise Lake, it’s no wonder this trail is so popular. If you’re looking for a challenging hike with rewarding views, Mt. Ida is definitely worth checking out.
The Appalachian Trail is one of the most scenic hiking trails in the United States. The trail spans 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine and features stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains. Along the way, hikers can enjoy camping, fishing, and picnicking. The trail is open to hikers of all levels of experience, making it a great option for a family hike. In fact, the Appalachian Trail was recognized by Forbes as one of the best hikes near you in 2017.
With more than 100 different thru-hiker towns along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and rest or have a snack on your journey. The trail also offers plenty of water sources along its route which makes hydration easy while you’re hiking.
Along with breathtaking scenery, some other perks include plentiful wildlife sightings (bears!