Stacey Leasca highlights the diversity and beauty of hiking trails across the U.S. in her article “The Best Hikes in the U.S. From Maine to California.” Ranging from easy to moderate, these trails traverse varying landscapes, from alpine terrains to volcanic expanses, and span from the East Coast to the West Coast. Before embarking on these hikes, visitors are advised to check the official site of each park for updates on conditions and potential closures.
- The U.S. boasts a vast range of hiking trails, such as the meadows of Mount Rainier National Park to volcanic terrains in Hawaii.
- Hikers can explore diverse trails like the Nugget Falls Trail in Alaska, which offers views of a waterfall and glacier, and the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.
- In Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the Halema’uma’u Trail provides a unique chance to experience the heat of a volcano.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spread across Tennessee and North Carolina, is renowned for its biodiversity and offers trails that showcase waterfalls and old-growth forests.
- Yosemite National Park in California challenges experienced hikers with the Half Dome day hike, a 14- to 16-mile round trip that typically takes between 10 and 12 hours to finish.