11 Can’t-Miss Hiking Trails in the USA

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These remarkable trails will appease both novice and expert hikers.
The great outdoors are great for a reason. It was Shakespeare who once said, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” And in the U.S., opportunities to connect with nature are endless. With 58 national parks and more than 6,000 state parks to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the splendor of America’s majestic landscapes. That’s why U.S. News rounded up some of the best hiking trails the USA has to offer. From coastal treks to desert voyages, here are the 10 must-see trails across the country.

1. Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park

Travelers who want to get up close and personal with Alaska’s famous glaciers should consider a trek along the scenic Harding Icefield Trail. Located in Kenai Fjords National Park, about 125 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska, this trail offers unbeatable panoramic views of the expansive Harding Icefield, which comprises about 700 square miles of the park. But that’s not all you can expect on this 8-mile trail. The path weaves through different types of forests, as well as picturesque alpine meadows. Just come prepared: With 1,000 feet of elevation gained at every mile, recent visitors find this hike to be quite strenuous.

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