The U.S. is loaded with amazing hiking trails. Thanks in large part to our extensive National Park system, there are still plenty of places out there where you can surround yourself with the beauty and majesty of nature– and challenge your stamina and courage.
From daunting rock climbs to more relaxing forest treks, these day hikes will show you the best of America’s natural splendor.
These should be on every hiker’s bucket list. They will blow you away in beauty and make you feel like you really accomplished something when you get to the top.
1) Angels Landing – Zion National Park
This hike changed my life and set me on a course that I have never looked back from. This day hike more them met my expectations and it gave me a hunger to see more of the United States National Parks.
However, this is not a hike for those afraid of heights.
As you make your way along a narrow strip of rocky trail, the drop on one side is a mere 800 feet, while the other side is a sheer drop of 1200 feet. When explorer Frederick Fisher first viewed the summit, he is said to have marveled that “only an angel could land on it.”