Best places to hike

Yosemite

#1 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Most travelers flock to Yosemite National Park's valley area, where some of the most popular trails can be found (including the daunting Half Dome). But you'll find more tranquility in the backcountry. Just make sure to bring a map and pack snacks and water.

Grand Canyon

#2 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: A hiking trip to the Grand Canyon is one you'll never forget. You'll find more popular routes – like the Bright Angel Trail and the Rim Trail – along the canyon's South Rim. If you're looking to avoid the crowds, head to the North Rim.

Glacier National Park

#3 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Glacier National Park offers more than 700 miles of hiking trails in northwestern Montana. Don't be surprised if you see mountain goats, elk or even grizzly bears while taking in the scenery of pristine mountains and fresh water streams, this national park is full of wildlife.

Yellowstone

#4 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Yellowstone National Park offers more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails across 2 million acres. Popular routes include those in the Canyon and Norris areas. Come during the fall months for optimal hiking conditions.

Banff

#5 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: Banff is renowned for its many hiking areas. To top off striking vistas of the Rocky Mountains, there are more than 80 trails. Catch a glimpse of the hoodoo rock formations along the Tunnel Mountain trail.

Jackson Hole

#6 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: With the Grand Tetons serving as a backdrop, Jackson Hole's hiking trails are sure to impress. This laid-back Wyoming destination has routes for a variety of skill levels and scenery that you won't get tired of photographing.

Acadia National Park

#7 in Best Places to Hike in North America

Why go: This park in Maine offers a variety of expeditions. Hikers will enjoy stretching their legs along the verdant forest trails or along the craggy coastal paths. If you stick close to the water, keep your eyes peeled for harbor seals sunning themselves on cliffside rocks.