There are hiking trails all over the world, but only some of these trails are so spectacular they deserve to be on everyone’s bucket list. The following hiking trails offer days of nonstop exploration and unmatched beauty. Any route you take offers you the chance to shut out reality and explore the stunning qualities of this magnificent Planet we call home.
1. Inca Trail in Peru
The 26-mile Inca trail takes up to 4-days to explore in entirety, and is considered one of the most popular hikes in the entire world. Throughout the path of steep inclines and declines you have a chance to explore jungle, ruins, and endless jaw-dropping views. The best time to go is between May and September.
Many people consider the end of the hike the best part since you end up at Machu Picchu.
2. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa
The Kilimanjaro hike ascends up Africa’s highest peak. Despite the difficulty of the climb many people hope to someday enjoy the views from 19,340 feet up. There are different routes to the top of the mountain, which is why hikers often choose to travel with a tour guide. The best times to go are in January, February or September.
3. Grand Canyon Hike in Arizona, USA
You don’t have to hike the entire 44 miles of the Grand Canyon from rim-to-rim, but if you plan to do so it will take between 4 to 6 days and offer the chance to experience the full vastness of one of Earth’s most amazing locations. Along the way you will enjoy endless incredible views that tell a story of what once was. The best time to hike here is from March to May or September to November.
4. Pacific Crest Trail in California, Oregon and Washington, USA
This incredible expanse of gorgeous hiking trails spans 2,650 miles and would take between 6 and 7 months to explore completely. There are 7 National Parks, State Parks and wilderness areas along the way, as well as the Mojave Desert and peaks over 13,000 feet high. If you read the book Wild you will likely be inspired to conquer these stunning trails. The best time to go is between April and October.
5. Tonquin Valley in Alberta, Canada
Tonquin Valley stretches over 27 miles, providing 3-5 days of nonstop hiking trails and beauty. The best to come here is between July and September.
6. Bay Of Fires in Tasmania, Australia
The Bay of Fires trail will take you through 16 miles of beautiful beaches with pristine white sand, bright turquoise waters, and red lichen stained rocks. This hike is only accessible with a guide but the breathtaking scenery makes it well worth your time. The best time to visit is between October and May.
7. Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii, USA
This coastal trail offers a chance to check out jungle, waterfalls, and beautiful views of the ocean below. It stretches 22 miles and takes around 2-5 days to hike all the way. The best time to go is between May and September.
8. Tour du Mont Blanc in France, Italy and Switzerland
Over 105 miles of impeccable scenery will keep you busy for around 10 days if you hike Tour du Month Blanc from one end to the other. Plus, you will get to see 3 different countries. The best time to hike here is between July and mid-September.
9. Routeburn Track in New Zealand
This 20-mile trail takes 2-4 days to hike from start to finish. The Milford Track is the most popular but the Routeburn Track offers equally amazing views and less traffic. The best time to hike here is between November and April.