Get Fit for the New Year: The Best Hiking Trail Destinations
Many New Years Resolutions include travel, or getting healthy. This year, why not do both by visiting some of the best hiking trail destinations in the US, and around the world.
You know, there are many people out there who say that this new year is going to be their year for getting healthy and fit but don’t act upon it. Then, there are those people who are actually working on getting fit and healthy. They are pushing themselves to feel better. They are breaking their own boundaries. And, they want to make it happen – many of these determined individuals will do just that.
Do you know how they do it?
They make the act of getting fit more enjoyable. They make healthy invigorating. And, they do it all by not being boring. Walking on the same treadmill while looking at the same four walls each day cannot be in the least bit enticing. So, if your goal is to get fit for the new year, why not get outside and start exploring?
Experience the best hiking trail destinations from around the world. Can you think of a better way to get healthy and bring new memories to your life? Not likely. To help you decide just what trail you should visit to kick off your new healthy habits, we’ve put a list together for you. Don’t miss these best of the best hiking trail destinations.
Best Hiking Locations In the United States
You don’t need a passport to enjoy some of these best hiking trail destinations – all located within mainland USA.
1. Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Doted as being one of the most beautiful treks in the Pacific Northwest, you will want to make sure you plan ahead and allow some time for this one. Why? It is 93-miles long. Most hikers hike it within 10 days, but you are allowed 14.
So, why would anyone want to spend so many days hiking? The answer is simple – it is the views.
Wonderland Trail takes you through so many spectacular settings, including rivers and lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, canyons, meadows, and temperate rain forests. Throughout the entire hike, you will have a beautiful view of Mount Rainier.
2. Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
In all of Yosemite Valley, this Half Dome hike is the most famous. It’s a 17-mile hike that allows you to witness Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, too, on your way to these granite domes. The entire experience takes you up an additional 4,800 feet in elevation as you trek along. Wooden planks and cables are installed during certain months of the year to assist hikers with the steep climb.
But, you should know that this trail is not for the novice hiker so make sure you are well on your way to health before attempting it.
3. Greenstone Ridge Trail, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
Head on up to Greenstone Ridge Trail if you are anxious for some solitude – and in seeing some wildlife. This trail is located on an island and is not as easily accessible as other parks. Therefore, it doesn’t get the heavy volume of hikers, allowing for a more peaceful hike.
Ready for the wildlife? Here you may see moose, eastern timber wolves, snowshoe hares, red foxes, beavers, red squirrels, ermine, mink, muskrats and more. So be ready because you never know what you may encounter!
Did we mention it is a very well-maintained hike with great campgrounds and high ratings that you will surely enjoy? Greenstone Ridge Trail is definitely not one of the most famous hiking trails in the United States, but it is surely one that you will want to include on your bucket list.
Best Hiking Destinations Around the World
Looking to take your hiking skills internationally? If you want to experience some of the best hiking trails in the world, you will want to be sure to have these stops on your bucket list.
1. Lares Trek, Lares, Peru
This is a hiking trail that takes you on a trek to Machu Picchu. And, it has rave reviews. It is a two to three-day hike that seems to be an alternative to the well-known Inca trail. However, it is quickly becoming popular. There are hot springs, thermal springs, and small local markets on this trek. So, while you are enjoying your hiking trip, you also get a chance to indulge yourself in a bit of the culture here.
Once you arrive at the end of Lares Trek, you will find yourself just a short ride from Machu Picchu. And, if you want to make the most of your trip, you should consider staying an extra day or two to explore the ruins. Here you will find markets, ruins, and even the opportunity to hike Huayna (Wayna) Picchu to get to the peak.
Lares Trek is tough. At its highest point, it is 15,522 feet above sea level. This means you will want to be sure you acclimate yourself to the altitude so that you may actually enjoy the hike without feeling ill.
2. Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand
If you are looking for the hike that has been referred to as the best hike in the world time and time again, then you’ve found it. In its 19.4km, Tongariro Alpine Crossing has magnificently stunning views – unlike anywhere you have ever seen. And, it is only a day hike.
As you trek through the hike, you climb through different areas that include volcanic terrain, old lava fields, huge calderas, and a steamy volcano. The volcanic activity is constantly being monitored – and you are advised what to do should an eruption occur.
Scary? But the views are breathtaking…
And the thermal pools add some bright hues of green and turquoise to the dark volcanic surface. All in all, it’s a definite must-do.
No matter where you choose to go, you can always enjoy getting to and from your best hiking trail destinations using a private jet charter. As you head out, you will have the space, comfort, and privacy to learn more about the hike by reading up on tips and such. On your return, you can kick back and relax – comfortably – in the luxurious private jet cabin.
Don’t let go of your new year goals. Make this year your year to get fit and gain some unforgettable experiences.