We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and there is more than enough to see. We often hear people of going on these elaborate hikes through the Grand Canyon, or going hiking in the majestic red wood forest. We don’t have to travel long distances to see something beautiful, most of the time we just have to drive a short distance to go have a good experience and witness this great countries majesty. Here are some shorter hikes that are just simply stunning and worth your time.
Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon, MI
This is one of the more beautiful regions in Michigan it has beautiful lake shores and breathtaking waterfalls. You can go for a day hike around the lake of clouds or you can go fishing with the kids. There are also plenty of mountain biking trails and overnight hiking you can do. There are even skiing regions nearby for the winter season. Whatever you want to do you can do it at the Porcupine Mountains.
Angels Landing, Zion National Park, UT
This is also known as the “Temple of Aeolus” and is a beautiful rock formation that is about 1,500 feet tall. The trail is a more challenging hike and can be more dangerous at times but the view is amazing and great for any photo opportunity. The trail is cut out of solid rock and it is about 2.5 miles long, and there is a part on the trail where it gets really narrow and you have to hold on to a iron rod and cross over. It is recommended that people who are afraid of heights bring a harness and other safety gear to cross the section.
Highline Trail, Glacier National Park, MT
If you happen to visit Glacier National Park you need to plan an extra day to hike on this trail. It is approximately 12 miles and can be in one day. On this trail you will go in and out some lovely valleys and see plenty of wildlife. The scenic view of the Snowcap Mountains will make this a hike to remember. If the distance of this hike seems intimidating don’t panic too much. There are shuttles that can take you back to your car after you finish the hike.
Superior Hiking Trail, MN
This is one for the extreme backpacker! You would want to prepare for a week long hike and make sure you pack light. There are over 277 miles worth of trails for you to pick from and over 30 different trailheads to start on. Don’t forget to bring your fishing poles because there are plenty of fishing spots with all the rivers, lakefronts and waterfalls. This is probably one of the better and under rated trails in America and is comparable to the Appalachian Trail and not nearly as long.
These are only a few of the best trails in America. Make sure you check out the national parks to see what the requirements of the park. If you plan on fishing make sure you read all the state laws for fishing and hunting. Last thing you want to do is get arrested or get a ticket while on vacation.