Each year, the American Hiking Society celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June. On that day, thousands of people across the country head out to their favorite hiking route to enjoy a good walk in the woods, where they get the chance to reconnect with nature along the way. Others donate their time to help build new trails or provide maintenance on those that already exist. It is a chance for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, paddlers, and other outdoor enthusiasts to show their appreciation for the more than 200,000 miles of recreational trails that are available across the U.S., a resource that few other countries can come close to matching.
Some of the absolute best hiking trails are found inside America’s national parks, of course, many of which are tailor-made for exploring on foot. With so many trails to choose from, it is difficult to pick which ones are the very best. But here are 10 hikes that every active traveler should have on their bucket list.
Bright Angel Trail (Grand Canyon)
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is home to one of the most classic hikes in all of North America. The 12-mile roundtrip walk along Bright Angel Trail provides stunning views of the canyon and the surrounding landscape, which is among the most iconic and well-known in all of the world. The walk can be a strenuous one at times, but it is also a very rewarding one. No matter the season, always bring plenty of water, as staying hydrated can be a constant battle in the always-dry and often warm environment.