As spring makes its way to the Northern Hemisphere on March 19th (at 11:30pm to be exact), the weather will get nicer and people—especially travellers—will want to spend more time outside enjoying all that nature has to offer. And enjoying spring and some fresh air goes hand-in-hand with one outdoor activity in particular—hiking. Hiking can be especially difficult in grueling heat, so spring is an ideal time to get out on the trails and see the world au-natural.
If you are feeling a classic, all-American hike, you might want to try the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This hike is a whopping 44 miles long (if you hike rim to rim) and will take you about 4 to 6 days if you are a semi-experienced hiker. You’re able to experience the beautiful Colorado River as well as beautiful, million-year-old rock formations.
The Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, is a beautiful, oceanside hike that will keep you active as well as serene. May is when this trail has the least chances of rain during spring while April will find the trail emptier and give you more solitude. Either way, the entire trail is 22 miles long and will most likely take you 3 to 5 days to hike. Among the trails are beautiful jungle landscapes and amazing waterfalls that you may have only seen in movies. Warning: don’t take a swim at Hanakapi’ai Beach no matter how hot it is outside—the area is known for powerful rip currents. Bring some water or cool off in a waterfall instead!
If you have read the book or seen the movie, Wild (which we highly recommend), you will know all about the Pacific Crest Trail, a daring hike where people go to test their limits and find themselves along the way. But don’t worry, you don’t need to hike the whole thing! The whole PCT is 2,650 miles, but you can hop on and off on many, many places along the way. You can experience the Mojave Desert and heights that bring tons of snowfall.
If you’re feeling daring, love exercise or being outside, hiking may just be the perfect vacation for you. And there are so many locations across the United States that you can sample—you never know what you might see!