World’s most beautiful hikes
From Morocco’s Atlas Mountains to Utah’s Zion National Park, these jaw-dropping adventures are not for the faint of heart
Be it scaling the sides of mountains or walking a winding trail for days on end, humans will go to extreme lengths for scenic adventure. Seeking out places almost untouched by development gives new insight into the world through the lens of nature. Whether you are a hiking novice or ready to conquer Mount Everest, these 11 destinations are some of the most beautiful natural spots on the planet.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Hikes in the Atlas Mountains range from a short half-day jaunt to a five-day hike beginning with camel ride through the Sahara Desert into a gorgeous hike up to Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in northern Africa.
Mount Everest, Nepal
This list would not be complete without Earth’s highest peak and one of its most difficult hikes, Mount Everest. With winds as high as 200 mph and a dwindling air supply as you climb toward the top, Everest is the ultimate challenge for any avid hiker.
Flatiron, Superstition Mountains, Arizona
This steep climb is not for beginners, but the views are definitely worth the 2.5-mile walk to the top, at approximately 2,400 feet elevation.
Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles
While Runyon Canyon Park is primarily known for its star-studded running routes, it’s also the site of some of the best views in L.A.
Tibidabo Mountain, Barcelona
Perched atop Tibidabo Mountain is an amusement park that overlooks the bustling city of Barcelona, ready to reward you after the long walk to the top.
Tour du Mont Blanc, Europe
Spanning France, Italy, and Switzerland, this 10-to-12-day hike circles all of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe.
Appalachian Trail, U.S.
Spanning 2,190 miles and 14 states, the Appalachian Trail is not for the timid adventurer. Not up for the full journey? The Appalachian Trail Conservancy breaks the lengthy trail down by state.
Gorham Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine
At an elevation of merely 525 feet, this hike is perfect for a beginner. Climb up to Otter Point and enjoy the expansive ocean views.
Yosemite National Park is littered with beautiful hiking trails ranging from beginner to advanced.
The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah
Follow the Virgin River through this slim canyon surrounded by magnificent walls of rock stretching nearly a thousand feet high.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand
If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, you will know this as the location as Mordor. Fear not, Sauron won’t hinder your quest through some of New Zealand’s most stunning countryside.
By Hannah Huber. Article originally published in Architectural Digest
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