Active + Adventure

America's Best Hikes

by Sarah Tuff

Maybe it's that good burn in our glutes, those tasty chocolate bits in the gorp, or anticipation for The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the Ken Burns documentary premiering in late September 2009, but something about getting out and going for a real hike just feels right. Putting one boot-clad foot in front of the other is even better when there are geothermal hot springs, lush tropical foliage, or incomparable mountain views, and a rare feeling of accomplishment at the end of the trail. So, after scouring the country for the finest footpaths, we've selected America's best hikes, ten walks—with varying degrees of difficulty—that will knock your hiking socks off.

Published August 2009. Pictured: Ansel Adams Wilderness, California

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