Exploring the beauty of Mother Nature firsthand is a desire a majority of us have. Instead of using your car to explore the world, try going for a hike. You can learn a lot about yourself while on a hike and also explore your surroundings without modern day distractions. Here are 10 of the best hiking spots the United States has to offer, for novice and experienced hikers.
10) Pacific Crest Trail
This massive hike spans through a large span of the western United States, covering 2,650 miles. This hike will allow you to see three states seven national parks, 24 national forests and more than 1,000 lakes. The PCT is a popular trail choice for urban weekend adventurers. Depending on where you decide to hike, you’ll find various trees, such as the oak tree in California. The beauty of these Californian trees is what inspired us to create an oak leaf charm for our collection.
9) Appalachian Trail
This trail is similar to the Pacific West Coast Trail, but instead covers the east coast states from Georgia to Maine, as well as 12 other states. The Appalachian Trail is the longest marked trail in the United States at 2,178 miles. A tip for if you’re interested in a thru-hike, plan on mailing care packages with food and supplies to places you’ll be stopping at along the way. The maple tree is found along this trail. In the fall, the bright red color is one of the biggest draws in New England. You can take home the beautiful maple leaf as a charm from our North American collection.
8) Grand Canyon National Park
In the United States, the Grand Canyon is the jewel of national parks. Over 5 million people a year pass through the gates to gaze upon the breathtaking views and vistas. There are 15 official trails leading into to the canyon. If you enjoy solitude, try hiking the North Rim, this trail receives only 10 percent of visitors compared to the more familiar South Rim. There are approximately 200 species of trees and shrubs in Grand Canyon National Park, one of them being the quaking aspen. Our aspen leaf charm found in our North American Collection was inspired by these beautiful trees. Explore the Grand Canyon National Park and take home the Aspen Leaf charm as a fond memory of your hike.
7) Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite National Park, located in California, is roughly the same size as the state of Rhode Island. It has spectacular views and more than 3.5 million people visit the park each year. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails to choose from so you’re sure to have a fulfilling experience no matter which one you choose. Yosemite Park contains some of the healthiest whitebark pine populations. This National Park also contains black oak trees that are recognized as a cultural and scenic resource. The acorns were used as part of American Indian diets and continue to be important parts of diets for various animals. Take home our acorn charm as a reminder of the beauty of Yosemite National Park.
6) Glacier National Park
Known for its impressive mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and wildlife, Montana’s Glacier National Park is an excellent hiking spot. The park’s name comes from the huge glaciers that helped shape the park’s rock formations 10,000 years ago. Because of climate change, only 26 of the previous 150 glaciers remain and are expected to be gone by 2020. By mid-June, you can hike the lower elevations, but you’ll have to wait till mid-July for snow to melt in higher elevations.
5) John Muir Trail
Named after legendary naturalist and founder of the conservation organization, the John Muir Trail is located in Yosemite. After its construction resulted a 211-mile Crest-Parallel trail, which means most of the trail lies in high elevation. Hikers that brave through this trail in the Sierra Mountains are treated to gorgeous views of mountain lakes, canyons, granite cliffs, and peaks as high as 14,000 feet. The hiking trail for this season generally runs from June to September due to the snow in upper elevations. This trail is known for its black oaks, which our oak leaf charm resembles.
4) Zion National Park
Zion National Park offers some of the most beautiful cliffs and canyons the dessert as to offer. You’ll be sure to see a diverse ecology on your hike, whether you stay on the top rims or delve into the canyons. Just from taking an easy day hike, you can view the waterfalls, high sandstone canyon walls or the valley of the Virgin River.
3) Arches National Park
If you are a fan of desert hiking or biking, Arches National Park in Moab, Utah is a place you should definitely visit. With red rocks and over 2,000 precarious sandstone arches, there’s no better way to witness them then to walk amongst them. There are trails perfect for novice hikers to get out and explore, while there are also trickier trails for the more experienced, meaning steep and rocky trails.
2) Mount Whitney
If you want to get the peak experience of the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48, you’re going to have to make the 22-mile round-trip kike on its 100-year-old trail to the summit. Mount Whitney is for serious and experienced hikers. Standing at 14,497 feet, you’ll have to navigate through 97 switchbacks and slick boulders, traverse river crossings, and through a snowfield before reaching the summit. When you finally get to the top, you can enjoy its unparalleled 360 degree views.
1) Denali National Park
Denali National Park located in Alaska has some of the best rugged and untamed country in the United States. Unlike most national parks, Denali does not contain well-marked, cut trails. The hike is through true backcountry, which means you will be forging your own path. This hike is not recommended for novice or weekend hikers due to the rough nature of the hike and the possibility of encountering dangerous wildlife. For the experienced hiker, Denali is a great challenge that will take you on the experience of a lifetime. The Alaskan Birch is one of the many trees you will see while hiking through the rugged countryside. Take home the birch leaf charm as a memory of you backcountry hike. It will remind you of the tall Alaskan birch trees you saw on your travels.