Get Outside: Best Hikes in the U.S.

arches_logoWith spring in full swing and summer well on it’s way, it’s finally time to wake from your winter hibernation and see what the great outdoors has to offer. We’ve compiled just a few of the thousands of great hikes the United States has to offer. doublearchhike_protrails_comLocated in the Canoyonlands of Moab, UT, Arches National Park offers tons of hikes ranging in difficulty and length. We chose Double Arch, because of it’s namesake arches at the trail head, seen above. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith a length spanning more than 2,000 miles, the Appalachian Trail makes it hard to pick just one or two of the best hikes it has to offer. We chose Dragon’s Tooth because it offers some of the best vistas and views this side of the Mississippi. Coupled with it’s relative moderate difficulty make this a hike not to miss. cuyamacapeaktrail_tentalktime_com_2 Cuyamaca Peak, with an elevation of 1,500 feet, is the second highest peak in San Diego. Though a relatively easy hike, the 8 mile up and back can be deceiving as it is nearly uphill the entire way. However, those views at the top make it all worthwhile. monument-canyon-trail8_coloradoguy_comThis 11-mile hike is one of the longest of the bunch, but is quintessential Colorado red rock hiking. Consider a canyon hike as the opposite of a mountain hike, as you descend more than 1,400 feet in to the canyon. With spectacular views the whole way around, this hike is one you won’t soon forget.

Don’t Forget! Hiking in any weather takes a toll on your body. Be sure to stock up on water and other essentials. Along with sunscreen, consider some type of headwear as protection from the harsh summer sun.

We recommend a UV protected hiking hat such as these:

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