The world is full of boundless, breathtaking beauty. Natural wonders like Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon are well-known places that are firmly, wholly part of the American landscape. But there are other places, like the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon or the colorful depths of Carlsbad Caverns, that seem positively alien. Hiking in these otherworldly places is a pure, in-the-moment, experience; it’s the kind of adventure that will live in your heart (and, of course, your Instagram feed) forever. Let the following otherworldly hiking trails in the U.S. take you on the adventure of a lifetime, transporting you to faraway lands and alien planets in the most wild and wonderful way.

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Looking for more hiking trails for your bucket list? These iconic hikes in the U.S. will show you a completely new side of this beautiful country of ours! Before embarking on your next great outdoor adventure, don’t forget to check out our ultimate hiking essentials packing list.

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What are some of the best national parks to visit in the U.S.?

If you're hoping to explore America, it just doesn't get much better than our national park system. For proof of this, look no further than our list of some of the best national parks to visit in the U.S.:

  • Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska
  • Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
  • Crater Lake National Park in Oregon
  • Sequoia National Park in California
  • Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  • Arches National Park in Utah
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico
  • Big Bend National Park in Texas
  • Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan
  • Everglades National Park in Florida
  • Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii

 

Of course, these are just a handful of the incredible national parks available to explore throughout the U.S. Curious to learn more about the destinations we featured above? Check out our list of the most stunning national parks in the U.S. and prepare to be impressed!

What are some of the best hiking trails in the U.S.:

Below you'll find our recommendations for some of the best hiking trails in the U.S.:

  • Burroughs Mountain Hike - Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  • Canyon to Rim Loop - Smith Rock State Park, Oregon
  • Half Dome Day Hike - Yosemite National Park, California
  • Charlies Bunion Hike - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Porcupine Mountains Escarpment Trail - Michigan
  • Maryland Heights Trail - Harpers Ferry, Maryland (and West Virginia)
  • Cadillac North Ridge Trail - Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Rim Trail - Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  • Horseshoe Bend Trail - Arizona

 

Learn more about these bucket-list-worthy hiking trails in the U.S. Happy exploring!