13 Best Hikes in North America

4. Kalalau Trail

This hike is perfect for visitors to Hawaii who want to experience more of the country than just the touristy resorts and all-inclusives. The Kalalau Trail stretches 22 miles (roundtrip) along the coast of the island of Kauai.

Along the way, you’ll pass through amazing beaches, and gorgeous rainforests, plus the occasional waterfall. Just be careful if you’re hiking Kalalau in the summer. Humidity can make hiking along this trail exhausting. You’ll need a permit to complete the full hike and to sleep overnight, but you can hike along the first few miles of the trail without a permit.

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3. Copper Canyon Rim-to-Rim

Copper Canyon is another spectacular canyon, located in the state of Chihuahua in northwestern Mexico. The rim-to-rim hike in Copper Canyon will take you around a week to complete, if you want to experience all that this gorgeous environment has to offer.

There are ancient settlements which you can hike down into, as well as hot springs where you can soak your aching muscles at the end of a long day. If you’re afraid of heights, this probably isn’t the hike for you – you’ll need to go up and down several miles of elevation before you’re done.

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2. Chilkoot Trail

This is one of the few trails that passes between two countries – the Chilkoot Trail stretches from British Columbia to Alaska, and has been in use for centuries. It was originally used by the First Nations people, but was also frequented by gold prospectors in the late 19th century.

Along the way, you may see equipment abandoned by unlucky prospectors which are now part of the landscape. Prepare for all kinds of weather while you’re on this trail – snow has been seen on the ground here as late as July.

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