Being in the wilderness, breathing in the fresh air and seeing what Mother Nature has to offer. Hiking is the ultimate high and isn't appreciated enough. The United States has so many trails and landscapes to offer, it would be impossible to list all of them, but this list is going to cover a few of our favorite places to explore the world and get back to nature when you need a good grounding.
Yosemite National Park - This Californian gem takes up 747,956 acres and is roughly the size of Rhode Island. There are 800 miles of hiking trails which should be enough to satisfy your nature-loving needs. There are more than 3.5 million people that visit this park every year and more than 15,000 backcountry permits issued each year for those who want to experience an overnight in this amazing park. There is no shortage of wildlife and offers different landscapes like dense forest areas, glacier-formed mountains and there are tons of lakes and rivers when you want to cool off. The peaks of El Capitan and the incredible giant Sequoia trees should be at the top of your must-see list.
Glacier National Park - This is a park that is the definition of paradise for any hiking enthusiast. With more than 730 miles of scenic, marked trails within its boundaries. This park is known for its incredible mountain peaks, isolated alpine lakes and the abundance of wildlife. Unfortunately, because of global warming, the once abundant glacial clusters of 150 have been reduced to 26 and are estimated to be obsolete by 2020.
Denali National Park - If you love a rugged and untamed country hiking, Denali is for you. Nestled in Alaska this terrain is not for the faint of heart or the inexperienced outdoors person which means that you will be forging your own trails and give you a chance to really go off the beaten path. There are a lot of rough and uneven terrain which also means you could encounter some dangerous wildlife. Only attempt hiking Denali if you are certain you can finish your journey.
People are always so preoccupied with wanting to go overseas to explore and broaden their horizons but forget how amazing their own country is. Don't be scared to get out there and explore your backyard, you might be shocked to see just how beautiful it actually is.