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Mist Trail – Yosemite National Park
Searching for some adventure? Then this walk is something for you! The Mist Trail starts at shuttle stop 16 “Happy Isles”. After a short walk along the river, you climb up quite steeply until you reach a pedestrian bridge with a first look of the Vernal Falls. You continue to climb via the slippery and wet steps, where you will be rewarded with a beautiful view. After this climb, you will discover why this walk is called the “Mist Trail”. You can go beyond the Emerald Pools to the Nevada Falls, where you reach the highest point of this hike. Return via the John Muir Trail, for a less steep and impressive route!
Mist Trail, YosemiteNational Park
The Narrows – Zion National Park
This walk is perfect for a hot summer day! You start with the Riverside Walk and then you follow the Virgin River via a paved path upstream until you reach the well-known Zion Narrows. Further through the narrow gorges, you walk in the water as far as you want. The further you walk, the narrower and nicer the gaps become. You can go a few miles deep into the gap without a permit, if you want to go even further you need a permit. If you have enough time, go to the most iconic point “Wall Street” and witness the beauty of Mother Nature! But be sure you bring some waterproof shoes and a hiking stick.
The Narrows, Zion National Park
Rim Trail – Grand Canyon National Park
The Rim Trail offers you the best views of the Grand Canyon. You walk flat, without ups and downs, on a paved road up to 12 miles. A very accessible hike for everyone. You can also choose to take the shuttle bus that makes a stop at the different viewpoints. Head to Mather Point or Hopi Point for the most memorable sunset of your life!
Upper Antelope Canyon – Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is one of the most famous and most photographed canyons in the world. Located near Page, the upper canyon is not so spectacular from the top, but down-under it is a true paradise for all kind of photographers. It’s not a real hike, but we couldn’t skip this one.
Navajo Loop Trail – Bryce Canyon National Park
There is no place in the world like Bryce Canyon. The largest collection of Hoodoos (stone pillars) can be found here! The park is quite small so you can see a lot in one day. The Navajo Loop Trail is a 2-kilometer walk and starts at Sunset Point. From here you walk down past the iconic amphitheater and further you will zigzagging Wall Street. Because the different trails connect to each other very easily, you can discover a lot of different hikes in one day.
GOOD TO KNOW:
if you plan to visit more than 2 national parks, you best buy a National Parks Pass when entering the 1st park. This pass gives you access to each National Park, costs $80 and is valid for one year after issuance. The pass is valid for the driver + 3 adults in the same car. (Children aged under 16 are free)
Now you’ve read our article about the 5 most beautiful hiking trails in West USA, you might be ready to go. Following websites can help you plan the perfect trip: