7 Incredible Day Hikes in the US for Your Summer Adventures
Summer is upon us and that means longer days for fun in the sun. But while destinations abroad have been cancelled due to COVID there are plenty of places to explore in the U.S. while following social distancing guidelines. You can rent an RV and explore the great outdoors by hiking with your micro crew. It can be as simple as driving to a national park and ditching your wheels for a walk, or as involved as packing enough camping food and resources for the long haul and heading into the woods for days or even weeks. We've rounded up a range of trails that will be kind to your feet (that is, hikes you can complete in a day) and totally worth it (thanks to the breathtaking vistas you'll encounter along the way). No matter where you are in the States, you'll certainly find one of these incredible hiking trails a true inspiration for the rest of your summer.
At just over two miles, Middle Emerald Pools is a remarkably refreshing hike to take during Utah's sunniest days. Along with the unpaved climb to a sandstone ledge, you'll connect to the other Emerald Pools trails and the Kayenta trail on your way to the pool and waterfall.
Northeasterners, you may want to drop want you're doing and make a beeline to the Adirondacks for some time in nature by way of the Cascade Mountain Trail. A little over five miles there and back, this scenic trail is fairly popular in the summer months with a few steep areas and plenty of wildflowers. It's an excellent hike to do solo, your social bubble, or even alongside your family.
Looking for an all-day, challenging hike with a huge payoff for your fitness *and* Instagram feed? Look no further than the Reed Lakes Trail, an nine-mile roundtrip hike where you'll gain thousands of feet in elevation through meadows, boulder fields, and up into the mountain. You'll finish with some jaw-dropping panoramic views.
Even if you can't go abroad this summer, there are still plenty of adventures to be had stateside. These hikes can be done in a day, but that doesn't mean your explorations have to stop there — there's usually a town nearby with some local cuisine. So figure out which of these hiking trails you'd like to conquer and go for it!
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This article has been updated from a previous post.
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