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Top North American Trails

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From Canada to the Caribbean, hitting the trail in North America is an awesome experience. There are so many wild places to wander, like hiking in an active volcano in Nicaragua or climbing to the summit of Denali in Alaska (North America's highest peak). Whether you are looking for a day hike or a multi-day trek, here are some top, but in many cases lesser-known, trails to consider.
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There are no guarantees the northern lights will start dancing on the night you look skyward, but it's so worth taking the chance. One of the great rewards for hanging out in Alaska once the dark and cold settle over the state, the northern...
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Nicaragua
Masaya Volcano National Park is an impressive display of some of the Earth's most powerful and fascinating elements. We had a driver take us from San Juan Del Sur to Masaya for the day, and arrived at the Volcano mid-day. Be sure to stop at the...
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Americas
This is not a hike for the inexperienced. It takes most people 8 to 10 hours round-trip and climbs 1400m over 5km one-way. It should only be attempted by reasonably fit people. The path begins on a long steep climb, and then flattens out at a...
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Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Nestled at the base of the Valley of the 10 Peaks, Moraine Lake boasts turquoise waters that change color throughout the day as sunlight refracts off the minuscule particles of glacier-ground rock suspended within. Though it has a B-list rating...
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Old Rag Mountain, Robertson, VA 22743, USA
We leave D.C. early in hopes of beating the crowds of hikers who swarm the trail by mid morning. Old Rag may be the most popular hiking destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but for good reason. The challenging Ridge Trail starts with grueling...
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Bear Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
There is fall foliage. And then there's the Odessa–Fern Lake backpacking circuit in Rocky Mountain National Park in late September. Most years, this is the peak of Colorado's crispest, most spectacular, leaf-gasmic yellowness, and on this day, as...
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Unaka Springs Rd, Erwin, TN 37650, USA
As a lifelong hiker, I wanted to share my love of it with kids from my home city of Charleston, SC. I started a hiking club called Youth Gone Wild for ages 9-12. We go on 3 day hikes and an overnighter with the culminating activity a 67 mile, 9...
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Maine, USA
A certain amount of dedication is required to see the sunrise. You have to commit to getting up early, then fight the urge to hit snooze when "go time" comes around. You drag yourself out of bed and to the prime sunrise watching spot - in this...
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15 Entrance Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
I’m not sure at what age humans develop the skill to stand still and appreciate scenery, but based on a scientific survey of kids who live in my house, it’s not age seven. (On a trip to the Canadian Rockies, as my wife and I snapped photos of the...
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Chinle, AZ, USA

The natives that guide you through Canyon De Chelly are very passionate about their historical heritage: the battles that their people have survived, the ceremonies they live by, and the dwellings that they carved out of the massive cliff sides....

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New Mexico, USA
An amazing span of rolling white dunes in the desert, I expected to hear waves breaking on some shore just over the next dune... There are hiking trails, an unpaved though very drivable road with several parking/picnic areas. Bring the...