Worth The Hike
Collected by Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
Those trails that can you lead you to amazing natural wonders. A perfect way to see a destination and get a great workout!
This national park is centered along the spine plateau above Bryce Canyon, which drops to the east from the main park road. Along the road are numerous pull-offs for enjoying views down into the canyon, with its miles and miles of awe-inspiring...
745 U.S. 89, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
If you don’t win a coveted lottery permit to visit “the Wave” off Highway 89 in Utah, consider the nearby Buckskin Gulch. Covering more than 15 miles, Buckskin is a backpacking paradise for many avid hikers, but all you really need is an afternoon...
52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
After five hours in the car, I was more than happy to hop out and hike the 1.4 miles out to Pfeiffer Burns State Park and get the prize of a beautiful waterfall. The water's color is an unreal sea blue/green that I have never seen before. The best...
3801 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
On the way up Mount Tamalpais heading through Mount Tamalpais State Park, the options are endless. There's hiking, camping, red woods, pull offs, hidden beer houses and beautiful drives through winding roads. All of this is within 20-30 minutes...