Getting outside is a great form of exercise and a great way to learn about the natural world. It also just makes you feel good. Luckily, there are beautiful natural areas nearby to explore no matter where you live. North America, for one, is home to so much natural beauty that no one person can see it all, but there are certain places that everybody should try to see before they die. Once you’ve checked out these treasures within the U.S. National Parks, try these hikes:
1. The Continental Divide Trail
While many wax poetic about the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail (and for good reason), the lesser known Continental Divide Trail is a real gem, too. Complete all three of the country’s longest trails and you will be known as a “triple crowner.” It stretches 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada passing through sun-soaked New Mexico, Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, Yellowstone’s backcountry in Wyoming and Montana’s open wilderness.