Whether you’re ready to tackle a trail that’s 6,800 miles or 40, the U.S. is home to some of the most beautiful long-distance hikes in the world—many of which lead to some of the most stunning views in America.
There’s little more invigorating or satisfying than exploring the country by foot. Discover the East Coast via the lush paths of the Appalachian Trail, take in the wilderness of the West Coast from the Pacific Coast Trail, or head on a cross-country vacation via the American Discovery Trail. Whatever you choose, there’s a path for everyone.
Not sure where to start? Fear not. We’ve rounded up the top 10 long haul hiking trails in the country.
Read on for options that span from coast to coast. Plus, we tell you how much time you’ll need and what to expect along the way. All you have left to do is choose your favorite pack, hiking boots, and gear.
Distance: 1,025 miles
What to expect: The trail runs through Alaska, from Anchorage to Nome, and parts of it are now used for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Historically this system was established by Alaska natives to move goods across the area. The conditions are rugged and harsh, especially during winter months. During the summer months, access is limited to the mountains near Anchorage and the beach near Nome.