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It’s always a good time to take a hike—even better when you can bask in the view.
Hiking nurtures the mind, body and soul. Tantalizing your senses with the sights and sounds of nature, breathing fresh air, getting your heart rate up and getting away from your electronics for a while can refresh and revitalize. Whether you are a solo hiker, like to hike with friends or join in with a group, to celebrate this amazing activity, we’ve rounded up the best hikes with a view.
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HURRICANE FALLS TRAIL AT TALLULAH GORGE STATE PARK | Tallulah Falls, Georgia
A popular hiking destination, Tallulah Gorge State Park boasts impressive, colorful rock outcrops, stunning waterfalls, picturesque blooming mountain laurel and sheer drops. Hiking the Hurricane Falls Trail provides visitors with some of the best views Tallulah Gorge State Park has to offer. Along the two-mile loop, expect to be dazzled by the Hurricane Falls waterfall, Tallulah Gorge’s north and south rims, and numerous scenic overlooks that look deep into the gorge’s depths. The moderately difficult trail consists of boardwalks, pavement, a suspension bridge, a mulched trail and lots of metal stairs.The historic Dillard House, only a short drive from Tallulah Gorge State Park, can provide travelers with a restful respite after a long day of hiking.
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TOUR DU MONT BLANC | France, Italy and Switzerland
The approximately 100-mile breathtakingly beautiful Tour Du Mont Blanc hike spans three countries and numerous mountain passes boasting some of Europe’s most stunning glaciers. While traversing parts of France, Italy and Switzerland, hikers are treated to peaceful meadows bedecked with blossoms and adrenaline pumping sections of exposed rock. While trekking, visitors can take rests while indulging in local favorites such as fondue and homemade bread in charming villages. During this unforgettable adventure, consider staying at the Hotel Swizzera in Courmayeur, Italy. At this beautifully furnished hotel located at the foot of Mont Blanc, guests can recuperate from hiking by lounging in a hot sauna and getting a relaxing massage.
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ANGELS LANDING AT ZION NATIONAL PARK | Springdale, Utah
Luring thrill-seekers from around the world, Angels Landing at Zion National Park provides hikers with both unsurpassable views and dizzying heights. The trail is nearly five and a half miles long. The final half-mile of the journey to the top of Angels Landing is situated on a narrow piece of rock with 1,000-foot drop-offs on both sides. After an exhilarating day traversing Angels Landing, weary visitors can enjoy a peaceful night’s rest at the nearby Cliffrose hotel. Guests at this boutique hotel can hear the melodious sound of the river from their rooms’ private patios.
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LONG RANGE TRAVERSE | Newfoundland, Canada
With towering granite cliffs, hidden lakes, sparkling blue water from coastal fjords, elk, moose and spruce groves, the Long Range Traverse is a hiker’s dream. This nearly 25-mile unmarked, rugged backcountry trail takes the adventurer on an unforgettable journey from the fjord of Western Brook Pond to Gros Morne Mountain in Newfoundland. While making the trek, visitors should stop by the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse at Gros Morne National Park to view some whales, enjoy a picnic or catch a gorgeous sunset.
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HIDDEN LAKE OVERLOOK | Glacier National Park, Montana
No visit to Glacier National Park would be complete without traversing the Hidden Lake Overlook trail. The less-than-three-mile hike rewards trekkers with views of alpine meadows, referred to as the Hanging Gardens. Hikers also get to gaze at pristine mountains and Hidden Lake. Trekkers can enjoy watching the antics of goats, ground squirrels, bighorn sheep and other types of wildlife in the region. Visitors to Glacier National Park should consider staying at The Firebrand Hotel in Whitefish, Montana. With luxury beds and a spa offering customized facials, The Firebrand Hotel is a great place to relax and reenergize after a long day touring Glacier National Park.
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KING’S CANYON RIM WALK AT WATARRAKA NATIONAL PARK | Petermann, Australia
Watarrka National Park has a variety of short, scenic trails for hikers to enjoy. Less than four miles long, King’s Canyon Rim Walk is fun and scenic. Roughly halfway through the moderate to difficult hike, trekkers arrive at the Garden of Eden. This must-see landmark is a beautiful rock hole flanked by rare plants. After working up an appetite on a hike, visitors to Watarrka National Park can dine on authentic Aussie cuisine at Outback BBQ & Grill located at the King’s Canyon Resort. All the meat, fish and vegetables the eatery serves are locally grown. The restaurant also has live entertainment.