6 Hiking Spots Around the World to Explore

These breathtaking locations will take you on a journey through nature.


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When it comes to embarking on a journey of exploration and discovery, few activities can match the thrill and challenge of hiking around the world. Not only does hiking offer the opportunity to take in some of the most beautiful sights nature has to offer, but it also provides a unique perspective on different cultures and landscapes. 

From the grandeur of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the rugged beauty of Yoho National Park in British Columbia, there are countless hiking spots around the world that are worth exploring. Check out these six best hiking spots around the world and tips on what to expect from each location.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of the UK’s most popular long-distance hikes, stretching 186 miles (299 kilometers)  along Wales' most spectacular coastline, according to the National Park Authority Pembrokeshire Coast

From breathtaking sea cliffs and remote lighthouses to secluded coves and golden beaches, this coastal path has it all. Popular trails include Tenby to Manorbier Castle Trail, which takes hikers through ancient ruins, seaside towns, and small villages; St David's Head Trail, which offers stunning views of Ramsey Island; and Skomer Island Trail, which takes you through a nature reserve full of puffins and seals. 

See wildlife while hiking on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

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The Inca Trail in Cusco

The Inca Trail is one of South America's most famous hikes, according to travel company Explorers Passage  It takes travelers through some of Peru's most stunning landscapes while offering an insight into Incan culture along the way. 

This four-day trek covers 26 miles through remote villages, archaeological sites such as Machu Picchu, cloud forests teeming with wildlife, and lush valleys blanketed with wildflowers. 

Popular trails include Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which takes you through some of Peru's best scenery; the Salkantay Trek, which takes you through high mountain passes with stunning views; and the Lares Trek which takes you through remote mountain villages with plenty of chances to spot local wildlife. 

Hiking the Inca Trail.

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Kumano Kodo Trail in Wakayama

Located in Japan's Wakayama Prefecture, The Kumano Kodo Trail is considered one of Japan's most sacred spiritual paths. Countless pilgrims have traveled this route over centuries, and they continue to do so up until today, according to National Geographic

While enjoying some of Japan's most beautiful scenery, it attracts those in search of peace and enlightenment, according to Lonely Planet. Popular trails include Nakahechi Trail, which takes you through rural villages and ancient shrines; Kohechi Trail, which offers stunning views along its rugged terrain; and Iseji Trail, which is a challenging hike with rewarding views over Ise Bay. 

Entrance to the Kumano Kodo Trail.

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Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Located in British Columbia's Rocky Mountains, Yoho National Park offers some of Canada's most stunning mountain scenery. Popular trails include Yoho Valley Road, according to the Canadian government organization Parks Canada. This route takes hikers through ancient rainforests and along the shoreline of Emerald Lake; Takakkaw Falls Trail, which offers views of one of Canada's tallest waterfalls; and Iceline Trail, which is a challenging 9-mile (14.4-kilometer)  loop with incredible views of glaciers. 

Always prioritize safety when hiking in Yoho National Park. Ensure you bring plenty of water and snacks and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It's also important to stay aware of your surroundings and watch out for wildlife, such as bears and mountain goats.

Canoeing on Emerald Lake.

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Great Wall of China in Beijing

The Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic sites in the world, offering an unparalleled experience for hikers brave enough to tackle its steep inclines. There are numerous trails along this 5,500-mile-long wall (8,851 kilometers) ranging from easy walks suitable for families to more advanced hikes suitable for experienced hikers, according to tour company China Highlights.

Popular trails include Jinshanling to Simatai West Trail, which takes you through a section that has been largely untouched by restoration work; Mutianyu to Jinshanling Trail, which takes you along some of the best-preserved sections of the wall; and Jiankou to Mutianyu Trail, which is a challenging hike with incredible views over remote villages. 

Hiking along the Great Wall of China.

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic sites in the United States, and for good reason. Stretching across 277 miles (365 kilometers)  of Arizona, this natural wonder is breathtakingly beautiful, according to the  conservation organization Seven Natural Wonders.

With its diverse range of terrains and climates, ranging from desert plateaus to lush forests, the Grand Canyon has something to offer all types of hikers.

Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging trek, there are plenty of trails to explore. Popular trails include the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail, both of which are well-marked and have rest stops along the way. To stay safe while hiking in the Grand Canyon, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks, and remember to take frequent breaks.

Hiking in the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

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