The recent late-February weather surge has left outdoor enthusiasts in the tri-state area anticipating warmer weather. With temperatures reaching as high as 70 degrees, it’s hard not to think of our favorite outdoor activities—camping, hiking, fishing and most importantly, traveling. VUE composed a list of the 7 best places to hike across the globe for those obliged to travel after being bit by the warm-weather exploration bug.
Yosemite Falls Trail, Yosemite, California
Channel your inner “Mile & A Half” by hiking the many trails of Yosemite in California. Of the many trails, Yosemite Falls Trail provides hiking options for all levels of fitness. Columbia Rock offers a two to three-hour trek with a distance of two miles and the more strenuous Top of Yosemite Falls with a distance of 7.2 miles complete with stunning views of the Yosemite Falls.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu offers a famous four-day, 20-mile trek recommended for reasonably fit people with altitudes reaching 420 km. The trail can be hiked year-round but is ideal from April to October as it offers access to the Sacred Valley of Machu Picchu, an ancient wonder of the world.
Trek to Petra, Jordan
The ancient grounds of Petra, Jordan, created by Nabataeans architects, provide a distinctive hiking aesthete. The structural facades explore a conglomeration of cultural influences from the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Greco-Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire. The Trek to Petra consists of hiking, backpacking, camping, and walking, making the opportunity relevant for many people.
Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The Everest Base Camp trek is a more extensive experience as the peak reaches an altitude of 554-km and takes three weeks to complete. The trek offers magnificent views of Mount Everest and an opportunity to experience the legendary teahouses of Nepal. This colder-climate trek gains access to Newarian teahouse cuisine consisting of hot lemon, orange, and ginger teas along with authentic Nepal food.
Himachal Pradesh in The Himalayas, India
Himachal Pradesh is conveniently located in The Indian Himalayas. Pin Parvati is a 10-day trek traversing from south to north of The Himalayas with views ranging from glaciers to pine forests. Less extensive Himalayan treks include the Kailash Circuit, a four-day trek from Lambar to Chitkul exhibiting Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, and the astonishing glacier lake Chandratal.
Tour du Mont Blanc, Switzerland
European Tour du Mont Blanc averages an altitude of 170-km that spans from France into Italy and Switzerland. The trek views include glaciers, woodlands, and flower fields. The highest point of Tour du Mont Blanc is the 266-km Fenêtre d’Arpette rock overlooking the beautiful Alps.
Last but not least is the remarkable Patagonia region of Argentina that extends into Chile. Patagonia offers day hikes around El Chaltén, a 20-km cross border trek from El Chaltén in Argentina to Villa O’Higgins in Chile, and a three-day trek to Erratic Rock, the southernmost point of South America. Spinners will be happy to know the cross border trek is popular for both hikers and cyclists.