Travel is empowering, inspiring and makes our hearts race. Taking notes for that dream vacation? Make sure you have your bucket list handy because you’re not going to want to miss any of these.
Te Araroa Trail
Number one on our list is the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. Clocking in at an impressive total distance of 1,864 miles, Te Araroa links parks and farmland with active volcanos and long stretches of beaches.
If you are looking for an adventure, you can finish the whole 1,864 miles stretch in about 5 months. Don’t have 5 months of vacation time? Don’t worry! The trail is split up into hundreds of little hikes over beaches, through forests, and past the volcanoes that make the perfect afternoon exploration.
Tour Du Mont Blanc
Want to hit three countries at once? The Tour Du Mont Blanc in France, Italy, and Switzerland is perfect for you! The whole trail is about 100 miles long and winds through the three European countries via mountain passes with spectacular glacier views and lush meadows of the countryside.
You can make your way through the Alps and around the impressive Mont Blanc over seven to 10 days on the trail hitting little villages with delicious food and charming scenery along the way. For the truly seasoned hikers, the trail can be accomplished with a fast pack of three days. Little huts along the trail provide shelter along the way, so you don’t have to worry about packing a tent. Make sure to bring your camera though. There are vistas and views you are going to want to document.
Pacific Crest Trail
Coming back across the sea and heading stateside, the Pacific Crest Trail that cuts through California, Oregon, and Washington is a hiking bucket list item for countless adventurers. The 2,650 miles trail is next to impossible to conquer all at once due to weather, packing logistics, and long stretches of the trail without towns, but smaller hikes make it possible to make it the entire way.
Cutting through deserts, Sequoia National Park, mountain peaks, and volcanoes, the Pacific Crest Trail is an awe-inspiring hike. We suggest planning smaller hikes as so you can take the time to truly appreciate the beauty of the trail. Make sure to hit it before October though as the winter snows can quickly make some of the trail impassable.
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