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Amazing Hiking Destinations in the U.S. for Spring

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By , March 23, 2016 7:34 am

With warmer temperatures and flowers blooming all around, this is the perfect time to get outside and active with a spring hike!

Going hiking, whether for a short day trip or a multi-month backpacking trip, is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature and get your body moving at the same time. Some hiking destinations are perfect for spring, and here are some of our all-time favorite trails in the U.S.

Upper Yosemite Falls, California

It’s no secret that Yosemite is one of the most amazing places to hike on the planet, and the Upper Yosemite Falls trail is at its peak in spring. On this trail, you’ll be rewarded for challenging terrain with panoramic views and get the opportunity to look down on the falls once you reach the top.

Photo credit: Phil King via Flickr

Photo credit: Phil King via Flickr

Cascade Mountain, Upstate New York

New Yorkers sometimes need to escape the crowded city life and put their boots on some rocks and dirt. In the spring, one of the best places to do this is Cascade Mountain, which is in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York. This is a family-friendly hike that is about 4.8 miles round trip and takes a couple hours to complete. Just remember to look around while you’re hiking for scenic views of the Algonquin, Colden, and Marcy Mountains.

Eagle Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Deep in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River Gorge is known for its towering waterfalls and lush forests. You can get a taste of the epic Pacific Crest Trail when you take a hike along the Eagle Creek Trail, which is an alternative PCT route and passes by several lovely waterfalls. This is an out-and-back trail that has plenty of shade and lots of places to stop and enjoy a picnic.

Amicalola Falls State Park, North Georgia

Most people don’t think of Georgia when they’re looking for a memorable hike, but the North Georgia mountains are a truly stunning place to hit the trails. One of the best areas is Amicalola Falls National Park which is in the Chattahoochee National Forest and home to the tallest waterfall in the state. The route to the top of the waterfall involves a large set of stairs to climb. Or for an extra challenge, do the 10-mile Hike Inn Trail, and there is a rustic inn you can treat yourself to once you’re done. The trillium, dwarf iris, and other wildflowers are beautiful here in the springtime.

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Angels Landing Trail, Zion National Park, Utah

The Utah desert gets incredibly hot during the summer months, so spring is a perfect time to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park. This is a hike that requires you to be okay with heights because the end of the trail leads up a moderately steep rock face and a pinnacle that overlooks the park. It really is one of the most remarkable views of Zion. Round trip, the hike is about five miles and ascends 1,488 feet.

Regardless how far you are willing to travel for an epic hike, there’s sure to be plenty to do at your destination once you arrive. Keep the adventure going with active experiences from FunSherpa, or rest those tired muscles with one of our spa and wellness gifts. Happy trails!

Get Excited about the Fall Season with FunSherpa!

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By , September 26, 2014 11:22 am

Depending on where you live, you may be starting to see the autumn leaves changing color and feeling a brisk chill in the air. Fall is a perfect time to get outside and active, and at FunSherpa we have plenty of ideas to help you get inspired and excited about the months ahead. One of the best fall activities for mind, body, and spirit is hiking. Not only does hiking let you experience the beauty of the season at your own pace, but it’s also low cost, doesn’t require fancy equipment, and pretty much anyone can do it. These are some of the fall activities that we’re most excited about right now.

Autumn in Cape Cod

If you’ve never spent a fall weekend in the Northeast, perhaps this is the year to experience this stunningly beautiful region. Consider spending part of your autumn  in Cape Cod to photograph New England’s colorful foliage just south of Boston. On this tour, you’ll also get a history lesson as you ride through Quincy and past the Adams Mansion, the birthplaces of several American presidents, and the John F. Kennedy memorial. The full tour lasts about nine hour and can be booked during either September or October.

Photo credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Photo credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Muir Woods Tour

Head outside of San Francisco to hike through Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands, which have incredibly biodiversity and really allow you to connect with nature. This Muir Woods Tour also includes a stop in the quaint town of Sausalito, where you can dine and shop to your heart’s content. Hop on the ferry back to San Francisco with a renewed sense of tranquility. This tour lasts about 4.5 hours and runs through November.

Urban Hike in Chicago

One of the best things about hiking is that you can essentially do it anywhere! Take an Urban Hike in Chicago to explore the city foot and get some exercise while you experience all it has to offer. Compared to many cities around the world, Chicago has a tremendous amount of greenspace and parks, so it’s easy to see the signs on autumn as you stroll through the busy streets. Depending upon your interests, these tours can last up to six hours with historian and certified Chicago tour guide, Michael Corcoran.

Photo credit: wichitaskiclub via Flickr

Photo credit: wichitaskiclub via Flickr

Yoga Hike near Seattle

To relax, unwind, and challenge yourself, consider taking a Yoga Hike near Seattle this fall to experience autumn in the Pacific Northwest. Experienced yoga instructors will guide you through poses and practice techniques along scenic rivers, mountain passes, and lakes. Bring your yoga mat, water, and a lunch because you’ll hike up to five miles round trip to a blissful location that’s perfectly suited for yoga. But hurry, because this experience only runs through September!

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