Great weather is finally around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: it’s a great time to be outdoors. Nothing says outdoors like a great hike or bike ride in the fresh air with stunning backdrops, breathtaking scenery, and good company. Hikers and bikers unite, we’ve gathered the top destinations you should visit at least once in your life. Even if you’re not an outdoorsy person, you’ll definitely enjoy your time at these destinations.
Yosemite National Park, California, USA
This gorgeous national parks with ancient trees, grand cliffs and tunnels, valleys, and domes is an ideal spot for hikers who would like to try any of the 100 trails available. They range from 0.6 to 60 miles, so it all depends on your hiking abilities. You’ll also see waterfalls, walk through meadows, and beautiful granite basins.
If you’ve seen pictures of this destination, then obviously as a hiker, this should be on the top of your destination list. Hiking to the giant boulder wedged between two cliffs is an amazing experience. The hike takes about 8 miles, but it’s well worth it for a picture on the giant boulder. On the way, you’ll also witness gorgeous scenery, valleys, and a chance to climb cliffs where you’ll feel on top of the world!
Croatia is a country with a diverse landscape that offers plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking. There are towering mountains, lush forests, and a rugged coastline – all perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. In recent years, hiking cruises have become popular in Croatia. These trips combine the best of both worlds, allowing travelers to explore the country’s natural beauty while also enjoying the comfort and amenities of a cruise ship. Hiking cruises in Croatia typically last for seven days and include excursions to some of Croatia’s most scenic spots. So, a hiking cruise might be the perfect option for you, If you’re looking for an active vacation that will allow you to see the best of what Croatia has.
Okeechobee, Florida, USA
Considered to have the second largest lake in the USA, Okeechobee is deemed to be the best Florida hiking & biking destination because of its gorgeous trails. You get to choose from three trails that have scenic roads, a stunning lake, ancient shorelines and creeks, man-made marshes, and wetlands that are also perfect for wildlife watching. It also has vast prairies and ranches.
Inca Trail, Peru
This trail is considered one of the most popular in the world. It’s 26 miles of thrilling and grueling inclines and declines that leads you to Machu Picchu. You’ll explore ruins, jungles, and stunning scenery and mountain backdrops. For the hiker in you, you can’t go wrong with this wonderful trek that mixes both culture and history for the adventure of a lifetime.
Considered to be one of the most popular bike trails in Austria, you’ll get to witness almost 13 gorgeous lakes on your trail as well as a chance to fish, hike, and sail. It’s a 190-mile loop that starts and ends in Salzburg. You can even stop for a boat ride and take pictures along the path.
Palisade, Colorado, USA
For incredible postcard-like backdrops, this destination is perfect for cyclists and motorists. The 25-mile loop is set within a background of iconic sandstone cliffs and scenic country roads that lead to more than 50 orchards, vineyards, farms, and fruit stands. Palisade is a wine-country destination that is also famous for its peach farms.
Whether you’re hiking or biking, finding the right trail is key. Long treks can sometimes be cumbersome, and you want to make sure you’re enjoying your surroundings as well as the adrenaline pumping through your veins from the exercise. Doing it alone, or with friends and family, we know these destinations will make your adventure worthwhile!