The national parks, “America’s best idea,” are celebrating a centennial this year. Many people, experienced mountaineers or just enthusiasts, are honoring the anniversary by travelling to and exploring all 59 parks.
Spending time in the wilderness is one of the best ways to cope better with stress, feel happier and have more self-esteem, according to science. Going on a hiking trip is one of the best ways to reconnect with nature.
It depends on the level of your hiking skills, what you want to see along the trail and how much time you’ve got. The astonishing places on the following list, from California to Maine, have been selected based on those criteria.