For some people, one of the best parts of hiking is the views. There’s nothing like climbing to the top of a high mountain and admiring the scenery below you. Some places in North America are completely magical when you see them in person, and almost just as good when you see them in photos. While nothing will ever be quite as good as the real thing, we’re pretty sure these photos will make you want to hike now.
The Grand Canyon
Have you ever seen anything more beautiful?! Because we haven’t. The Grand Canyon is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a must-see in your lifetime. Unfortunately, even a lot of people who are from the States don’t get the chance to see it. Don’t let that happen to you! Plan a hike to the Grand Canyon now!
Located in the Coyote Buttes of Arizona in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, The Wave is seriously unreal. This breathtaking sandstone formation looks like a painting, and up close it’s utterly amazing. The Wave is fairly easy to get to, but you’ll need a permit for this once-in-a-lifetime desert hike.
Crater Lake is a remarkable scene in Oregon, the main attraction of Crater Lake National Park. The blue water is like nothing you’ve ever seen before and comes from the lake’s unique geology. This lake is the deepest in the United States, and will make you want to hike NOW! Just don’t fall in while you’re admiring the views!
Banff National Park
All we can say is “Wow!” This place is absolutely breathtaking and one of the biggest reasons to visit Alberta, Canada. Everything about this park will blow your mind away and we’re pretty sure that a photo like this demonstrates that. Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada but still welcomes new visitors every year. Filled with many glaciers, ice fields, and lush evergreens, this section of Canada’s Rocky Mountains will make you want to get outside ASAP.
Seven Magic Mountains
If you’re not so big on hiking per se, then this photo of the Seven Magic Mountains should be all you need to convince you. This simple but gorgeous masterpiece by Ugo Rondinone popped up in the Las Vegas desert recently, and it’s truly a sight to see. It’s perfect for people who want to take on hiking step by step and be mesmerized without going too far.
Hiking isn’t always done on a dirt path. Sometimes, it’s done on a steep staircase. While the idea of hiking up one of these might be a bit terrifying, conquering your fears is a big part of being in the backcountry. The Haiku Stairs in Oahu, Hawaii is stunning in pictures. Just imagine how it looks in real life? And what about other staircase hikes?
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park in California is just one of the places you can catch an amazing view of the stars. Stargazing can hardly ever be caught in photos but let this be a reminder of what’s waiting for you right outdoors.
Glacier National Park
They say you need to see it to believe it. Is this photo enough? The wildlife in the Great Outdoors is incredible. As you can see here, Glacier National Park in Montana can provide you with views like this. But, you’ll never know what you can find until you go see for yourself.
Have we got your convinced yet? A picture says a thousand words, but we can promise you it’s much better in person. Get outside and hike now!