The National Geographic Blog has compiled a list of the world’s 20 best hiking trails.
They exist in more than a dozen different countries and on every single continent.
When taking into account the 20 best hiking trails, National Geographic paid attention to more than just the quality of the trail itself.
According to the blog post, they chose trails that “travel deeper into a location’s history and culture.”
You can see a list of the trails below. On the National Geographic Blog you can go through a slideshow that includes pictures of each trail along with descriptions, distance, and tips.
- Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet
- Israel National Trail, Israel
- North Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa/Lesotho, uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park
- Cinque Terre, Sentiero Azzuro, Italy
- Yoshida Trail, Mount Fuji, Japan
- Santa Cruz Trek, Cordillera Blanca, Peru
- Hayduke Trail, Utah and Arizona
- Laugavegurinn/Fimmvorouhals Pass, Iceland
- The Way of St. James via the French Way, Spain
- Continental Divide Trail, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico
- Bibbulmun Track, Australia
- West Highland Way, Scotland
- Shackleton’s Route, South Georgia Island, South Atlantic/Antarctica
- Shipwreck Coast/Shi Shi Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Washington
- GR 20, Corsica, France
- Copper Canyon/ Tararecua Canyon, Mexico
- Great Himalaya Trail, Nepal
- Benton MacKaye Trail, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina
- The Snowman Trek, Bhutan
- International Appalachian Trail, U.S., Canada, Greenland, Scotland, Spain, Morocco