National Trails Day is June 2 and we rounded up some of the top places to get out and explore, plus where to stay when you go. From the lush mountains of Hawaii to the desert paths of Arizona, these hikes are well-worth the effort.
A trip to Phoenix just isn’t complete without a hike to the top of Camelback Mountain. Named for its resemblance of a resting camel, hikers can choose from the Cholla Trail or opt to tackle the more challenging Echo Trail. Both come with sweeping views of the city at the top.
Where to stay: For a Phoenix icon, book a stay at Mountain Shadows, the recently renovated boutique resort complete with modern decor and stunning views of Camelback Mountain. Or escape to Phoenix’s entertainment district and hole up at The Camby, an edgy boutique hotel.
For cooler weather, head north to Sedona to the Red Rock Region, full of world-renowned hiking. Hike your way to notable rock formations like Bell Rock, Airport Loop and Cathedral Rock, all while taking in the red-hued landscape.
Where to stay: Hiking shouldn’t mean skimping on luxury which is why guests of L’Auberge de Sedona, A Destination Hotel can treat themselves to The Hike House, where they can customize the perfect hike with the Sedona Trail Finder.
Hike your way up San Diego’s coastline on the La Jolla Beach Trail, a 2.2 mile hike lined with colorful flowers and ocean views.
Where to stay: After an active day outdoors, retreat back to Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa and curl up in their new Kopari Signature Poolside Cabanas, decked out with the beauty brand’s newest and best-selling products. Who doesn’t love mini spa treatments and rosé after a day of hiking?
Climb Mt. Livermore and enjoy stunning views of Marin County, San Francisco and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Where to stay: For easy access to the many trails, along with a rustic and charming vibe, book your stay at the Lodge at Tiburon.
Dive into the Marin Headlands, a unique area in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that offers various types of hiking and trails, plus views of the Northern California coastline and San Francisco.
Where to stay: For top-notch views and accommodations, The Mansion at Casa Madrona will do the trick. The signature luxury residence resembles a Victorian home with panoramic views of Richardson Bay and the San Francisco skyline. Not to mention, it’s just around the corner from the Marin Headlands.
Enjoy guided hikes through Keystone’s unique landscape. Take it easy with a casual sunset hike or amp up your heart rate with a more intense journey to the top of the mountain.
Where to stay: Those staying at various properties, like Keystone Lodge & Spa, Ski Tip Lodge and Hyatt Place Keystone, can take their pick of six different guided hikes paired with info on local history, nature and high alpine environment.
Explore the high alpine environment of Breckenridge with Epic Discovery’s first full summer season. Enjoy elements like zip lines, rock climbing walls, alpine coasters, wildlife trail exploration, guided hikes and an interactive trail loop which takes guests on a learning experience.
Where to stay: For a prime location, opt for One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort or the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge.
Jump on the Centennial Express Chairlift to reach the top of Beaver Creek Mountain where a network of trails through the Rockies awaits. For the ultimate experience, The Hiking Center offers guided hikes for all skill levels. Hike to Beaver Lake, through fields of wildflower or up the mountain. The hikes are then topped off with gourmet lunches and sunset wine pairings at top dining spots.
Where to stay: To make things easy, The Osprey at Beaver Creek, A RockResort offers the closest location to a chairlift in North America at 26 feet.
Whether you’re a beginner or expert hiker, the Rocky Mountains has a trail for everyone. For educational fun the Epic Discovery program lets you learn through play in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service.
Where to stay: To be within walking distance of some of the best hiking trails, stay at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. Those staying at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort are just steps from the gondola, which gives guests access to miles of trails and hikes, ranging from 20 minutes to more than three hours.
Hike your way through Hollywood…sort of. As the location of franchises like Jurassic World and Pirates of the Caribbean, the Garden Island of Kauai is a hiker’s dream. And with just 10-percent of the island accessible by road, there’s plenty of hiking options, ranging from easy to challenging. Notable trails include Kuilau, Moalepe, Kalalau, Waimea Canyon, Kokee and Powerline.
Where to stay: Located on the “sunny side” of the island at Poipu Beach, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort offers the Untamed Adventure package that includes a welcome amenity of a map of local hikes around the island and a skin care bundle.
With just 30 miles of paved roads on the island, Lanai is perfect for those looking to get out and explore. From beachside paths to tropical mountain tops, you can’t go wrong on this island.
Where to stay: Guests of Four Seasons Resort Lanai can take advantage of a complimentary series of hikes to some of Lanai’s top scenic points. Some highlights include a sunrise hike to Pu’u Pehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock; Kapiha’a trail hike along the southern coast line that takes hikers through the ruins of Kapiha’a Villas; and the Pohakuloa Trail which winds its way around the resort grounds.
Explore Park City sans snow for miles of hiking opportunities amid the stunning summer mountain landscape.
Where to stay: For hiking trails that are right out your door, book a stay at Grand Summit Hotel which recently underwent a $15 million renovation or at Washington School House, a 12-room boutique hotel close to hiking and more.