Top Ten Wild Places to Hike (Before You Die)

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Here's another "bucket list". This one is from the Sierra Club.

Sierra Club Grand Canyon

Backpacking the Grand Canyon's
South Rim, Arizona. Photo by Tony Fuentes

Which of the world's wild places should every hiker try to experience at least once in their lifetime?

Here's our unofficial "bucket list" of not-to-be-missed favorites in Alaska, Hawaii, the Lower 48, and beyond. Click on each destination to read more about a Sierra Club trip that's headed there soon.

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1) Acadia National Park, Maine

The Northeast's only national park boasts an extensive system of foot trails leading to incredible views of islands, valley lakes, Frenchman Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

2) Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

This jagged landscape is home some of Alaska's most spectacular and challenging mountains, as well as grizzlies, wolves, dall sheep, musk ox, and caribou.

3) Dolomites, Italy

Don't miss this sunny corner of the Alps packed with dramatic and colorful mountains, jutting peaks, fertile valleys, and a diversity of local cultures.

Sierra Club Grand Italy's Dolomites

Italy's Dolomites. Photo by Gene Goldberg

<!--END PHOTO-->4) Grand Canyon National Park,

One of the world's most enduring natural wonders and a hiking paradise, this ancient and brilliantly-colored chasm is rich in human, geologic, and natural history.

5) Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Choose from a multitude of hiking
options in the last large piece of the
southern Appalachian forest which
contains some of the richest biological diversity in the U.S.

6) John Muir Wilderness, California

Visit the wilderness wonderland named
after Sierra Club founder, John Muir,
dotted with alpine lakes, glaciers, towering granite peaks, and lush green meadows.

7) Kauai, Hawaii

A trip to Hawaii's "Garden Isle" means diverse trails, breathtaking views, lush
flora and fauna, and a refreshing dip in
warm surf at day's end.

Sierra Club North Cascades, Washington

The rugged North Cascades,
Washington. Photo by Sascha Paris.


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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

What a great list.  The funny thing is, I watched the Bucket List last night on TV and right after that, we filled over to Everybody loves Raymond, and they were making a bucket list.  So weird how sometimes a theme just stays top of mind.  I'm printing this list!

May 15, 2011 02:48 AM #1
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RE/MAX Property Specialists - Pocono Lake, PA
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Thanks for the post.

Sounds like a great place to be.

Good luck in your area.

May 15, 2011 02:49 AM #2
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