If you want to see some truly unique travel destinations, you have to go to places you can only reach by foot. Here are ten absolutely stunning destinations that are only accessible by foot.
1. Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias
These two groves of giant sequoia trees are in the popular Yosemite National Park, but visitors must take a walk to see these trees. The walk to each of the groves is a couple hours long but will be well worth the time.
2. Kobuk Valley
Kobuk Valley National Park is the least visited of the United States national parks because it is in the Arctic Circle and can only be accessed on foot. One month a year the area gets 24 hours of sunlight.
3. Supai, Arizona
This town is the most remote community in the U.S. mainland. The only way to access it is to hike or ride a mule 8 miles along the Havasupai Trail. Even the mail is carried in by mule.
4. Assateague Island Beaches
This island is famous for the wild ponies that live there. Most of the refuge on the Maryland side of the island is made up of beaches that are only accessible by foot.
5. Lake Superior Ice Caves
In winter, people can see stunning ice formations in the ice caves on the shores of Lake Superior. When the ice freezes thick enough, people can take a three hour hike there and back to see them.
This remote destination is the highest lodge in Norway at 2068 meters above sea level. It takes a four hour hike to reach it, but the views of Norway’s glacier are worth it.
This nature preserve is on Iceland’s northernmost peninsula and features spectacular high sea cliffs. The only permanent resident in the area is the lighthouse keeper.
8. Phantom Ranch
This ranch is the only lodge below the rim of the Grand Canyon. It is all the way at the bottom of the magnificent canyon and visitors must hike to the bottom.
9. Crater Rim Trail
If you want to see an active volcano, you can hike up the Crater Rim Trail on the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea. It is an 11 mile hike that goes around the summit caldera of the volcano.
10. Cinque Terre
These five villages on rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera are built in terraces right up the cliffs. The beautiful villages can be accessed by a hiking trails.
Thinking of making the hike out to these spots? Here are some tips from podiatrist Dr. Ian Russell on taking care of your feet on a long hike:
- Spend money on the right hiking shoes. You want support, comfort, and a dryness.
- Take some time to get used to your shoes, but a good pair shouldn’t actually need a break in period.
- Pay attention to hot spots while you’re hiking. These will develop in spots on your feet where there is high friction. Apply mole skin, medical tape, or even duct tape to prevent miserable blisters.
- Avoid walking barefoot and moisturize your feet.