The Top 10 Day Hikes on the USA West Coast 0 570

Breathe in that fresh air. Hiking through the great outdoors lets you get away from it all, take a break from your day to day life, and explore a beautiful area. The West of the USA has such a varied landscape which provides great hikes; you will find yourself strolling amongst the tallest trees in the world, swimming under majestic waterfalls, and skipping through a landscape carved out by the power of water. Hiking often provides great rewards such as spectacular views, waterfalls at the end of the hike, as well as a great workout for body and mind. All these hikes listed can be achieved in less than a day. I was cheeky though, I included a couple that need an overnight stay and can be completed in a weekend, forgive me…


Mount Constitution Loop, Moran State Park, Washington – 6.7 miles

Mt constitution

Situated in the heavily wooded San Juan Islands, Mount Constitution on Orca Island is the highest point in the area. At the peak is a beautiful stone tower with 360° views across the whole lake region. This is a pretty hard trail but getting easier towards the summit.


James Irvine & Miners Ridge Trails, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California – 10.7 Miles

Redwoods state park

This trail encompasses 3 unique environments; a redwood filled ridgetop, a vast unspoiled beach, and finally a beautifully green valley. Regarded by many as the best hike in the park, you will find yourself hiking through a landscape you could find in a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings movie.


Ewoldsen Trail, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California – 4.5 Miles

This is a Great Redwood forest hike located near Big Sur. The trail follows a lovely river through one of the many valleys and the second part of the trail offers Ocean views of the California coast. McWay Falls trail is nearby and starts in the same parking lot so check that out to!


Weaver’s Needle, Peralta Trail #120, Arizona – 4.9miles

weavers needle
This hike leads to some surreal views across the Arizona landscape. With a steady incline, great views, and a couple of stream crossings on the way up the hike itself is fun. However, at the summit you have views of the famous Weaver’s Needle – the volcanic remnants of an ancient super volcano, how epic!

Dry Creek Falls, Portland, Oregon – 4.4 miles

dry creek falls oregon

This family friendly hike culminates with a series of 5 cascading waterfalls with a combined height of 230ft! The waterfall is surrounded by a rock amphitheatre that is covered in lush green vegetation resembling something out of Jurassic Park!


Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California – 4 miles

Glacier point Yosemite
This hike has so many awesome views packed into such a short distance; Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and the imposing peaks that surround it. The hike on the way up is pretty strenuous but being surrounded by the amazing wooded environment and the views that follow are sure to be worth it!


Triangulation Peak and Boca Cave, Oregon – 4 miles

Triagnualtion point
The views of Mt Jefferson at the summit of this hike are simply spectacular. Boca Cave is a must to explore if you take the slightly harder side trail. This side trail is definitely worth it though as the cave provides you with a completely different viewpoint of the massive mountain.


Bear Canyon to Seven Falls, Arizona – 8 Mile.

Seven Falls
This hike leads to a series of 7 cascading waterfalls. The hike starts relatively flat but rises up through a valley with a stream running down its middle. You will find several stream crossings and varied vegetation throughout. At the top there is a chance for you to swim in the pools created by the falls; you will also be joined by lots of fish!
*Ok the next two aren’t day hikes, you need at least two days for both of them but they’re so amazing that I had to put them on here!*

Havasupai Trail – Havasu Falls, Arizona – 20 miles.

Havasu falls
Situated in the Grand Canyon, Havassu Falls is known as the Garden of Eden of the desert. The 10 Mile hike on the way in is pretty unforgiving so take litres of water and plenty of sun protection. Reaching the falls will help you forget all about the trials of the hike as you explore the turquoise waters of the amazing area. Permits required.


The Narrows, Zion National Park, Utah – 16 miles

The narrows
It’s pretty obvious due to its name; The Narrows is the narrowest section of the Narrows Canyon. That’s a lot of narrows. This hike takes you through a sandstone landscape carved out by the Virgin River. On the hike you will wade through part of this river and be surrounded by canyon walls up to 1000ft in height.

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5 of the Best European Christmas Markets 0 25742

Rothenburg Christmas Market

Winter is around the corner, and that means Christmas Market season. Visiting these markets in Europe is an amazing experience. Hundreds of cities light up, with medieval squares being turned into winter wonderlands. At these markets, you will find stalls serving traditional treats, artisanal decorations and deliciously drinks.

Belfast Continental Market

Belfast Christmas Market
Belfast Christmas Market Source: Visit Belfast

Set at the city hall, the Belfast Christmas Market fills visitors with holiday cheer. This is an impressive celebration with over 100 stalls offering the best products. You will find artisanal wares to local delicacies and drinks.

Have fun doing your Christmas shopping as this market has a wide selection of handmade knits, jewellery and decorations. Other goodies include organic honey, artisanal candles and soaps.

Satisfy your appetite with local delicacies such as the lobster burger or boxty, a delicious potato cake. Enjoy them with a taste of the local craft beers.
Those looking for international flavours can choose from the continental stalls, serving food from Spanish paella, German Bratwurst, and even more exotic meats such as Australian kangaroo and crocodile burgers.

For those with kids, Santa’s Grotto gives them a chance to meet the bearded man. Rides on the carrousel give you the perfect excuse to sip on another glass of mulled wine.

Licques Market

For an original Christmas market, head over to the French city of Licques. Licques Market star of the market is are turkeys. Every year, thousands of turkeys race through the town streets in what is known as the Fete de la dinde, a parade that has been a tradition since the 17th century.

When it comes to the market stalls, you can stock up on regional cheeses like Boulette D’avesnes and Maroilles. You will find other French delicacies like escargot and foie gras at many of the stalls. When it comes to the drinks, visitors can buy bottles of champagne or the local liquor known as Licquoise.

When you feel your tummy start to rumble, try the andouillette de Cambrai, a veal sausage or the coq à la bière, chicken cooked in beer. If you are craving sweets, enjoy the variety of chocolates or indulge in the gâteau Carpeaux, a chestnut cake.


Odense Christmas Market
Odense Christmas Market: Authors Own

A real Christmas tale is the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas market in Odense. Step back into a Christmas in the 19th century, with a fairy tale atmosphere inspired by the Danish writer. You find stalls decorating the streets where his house and museum are located.

Wander around the stalls, and you will find leather goods, jewellery and knits. All the goods are handmade and locally produced. Keep warm with a glass of glogg the typical mulled wine. If you have a sweet tooth snack on æbleskiver, a pancake puff stuffed with jam, or Wienerbrød, a layered pastry usually filled with vanilla custard or almond paste.

Both kids and adults will be entertained with the storytellers and the street performers dressed as Andersen’s characters

Sant’Agata Feltria

To feel the warmth of Christmas Joy, visit Il Paese di Natale in the Italian town of Sant’Agata Feltria, Rimini. The medieval town transforms into a Christmas village offering visitors a dose of festive spirits and their best homemade wares.
In the market stalls, you can find tree ornaments, nativity scenes and local delicacies. These delicacies include white truffles to artisanal jams. These are perfect for Christmas gifts.

When it comes to food, make sure to try the piadina. Piadina is a flatbread that can be filled with pepperoni, cheese or veggies. Make sure you try Fossa, a sheep’s milk aged cheese that is produced in the area. If you are looking for a treat, have a slice of panettone, a sweet, fruity bread.


Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg Christmas Market
Rothenburg Christmas Market Source: Rothenburg Tourism Board

Germany is famous for its Christmas markets. All over the nation the cities are captured with seasonal joy and transformed into winter fairy tales. In Rothenburg, the Reiterlesmarkt has been a tradition since the 15th century. The Reiterlesmarki ts set amongst the medieval architecture of the city, gives visitors a Disney movie atmosphere.

Enjoy the romantic feeling of the market, as you peruse around the stalls with a cup of Gluhwein in your hand. For that special Christmas gift, buy a bottle of Silvaner or Müller-Thurgau, quality wines produced in the region.

After the Christmas shopping, try the local bratwurst, the German sausage. If you have a sweet tooth, indulge in the sweet Schneeball, a snowball shaped fried dough covered in powdered sugar. Finish your day with a trip to the Christmas museum, where life sized ancient decorations are displayed all year round!

This is the Longest Straight Line You Can Travel in the World 0 832

In 2010, Guy Bruneau from Quebec discovered with Google Earth the longest possible straight line on earth without running into a body of water or any major obstacles. The 8,400 mile (13518 km) path from Liberia in Western Africa to China crosses 9 time zones and 18 countries and territories.

The road goes like this:  Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Burkina Faso again, Niger, Chad, Libya, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank,  Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan again and finally China.

If you could travel about twenty miles a day on foot, it would still take you well over a year to hike this distance in a straight line.

Surprisingly, no one has ever attempted this. Why you may ask?

Not only are you travelling through war torn areas such as Iraq but trying to get through West Africa and the republics of Central Asia which you’ll have to enter several times can be a visa nightmare. Furthermore, the borders that you need to cross along Egypt and Libya are closed to tourists.

The most difficult terrain would be the Sahara Desert and the five-mile-high Pamir Mountains on the Chinese-Tajikistan border, both of which lie directly in your unwavering straight-line path.

Will you be the first to attempt this hike and earn your place in the Guiness Book of World Records? Not to mention crossing off 17 countries from your list.

Via: cntraveller

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