If you're looking for some true outdoor adventure on your holiday in the US, these long, scenic trails cover anywhere from 150 to nearly 11,000km.
Photo by Sierra28k.com.
The folks at Backpacker have put together a useful map of the best trails in the contiguous United States. Some of the highlights include the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. But there are plenty of other lesser-known trails that are worth your time, like the panoramic Tahoe Rim Trail, far-reaching North Country Trail, and the evergreen Pacific Northwest Trail. Check out the full map at the link below and plan out your next big US hiking trip.
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Map: America's Best Long Trails [Backpacker]