Are you looking for the best day hikes in the USA to include on your next trip? Alan and I enjoy stopping to hike local trails on our trips around the U.S. whenever possible. Hikes are ideal for stretching your legs on a road trip or when exploring a national park.
Our trail recommendations are usually geared around moderate to easy day hikes. We look for US hiking trails on national park, state park or national forest websites. The American Hiking Society website is another good resource filled with hiking tips and trail advice. We particularly like the “hike near you” feature for hikes in the United States.
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The best USA day hikes for your next boomer trip
On this page, we share the best USA hiking trails from our personal experience—or those of guest writers. You’ll want to read them before leaving on your USA hiking trip. And don’t forget to consult the My Itchy Travel Feet hiking planner to make the most of your time on the trail.
Hiking to Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase-Escalante
Updated 08.23.2019: Waterfall hikes are a treat while on an American Southwest adventure in the rugged high desert. Nothing’s better than feeling the spray from a waterfall after a traveling along a hot, sunny trail. During a visit to Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Alan and I discovered one of the best Utah hiking trails. […]
9 Easy Trails in the Smoky Mountains
If you’re looking for easy trails in the Smoky Mountains, you’ve come to the right place. Like many boomers, Alan and I like to include hikes in our national park trips. We know that you do, too. While it’s important to challenge ourselves on moderately strenuous trails, sometimes all we want to do is stroll […]
Baby Boomer Hiking Adventures in Tennessee
The crisp days of September and October are a great time to hit the trails on a hiking adventure, especially in the areas that are not trampled by fall-foliage-seeking tourists. Tennessee, for example, is often overlooked by tourists in general. However, in addition to being home to vibrant towns like Chattanooga and Nashville, the state […]
Updated 06.16.2020: While hiking in Montana, you’ll see wildlife and admire jaw-dropping scenery on trails for every ability level. From Glacier National Park to the Bitterroot Mountains and beyond, you’ll find trails for reconnecting with nature, which is oh-so-healthy for everyone, including boomer travelers. Some of the links on this page are referral links. Read […]
Glacier National Park Hikes
When it comes to Glacier National Park hikes, boomer travelers will discover trails ranging from easy to difficult. Glacier National Park offers some of the most scenic hiking trails that we’ve experienced. Some of the links on this page are referral links. Read our Disclosure. Glacier National Park Hikes for Boomer Hikers Discover our favorites […]
Hiking in Yosemite: 8 Great Trails for Baby Boomers to Try
Updated 04.01.2019: Hiking through a scenic national park like Yosemite is a fantastic way to experience nature’s exquisite beauty. And, if you’ve been reading My Itchy Travel Feet for very long, you know our motto: Put your feet on the ground to truly experience a place. Between majestic mountains, clear lakes, dramatic waterfalls, and incredible views […]
A Panoramic Photography Hike in Yosemite
Updated 04.14.2020: When looking for a photography hike in Yosemite National Park, you can’t go wrong with the Four Mile Trail. Yosemite is certainly one of the most popular, and beautiful, National Parks in the country. And there’s plenty to photograph. Guest writer and photographer, Noel Morata from behind Travel Photo Discovery, take us on […]
Hiking in Kentucky’s Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Updated 09.01.2019: We often talk about our love of exploring our National Park system, but there are so many incredible state parks across the USA that deserve attention as well. State parks make for fantastic travel destinations, not only for their lack of crowds seen at the more popular national parks, but also for their […]
Six Amazing Hikes in Shenandoah National Park That Boomers Can Do
Updated 03.18.2020: By now our love of National Parks is pretty obvious, as is our love of hiking. Whenever possible, we like mixing the two, enjoying great scenic views while doing a little bit (or a lot!) of exercise. Although we have had the pleasure of hiking around the world, today’s guest contributor, Suzan L. Jackson from […]
Hiking to Hidden Falls in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Updated 09.21.2019: Do you enjoy a hike with choices—taking the long way when there’s time or choosing a shorter version that better fits your schedule? Hiking Hidden Falls in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming, does just that. Alan and I have hiked this popular Grand Teton trail twice—the longer Jenny Lake trail and […]
Hiking with History on Kodiak Island
Updated 07.17.2020: Experiencing nature and wildlife are two of the highlights of an Alaska cruise. While water tours are fun for exploring glaciers or whale watching, Alan and I enjoy hiking during a cruise to Alaska. Is Kodiak on your next Alaska cruise itinerary (look how many Alaska cruises there are). Don’t miss hiking Kodiak […]
Hiking in Hendersonville, North Carolina
A few weeks ago, guest contributor, Cheryl Rodewig, took us on a lovely Autumn Escape to Hendersonville, North Carolina. Now she’s back to reveal some of her tried and true tips for hiking in Hendersonville. The Blue Ridge Mountains fringe the western edge of North Carolina. They’re filled with dozens of waterfalls, hundreds of miles […]
Hiking Pilot Mountain State Park
Updated 09.21.2019: If you’re looking for a fun day hike in a North Carolina State Park, I recommend hiking Pilot Mountain State Park. The easy trails lead to pretty overlooks on a beautiful short hike in the woods. Driving north on Highway 52, Pilot Mountain is the stony punctuation in the rolling hills of the […]
Hiking to a Green Sand Beach in Hawaii
Updated 11.17.2018: If you’re a baby boomer who’s “been there, done that” on the Big Island of Hawaii, here’s an off-the-beaten-path adventure for you. Travel to South Point for a hike to a green sand beach, Papalokea. You’ll feel like you’ve come to the ends of the earth, or at least the southernmost end of the United […]
Hiking Adventure in Big Bend National Park
Updated 04.01.2018 If you’re looking for another National Park adventure, look no further than Big Bend National Park. This beautiful area on the Texas-Mexico border is a prime destination for hikers, bird watchers, photographers and nature lovers. Sounds like boomer adventure land to us! Deborah Lonergan explains why we should experience a Big Bend National Park […]
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