Hiking for Boomers

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In this hiking for boomers guide, you’ll discover trails from around the world. Most of the hiking advice centers around easy to moderate day hikes. You’re sure to find one to add to your travel itinerary.

Whether Alan and I are in New Zealand, cruising in Alaska, or visiting a national park, a good hike is one of our favorite ways to experience a destination. There’s nothing like putting your feet on the ground to get the true feel of a place.

On this page, you’ll discover favorite hikes from around the world based upon first-person experiences. If Alan and I haven’t hiked a trail, our guest writers have!

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Hikes in North America

Most of our hiking experience has been in North America, specifically the U.S. with some Canadian trails included for when we visit our neighbors to the North. With a vast continent such as North America, you’ll find everything from beach trails to mountain jaunts. You’re sure to discover a new favorite.

Hikers on an Alaska rainforest hike.

The Best USA Day Hikes for Boomer Hikers and Travelers

The best USA Hiking Trails for boomer travelers Alan and I include hiking 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. Some of the links on this page are referral links. Read our Disclosure. Our trail recommendations are […]

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Hiking on Big Creek Trail near Stevensville, Montana.

Montana Hiking

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 […]

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Wild Pacific Trail

Walking the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, B.C.

On a Vancouver Island road trip, walking the Wild Pacific Trail offers visitors to Ucluelet, the opportunity to get out of the car for an exercise break. But don’t move so fast that you fail to appreciate the dramatic ocean views and serene forest setting. This moderately easy walk is a must-do when travelers visit […]

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European Hikes

When we’re exploring a new country, we really love to take advantage of any hiking opportunities. Throughout Europe, you’ll find a ton of hiking trails that are suitable for all types of fitness levels. Take a look at a few of our favorite hikes below.

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Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Perhaps it’s a bit cliché to say that the world is full of incredible sights that are, well, seemingly out of this world. However, those lucky enough to get off the beaten path once in a while are often rewarded with spectacular places that are simply jaw-dropping. Thankfully, featured contributor, Debi Lander from ByLanderSea, is […]

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shot of colorful cliff houses overlooking the sea

Hiking in Cinque Terre on a Boomer Travel Adventure

Updated 10.01.2019:  Italy is a world-renowned travel destination with endless options for active travel. But, if you’re looking to do something really special, hiking Cinque Terre is definitely a great adventure. Today’s guest contributor, Shelli Elledge from Written FYI, recently visited this area with her sights set on hiking from one colorful hilltop village to […]

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Views of the Swiss Alps

How to Plan a Hiking Trip through the Swiss Alps

Updated 7.17.2020: Active travel means many things to many people. We certainly include hiking in the active travel category. Through the years, we’ve shared many trails that have inspired our baby boomer readers to go hiking around the world. And, now, we’re adding a new favorite to our list of European hikes. Guest contributor, Lesley […]

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rocky beach side view

Boomer Hiking in Brittany, France

A girl after our own hearts, guest contributor, Kirsten Gallagher is a also big fan of active travel. Over the years, she’s been hiking beautiful natural areas around the world from Ireland to Guatemala, but today, she’s taking us to beautiful France. Come along as she takes us along on her wonderful experience hiking in […]

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Hiking in Wicklow Mountains National Park on a Trip to Ireland

Like ourselves, guest contributor Kirsten Gallagher is a big fan of active travel. Recently, she’s been relating her stories of hiking and practicing yoga in Guatemala. Now she’s taking us to beautiful Ireland. Come along as Kirsten shares tips for a Wicklow Mountains National Park hiking adventure, the country’s largest national park. We believe that […]

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Dubrovnik and Split Hiking Guide

Croatia has been growing in popularity for years, but lately, it’s getting more and more attention for its active travel options. Along with a fascinating history and warm culture, Croatia offers some great hiking paths with stunning views of the country’s beautiful coastline. If you’re thinking about visiting Croatia, today’s guest contributor, Vanessa A Nirode, […]

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Jasen Nature Reserve

Hiking Through Macedonia’s Jasen Nature Reserve

Are you in the mood for a really off-the-beaten-path adventure? Good, because today’s guest contributor, Vanessa A Nirode, is taking us on a hiking trip to Macedonia’s Jasen Nature Reserve. With wild goats, wolves and stunning scenery, this park, located deep in the heart of the Balkans, has been called “the best-kept secret among Europe’s […]

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Church of Saint Margaret

Hiking Through Northern Spain’s Volcanic Region

There are few things we love more than a good old off-the-beaten-path hiking adventure. Add to that a beautiful Spanish countryside with ancient volcanic craters, beechwood forests, and strolls through medieval towns, and we’re in travel heaven. Thankfully, guest contributor, Vanessa A Nirode from Girls Drink Stout, is here to take us to the little-known […]

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Plateau Mountain hike in Longyearbyen

Hiking Plateau Mountain

What’s it like to hike above the Arctic Circle in Norway? The landscape is stark, the trees grow about 5 inches high, dramatic photography opportunities are everywhere and the ground is surprisingly spongy. Oh, and you have to watch out for polar bears. No, I’m not a backcountry-hardened expeditioner on a frozen adventure. I’m just […]

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More Hiking Around the World

Although hiking in the US and Europe can keep you busy for years, it’s fun to put your feet on the ground in other parts of the world, too.

woman sitting overlooking the Himalayas

Hiking in the Foothills of the Himalayas

Hiking is by far one of our most favorite activities to do while traveling, especially when exploring beautiful exotic lands. As part of our Hiking around the World series, guest contributor Shaly Pereira from traveltoes85, is here to share with us her experience hiking in the Himalayas. Trekking in Uttarakhand, India Ever imagined a place […]

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Ocean Walk Victoria

Australia Hiking for Boomers: The Great Ocean Walk Itinerary

Updated 03.14.2020:  At My Itchy Travel Feet, we feature hiking trails from around the world. Our boomer travel readers love active travel and when they can do it while enjoying stunning scenery, its all the much better. While we’ve shown you how to experience the Great Barrier Reef and where to find a Northwest Adventure in […]

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A view of Chinchero, Peru

Exploring Chinchero in Peru’s Sacred Valley

Updated 09.25.2019:  Peru is a favorite travel destination of many, most of whom visit to see iconic Machu Picchu. But, if you’re planning a trip to this amazing destination, why not take the time to see some of the lesser-known sites in the area? Guest contributor Patti Morrow from Luggage and Lipstick is here to […]

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view of people hiking to volcano

Finding Boomer Adventure hiking Pacaya Volcano in Antigua, Guatemala

As our readers know, we adore a good hiking adventure, especially when it involves exploring off-the-beaten-path areas of the world. Guest contributor, Kirsten Gallagher, is here to share her experience in Guatemala where she trekked up an active volcano on a Pacaya Volcano hike. Get your hiking boots, grab some water, and enjoy this adventure […]

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hot springs with steam rising off the water

Hot Springs and Hiking in Guatemala

Guest contributor Kirsten Gallagher has been sharing tales from her recent Guatemalan adventures over the last few weeks. From practicing yoga in Lago Atitlán to hiking up an active volcano in Antigua, Kirsten is obviously a big fan of active travel. Today, she’s telling us about her most recent adventure, which included hiking in Guatemala […]

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Kaiteur Falls, Guyana

Making the Trek to Kaiteur Falls, Guyana

Within the wonderful world of hiking, there are seemingly two categories: those leisurely hikers who love a good dose of fresh air mixed with great views of beautiful landscape and then, there are those adventurous trekkers who love nothing more than beating new and arduous paths towards incredibly remote destinations. Today’s guest posters, Candas Whitlock and […]

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Mt Cargill walk in Dunedin, NZ

Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin: A Hiking Cruise Excursion

Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin: A Hiking Cruise Excursion Updated: 07.01.2018 On long cruises with lots of sea days, Alan and I are always happy to put our feet on the ground once the ship is in port. Booking a cruise excursion that includes time in nature is even better. And that’s exactly what we did when […]

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Abel Tasman Coast Trail in New Zealand

Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track

Updated 06.01.2015 Isolated beaches, sandy coves, tree-studded ridges where a waterfall’s trill competes with the call of the bellbird and tui —this is New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island. You’ll find plenty of active travel adventures here, including some world class hiking. Choose from two tracks: One leads inland up forested […]

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On an Ulva Island guided walk, a trail winds through the temperate rainforest bordered by lush ferns.

Exploring Ulva Island on a Silversea Cruise Excursion

Updated 02.08.2020:  Besides an Antarctica cruise, an Ulva Island guided walk may be the closest Alan and I will get to the end of the world. As we stand on the beach, gazing at the scenic Pacific Ocean view, the guide tells us that if the water sweeps us away, Antarctica will be our next […]

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