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Hiking for Boomers

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.

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Hiking for Boomers on trails from around the world

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.

Best Day Hikes in the USA

The USA has a vast network of hiking trails ranging from dramatic mountain hikes to soothing walks in nature. I can’t think of a state that doesn’t have at least one trail that I’d enjoy. When traveling the U.S., make sure to build in time for hikes. Start by reading the boomer hiking experiences in Best Day Hikes in the USA

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

The Wild Pacific Trail offers visitors to Ucluelet, the opportunity for a moderately easy hike surrounded by amazing scenery overlooking the wild Pacific Coast. Read out tips for Walking the Wild Pacific Trail.

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.

Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Anyone who loves active adventure should consider hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia. The area is renowned for breathtaking waterfalls and lakes. Enjoy Debi Lander’s photos and tips for Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Walking the Levada in Funchal

It’s always a good idea to get out and appreciate nature after several days at sea. Find out how we stretched our legs on a cruise excursion in Madeira while Walking the Levada in Funchal.

Dubrovnik and Split Hiking Guide

Along with a fascinating history and warm culture, Croatia offers some great hiking paths with stunning views of the country’s beautiful coastline. Vanessa A. Nirode shares her tips for Hiking in Dubrovnik and Split. It’s a fun way to combine city views with history and nature.

Hiking Through Macedonia’s Jasen Nature Reserve

With wild goats, wolves and stunning scenery, Jasen Nature Reserve, located deep in the heart of the Balkans is a great hiking experience. Vanessa A. Nirode shows us how to go Hiking Through Macedonia’s Jasen Nature Reserve.


Hiking Through Northern Spain’s Volcanic Region

There are few things we love more than a good old off-the-beaten-path hiking adventure. Hiking through the little-known area of Northern Spain’s Garrotxa Zona Volcanica region looks just up our alley. Read all about Vanessa A. Nirode’s experience Hiking Through Northern Spain’s Volcanic Region.

Hiking Plateau Mountain

If your cruise ship stops in Longyearbyen, Norway, take the hike to Plateau Mountain. It requires a guide toting a rifle, just in case a polar bear appears. I recommend hiking poles for the rocky trail up Plateau Mountain

Wicklow Mountains National Park Hiking Tips

Ireland is well known as a country filled with rolling, green landscapes and expansive coastline. Come along as Kirsten Gallagher heads to the country’s largest national park for a long hike. Read her tips for Hiking Wicklow Mountain National Park.

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.

Hiking Through Chinchero in Peru’s Sacred Valley

Peru is a favorite travel destination of many, but if you’re planning an active trip to this amazing destination, make sure to save the time for exploring the Sacred Valley. Patti Morrow takes us Hiking Through Chinchero.

Hiking in the Foothills of the Himalayas

Have you dreamed of the trails in the Himalayas? While trekking to base camp at Mount Everest might not be for you, the foothills offer a scenic alternative. Shaly Pereira shares her experience Hiking in the Foothills of the Himalayas.

Making the Trek to Kaiteur Falls, Guyana

Although Kaiteur Falls may not be the most popular falls in South America, the trip to the top is certainly unforgettable! Alastair Henry shares why Making the Trek to Kaiteur Falls, Guyana is unforgettable.

Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track

Explore this world class New Zealand hiking trail on a 3 to 5 day journey or take a day hike like Alan and I did. We truly enjoyed this scenic stroll along the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Arriving by boat was part of the fun.

Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin

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. A great hike in New Zealand was just the sea break we needed on our 64-day South Pacific cruise. We definitely recommend the Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin.

Exploring Ulva Island on a Silversea Cruise Excursion

Apart from an Antarctica cruise, a trip to Ulva Island may be the closest Alan and I will get to the end of the world. Read all about our time Exploring Ulva Island on a Silversea Cruise Excursion

Hiking Australia’s Great Ocean Walk

One of Australia’s mot famous walks is the Great Ocean trail. Winding along the southern coastline of Victoria for approximately 64 miles, this is one beautifully scenic route. Read Michelle Ryan’s tips for creating an itinerary for Hiking Australia’s Great Ocean Walk.

Hiking Pacaya Volcano in Antigua, Guatemala

Hiking in remote places requires more caution…and a guide. Of course, when you mix in an active volcano, things are even more interesting. Kirsten Gallagher shares her experience Hiking Pacaya Volcano in Antigua, Guatemala.

Hiking and Hot Springs in Guatemala

Guatemala is a fascinating destination that often goes overlooked. It’s especially great for active travel opportunities. This time, Kirsten Gallagher includes hots springs in the adventure. Read all about her tips for Hiking and Hot Springs in Guatemala.

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