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

Are you looking for doable hikes in the U.S.? We’ll show you the best day hikes in the USA that are easy to do for active boomer travelers. Learn about our favorite day hikes on beautiful US trails.

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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. Alan and I attended a Porsche Club event at Black […]

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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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How to Go Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Do you consider waterfalls to be an important element for a hiking trail? Just wait until you go 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 […]

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Dolomites Mountains

Hiking Italy’s Majestic Dolomites

The surreal beauty of Italy’s Dolomite Mountain Range is legendary and well, you know how much we love hiking. Read along as guest contributor, Susan Guillory from The Unexplorer, describes her amazing adventure hiking the Dolomite Mountains, which are, without a doubt, one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations. What I love about travel is discovering […]

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shot of colorful cliff houses overlooking the sea

Hiking in Cinque Terre on a Boomer Travel Adventure

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. Guest contributor, Shelli Elledge from Written FYI, recently visited Cinque Terre with her sights set on hiking. Read about her experience traveling on foot from one […]

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Views of the Swiss Alps

How to Plan a Hiking Trip through the Swiss Alps

Are you planning a European trip that includes hiking the Swiss Alps? 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 active travel bucket list. Guest contributor, Lesley Connor from Empty Nesters Travel Insights, is […]

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rocky beach side view

Boomer Hiking in Brittany, France

Have you thought about including hiking in Brittany on your trip to France? As we’ve said many times before, hiking is a wonderful way to really see the best off-the-beaten-path places in a new destination, and you don’t need much to do a quick hike to take in the scenic views. A girl after our […]

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Hiking in Wicklow Mountains National Park on a Trip to Ireland

Are you dreaming of a trip to Ireland? What type of active things will you do? I recommend a Wicklow National Park hiking trip. Like me, guest contributor Kirsten Gallagher is a big fan of active travel. Previously, she inspired boomer hikers with her stories of hiking and practicing yoga in Guatemala. Now she’s taking […]

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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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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

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 the Kimberley […]

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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

Guatemala Hot Springs and Hiking for Active Boomers

Are you looking for a fun boomer travel adventure in Central America? Soaking in hot springs after hiking in Guatemala sounds like just the ticket! 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 […]

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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

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 we chose a Mt Cargill walk in Dunedin while on a Silversea cruise around […]

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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

Besides an Antarctica cruise or a journey to the Arctic Ice, 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, […]

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