Travel Tuesday: Best Hiking Destinations

Take a Hike
Best Places to go Hiking in the US
Kaui –  Scenic cliff-side trails will test your stamina on the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. Nature lovers should head straight to Waimea Canyon‘s verdant trails.
Yosemite National Park – The most popular trails are in the  valley area (including the daunting Half Dome), but you’ll find more space and tranquility in the backcountry.
Yellowstone National Park – Spanning over two million acres of land, Yellowstone National Park offers more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails. Some of the most popular routes include those in the Canyon and Norris areas and the Continental Divide Trail. Visit during the spring months for mild weather and optimal hiking conditions.

Yosemite National Park

Arcadia National Park – Offers a variety of expeditions for hikers. With numerous rugged paths traversing the wilderness you’ll even spot harbor seals sun themselves on cliff-side rocks.
Portland, Oregon – Portland brims with natural splendors. Forest Park features over 70 miles of trails within the city boundaries.
Zion National Park (Utah) –  a hiker’s and climber’s paradise.  The park is very well organized and even has a shuttle system that passes many of the trailheads.
Grand Canyon – While wandering around the rim and seeing the Grand Canyon from above is certainly amazing, it’s even more spectacular to see the power of the Canyon from the bottom.
Rocky Mountain National Park – The highest peak reaches over 14,000 feet –  there are plenty of amazing trails to really experience the wild of the Rocky Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains – With over 800 miles of trails, hiking in the Smokies leaves you with tons of options.

The Oregon Trail – Extending from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon, this historic trail was the way west for some 300,000 emigrants for more than 20 years from 1841. Remember learning about this in school?  Today the trail, traversing 2,170 miles of road, includes 125 historic sites and many opportunities for walks and hikes.

Appalachian Trail – stretching from Georgia to Maine, passing through 12 other states along its 2,178 miles (3,505 kilometers), making it the longest marked trail in the Unites States. It was completed in 1937 and passes through six national parks and eight national forests. More than 6,000 volunteers help to maintain the trail and its 165,000 blazes — painted markers that show the way along the trail.

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Curious to take it a step farther? Check out more places to go hiking!
Best Places to go Hiking in the World
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Inca Trail, Peru

Inca Trail – Peru

Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Reference: 1, 2, 3, 4

Columbia Freeze Tour in Bryant Park

Last week I paid a visit to Bryant Park to check out the Freeze Tour presented by Columbia Sportswear to demonstrate their new Omni-Heat Reflective outerwear. The thermal reflective technology was developed to help regulate your temperature by reflecting and retaining the warmth your body generates.

The Freeze Tour tent is set up near Citi Pond. They provide you with a coat to try on, you pick a song to sing karaoke to, and then they put you in a freezer that is 10 below zero to test out the coat. My friend and I pick Nelly “Hot in Herre” and we had a blast. Once inside the room 4 pictures are taken and then the song we chose began and was recorded. Our pictures are given to us when we finished and a couple of days later I received an email with a link to our pictures and the recording of us singing. I figured I spare you the recording and post the pictures instead :)

I must say I was pretty impressed. The jacket definitely seemed to keep me warm, although I could have been too distracted by the karaoke to notice. When I stepped out of the freezer the only part of me that felt cold was my toes. This could definitely be a good investment for upcoming ski trips and winter days ahead. Nonetheless is the a lot of fun and if you’re in the area you should give it a try.

Here’s the karaoke song list:

· Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter
· Hot for Teacher – Van Halen
· Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
· Hot Blooded – Foreigner
· Hot in the City – Billy Idol
· Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
· Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dog
· Hot in Here – Nelly
· Some Like It Hot – Power Station
· The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
· Warm It Up – Kriss Kross
· Hot N Cold – Katy Perry

The Columbia Freezer Tour Tent will be open daily from approximately 11am to 8pm until November 30th.