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Check Out These Great American Day Hikes

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | August 12, 2016

Check Out These Great American Day Hikes

PHOTO: Yosemite National Park. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)

If you are looking for a challenge, these scenic day hikes are the perfect way to get your adrenaline pumping and take in some breathtaking natural wonders. The U.S. is blessed with an abundance of national parks and scenic places that are easily discovered in just one day. 

Smarter Travel has put together some of the best day hikes in the country, starting with Mount Rogers in Virgina and working their way over to Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in the West. 

“Conquer the Rhododendron Trail and you'll get bragging points for having climbed Virginia's highest peak (Mount Rogers),” writes Caroline Morse for Smarter Travel.

This is an easy trail with a loop that is just 1.5 miles long. 

Half Dome is a different story. This 14- to 16-mile roundtrip hike is not for the faint of heart. 

“Half Dome is one of the most nerve-racking day hikes on this list, thanks to its famous cable section,” writes Morse. 

Mount Washington, New Hampshire, also on the list is an intermediate hike but one you are definitely going to want to tackle in good weather. 

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“Mount Washington holds a lot of titles: It's home to the worst weather in the world (in fact, experienced climbers use it in the winter to train for Everest), it's the highest mountain in the northeast, and it's one of the deadliest small mountains to hike (thanks to rapidly changing weather conditions),” Morse notes.

Want to know more? Find out at Smarter Travel.

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