Epic Hikes of the World
There's nothing better than being outdoors, hiking a trail, and connecting with mother nature. That's the dream after all - to travel the world, explore amazing places, and still be able to pay the bills. If I can't be outdoors hiking and having fun, I'm usually planning my next adventure or reading about other people's adventures, which means lots of gorgeous photographs, maps, notes, and details - to satisfy my craving.
My good friends at Lonely Planet recently sent me an advanced copy of their new book Epic Hikes of the World, a follow up to Epic Bike Rides of the World and Epic Drives of the World. Epic Hikes is scheduled for release on August 21, 2018. It contains 50 first-person accounts of some of the world's most spectacular hikes, from day trips and urban trails to month-long treks and mountain expeditions. There's something for everyone and plenty of ideas to add to your bucket list with classics like Patagonia and the Pacific Crest Trail, or more unexpected choices like a family hike in the French Pyrenees, empty stretches of the Great Wall of China, and wildlife encounters on Zambian walking safari.
As you would expect from a Lonely Planet publication, it is crammed full of gorgeous photography to inspire and satisfy the craving to explore new places. But it's so much more than that. Epic Hikes of the World has a staggering 200 trips across the globe, with practical information on the best time of the year to hike, how to get there, where to stay, and even what to eat. They've done all the homework for you. All of the hikes are coded according to difficulty, taking into account their duration, local conditions, and possible inaccessibility.
Here are a couple of my favorite U.S. hikes included in the book:
- Grand Canyon National Park (21 miles)
- Boston's Freedom Trail (2.5 miles)
- Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles)
- Vermont's Long Trail (272 miles)
- Zion National Park (5 miles)
- California's Lost Coast Trail (20 miles)
I counted detailed hiking routes for 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru in addition to 150 other suggestions. So whether you're a hardcore hiker or just an armchair traveler, there's something epic in this book for you.
Pick up a copy of Epic Hikes of the World on August 21 and let it inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot.