Listen, I know we all love to ogle at images on the internet while we wait in the grocery line. Or eye hump the picture-perfect desert landscape while we wait idly for that stupid Excel Spreadsheet to save at our lame desk jobs. But, sometimes we need to put the phone down and go live life. Set some intention for our day. Get out there and see something. It’s easy to get caught in the same old routine of scroll, double tap, scroll. I’ll indulge you, one last time today, with a look at what motivates outdoor bloggers from around the world to get outside.
After you read this post, put down your phone and get outdoors. Have an adventure. Explore a new trail. Step away from technology and into life with these best hikes in the USA.
The Enchantments in Washington State
Words and photo by Leslie Carvitto.
Hike more this year, here’s how:
- The Ultimate Guide to Hiking for Beginners
- How to Choose Hiking Footwear
- Your Budget-Friendly Guide to Hiking Clothes
- Hiking Gear Explained (coming soon)
Hiking the High Alpine in the Eastern Sierra, California
I seek the outdoors for fresh air, its beauty, its incredible healing power, and how it challenges and guides me. It has been my greatest teacher.
See more inspiring photos over at Stepf’s blog Stepf Outside.
California has some incredible hikes, check out this bucket list guide to hiking in California.
Sweet Sunsets at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, North Carolina
I always want to get outside because there’s something and somewhere new to see. In the case of Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, I was intrigued by the famous and beautiful sand dunes that are the reason so many people visit this place. Hanging around until the sunset made it an even better experience.
Exploring the Beauty of Zion National Park in Southern Utah
Noel, of Travel Photo Discovery, shares her favorite wilderness spot.
Zion National Park is truly an outdoor lovers dream filled with stunning views, incredible hikes, and amazing adventures. If you love to hike and discover natural beauty at its best, then this park is a definite must visit and since its less than a three-hour drive from Las Vegas, it is an easy day trip. Check out the gorgeous views and some of my favorite Zion hikes here for more details and images.
Planning a hiking trip to Utah? Here are some helpful resources:
- Utah’s National Park Bucket List
- Spend the Perfect Day in Bryce Canyon
- The Weekender’s Guide to Moab
- Incredible Canyon Hikes You’ve Never Heard of
Walking Among Giants in Sequoia National Park in Northern California
There’s something about being 6,700 feet up in the High Sierras of Sequoia National Park that lifts our family’s soul up, reminding us of just how grateful we are to have what we have and to do what we do and to be who we are, evolving and growing and mastering our awareness. When we’re there, walking the land that John Muir fought so passionately to preserve so that future generations can breathe in the depth of its wild air, Muir’s voice resonates in our minds and propels us forward in our stewardship. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees. The wind will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves,” he said and we do.
Check out Jennifer’s amazing magazine about how you can get outdoors more with your family at Outdoor Families Magazine.
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Celebrating Summits on Clayton Peak Near Salt Lake City, Utah
The outdoors motivates me and empowers me to get out and discover new experiences and beautiful areas in my backyard and beyond. I feel at home and re-energized when I am outside, especially after long weeks inside at my day job. This year since moving to Washington, I’ve decided to participate in the 52 Hike Challenge, where I am continually searching for and trying new trails near the Seattle area.
Get in summit shape this year with these mountain-worthy posts:
- How to Acclimatize to High Altitude Safely
- Tips for Your First Mountain Hike
- Six Incredible Mountain Climbs Near Denver, CO
- What’s in My Pack? How to Pack for Hiking a Mountain
- The Best 14ers in Colorado
Camping on Ice in Knik Glacier, Alaska
Having been all over the globe on my adventurous journeys, I have to say that no place impresses me as much as Alaska. The fact that you can walk up to glaciers, pitch up a tent and spend the night in the wilderness just like that makes me want to come back here over and over again.
Learn more about five cool (and cold) things to do in Alaska on Antonette’s blog we12travel.com.
Peak Bagging in the Desolation Wilderness outside of Lake Tahoe, California
We finally made it to the top after hours of gruelling climbing in the blazing August heat. We were exhausted, hot, low on water, and at times wanted to quit. Whenever one of us would falter the other was always ready to jump in with support.
Words and photo by Alan at Love to Camp.
Learn from the locals, check out these Lake Tahoe posts as told by a local:
- Things to Know Before You Visit Lake Tahoe
- 11 Outdoor Activities for Your Tahoe Bucket List
- Amazing Lake Tahoe Hikes
Making Dreams a Reality in Monument Valley, Utah
I spent so much of my life thinking “this is something I’ll only be able to look at in pictures.” But one day I decided that I didn’t want to only see things in pictures, so I sat down, made a plan, and went on the trip. Sitting down and making your dreams into a tangible plan can be overwhelming and intimidating, but when you get to watch the sunset and sleep under the stars at Monument Valley, you realize it’s worth it.
Learn more about Haley’s adventures over at Colorado Wanderings.