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Favorite Day Hikes

Budapest, by Bob Hoelscher

Relatively Easy

• City hikes almost everywhere, whether on a specified route like Boston’s Freedom Trail, the Riverwalk in San Antonio and the Las Vegas Strip, or simply exploring a town as one wishes.

• Sequoia and redwood forests in numerous state and national parks in California.

• A variety of trails on the floor of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park.

• Sites like Central Park in New York; Washington Park in Portland, Oregon; Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia; or Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington.

• Rim trails at Crater Lake, Oregon; Grand Canyon, Arizona; and Bryce Canyon, Utah, national parks.

• Hoh Rain Forest, Olympia National Park, Washington.

• Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, a virtual walk through the pages of American history.

• Ocean- and waterway-cruise port calls at cities throughout Europe and around the world.

• Harpers Corner Trail, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado.

• The dunes at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, especially just before sunset.

• Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park, Utah.

• Jenny Lake Loop Trail, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

• Moses Spring-Rim Trail Loop, Pinnacles National Monument, California.

• Trail of Shadows at Longmire Meadow, Mount Rainier National Park.

Moderately Strenuous

• Cataract Lake Loop Trail, Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area, Colorado.

• Mount Wheeler Glacial Lakes and Bristlecone Pine Forest Trail, Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

• The beneath-the-rim trails at Bryce Canyon National Park.

• Brighton Lakes and Cecret Lake Trails in Wasatch National Forest, Utah.

• Green Lake/Ranger Falls Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

• Delicate Arch Trail, Arches National Park, Utah.

• The ancient ruins of Petra, Jordan.

Readers are welcome to send an email to the author at for suggestions on suitable day hikes for their specific group tour destinations.