Culture The Best U.S. States for Hiking  

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This is a ranked list of the best U.S. states for hiking as voted on by men and women. These states include Oregon, Utah, Tennessee, Hawaii and more. Some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the country are included on this ranked list. This list answers the question, “what are the best US states for hiking?”

Whether you are looking for beautiful mountain ranges, gorgeous bodies of water or luscious greenery, these places offer all the lovely landscapes you could ever wish to trek upon. Many states offer vast hiking routes while other countries offer more simplistic, although equally as gorgeous open landscapes to tread upon. Each of these best states for hiking offer distinct features as well. This list is for those seeking the thrill of being one with the land and discovering new states by foot might.

Whether looking for an extreme activity or a leisurely stroll, these ranked places offer great hiking in every part of the U.S. As a traveler looking for the country’s best hiking you might ask yourself, “Where are best spots to hike around the U.S.?” Well, here we have compiled a list of the very best places for this activity.
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1
296 108
Colorado is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

Notable hikes: Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods, Longs Peak, 

2
269 98
Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

3
207 85
Utah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

4
147 55
Oregon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

5
111 40
Alaska is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

6
108 44
Montana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

7
101 46
Wyoming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

8
87 40
Maine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

9
90 43
New Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking
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10
83 38
Idaho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

11
144 85
California is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

12
119 68
Arizona is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

13
81 42
North Carolina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

14
79 45
Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

15
58 42
New York is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

16
51 36
West Virginia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

17
48 34
Vermont is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

18
50 37
Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

19
61 51
Tennessee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

20
43 33
Virginia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

21
16 6
Michigan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking
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22
39 39
Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

23
44 45
Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

24
34 36
Kentucky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking

25
39 42
Minnesota is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. States for Hiking