Sunlight filters through the trunks of thin tall redwoods along the wooded portion of the trail.

San Francisco Bay Area Day Hike: Pomo Canyon Trail

Although the trail presents great views of the ocean and the Russian River when the weather is clear, it also leads to a destination that doesn’t need sunshine to be enjoyable. In fact, a hike to Pomo Canyon’s redwood grove in dense fog or light rain may be one of the most romantic walks you’ve ever taken. Learn more about this hike from expert Ann Marie Brown.

Scenic view taken beside jutting rocks of the surrounding area including midtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Day Hike: Mohave Trail 200

If you want a climb to a view but don’t want to get hung up by the crowds on the Piestewa Summit Trail, Mohave could be your baby. This super-speedy hike is the perfect option when you’re short on time and don’t mind the huffing and puffing that comes with its quick elevation climb.

A funicular descends on its track beside a colorful hillside neighborhood.

The Hills of Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso is a walker’s city with steep staircases, narrow alleyways, and amazing views. Author Wayne Bernhardson outlines the most prominent landmarks in each of the city’s main hill neighborhoods.

View of the San Juan Islands across the water with large rocks and pine trees in the foreground.

Seattle Day Hike: Cedar Lake

The Chuckanut Mountains are best known for the colorful drive along Puget Sound during the fall. Open for hiking year-round, Cedar Lake is one of the mountain’s best lakes, a small, quiet swimming hole on the mountain’s northeastern end. Author Scott Leonard shares information about the length of the hike, the optional climb to view Puget Sound, and more.

A wide dirt trail follows a narrow stream through the canyon.

Recreation in Spearfish, South Dakota

Some of the best recreation in the Black Hills is concentrated along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Laural A. Bidwell recommends the area’s best trails for hiking and biking enthusiasts, the best place to tee up for golfers, and more.

Scenic view of the reddish hue of the rugged pinnacled walls of Cedar Breaks.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

If you’re driving between Zion and Bryce National Parks, consider stopping at Cedar Breaks National Monument. With ridges and pinnacles extending like buttresses from the steep cliffs, the rock layers offer similar views as Bryce Canyon without the crowds. Learn more about when and where to go.

Two lakes are visible ringed with the green of vegitation as seen from on high.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Red Pine Lake to the Pfeifferhorn

Hiking in the Wasatch Mountains doesn’t get much better than this! With this nine-mile, butt-kicker level trail, you’ll hike and scramble onto one of the Wasatch Range’s most impressive summits. Learn about where to go, what you’ll see along the way, and more.