We are far from hardcore hikers. In fact my friends used to call me “indoorsy” before I started training for our Inca Trail hike 3 years ago. But we do like to get out there and explore the world, and some places you can only get to by foot! We’ve compiled a list of 25 amazing multi-day hikes to do around the world. So far we’ve only completed one, and have done one day portions of others. We hope to get our bodies in shape so we can complete them all in our lifetime. Are you with us? :)
25 BEST HIKES IN THE WORLD TO PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST
Distance: 26 miles
Time: 4 days
Best Time to Go: May to September
One of the most popular hikes in the world, the Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of grueling inclines and declines. You get a chance to explore ruins, jungle, and beautiful mountain scenery, and of course, end the hike at Machu Picchu.
BONUS: Inca Trail Alternates
The Ancascocha Trail
Distance: 19 miles
Time: 5-6 days
Best Time to Go: April to May, September to October
A hike that gets you away from the overcrowded Inca Trail, this trek is often called the Super or Hidden Inca Trail and is more strenuous and less traveled. The extra work is rewarded with amazing views and at the end, you can still take a short bus and train ride to get to Machu Picchu.
Lares Valley Hike
Distance: 20 miles
Time: 4 days
Best Time to Go: May to September
The way to experience the Inca Trail while still avoiding the crowds. You can still see the beautiful views, and since it comes to an end at Ollantaytambo, you can add a day trip to Machu Picchu.
2. Appalachian Trail
Location: Georgia to Maine, United States
Distance: 2,180 miles
Time: 5-7 months
Best Time to Go: Year Round
This hike is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world and is not an easy feat. It takes you through 14 states and takes careful planning and execution if you want to do it one go.
Location: Tanzania, Africa
Distance: roughly 35 miles
Time: 7+ days
Best Time to Go: January, February, or September
Although it is widely popular now, at 19,340 feet, this is Africa’s highest peak and is still on most people’s bucket list. With a wide range of climbing routes, most travel with a guided tour to reach the spectacular view above the clouds.
Distance: 65 miles
Time: 3-5 days
Best Time to Go: August to Early September
Kungsleden, or “The King’s Trail,” is a 275-mile traverse, but get a glimpse of this amazing landscape with a shorter hike. See the amazing Arctic landscape, open tundra, big glaciers, and brush up against Sweden’s highest peak, Mount Kebnekaise.
5. Everest Base Camp Trek
Distance: 70 miles
Time: 16 days
Best Time to Go: March to May, September to November
This trek is becoming popular as you get the opportunity to experience the people and culture that makes their home at these elevations. You also get to be face-to-face with the highest point on Earth.
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Let me start off by saying that neither of us are buffet people. Although we do the occasional all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, for the most part we avoid buffets because we’re usually underwhelmed and don’t eat our money’s worth. Quality over quantity, right? But since moving to Vegas, where there’s a buffet around every corner, we kept hearing about how amazing Bacchanal Buffet is so we had to try it for ourselves!
And I’ll have to admit that it DID live up to its hype.
Bacchanal somehow takes buffets to the next level! Not only does it have creative and delicious dishes, but they present them beautifully and ensure that they are hot and ready for you to eat.
WHY BACCHANAL BUFFET IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST BUFFET IN LAS VEGAS:
As you can imagine, Bacchanal lines can get quite backed up, but now they have FreshTxt kiosks that let you check in to the line so you don’t have to physically wait there. You get a text when it’s your turn.
If you even remotely like seafood, Bacchanal has something for you. Fresh-shucked oysters, mussels, hot and cold crab legs, shrimp, and scallop are just a few of your options.
Fresh and Hot Food
A lot of buffet food feels stale. It feels like it’s been sitting out forever kept slightly warm from trays and lamps. At Bacchanal, the chefs are always working to keep fresh food coming, and the staff does an amazing job refreshing the plates and pans.
This isn’t your typically cafeteria-like buffet! They’ve done an amazing job to make you feel like you’re dining in a nice restaurant. The only difference is that you go get your own food… and you can stuff your faces in a not-so-fancy manner.
Roughly 15 daily chef’s specials are added to the daily menu! That means there will always be something new and delicious to try.
Have it Your Way
Bacchanal gives you an amazing array of stations that let you customize your dish, whether it’s the Mexican bar, baked-to-order souffles, or crepes made in front of you.
Yes! Even when you’re stuffed to the brim, you’ll somehow find space for their amazing desserts. There is an entire island dedicated to their mouthwatering concoctions that feature everything from chocolate lava cakes to crepes that are made to order. Don’t forget to check out their gelato too!
You know that you can’t help but instagram of your food. A lot of their dishes are presented beautifully that will surely give you some likes from friends and your stomach. ;)
We loved the fresh squeezed juices display!
I know I’ve been talking about all the unique and creative dishes they have, but don’t worry – they still make the classics, whether your favorites are pizza, fries, or BBQ.
We’ve been tight on our food budget with our big move coming, but we may just have to make another visit before we leave! Anyone wanna come with us? :)
Pro Tips for visiting Bacchanal Buffet:
- You can add Bacchanal to your Buffet of Buffets (24 hr access to buffets) pass for an additional cost.
- It’s not much, but you can save $1 with your Total Rewards card (sign up here).
- Look for Groupons – they sometimes have deals for breakfast buffets and if you time it right, you could spill over to lunch.
- You can buy a $20 line pass in case you want to skip the lines and get right to eating.
- Don’t forget your stretchy pants!
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace
3570 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV
Bacchanal Buffet Hours:
Breakfast Mon-Fri 7:30AM-11AM
Lunch Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM
Dinner Sun-Sat 3PM-10PM
Champagne Brunch Sat-Sun 8AM-3PM
Bacchanal Buffet Price:
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The Narrows hike in Zion National Park has been on our list of must-do hikes. Although anyone can hike the bottom up half of the trail as a day hike, you need to get a permit to do the full top to bottom.
We opted to do the top-down overnight hike since we like to stop a lot for photos, and in hindsight, we were so glad we did the 16 mile hike over 2 days! We’re not the slowest hikers, but treading through the water throws in a new dynamic. You have to watch every step to make sure you don’t slip and fall.
We woke up bright and early for our 6:30 AM shuttle pick up (see details at the bottom. we highly recommend it!) and after arriving at Chamberlain’s Ranch Trailhead at 8 AM, we were off!
The first 3 miles are nice and easy on a dirt road. Just before you hit the water, you find your first landmark – Bulloch’s Cabin. After arriving at the water, the next 6 miles, you work your way down the river through ankle deep waters and the path takes you back and forth onto banks. Because there aren’t large crowds hiking the upper section, you really get to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the area. Although it doesn’t have as many iconic spots as the lower section, there is still a lot to be appreciated.
Stopping for Lunch:
The next main landmark is at the 8.5 mile mark. The North Fork Falls is a 10-foot tall boulder and log jam that makes for some nice photos. The trail is hidden here, but if you hug the left wall you will see a small passage that takes you to the other side. Roughly half a mile after that, the Virgin River converges with Deep Creek. At this point, there was a large pool that was chest deep at its deepest point. We tried to stay dry by passing our gear over and making a leap, but Jacob had no grip on his shoes and slipped and fell into the water. It was fun for us.. not so much for him.
After the rivers meet, the campsites start to appear. The campsites are scattered over the next 3 miles so keep that in mind when you books yours. We booked campsite #3 and were happy to get settled in. We arrived around 5:15PM, and sunset was around 6:45PM. It felt great to get out of our wet clothes and sit down for a warm meal.
This was our first time using our portable poop bags (everything needs to be carried out.. except pee).
How do you like our make-shift toilet?
Tips for Hiking the Narrows Zion National Park (Day 1):
- Day 1 was our favorite day because we felt alone in the wilderness. A total of 10 people did the top down including us that day. Day 2 gets crowded by the day hikers and feels much more touristy (still a cool day hike though!).
- Don’t forget to cut down your toenails! I sliced my toes up pretty bad on the first day.
- Don’t forget to bring flip flops. This was our biggest regret. After getting into our dry night clothes, we still had to walk around in wet shoes while setting up camp.
- We liked our campsite, but as we continued down, we saw that campsite 9 has a cool cave and campsite 10 has a pool that would be great for summer.
- We dried our wet clothes on tree branches, and though we worried that it would get wet from morning dew, it was fine. :) Also helps to have quick dry clothes.
- Jacob’s shoes fared the best in the water out of all four of us, however it had the least grip when climbing wet rocks.
- See our Packing Guide and TONS of additional tips here.
Have you done an overnight hike before?
Have you been to Zion National Park? What’s your favorite part of the park?
After wading, scrambling, shimmying, and squeezing our way through the Zebra Slot Canyons in Utah this past weekend, we started to think about what other amazing and beautiful canyons are around us that are worth exploring. Here’s a list of 11 breathtaking canyons in the US that must be explored:
This is probably the most popular slot canyons for photographers and tourists alike. Antelope Canyon is made up of two separate canyons, Upper and Lower Antelope. It can only be visited with a permit and guide. We’ve been to the lower canyons, which was the less crowded of the two, and required little hiking.
2. Buckskin Gulch, Utah, USA
Making its home in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, Buckskin Gulch is the deepest slot canyon in the Southwest United States. It’s a highly regulated canyon requiring permits for day hikes and only allowing 20 overnight permits every day!
left: John Fowler; right: Adam Baker / creative commons
3. Nine Mile Canyon, Utah, USA
Named after the creek that runs through it, Nine Mile Canyon is 40 miles long and home to thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs.
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4. Canyon De Chelly, Arizona, USA
Owned by the Navajo Nation, you can view Canyon De Chelly from the rim or visit the canyon floor when accompanied by a park ranger or Navajo guide. Spider Rock, which is a 750 foot sandstone spire, is it’s most recognized feature.
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5. Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA
Bryce Canyon doesn’t look like your typical canyon because it’s filled with hoodoos, or pillars of rock. It has the highest concentration of hoodoos, which makes for some of the most photogenic canyon land.
6. Waimea Canyon, Hawaii, USA
Holding the title for the largest canyon in the Pacific, Waimea Canyon makes its home on the island of Kauai. The canyon is 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and 3,600 feet deep.
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7. Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, USA
Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States. It is 120 miles long with depths up to 997 feet.
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8. Glen Canyon, Arizona, USA
Glen Canyon is most well known for Horseshoe Bend but offers a lot to explore in its 1.2 million acre national park.
Nagaraju Hanchanahal / creative commons
Making its home in Zion National Park, Zion Canyon offers spectacular views, amazing hikes, and can be reached via its two major roads. It’s a great place to visit for anyone as it offers a wide range of ways to experience the canyon. Also check out our Narrows hike packing list.
10. Santa Elena Canyon, Texas, USA
Making its home in Big Bend National Park, Santa Elena Canyon is one of the most popular spots to visit. You can hike, paddle the river, or just enjoy the beautiful scenery.
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You can’t make a list of canyons and not include the grand daddy of all canyons. The Grand Canyon is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and can be explored in so many ways. You can drive up to viewpoints, do a helicopter tour, white-water raft down the Colorado River, or even walk out onto a glass bridge. The rim-to-rim hike has also made our list of 25 Best Hikes in the World.
BONUS: The Wave, Arizona, USA
Also making its home in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area and more specifically the Coyote Buttes North Area, “The Wave” offers a surreal look into what Mother Nature can do. We’ve been hoping to get a permit to hike the area, but it’s proven to be quite difficult since they use a lottery system.
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Which canyons in the US have you visited?
Where would you want to visit most?