10 of the World's Best, Most Beautiful Hikes

PHOTO: Mt Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Jen Alt

With the national release today of "Wild," a biopic starring Reese Witherspoon about author Cheryl Strayed's famous 1,100-mile trek up the Pacific Crest Trail, no doubt many viewers will leave movie theaters inspired to take on the great outdoors themselves.

But which trails should you tackle first? The editors of AFAR Media have pulled together a list of the most beautiful hiking destinations around the world to help narrow down your choices. Here we highlight the Top 10.

PHOTO: Barrenjoey Lighthouse Climb, Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia
Great Franklin De Mato
Barrenjoey Lighthouse Climb, Australia

"The hiking trails are plentiful and the view from the top is incredible," according to AFAR. With sweeping views in all directions, this place is magical and totally worth exploring."

PHOTO: Garibaldi Lake, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N, Canada
Angela Anderson
Garibaldi Lake, Canada

With "aqua blue lakes" and "phenomenal views," it's easy to see why many are drawn to hiking the area of Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk.

PHOTO: Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Arsyad Siregar
Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Why visit Sossuvlei, Namibia? Consider this loving AFAR description: "A beautiful land where you can find the oldest and probably the tallest sand dune on earth."

PHOTO: Fitz Roy, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Chris Concepcion
Fitz Roy, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Hiking out from Laguna Torre, try to steal a photo of "Cerro Torre, an iconic needle of granite in the midst of Los Glacieres National Park" recommends AFAR.

PHOTO: Andy Goldsworthy’s Wooden Line, West Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, California
Christopher Bartholomew
Andy Goldsworthy’s Wooden Line, West Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, California

"Artist Andy Goldsworthy's Wooden Line meanders its way through a grove of Eucalyptus in the Presidio, inviting all to take off shoes and balance beam through the forest," according to an AFAR contributor.

PHOTO: Abel Tasman National Park, Pohara, New Zealand
Janet Sheldon
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

"There aren't too many hikes in the world that start with a ride on a water taxi, but that's how our hike on the Abel Tasman Trail began," notes Janet Sheldon on AFAR's slideshow. "The trail followed the coastline, rising and falling with the mountainous topography. Sometimes it provided gorgeous views of the water and the beaches below. Sometimes the trail led into the woods where ferns carpeted the forest floor and bridges crossed trickling streams."

PHOTO: Mt Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Jen Alt
Mt. Moran, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Those who take on the 9-mile loop along the Hermitage Point Trail will be rewarded with incredible vistas and a camping site for resting periods.

PHOTO: Schilthorn, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.
Joseph Cyr
Schilthorn, Switzerland

Listen for the distant tinkling of cowbells and look out for a lot of vertical terrain along the trail from the Schilthorn to the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

PHOTO: Trolltunga Hike, Scandinavia
Laura O
Trolltunga Hike, Scandinavia

"Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue) is a challenging hike in Skjeggedal, Norway," writes Laura O, an AFAR contributor. "We were in Norway for a little over a week and this was definitely our favorite experience. It is one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever done. It wasn't crowded and the views were incredibly beautiful."

PHOTO: Diablo Lake, Washington
Joseph Cyr
Diablo Lake, Washington

"There are limitless hiking opportunities in these mountains," recommends Jonathan Cyr on AFAR, referring to the North Cascades. "But if your time and/or mobility is limited, this is one of the most beautiful drives in the country.

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