People from all around the world enjoy different types of hobbies. Some of them are closely tied to their lifestyle but rarely is any hobby quite as universal as hiking. People from different backgrounds take pleasure in this activity, and the urge to look for the best hiking towns and prime hiking trails is closely related to our primal need to become aware of our surroundings.
While it’s true that some of us view hiking as an occasional trip outside of town where we forget our worries for a while, for many people, it’s a lifestyle. For most of them, it has little to do with their income, the size of their household, or a nice, big yard. It’s about improving mood regularly and maintaining a healthy body, as one recent study says. The health benefits will only increase the further outside of the city you go. So why wait?
Actually relocating to one of America’s finest hiking towns is not as easy as just picking a location. Booking moving services, checking your home value and putting it on the market, changing your address on time, and many other responsibilities will suddenly upend your life. However, to finally live your life among the best possible hiking trails is something only a few can boast. There won’t be a need for you to travel abroad to experience such delights. If you can picture yourself living this outdoor type of lifestyle, and you’re looking for a home not far from America’s best hiking towns, then take a look at the following list.
With a population of just around 23 thousand as of 2019, South Lake Tahoe’s perfect location has only added to the growing number of people who want to move and settle right here. From beachfront walkways to mountain trails in just minutes, hardly any outdoor lover can resist the temptations of South Lake Tahoe. If you are a diehard fan of ski-trips, activities in the snow or some water sports, the nearby mountains and the lake will be your constant supply of endless fun. Here it would be difficult to just pick one favorite trail you can trek.
If you are on the lower side of the income spectrum and are looking for a place with more affordable amenities, have Asheville in mind this. Its cost of living is around 4% below the national average. It’s ranked in the top 10 places to live in and retire for years now and offers more than your average American town. This place is known as the ‘’Land in the Sky’’, thanks to the moderate, but picturesque trails through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It takes a special place on our list due to the breathtaking waterfalls in the area. If you decide to move to Asheville, it will be the best decision you’ve made this season.
In case you are looking to explore something completely new, we want to send you to Durango. This small but impressively beautiful Colorado community has around 50 local hikes, with plenty of opportunities for rafting, wakeboarding, and other lake Nighthorse activities. But the one thing that gives special appeal to Durango is the vicinity of the Mesa Verde National Park and the locals’ efforts in preserving the Pueblo heritage. Not all attractions within the National Park are always accessible to visitors, so here is where you can check the availability for the remainder of 2019.
Continuing with our trend of natural wonders, the next entry on our list is situated near an extinct volcano. We know, extinct, but still a volcano. Even though it might fall into the ‘’bigger’’ small town category, the area is huge and encompasses eleven different hiking trails. Before you move to Bend and set off on your own hiking expedition, there are a few things you need to know. It’s voted the Dog Friendliest City of 2012, but the trend has kept up. Bend has its fair share of outdoorsmen, and each trail that you come across will undoubtedly prove its worthiness of making this list.
With a place such as Fairbanks, you won’t need any other adventure in your life. Besides the glowy Aurora Borealis painted skies, Fairbanks is rich in hiking trails and mountain views all around. It’s commonly referred to as the perfect basecamp for all kinds of travel expeditions, be it the local Denali National Park, or the crossing of the Arctic circle. Regardless of how experienced outdoor-er you are, Fairbanks is sure to challenge your every limit and spark inspiration. To move there would be a chapter of your life that you will actively enjoy.
If you’ve heard about Spearfish before, we can help you remember why it rings a bell. It’s the world’s record holder for the fastest temperature change. Within two minutes, the temperature jumped from -4 to +45°F, followed by more temperature variations during the day. The most famous sight in the area is Spearfish Canyon, more ancient than the Grand Canyon itself. Landing in Spearfish means having the possibility to enjoy Bear Butte and Badlands National Park. These scenic trails will have you hiking, cycling and camping nearly every available weekend that you can afford. You’ll be quick to adjust to this town and its enchanting woodland area.
This tiny town falls under the jurisdiction of the Essex County, in the State of New York. Keene is the perfect spot for anyone trying to avoid the hustle and bustle, and enjoy the best mountain top views while drinking their morning coffee. The famous Mount Marcy trailheads are located within the town, so your morning jog can take an exciting turn if you feel up to it. We can’t talk about the Keene area without mentioning the High Peaks of Adirondack, the forty-six peaks that adorn the area south of Lake Placid. If you enjoy rustic setting and nature’s unmatched beauty, Keene is calling your name.
Finally, our last wish is for you to organize your move on time if you picked some of these thrilling destinations to be your home for the foreseeable future. And remember, you can always contact your movers if you require packing services, auto transport, or have any issues or questions about the relocation in general.