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Top 10 Most Amazing Hikes in North America

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

9. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Hiking into the canyon offers some of the most spectacular vistas available on the planet.

But you should be aware of a one very important thing first. Remember it’s a round trip.

Hikers who explore into the canyon can find themselves exhausted before facing the ascent back to the rim.

Starting your hike with a brutal downhill descent makes the Grand Canyon hike different from any other and can challenge even experienced hikers who aren’t used to it.

It’s also vital to carry plenty of water with you, especially during the summer months.

Walking tours include the Rim Trail, which runs west from the Pipe Creek viewpoint for about 8 miles of paved road, followed by 7 miles unpaved to Hermit's Rest.

Mather Point, the first view most people reach when entering from the South Entrance, is a popular place to begin.

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