1. Appalachian Trail, USA
More than a simple walk in the woods, following the Appalachian Trail in its entirety will take about six months from start to finish. Of course, there are day hiking and other simple overnight options available too, thanks to the trail’s many access points. While certain stretches of this trail can be crowded, others will have you feeling like you’re the only person in the world. Plan your route at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
2. West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, Canada
Ladders, cable cars, and some rope work add to this adventurous trek through the Canadian wilderness. You may catch a glimpse of sea lions, or even some whales off shore, but one of the rarest sightings on this trail is another hiker. That’s right, while not too far from civilization, only 52 hikers are allowed to set off each day the trail is open, from May to September. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you take in the stunning views.