If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, or simply enjoy focusing on your health in any season, there’s no better way to stay motivated than by taking your fitness goals with you on vacation. Imagine hiking along a ravine surrounded by 800-foot red rock cliffs or scaling the highest peak in the eastern United States. No matter what type of terrain you’re longing for, these fabulous locales offer year-round hiking opportunities to help you start the year off on the right foot.
Climb Every Mountain in Awe-Inspiring Asheville
North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway is known as one of the best drives in America. But while the mountain scenery is incredible at eye level, it’s even more spectacular when viewed at a higher elevation. Clamber up Looking Glass Rock to take in the Blue Ridge peaks from above, then ascend to the highest summit in the Appalachian Mountains, Mount Mitchell. Both are located just outside charming Asheville, where you can also find an abundance of hiking trails for all skill levels at the popular Chimney Rock State Park.
While in Asheville, be sure to check out the local breweries and award-winning eateries. The Foundry Hotel Asheville, Curio Collection by Hilton is situated in the heart of downtown and offers a modern, industrial vibe that pays homage to its history as a foundry that forged the steel for the iconic nearby Biltmore Estate.
Tackle Texas-Sized Trails in Amarillo
No doubt you’ve heard of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, but did you know that the second largest canyon in the country is situated in the heart of the Texas Panhandle? Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro State Park, located just outside Amarillo, offers a rugged beauty that’s best explored on the park’s more than 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Many of the trails here are rated “easy” or “moderate,” and dogs are allowed as well, making it a great choice for the entire family to explore together.
A stay at the pup-friendly Home2 Suites by Hilton Amarillo East gives you plenty of room to bring everyone along while enjoying a location close to adventure, as well as the unique Cadillac Ranch art installation.
Explore Hidden Gems in Buffalo National River
If you’re not familiar with the Buffalo National River area of Arkansas you’re not alone. Nestled in one of the most scenic parts of the Ozark Mountains, the Buffalo River is a hidden gem that’s protected by the National Parks Service and offers hiking to some of mid-America’s grandest waterfalls. A favorite of the region is the three-mile hike along the Whitaker Point Trail, which leads to a stunning outcropping used in the opening scene of a familiar childhood film. From here you can take in the valleys and vivid scenery below.
The area is also home to some remarkable caves, including Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome Cavern. Book a room at Hampton Inn by Hilton Harrison, which is located near both of these Ozark beauties.
Scramble Over Red Rocks in Sedona
If you’re craving breathtaking southwestern scenery, then make your way out to the desert wonderland of Sedona, Arizona. The hikes here are a mystical experience for many, as the region is home to over 200 hiking trails with some featuring secret caves, magical pools, and four main vortex sites that are said to facilitate mind/body healing. There’s no better way to become one with nature than on a sunset hike to Cathedral Rock, where red rock pillars catch the light in a captivating way. Thrill-seekers can cross Devils Bridge, a natural sandstone bridge that will challenge your fear of heights, but the city is also home to countless trails that help keep you better grounded.
Stay at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, which boasts an indoor/outdoor restaurant and garden, a spa and wellness center, pools, Championship golf course and onsite adventure desk, along with epic views of one of Sedona’s most iconic red rock formations, Bell Rock. For the ultimate boot camp workout, fitness enthusiasts can also discover the hotel’s Outdoor Warrior Pit featuring ropes, tires and more or experience one of the many fitness classes at the 25,000 sq. ft. Sedona Athletic Club.
Image Credit: © Hilton Hotels
The most interesting news
Tourism Development Fund and Deutsche Hospitality sign exclusive agreement
Focus on Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels.
Your Eco-Friendly Trip Just Got Easier in 2022
How Hilton is helping travelers across the world travel more sustainably, from start to finish.
'Turkey has a chance to get 10 percent share of global revenues from bicycle tourism'
‘Income from bicycle tourism in the world is incredibly high,' says Mehmet Nuri Ersoy
UNWTO Secretary-General Welcomes Yavuz Selim Yükselir
As UNWTO gets set to return to the FITUR tourism trade fair in Madrid (19-23 January), the United Nations specialized agency is drawing on the influence of its growing team of Ambassadors to highlight the role the sector will play in driving recovery
The Maldives Underwater Initiative at Six Senses Laamu Rewarded
The Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI) was recently recognized as a global leader in marine conservation during the 20th Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards.
Emirates does it again!
Scaling up and circling around the Burj Khalifa to put Expo 2020 Dubai on top of the world’s travel agenda.
Around the World in 300 Days with Marriott
As the Ultimate Host, the Global Travel Leader is Giving Explorers a Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip Around the World.
Accor welcomes 2022 with a diverse array of spectacular new properties
Accor is pleased to reveal some of its newest properties and upcoming destinations that guests and world travelers can look forward to visiting in 2022 and beyond.
Princess Cruises Extends Book with Confidence Policy
Cruise Line Will Continue to Operate Vaccinated Cruises with Extended Health and Safety Protocols.
Tourism Grows 4 percent in 2021 but Remains Far Below Pre-Pandemic Levels
Global tourism experienced a 4% upturn in 2021, compared to 2020 (415 million versus 400 million). However, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) were still 72% below the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to preliminary estimates by
Fall in love with the world again on a season of over 150 new voyages in 2023 with Cunard
The World Awaits voyage program, sailing Spring 2023.
Emirates sees increase in demand for plant-based meals during Veganuary
Vegan meals are one of the most commonly requested special meals onboard Emirates flights and during the month of January, the airline witnesses an increase in demand for plant-based meals.
Hyatt Announces the Rebranding of Andaz Wall Street to Hyatt Centric Wall Street New York
The lifestyle hotel is expected to resume operations on January 26, 2022.
TUI collaborates with Mobi to implement machine learning
TUI app to provide live vehicle tracking, transfer timing and notifications / Platform launched this month in Mallorca, with further key destinations to be added throughout 2022.
The Emerald House Opens its Doors in the Heart of Lisbon
Moments from the Portuguese capital’s vibrant centre, the new hotel marks the first Curio Collection by Hilton property in Lisbon
AlUla Art Residency closes with artists premiering works inspired by the historic oasis
Centred on the theme 'The Oasis Reborn', the artworks have been inspired by collaborations with technical and scientific experts and the local community, including artisans and cultural practitioners – giving artists dynamic insights into one of Al
Hyatt Announces Plans for Two New UK Hotels
The announcement signals Hyatt’s continued brand growth in the UK.
Hampton by Hilton Named No 1 Hotel Franchise for 13th Consecutive Year
Eleven world-class Hilton brands named on highly-competitive list.
The Rhodes Co-Lab: TUI and Greece launch futures lab for sustainable tourism
TUI Group, TUI Care Foundation, Government of the Southern Aegean Region work together / Rhodes to become a beacon for sustainable transformation of holiday destinations.
Condor hires 150 new flight attendants
Dream job above the clouds: Condor starts today with the tenders for flight attendants on the types B757, B767, A320, A321 operated by Condor as well as for the new A330neo, which will fly for Condor from autumn 2022.
WTTC announces new dates for it's 2022 Global Summit in Manila
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), has announced that its highly anticipated 21st Global Summit will now take place in Manila, Philippines, from 20-22 April 2022 - just a month from its original March date.