We’re telling you to “Take a Hike” today. Go on, get lost! As far away as possible and preferably in one of these jaw-droppingly stunning locations.
The folks at Booking.com have scoured through over 80,000 destinations listed on their site, to bring you the very best places for you to discover. Get outside and breathe in the fresh, crisp mountain air and make the most of what Mother Nature has to offer.
- Zermatt, Switzerland
With over 100 of the most beautiful hikes and tours around the base of the Matterhorn; no wonder this is one of the most coveted hiking destinations in Europe. You can ride Europe’s highest cable car and yodel with delight at the top!
Enjoy your own private luxurious apartment with 360 degree views of Zermatt at La Vue Apartments. Start your day right by having breakfast on your own balcony while watching the sunrise over the iconic peak.
- Sedona, Arizona, USA
If you’re looking for a holiday to slow down and reconnect, then sacred Sedona is your place. Many visit Sedona seeking a spiritual awakening, yet the area offers a lot more. Surrounded by over 1.8 million acres of spectacular nature, there is a hiking trail on offer for everyone. Weave your way through the lush forest, or get close to the multi-hued stone formations; regardless of which route you take, Sedona will have you leaving refreshed and revitalized.
Relax in a peaceful setting at L’Auberge de Sedona where you can indulge in a private massage by the river after a long day on the trails.
- Zakopane, Poland
Situated at the base of the majestic Tatra Mountains, Zakopane dazzles visitors with its unspoiled landscapes. Keen hikers can lose themselves in over 250 kilometers of trails, taking in the amazing scenery along the way. Be sure to keep an eye out though as the mountains are home to wildlife - including lynx and bears – that could take a fancy to your trail mix lunch!
Rest and recuperate after a hard day’s hike at the hip Alpini Apartamenty. The apartments offer fun for the whole family – whatever the age!
- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
Undoubtedly one of the best gems of New Zealand; the Marlborough Sounds boasts countless sheltered inlets, crystal waters and sandy bays. The famous Queen Charlotte Track consists of 70 kilometers of uncrowded and tranquil trails. Native wildlife and picturesque wilderness will have you mesmerized.
Watch the sunset over the calm bay from the hot tub on your private terrace at The Sounds Retreat. Tucked away in your own slice of paradise!
- El Chaltén, Argentina
Visit Argentina’s ‘trekking capital’, El Chaltén, for a holiday of a lifetime. Begin your exploration of the world-class trails from here, and finish your days marveling at the beauty of the World Heritage-listed Parque Nacional Los Glaciares that the city overlooks.
Wake up naturally with the sun beaming into your room in one of the award-winning Patagonia Eco Domes. An experience like no other, this really is a bucket list-worthy stay!
- Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland
Breathtaking mountains and lush green valleys as far as the eye can see, Trossachs National Park is undeniably one of Scotland’s greatest treasures. Whether you’re after a sedate stroll around one of the stunning lochs; or eager to tackle some of the more arduous mountain tracks, this is the place to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors.
Recover from your daily activities in the luxurious former farmhouse that is Monachyle Mhor Hotel. Nestled on the banks of Loch Voil and surrounded by a spectacular landscape, this is a perfect location to begin your walks.
- The Rocky Mountains, Canada
Often referred to as nature on steroids, the Rockies will leave you speechless at every turn. Jewel-toned turquoise glacier-fed lakes, remote alpine meadows carpeted in wildflowers and exquisite Rocky Mountain formations and towering jagged peaks, you could explore forever trying to uncover the countless gems found here.
Gaze out your bedroom window at the snow-capped mountains in the distance while staying at the Falcon Crest Lodge in Canmore. The endless outdoor activities on offer here will have you wanting to stay for good!
- Yangshuo, China
Bustling Yangshuo is best used as a base camp for exploration around the beautiful landscapes surrounding the small city. To really get off the well-beaten tourist track, try the TV Tower Hike which is a secret local trail. A hidden path will lead you up high to the most impressive view in the area. Views of the limestone karst, matched against the Li River, will make every step of the hike worthwhile.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Yangshuo and stay at the Banyan Tree Yangshuo - a 20 minute drive away from it all. The peaceful setting is perfect to revive every weary traveler!
- Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
The Overland Track is one of Australia’s most famous bush hikes situated in the Cradle Mountains. The World Heritage Tasmanian trek is a walking experience every hiker should undertake. Thousands of walkers traverse the 65 kilometer trail each year, marveling at the pristine environment and natural beauty.
Take the time to relax and pamper yourself at the remote Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Soothe those muscles in the hot tub and finish the day dining in the highly acclaimed Highland Restaurant.
- Cape Town, South Africa
Often voted as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town boasts spectacular scenery whichever way you look. One of the best ways to take in the city in all its glory, is to climb to the summit of Lion’s Head. Hiking up the Table Mountains is a scenic adventure, with the strenuous part surprising you at the end!
Bask in your day’s achievements poolside at the luxurious The Bay Hotel taking in the views of the mountains you’ve just conquered!
- Machu Picchu, Peru
No list would be complete without the inclusion of the awe-inspiring ancient city of Machu Picchu. A fixture on many bucket lists the world over, trekking the Inca trail is an unforgettable experience. Covering 43 kilometers of beautiful mountain scenery, lush forests, subtropical jungles and Inca ruins, this is one unbeatable journey.
Relax and rest your exhausted self at the stunning Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. Located near the archaeological site and beside the Urubamba River, the views here will be the cherry on top of a once-in-a-lifetime experience!