Best Hikes in North America and the Mind Hike Journey

Here’s our Chief Fun Officer, Cecil Roy, out on the trail!

Here at Franchise Speakers, we know how important it is to make sure to take a step away from the office and into nature. With so many National Parks and hiking trails at our fingertips, we thought we would create a list of some of the best day hikes around the natural wonders in North America!

From trail difficulty ranging from Easy to Difficult, our list highlights some of the most interesting views our part of the world has to offer, and if you cannot make it to any of these excellent spots, we hope this sparks some inspiration for you next outing!

Jordan Pond Path, Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park (Maine)

Jordan Pond Path

  • Distance: 3.3 Miles
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

“Great views on a lot of the walk around the lake. This trail can get crowded at points, especially on the parts where there were narrower wooden walkways for paths. Go early, as it can be difficult to find a parking spot due to its traffic. The backdrop of the pond and bubbles are beautiful as you meander through the woods along the pond. The boardwalks are unique, and outside of a couple muddy spots, a trail that is very enjoyable and easy.”

Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park (California)

Cathedral Lakes

  • Distance: 8 miles (upper lake)
  • Estimated Time: 4–7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

“Easily one of Yosemite’s most spectacular hikes, this steady climb through mixed conifer forest ends with glorious views of Cathedral Peak from the shores of two shimmering alpine lakes. Cathedral Lake, the lower of the two lakes, sits within a mind-blowing glacial cirque, a perfect amphitheater of granite. The upper lake is less spectacular when measured against the lower lake, but by all other standards it’s utterly sublime.”

Hiking Zion Narrows
The Narrows, Zion National Park

Zion National Park (Utah)

The Narrows

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Estimated Time: Up to 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult

“Sometimes a bit more of a swim than a hike, this Zion “trail” is actually the Virgin River. You’ll be in the water the majority of the way upstream through this impressive canyon. If you hike up from the bottom, you don’t need a permit and you can still reach the narrowest and most spectacular section. It’s 5 miles to Big Springs (as far as day hikers are allowed) – but don’t underestimate the distance: this is a long way to hike upstream!”

Sunwapta Falls, Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada)

Sunwapta Falls

  • Distance: 1.9 miles
  • Estimated time: 1-1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

“The Sunwapta Falls trail is another easy, popular waterfall hiking trail in Jasper. Here, you can hike to both the central and Lower Sunwapta Falls, which offers a gorgeous view of the powerful falls through the evergreen trees.

Pro tip: Don’t stop when you get to the main Sunwapta Falls! It’s not the end yet! There’s another waterfall farther down the trail called the Lower Sunwapta Falls. I have literally no idea why the falls have almost exactly the same name, but they are, in fact, two separate waterfalls on the same trail.”

Cascade Canyon Trail, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)

Cascade Canyon Trail 

  • Distance: 9.7 mi
  • Estimated time: Up to 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

“This is an unbelievable hike up into the base of the Grand Tetons via a boat ride across Jenny Lake. During the winter season when the boat transport is closed this route can be done by parking in the String Lake trailhead parking lot and starting your journey there. This popular hike will start from the shore of the lake and take you up to the 200 foot tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point which provides great views out over the National Park.”

And speaking of hikes, check our franchise friend, Mike Drumm’s, new book!


Congratulations Mike!  Can’t wait to start my own 365 day trek!


Looking for more inspiration? Check out our resources for more info:

U.S. News

Lonely Planet

Travel and Leisure

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