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Mount Washington, New Hampshire

No order. This does not include rock-climbing expeditions.

1. Mount Washington, New Hampshire- The wildest weather in the world, and very steep and rocky. Apparently it is the 5th most deadliest mountain in the world, and the highest point between the Rockies and the Alps. It's location near the ocean makes for beautiful views and the landscape often resembles Mars.

2. Cadillac Mountain, Maine. Located within stunning Acadia National Park, this hike takes you to one of the easternmost sections of America. The views of the sea and mountains is gorgeous. The sunsets here are unrivaled.

3. Fussen, Germany- Starting off at the magical Neushwanstein Castle, this beautiful hike takes you to the surrounding countryside at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.

Bavarian Alps, Germany

4. Werfen, Austria- This hike also encompasses a tram ride up a steep slope, and culminates 10,000 feet high at the famous Eisenreisenwelt Ice Caves. If you're terrified of heights, this is NOT for you. (I barely made it with my lunch still in my stomach) The formations in the Ice Caves are lovely and ethereally illuminated.

5. Clerveaux, Luxembourg- This hike takes you through the lovely countryside of the Ardennes. You can still feel the ghosts of the Battle of the Bulge around you. I felt like Snoopy in the Great Pumpkin. (Different war but you get the idea)

6. Konigswinter, Germany- A nice moderate trek up a "mountain" along the Rhine River south of Bonn. Wonderful scenery that ends at the mountaintop castle ruin "Drachenfels" which you can actually lie on and take a nap.

Alps, Werfen, Austria
The best part is along the trail there are Beer Gardens so you can make some nice pit stops on the way up and down.

7. El Yunque National Rainforest, Puerto Rico- Convenient from San Juan, the only Rainforest administered by the U.S. National Park Service offers some nice trails offering views of the rainforest, lakes and waterfalls. Wonderful food shacks within offer the best local fare. A great place to forget about Northern winters!

8. Catoctin Mountain, Thurmont, Maryland- A National Recreation Area adjacent to a lovely state park it is a great hike in the Fall. The Blue Ridge Mountains are dressed in their Autumn splendor, and there are many overlooks to see the show. Cunningham Falls is serene. Not too far from Baltimore and Washington, it feels a world away.

Clerveaux, Luxembourg
The latter isn't though. Camp David is located here.

9. Ordino, Andorra- This quaint mountain town is near a national park and several trails begin within the town. If you want to see the Pyranees this is the place. Some trails are long and steep, so pack accordingly. We did not. The views were stunning.

10. Jungfraujoch, Switzerland- Promoted as the “Top of the World”, it sure feels like it. A train takes you through the Alps to this park. There are many winter activities to partake in year-round. One was a glacier walk. The views of the surrounding glaciers, the clouds below, the distant valley is awesome. The trek ends at a lodge. Halfway there a turnaround pole can be found and it seems most people do. With the air so thin, and with the snowy upward incline, the walk is exhausting. We soldiered on to the lodge not knowing that it got much steeper, and the finale is on a ledge. Felt like it could be my finale! Terrifying trek on a slippery trail without the proper footwear (which was unavailable to rent). The lodge would have been fun if we weren’t convinced that our descent would be our death! Bring glacier shoes! After surviving it was an exhilarating summer experience!

Paulovic says:
Cool one!
If you like hiking, go to New Zealand and do the Tongariro crossing. Absolutely amazing!
Posted on: Jan 03, 2018
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Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Bavarian Alps, Germany
Bavarian Alps, Germany
Alps, Werfen, Austria
Alps, Werfen, Austria
Clerveaux, Luxembourg
Clerveaux, Luxembourg
Drachenfels, Konigswinter, Germany
Drachenfels, Konigswinter, Germany
El Yunque National Rainforest, Pue…
El Yunque National Rainforest, Pu…
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Ordino, Andorra
Ordino, Andorra
Catoctin Mountain, Thurmont, Maryl…
Catoctin Mountain, Thurmont, Mary…
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National…
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia Nationa…