View from the Top: Hiking in RTX Destinations

Whether you’re hiking through Hawaii’s rainforests to a spectacular waterfall splashing into a swimming hole or around the top of a volcanic crater with a stunning view of the ocean, scenic hikes are a fun and rewarding way to experience a vacation destination. These RTX destinations, from tropical to desert to mountainous, are fantastic places to take a hike and enjoy the scenery.

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St. Maarten/St. Martin, Netherland Antilles

The small, half-French and half-Dutch Caribbean island is mostly known for its amazing beaches, but from the coastline, the terrain climbs up through the forested Central Mountains in the center of the island. Many popular hiking trails offer gorgeous views of the beaches and sea, and some even feature grand panoramic vistas of nearly the whole island. Paradise Peak is the highest point on the island, and is well worth the steep climb. Check out the St. Martin Trails Hiking Club for regular group hikes ranging from 3 to 7 miles.

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Park City, Utah

Just 30 miles from Salt Lake City, Park City is an outdoor adventurer’s dream with skiing and snowboarding, golf, water sports, fly fishing, mountain biking and over 400 miles of public trails for all levels of hiking. For trail maps and local advice, check out the Mountain Trails Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to supporting and promoting local trails for non-motorized recreational use. They sponsor events like trail runs, historic hikes and more in the area. Some trails reach up to 10,000 feet in elevation, and hikers may encounter wildlife like deer, elk, moose and mountain lions.

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Cave Creek, Arizona

Nestled among desert preserves, regional parks and national forests, Cave Creek is an historic gold mining town in the foothills of Black Mountain that maintains an Old West character and charm that is rare today. The town maintains a network of trails that provides access to Cave Creek Regional Park as well as Spur Cross Ranch Recreational Area, with trails varying in length and difficulty to suit all hikers’ needs. Nearby are Pinnacle Peak, the Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve and the Tonto National Forest, the fifth largest forest in the country.

 

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