If you are looking for a different way to experience some of the most breath-taking beautiful regions of the world then you should consider going on a walking holiday or tour. In the following article we will look at just 5 of the best places you should consider visiting for a truly unique adventure.
Great Smoky Mountains, USA
The Smoky Mountains are believed to be the homeland of the Cherokee Indians and is an area of America full of pioneer history and natural diversity. The name was given by the Cherokee Indians due to the blue-grey smoke that covers the peaks of the mountains most of the time. The area was setup up as a national park in 1934 and nowadays it features around 900 miles of walkways and footpaths that lead you through an area full of 200 bird species, 1500 types of plants and over 130 different varieties of trees. As you make your way through the trails you will find living reminders of the area’s pioneer heritage in the form of barns, grist mills, farmhouses and log cabins.
If you are interested in finding cultural and natural treasures on a walking holiday, you should go on a walking tour of Quebec in the north of Canada. The ecosystem in that area is unique and thanks to the Saguenay Fjord where sea tide and fresh water meet and blend together. One of the most extensive trails runs through Saguenay National Park, which itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site and features hanging waterfalls, high gorges, brilliant lakes and granite peaks that are home to snow geese and eagles.
Cinque Terre, Italy
If you like the idea of walking along a pathway that sits between the Mediterranean coast and large unforgivingly beautiful mountains on the other side with Italian fishing villages on the horizon, you should take a walking tour of the so-called Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre, or 5 villages are linked by footpaths that follow along the slopes of the Riviera di Levante and are dotted with pastel-coloured buildings in small hamlets and small harbours that are home to pleasantly bright coloured boats.
No trip to Italy of course is complete without taking in some trying some of the local food. On this particular route you will find plenty of authentic examples of Ligurian cuisine, that features lots of Italian pesto from the locally grown and sourced basil.
Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests
What is commonly known as a cloud forest is a tropical forest that is covered in clouds throughout the year because it is situated near the top of coastal mountains. One of the best ways to experience could forests is by taking a walking holiday in Costa Rica. Traveling through Costa Rica on foot gives you a unique view of the lagoon waterfalls, rugged craters, tranquil sea coves and freshwater ponds as well as the aforementioned cloud forests.
British Walking Holidays
Of course, if you are interested in walking holidays and have never been on one before, it might be a good idea to try one closer to home. There are plenty of guided tours and well-maintained footpaths and walkways up and down the country. If this has whet your appetite and you want to find out more about the great outdoors, head over to www.britainoutdoors.co.uk.