Yes, you can take a bus or driving tour of a beautiful area, but traveling at 2 to 3 miles an hour is the most immersive way of enjoying and appreciating a new place. Here are some wonderful walking destinations along with accompanying tours for people of different interests and activity levels.
Mount Rainier Inn-Based Hiking Tour
This tour with Wildland Trekking dives deep into fantastic Mount Rainier National Park, home to wild rivers, ancient forests, rich wildlife habitat and the most glorious display of mountain wildflowers in the national park system — all with the awesome, 14,410-foot, glacier-clad Mount Rainier towering above. The trip includes hikes to Paradise Meadows, Reflection Lakes, Narada Falls, Sunrise, and a section of the famous Wonderland Trail, which circles the park.
Trip length: 3 days
Includes: 2 nights’ lodging at historic national park hotels, all meals, certified Pacific Northwest guide, transportation to and from hikes, park entrance fees and permits
Daily walking: 3 to 8 miles (difficulty rating: 2/5)
Walking Trip in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
Award-winning Country Walkers, which has been providing authentic travel experiences for decades, now offers a six-day walking trip that explores these two iconic national parks in Utah famous for their dramatic red rock scenery and improbable hoodoos. Your guide will lead you through the wonders of Bryce Canyon and Zion, while explaining the human history of the area, where Native Americans lived for thousands of years, leaving behind their dwelling sites and other artifacts.
Trip length: 6 days
Cost: from $3,548
Includes: 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners (with local wine or beer), local transportation, guide, travel assistance, walking poles
Daily walking: 2 to 8 miles
Explore England’s Cotswolds (self-guided)
In the Cotswolds, a lovely region in central-southwest England, you’ll find picturesque agricultural fields bordered by classic rock walls (and well stocked with sheep), thatched-roof villages, and historic buildings made of native limestone that seems to glow. You can travel at your own pace on this self-guided walking tour from the reliable local company, Active England, which offers a series of six diverse day hikes. Highlights include the honey-stoned town of Broadway and its namesake tower, the historic market town of Chipping Campden, afternoon tea, walking on a Roman road, and a ready supply of local pubs.
Trip length: 6 days
Cost: from $1,040
Includes: 5 nights’ lodging, all breakfasts, luggage transfers, walking poles, route instructions and GPS, emergency support
Daily walk: 3 to 7 miles (walk at your own pace)