Combine serious wanderlust with a hunger for scenic views, and what do you get? The best long-distance hiking trails in the US. From the Big 3 to lesser-known gems, these trails are made for walking.
The Pacific Northwest Trail spans 1,200 miles -- including 3 <a title=" national parks" href=" http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/national-parks" target="_blank"><b> national parks</b></a> and 7 national forests. To tackle this route, which runs through Montana, Idaho and Washington, you'll have to keep a pace of 20 miles per day. That'll get you to the trail's end in about 60 days.<br><br><b>Best times to hike:</b>Year-round at lower elevations, summer and fall at higher elevations.