The World's 10 Best Hiking Cities

You don't have to venture far from downtown to find incredible hikes in these global cities featuring some of the best hiking trails on the planet.

By: Joe Sills

Photo By: iStockphoto.com/Grahambedingfield

1: Cape Town, South Africa

Thanks to its location under the shadow of South Africa's iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town has long been a top destination for adventure travelers and hikers alike. Visitors here can spot penguins at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, hike to dizzying heights at Lion's Head and delve into a hive of lesser-known trails that bring one of Africa's most dynamic landscapes to life.

Planning tips: Lion's Head is the most popular hike in Cape Town, but several others are worth scouting out. Tygerberg Nature Reserve delivers panoramic views of Table Mountain and the city. Kasteelport Hiking Trail places hikers along the coastline among craggy buttresses. Devil's Peak and Skeleton Gorge serve up scrambles to the summit of Table Mountain.

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