Though vacations offer the perfect opportunity to lounge and relax, sometimes it feels good to stretch those legs, get some fresh air, and get the heart pumping. We’ve picked five of our favorite scenic hikes across North America, all of which are accessible for most skill levels and within an hour’s drive of an Inspirato hotel.
Marginal Way — Ogunquit, Maine
Take your time and enjoy this leisurely, 2-mile stroll along the Atlantic coast in Maine. Plenty of benches—39 in total—dot the paved walkway, making it a great fit for those with limited mobility, or anyone who just wants to pause and drink in the quintessential New England sights.
Where to stay: The Cliff House is situated on 70 acres along beautiful rocky coastline, less than a 10-minute drive from Marginal Way.
Bandelier National Monument — Los Alamos, New Mexico
A little less than an hour’s drive from Santa Fe, historic Bandelier National Monument offers ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings for exploration—think Southern Colorado’s Mesa Verde but without the crowds. More than 70 miles of hiking trails await: Take the Main Loop Trail for an easy, 1.2-mile overview hike of the site, especially when traveling with kids, or try the 2.5-mile Frijolito Loop Trail for something a little more strenuous.
Where to stay: Open since 1922, La Fonda on the Plaza boasts a unique collection of Santa Fe art within its adobe-inspired walls.
Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail — Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
This paved, out-and-back trail in breathtaking Banff National Park offers views straight out of a calendar photo. Turquoise Lake Moraine serves as the backdrop for this 1.8-mile pathway, perfect for photo ops and for those who can’t traverse more rugged terrain.
Where to stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a 20-minute drive from Moraine Lake, situated right across from Victoria Glacier, so named for the British Queen Victoria—and mother of Princess Louise.
Fay Canyon Trail — Sedona, Arizona
Enjoy overhead views of towering red rock while staying cool in the canyon bed during this 2.6 mile, out-and-back trail. This shorter hike, just 2.5 miles outside of Sedona, has minimal elevation gain, making it a great fit for a family trek with younger kids. If you’d like to make it a little more challenging, hike up to the arch halfway along the trail.
Where to stay: Nestled along a creek in the heart of Sedona, L’Auberge rooms are actually their own separate cottages for the ultimate private retreat.
Taggart and Bradley Lake Loop — Moose, Wyoming
Take in sweeping views of the Tetons with this 6-mile loop trail through Grand Teton National Park, right outside of Jackson Hole and near the park’s south entrance. This is the most strenuous hike on our list with an elevation gain of 585 feet, but amid two alpine lakes and breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks, you won’t notice the burn quite as much.
Where to stay: With a name that means “peaceful home” in Shoshone, Amangani’s luxe lodgings are the perfect place to unwind post hike.