Hiking is typically an adventure activity that can be experienced in natural wilderness which is far away from manmade developments. However, the ten of the world’s best city hikes provide the opportunity to locals and tourists to experience nature right inside the popular cities of the World.
1. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
It is a short 8-kilometre long stretch but takes hours to be traversed because of several sightseeing points. Arthur’s Seat looks like counterpoint to Edinburgh Castle. From that height, hikers can enjoy great sight of the city and Salisbury Crags. The walk starts at Holyrood on Queen’s Dr, which is behind Scottish Parliament Building.
2. Berlin Wall Trail, Berlin
Berlin Wall that separated East Germany and East Berlin from West Berlin was demolished in 1989 and became Berlin Wall Trail gradually henceforth. The 160-kilometre long stretch is easily accessible via local transport.
3. Coast-to-Coast Walk, Auckland
From Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean, the stretch between Viaduct Harbour and Manukau Harbour is only 16 kilometres long. Along its journey, the Walk offers hikers the opportunity to witness 5 ancient volcanoes, parklands and suburban streets in the city.
4. Great Coastal Walk in Sydney
The entire coastline between Cronulla and Barrenjoey elapsing Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge and Manly is one of the world’s best city hikes. The total stretch is 94 kilometres.
5. Hoerikwaggo Trail, Cape Town
South Africa offers one of the world’s best city hikes and it stretches 75 kilometres between Cape Town city centre and Cape Point while passes through Table Mountain. There are 4 camps with kitchens and bathrooms along the hiking trail.
6. Hong Kong Trail, Hong Kong
The beautiful east coast surf beach Tai Long Wan and Victoria Peak, which are respectively the lowest and the highest points of the island, are the end points of Hong Kong Trail. It is divided into 8 sections, which can together offer 4-day hiking journey.
7. Seawall, Vancouver
Stanley Park and Kitsilano Beach are the two ends of Seawall, which is 22 kilometres long. Spanning Granville Island, Science World and False Creek along its course, Seawall is one of the world’s best city hikes.
8. South Mountain Park, Phoenix
The largest municipal park in the United States has more than 80 kilometres of trails that go 300 metres high up to Dobbins Lookout. The trails in South Mountain Park are open to mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers.
9. Thames Path, London
The section of the Thames Path between Greenwich and Kingston-upon-Thames offers highlights of London. The stretch traverses along Shakespeare’s Globe, London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster, Battersea and Kew Gardens. The total length of Thames Path is 294 kilometres.
10. Tujuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro
The Atlantic rainforest on and around mount Tujuca is combination of rugged peaks, tall trees and waterfalls. The Brazilian city has sprung all around Tujuca Forest, which offers one of the world’s best city hikes.