No matter the question, hiking is always the answer…

…especially in North America where the landscapes are beautiful, and the national parks are plenty. No, seriously. You’ve got Denali National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Bryce Canyon in Utah and about a million in California (think Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Park just to name a few). But we’ve barely scratched the surface. On our North America walking tours, marvel at naturally formed rocky monuments, discover scenery too breathtaking not to share on every social media platform and make some of the best travel memories of your life – feet first. 

Our North America walking & trekking tours

8 Days From 1990

Hike the Canadian Rockies, exploring Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Emerald Glacier...

5 Days From 2114

Follow your feet on this 5-day walking tour that shows off the very best of Yosemite...

6 Days From 2795

Hike Denali National Park in Alaska and see North America’s second-tallest peak, Denali...

9 Days From 2882

Explore Las Vegas, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef, Arches National Park, Zion...

5 Days From 1292

Explore the Sierra Nevada Range on a 5-day small group hiking tour which includes...

Tailor-Made trips

Take four or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

5 Days From 2885

Discover the magnificence of the Grand Canyon on a 5-day walking adventure, exploring...

3 Days From 2000

Experience the very best of the Olympic Peninsula with a perfect balance of challenge...

6 Days From 2075

Escape the crowds, see incredible views, sleep under the stars, check out waterfalls...

4 Days From 1760

Spend an incredible 4 days hiking the highest mountains in New Hampshire, the...

3 Days From 1450

Experience Utah’s most famous national park as a standalone canyon country experience...

4 Days From 1490

See the best of Yellowstone on an Intrepid small group hiking and camping adventure...

4 Days From 1650

Experience Joshua Tree’s surreal landscapes, cool oases, and famous Joshua Trees on a 4...

5 Days From 2070

See the best of this iconic national park on five spectacularly diverse, hand-picked...

5 Days From 1900

Avoid the crowds and see the best of Southern Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry...

6 Days From 2190

Experience Utah’s most famous national park destinations and see the best of Zion,...

3 Days From 995

Discover great trails, incredible views, spectacular summits and more on a small group...

4 Days From 1615

Take a hiking trip through Utah’s Coyote Gulch in the United States and trek past...

5 Days From 3555

Enjoy the luxuries of a lodge and rustic dining each evening in different locations...

Highlights

A group of travellers standing in front of a lake in the Canadian Rockies

Explore the Canadian Rockies

If you’re thinking about escaping the stresses of everyday life, head to Canada and get lost in the natural wonders of the Canadian Rockies. Alongside your certified hiking guide, set out on a number of spectacular trails from the Valley of the Five Lakes to Bow Glacier Falls and treat your eyes (and camera roll) to the very best Mother Nature has to offer on our 8-day Canadian Rockies adventure. 

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A group of travellers sitting on a bunch of rocks along the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina

Tackle the Appalachian Trail

Few trails in North America are as iconic as the Appalachian Trail and on our 3-day tour in North Carolina, you’ll get to experience the spectacular summits for yourself. Dine on a camp-cooked dinner at the summit of Shining Rock. Take in the breathtaking scenery at a roadside stop at the cascading Looking Glass Falls. Hike up Cold Mountain and treat yourself to stunning views you’ll remember forever. 

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A couple of travellers walking under giant sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park in California

Discover the beauty of Yosemite

Chances are you’ve seen a picture or two of Yosemite National Park, but nothing compares to seeing its beauty in real life on our 6 day hiking tour. From the iconic Half Dome rock formation and the giant sequoia trees to the majestic Cathedral Lakes, this park is full of naturally surreal surprises. The best part? You get to explore it all on foot by day and rest in a cosy mountain lodge once night falls.   

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A herd of bison migrating across the landscape of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Adventure through Yellowstone

When you think of Yellowstone, your mind might automatically start picturing the neo-Western drama series of the same name, but you should really be thinking of the epic national park in Wyoming. Spot wildlife you’ve only ever seen in books, admire cascading waterfalls on lesser-known trails and let the gentle sound of the Yellowstone River send you to sleep on our 4-day camping adventure.  

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North America walking & trekking tour reviews

North America walking & trekking FAQs

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy

We have two main styles of walking & trekking trips:

  • Centre-based – on a centre-based trip, you'll be based in the centre of the action, meaning you can enjoy the comfort of the same room every day (as well as only unpacking once) and the best restaurants and attractions in the area. Think Chamonix in the French Alps, Dobbiaco in the Dolomites or a rustic hotel in Yosemite Valley. We'll pick the best walks and hikes available either directly from your accommodation or just a short bus or train ride away. To put it bluntly – you'll be fairly comfortable while experiencing the best trails going 'round.

  • Point-to-point – on a point-to-point trip, you'll start in A and finish in B. We'll walk from one place to the other pretty much every day. However, we do throw in a rest day every now and then depending on the region and the miles we need to cover. Point-to-point treks include the Inca Trail, Mount Everest Base Camp, Hadrian’s Wall and the Mont Blanc Circuit. In most cases, we'll transfer your main luggage across to the next destination, so all you need to carry is the essentials (water, sun protection, waterproofs, extra layers, snacks, etc.).

We include accommodation as per the itinerary, as well as transportation to and from trailheads and to all other included activities (note: we often use public transport to mingle with the locals and get a feel for local life). We also include all hiking permits, whether it's in the Himalayas or US National Parks. On top of that, we provide highly qualified, experienced and passionate local leaders to guide you throughout the trip.

Our trips span the gamut of active adventures from relatively easy, leisurely walks to multi-day treks in high mountains. But no matter what degree of difficulty or distance you choose, we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Try to commit to some type of physical training program for a couple of before you depart.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Long walks: go on regular 3-6 hour walks wearing the boots you’re taking and carrying a small backpack to get comfortable with carrying your gear for long stretches
  • Aerobic exercise: running, distance cycling and other aerobic classes at gyms (like pump, spin, zumba and circuit classes) are good for boosting your fitness and stamina
  • Strength training: doing body weight training like pushups, squats, dips, lunges, etc. helps to build up your strength, which is needed for steady mountain climbs (bootcamp sessions are perfect for this type of training)

It depends on where you're going, what the weather will be like and how difficult the walk that you plan to do is. Generally, it's a good idea to ensure you have the following essentials:

  • Comfortable walking shoes (make sure they're broken in if you buy a new pair!)
  • Backpack/day bag
  • Leggings, shorts or hiking pants
  • T-shirts
  • A loose, long-sleeved shirt
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Retractable walking poles
  • Reusable water bottle

Read more about what to pack for a walking tour

We're committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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