There's no way around it: The outdoors are getting more popular. In 2016, a total of 61 national parks or monuments broke records for their most visitors ever, including the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon. And according to the National Park Service, adventurers spent even more time in National Parks in 2017 than they did during that record-breaking year. The bad news? Oregon journalist Zach Urness says while more people are getting out in general, they're not going as far. Places more than six miles from a trailhead are seeing less use than they were in the 1990s. He takes that as a sign of social media culture drawing new people outside, but only as far as they need to go to get that perfect Instagram shot. No matter the cause, those "short-distance hikers" are missing out. As it turns out, the views get even better beyond those photogenic hotspots, if you know where to look. Here are five spots where the scene gets even more scenic the farther out you go.
1. Angel's Landing, Zion National Park
Dizzying GoPro Footage of Angels Landing in Zion National Park
2. Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
3. The Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park
4. Mount Si, Mount Si National Resources Conservation Area
5. Mount Washington Summit, White Mountain National Forest
Written by Ryan Wichelns August 10, 2018
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