1. California Coastal Trail, CA

This one is especially close to my heart… and my home! This is my favorite not only because it’s so beautiful, but because I have direct access to it. The 1200 miles of the Pacific Coastline stretch from Santa Barbara to Oregon with views of Big Sur and Tijuana.

California Coastal Trail

California Coastal Trail

2. Umpqua Dunes of Winchester Bay, Oregon

Where are the camels? oh wait, it’s in oregon…

You’ll feel like you’re in an exotic land on these amazing sand dunes!

The Umpqua Dunes in Oregon

Umpqua Dunes in Oregon

3. Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington

During low tide, you can see starfish, anemones and slugs

Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington

Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington

4. Dungeness Trail, Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia

Explore the moss covered ruins of the Carnegie Mansion… beautiful and creepy at the same time! One of the coolest things about Cumberland Island is that wild horses roam free on the beach…

Ruins of Cumberland Island, Georgia

Ruins of Cumberland Island, Georgia

Wild horses on Cumberland Island, Georgia

Wild horses on Cumberland Island, Georgia

5. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI

The North Country Trail stretches from Crown Point in New York’s Adirondacks to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. Here it is in Michigan along Lake Superior…

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

6. Sunken Forest, Fire Island, NY

I haven’t been to Fire Island since I was a kid, but I remember riding my bike from one end to another and enjoying this rare holly forest…

Sunken Forest Fire Island NY

Sunken Forest Fire Island NY

7. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

You might spot a bald eagle here, flying through the snow-capped mountains along Knik Arm, home to some of the world’s fastest tides…

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Alaska

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage, Alaska

8. Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI

Walk along the beach and enjoy views of the Block Island Sound

Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI

Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI

9. Precipice Trail, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME

This trail is not for the faint of heart! It’s a dangerous, vertical climb up Champlain Mountain using boulders as stairs. From the top you can see views of the Cranberry Islands and the Maine coast.

The Precipice Trail on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME

The Precipice Trail on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME