Are you an adventure traveler and enjoy walking? These are some of the best walks in the world and will not only feed your need to explore, but they will also expose you to history, culture, and nature. Strap on your hiking or walking shoes; from the best long distance hiking trails to unique local treks, here are 25 Amazingly Unique Walks Around The World!
The Berlin Wall, Germany
This memorial is an excellent opportunity to see the section of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. You could also walk around the death strip, a grassy no-man’s-land that separated the inner wall on the east side from the larger outer wall on the west. It’s a fascinating trip through modern European history, with all the memorials for those who died trying to climb over the wall, reminding tourists of a darker period of history, and how politics not only divide a nations, but families.
Rob Roy Walk, Scotland
This walk follows the steps of legendary Rob Roy MacGregor, who was a historical Scottish hero and outlaw. You can feel the history and beauty in the land as you walk through glens, along rivers, past mountains and lochs. This is undoubtedly one of the most majestic parts of the UK countryside.
The Loire Valley, France
In 2000, UNESCO gave official recognition to the Loire Valley for its architectural heritage and its breathtaking, untouched natural environment. The Loire River is considered Europe’s last untamed river and is also the longest river in France.
Aphrodite and Adonis Walk, Cyprus
The gorgeous Akamas Peninsula, located on the northwest region of Cyprus, has a mystical beauty to itself. The peninsula owes its exceptional character not only to its attractive natural landscapes, but also to the vast wealth of Hellenic history and mythology dating back from over three thousand years.
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
This ancient pilgrimage route, dating from the tenth century, is a very popular path and tourist attraction today. Traditionally crossing through some of the most charming bucolic parts of France and Spain, the end goal is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, located in northwest Spain.
Margaret Island, Hungary
Margaret Island offers a restful and pleasant hideaway from hectic downtown Budapest with vast areas of greenery, flowery gardens, and lots of entertainment. The island offers a range of stunning attractions including medieval ruins, a small zoo, a musical fountain, a water tower, swimming pools, a water park, an open-air theater and cinema, and great clubs.
Pays Dogon, Mali
“The land of the Dogon people,” as it is also known, has the reputation of being one of Africa’s finest regions. According to the local tour guides, a proper trek there can last anywhere from two to ten days, and it takes in the soaring cliffs of the Bandiagara escarpment inlaid with old abandoned cliff dwellings. Dogon villages dot the cliffs and are the astonishing highlight of the journey.
Bryce Canyon, USA
The locals claim that there’s no place in the world like Bryce Canyon, and once you see the breathtaking views there, you’ll definitely agree with them. They also say that words or even photographs fail to describe the uniqueness of Bryce Canyon and only by visiting it can you sense its rare magnitude. So, what are you waiting for?
Meteora was originally settled by Greek Orthodox monks who lived in caves during the eleventh century. It is considered a remarkable achievement of human creativity, and by taking a walk there, you’ll find yourself admiring the striking dichotomy of imposing and intimidating cliffs and the triumphant construction of human architecture.
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai is an extremely significant and sacred place and according to Judeo-Christian tradition, it is the place where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. If you’re not a religious person, Mount Sinai offers an amazingly distinctive walk where you will see one of the bluest skies ever in your life. The sand-colored mountains also make an incredible background for some fantastic photos.
Hadrian’s Wall, England
Hadrian’s Wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain, begun in AD 122 during the rule of Emperor Hadrian. Today, it’s the most popular tourist attraction in northern England. Unlike many other historic locations and attractions, Hadrian’s Wall has something to offer to almost everyone: elite archaeology, striking landscapes, one-of-a-kind wildlife, lively cities, and a population of warm friendly people who will help you enjoy your stay.
Bagan Walk, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar, located in the amazing Bagan Plain, has become a popular tourist spot in recent years due to its location. With over three thousand religious buildings scattered throughout this region, this area is believed to be one of the most sacred destinations in the world.
While the dangerously high temperatures can make the walk an unpleasant, dusty experience, just getting the chance to witness the ornate stupas, pagodas, and temples up close will make it worth it in the end.
Copper Canyon, Mexico
Copper Canyon comprises six different canyons in Chihuahua state, Mexico, and is named after the copper/green plants that cling to their walls. Hiking through the yawning chasms and ravines slathered in trees is a pretty cool experience. And if you pick up a few blisters along the way, hop on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, which runs right through.
Table Mountain, South Africa
The iconic Table Mountain is considered one of the newer Seven Wonders of Nature. Even though it’s quite a challenging climb, for those who are fit enough to attempt such a “mission,” it will be worth it with. Your reward will be the incredible views of the blue sea and Cape Town.
Fitz Roy Massif, Patagonia (Argentina)
If you decide to visit Patagonia’s icy cold Fitz Roy Massif, you will definitely have to bring your warmest clothes. In these awfully beautiful but frozen lakes and snow-covered mountains, you can get pneumonia, or suffer from hypothermia before you know it. However, if you can stand the cold, this is an ideal place for very experienced climbers who are adrenaline junkies.
The Great Wall of China
One of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the Great Wall of China was constructed to protect the Chinese empire. Nowadays, it is considered one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world and millions of visitors walk along its impressive path every year.
Milford Track, New Zealand
The Milford Track is known for its incredibly deep valleys, glacial lakes, and sheer canyons. This walk enriched with gorgeous sites to see travels from Glade Wharf to Milford Sound in Fiordland, National Park. Don’t let the awesome beauty of this place mislead you though; to walk through this natural treasure, you will need to be in great shape. According to local tour guides, a proper tour usually takes 4–5 days, depending on your fitness level.
Petra is beautifully situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It is half-built/half-carved into the rock and is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blended with Hellenistic architecture.
The Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon is one of the most powerfully inspiring landscapes in the world. Anyone who has visited and seen the Grand Canyon will agree that it had a strong emotional effect on their senses through its immense size. Additionally, the combination of colors and eroded formations that adorn this canyon will leave you in awe of the art that nature can create on its own.
The Golden Temple of Amritsar, India
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is an important religious location for Sikhs and a symbol of brotherhood and equality. Everybody is welcomed there, regardless of race or nationality, as long as they are seeking spiritual solace without distraction or respectfully wanting to admire the marvelous Sikh architecture.
Great Ocean Walk, Australia
The Great Ocean Walk stretches 64.6 miles (104 km) from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead along Victoria’s coast in southern Australia. This walk has so many beautiful places to see that best way to explore it is to naturally walk the whole thing. However, if you don’t have the time or you aren’t in the mood to walk nearly that far, just make sure you view the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, which is the absolute highlight of the area.
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru
Peru’s leading tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, is a ramshackle collection of ancient Inca buildings “wrapped” in a mountain ridge north of Cusco. The most adventurous and fit tourists will hike the Inca Trail up to the site, which usually tends to take a few days. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, there’s a strict limit to the number of visitors each day, and you can only take the trek with an agency or tour operator.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The adorable Italian villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso are linked by a gentle coastal path that everyone who goes there has to walk along and take loads of photos. Also known as the “Five Lands,” the tight-knit villages tumble down beautifully toward the blue sea, which offers serenity and relaxation to all.
The Carpathian Mountains, Romania
While Romania’s diverse natural landscapes offer numerous choices for exciting outdoor experiences, the Carpathian Mountains are the best proof of this. Hardcore adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts who can’t resist the call of the wild will enjoy the experience of the dark, mysterious, gorgeous lands of Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula.
Plaka is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods around the world that combines incredible history, architecture, and culture. Also known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods,” Plaka lies right under the cradle of Western civilization, Acropolis. It was developed mostly around the ruins of the Athenian Agora in an area that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity.
Some of the historical figures who have walked the narrow pavements of this gorgeous area include Alexander the Great, the Apostle Paul, Pericles, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle among others.