America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States



On this episode of Big Blend Radio, hiking enthusiast, landscape photographer, and author Derek Dellinger discusses his new book, “America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States.”   

The United States is filled with thousands of beautiful hikes, but knowing where to start can be overwhelming. In “America’s Best Day Hikes,” author Derek Dellinger creates a bucket list of the 50 best day hikes in major regions throughout America.

When you’re only spending a couple of days in a location, trying to figure out which of the hundreds of local hikes is the best can cause information overload. Here, Derek aims to give you a concise list of hikes that are achievable to anyone in decent shape and willing to do a small amount of planning. After exhaustive research and consulting with countless opinions, Derek compiled a list of the very best day hikes based on their beauty, accessibility, and representation of the area’s local wonders, and he provides you with all the information needed to maximize your experience.

Derek also gives important advice on how to prepare for your hike. He includes What to Bring on Your Hike, Bear Safety, and even a section on Trail Etiquette.

Derek doesn’t limit himself to one hike per each state—rather, he focuses on the most spectacular sights in each region and the best hikes to experience them. The chapters are divided into the Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Mountains, Southeast, and Northeast. By dividing the sections into regions, Derek said he was able to, “pinpoint more exceptional hikes in areas with particularly memorable terrain,” which allowed him to explore America as one vast and incredible landscape.

From Devil’s Hall in Texas to Ricketts Glen Falls Loop in Pennsylvania, Mount Elinor in Washington to Elk Mountain in Oklahoma, Derek provides you with a beautifully photographed, informative guide to the best hikes in America, and provides you with all the information to make your trip accessible, fun, and memorable.

Derek Dellinger is the author/coauthor of several Countryman hiking titles, including “50 Hikes in the Catskills” and “50 Hikes in the Upper Hudson Valley.” He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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