Inn-to-Inn Hiking Is Becoming More Popular in the U.S.—Here’s Where to Try It – Condé Nast Traveler

Walking is one of the best ways to explore a new place—that slower pace and on-the-ground perspective can make it easy to appreciate new surroundings, taking note of sights, scents, sounds, and textures easily missed at a faster clip.

In Europe, many indulge in this style of travel with multi-day, long-distance walking holidays, as they are known, which involve all-day hiking, moving from one overnight inn to the next. Thanks to luggage transportation provided by tour operators and guiding services, bags are already at the inns when guests arrive each night, ready for a hot shower and comfy bed—all travelers have to carry on the trail are lightweight daypacks with water, snacks, and extra layers.

And now, these inn-to-inn hiking excursions have begun popping up in the U.S. Though there aren’t nearly as many options, the routes that do exist offer a chance to slow down, get outside, and explore the country’s diverse terrain. Below are some of our favorite European-style inn-to-inn hiking routes in the U.S.

Footpaths of the World organizes walking trips through Rocky Mountain National Park.


Northern Colorado

With its lush forests, snow-capped peaks, icy-blue alpine lakes, and abundant herds of elk, Rocky Mountain National Park offers a quintessentially Colorado escape. Explore the 415-square-mile park on foot, then retreat to cozy private cabins or lodge rooms each night with an inn-to-inn hiking trip organized by Footpaths of the World. Though the trek is self-guided, meaning groups hike on their own and at their own pace, owners David and Phebe Novic do all the heavy lifting to make sure the trip is a success. The Novics, who’ve hiked all over Europe and Nepal and also own Estes Park’s Warming House outdoor retail shop, provide luggage transports, sack lunches, maps and GPS waypoints, trekking poles, and breakfast each morning.

The trips range from three to six nights, with each day of hiking covering seven to 11 miles of the Walter Tishma Way, a 42-mile route named for a late Bosnian …….


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