A view of Half Dome at sunrise on May 20, 2015 in Yosemite National Park, California.
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By Travel + Leisure
April 25, 2017

As famed writer Wallace Stegner once said, America’s national parks are “the best idea we ever had.” And with warmer weather approaching, now’s the time to start planning a hike around the national or state park nearest you. To help you plan the perfect adventure, Yelp compiled a list of the best hikes in the U.S. by scouring all comments and ratings on its site.

To come to these findings, Yelp ranked the locations in its parks category that had “a large concentration of reviews mentioning the words ‘hiking,’ ‘hike,’ and ‘trail,’ then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those keywords.”

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Only two parks were included per state to ensure geographic diversity. Check out the entire list below, and to make a (cheap) trip out of it, see places you can stay for free near U.S. national parks here.

This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com


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