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09/15/2010 08:06 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

16 Best Hiking Destinations (PHOTOS)

There is something very special and spiritual about walking: fresh air, unlimited discovery, and ever finer views taking you as far as the eye can see. At a slower pace, there is the opportunity to enjoy nature's wonders, the hidden treats the world has to offer, which become sharper and focused far away from the blur of speed tours. We asked National Geographic for their favorite places to go for a hike.

Adapted from National Geographic's book "The 10 Best of Everything". Text and captions courtesy of National Geographic.

16 Great Hiking Destinations