The 7 Best Hikes in America for Rolling Hills

So many to choose from!

Leaving civilization behind to trundle through thick pine forests and rocky ascents is a favorite pastime for many. And what's not to love? There's nothing quite like breathing in the fresh mountain air and feeling the blood course through your veins as you tromp through the undergrowth. There are thousands of fantastic trails at your disposal in America, and no matter where you live, there's sure to be a few just begging for you to try. While these aren't quite daredevil hikes, they are a bit more challenging than your typical 1-mile gravel path, so be prepared for a bit of a workout.

West Coast Hikes

Mt. Tallac Hike, California – This steep climb on the southwest side of Lake Tahoe affords panoramic views virtually every step of the way. If you persist to the summit (over 9,000 feet up), you'll be richly rewarded with an unblemished view of the dazzling lake and surrounding mountains. To the east, you'll see Fallen Leaf Lake and the rocky Freel Peak. Pivot to the west, and you'll drink in the incredible summits of Pyramid Peak and the snow-dusted Crystal Range mountains. If you look carefully on a clear day, you may even be able to make out the whimsical turret of Castle Peak. If you attempt to reach the summit, be sure to pack plenty of snacks, water, and a selfie stick (because you'll want to document your triumphant ascent).

Maroon Bells Trail, Colorado – This hardy trail traverses one of the most iconic sites (and sights) in America: twin giant 14,000-foot mountains named Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. You'll trek through 3.2 miles of fresh-smelling alpine forest and rugged slopes, but keep your head up because you may catch a glimpse of the indigenous residents, like red fox and bighorn sheep. Maroon Bells is an exceptionally popular spot, so plan on getting there early (parking for the park opens at 8 am and fills up quickly), or go on a rainy day when it's less crowded. The park is open from June through October but it's at its most resplendent in autumn, when the changing leaves look like an ocean of rustling gems.

East Coast Hikes

Cadillac Mountain South Ridge, Maine – You'll be rewarded with ocean exposure, a perfect picnic area adjacent to a pond (named The Featherbed for unknown reasons), and incredible views of steep drop-offs with this hike. Admire wildflowers speckling the coniferous forest floor as you ascend Cadillac Mountain's 1,500-foot peak (which is is the tallest point on the North Atlantic seaboard). Once you reach the top, you'll be able to see for miles, taking in the glorious tree-topped vistas and far off islands that dot the frigid waters of the Atlantic. This hike is around 3.5 miles, but the hilly terrain should keep you occupied for at least a few hours.

Mt. Tammany in the Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey – New Jersey has more to offer than pebbly beaches and saltwater taffy. In fact, it's home to one of the most stunning views on the east coast. Despite its moniker, the Delaware Water Gap is not located in Delaware. It's named for the Delaware River, which cuts through the scenic valley. Atop Mt. Tammany you'll be able to observe its swift currents from hundreds of feet up, along with a breathtaking view of Mt. Minsai. This trek is not for the faint of heart (or those who consider a "hike" to be a gravel path that leads to a barbeque grill), as the Red Dot trail is quite rocky and steep. You can always take the Blue Dot trail, or combine the two, but Red Dot affords the best views. No pain, no gain.

Southern Hikes

Gorge Overlook Trail, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee – For gorgeous waterfalls and spectacular gorges, Fall Creek Falls State Park has you covered. Multiple spur trails (small offshoots) stem from the main Gorge Overlook Trail, the first of which leads to an overlook with an awe-inspiring view of the thundering Cane Creek Falls—85 feet of sheer aquatic force. The trail itself is a combination of short steep climbs and more moderate terrain, and you'll get to cross a swaying footbridge that spans a rushing river. Wear multiple layers: as you descend past the ancient layer cake of Fall Creek Gorge the temperature drops precipitously.

River Place Trail, Texas – It's true what they say: everything is bigger in Texas. This goes for the trucks, hats, and wide-open spaces too. This particular trail has three distinct treks—when combined they add up to 5.5 miles. Panther Hollow Trail has the most ascents and descents; you'll find yourself huffing up several sets of log "stairs" wedged into the ground if you start at the bottom. But the view from the top is so worth the workout. If you time your hike right you'll be able to see the sun set over the hills, a feast for your eyes that's almost as good as the bbq brisket at Franklin's (an Austin mainstay).

Northern Hikes

Bay View Trail, Michigan – Lake Michigan has never looked as staggeringly beautiful as it does from the vantage point of the Bay View Trail. It's surrounded by countryside filled with wildflower fields and robust greenery, and you'll be able to catch a whiff of its invigorating breeze whenever the trail leads out into the open meadows. The most popular part of this 8.5 mile trail is the northern half that encompasses the Farms Trail (featuring historic barns), and parts of the Low and High Trails. While this trail gets quite popular with skiers in the winter, it's often sparsely populated during the warmer months, so there's a good possibility you'll have that sweet Lake Michigan breeze all to yourself. This hilly trek is excellent for those looking for a bit of historic architecture along with their outdoor adventure.

No matter where you end up hiking, take a moment to pause, breathe in the fragrant air and admire your surroundings. Part of the fun of being out in nature is the opportunity to take a break from your hectic life and just enjoy being alive.

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La Rojeña

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Casa Sauza

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La Cofradia

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Cheesy Red Pesto Chicken Melts

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Winter Risotto

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8 of the Best Donut Spots In the United States

Celebrate National Donut Day with our favorite treats across the country.

November 5th marks one of 2020's two National Donut Days.

Occurring in both June and November, National Donut Day allows fans of those delectable yeasty treats to embrace their sweet tooth. But like any niche food group, people often take their donuts very, very seriously, and there are countless places to get your fix.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best donut spots across the country. From coast to coast, these bakeries are sure to impress even the pickiest donut-heads.

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop – Modesto, CA

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's worth taking a short trek out east towards Modesto for some of California's best donuts. Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop has remained family owned since its opening over 30 years ago, providing both tried-and-true classic donuts as well as experimental flavors and holiday specials. Even their 24-hour service doesn't diminish the line that trails out the door most mornings.

Dough — New York, NY

Dough \u2014 New York, NY

Donuts might not be the first circular, doughy treat you think of when it comes to New York City. If you've had your fair share of bagels, the Big Apple also boasts some spectacular donuts at Dough, a go-to spot for both tourists and locals alike. Here, you'll find a host of Latin American-inspired flavors that are hard to come by anywhere else; their Dulce de Leche flavor is a customer favorite, while the tangy Hibiscus donut is just as good for Instagramming as it is for eating.

Blackbird Doughnuts — Boston, MA

Blackbird Doughnuts \u2014 Boston, MA

Boston's Blackbird Doughnuts is a no-frills donut spot specializing in both brioche "raised" donuts and old-fashioned cake donuts. With a small menu of year-round donuts and a rotating cast of seasonal flavors, Blackbird keeps it simple and classic. Why mess around?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop — Brooklyn, NY

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop \u2014 Brooklyn, NY

For over 60 years, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has been calling the quaint Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint home. Since then, the bakery has remained a popular spot for both regulars and new visitors passing through the area. Here, you won't find uber-trendy decor or gimmicky recipes, just damn good donuts that prove the power of long-standing local businesses.

Pip’s Original — Portland, OR

Pip\u2019s Original \u2014 Portland, OR

In both their mobile catering van and brick-and-mortar locations, Pip's Original is a staple for small, sweet treats in Portland. They're known for their tiny donuts that come in inventive seasonal flavors like marionberry-lavender and mango ghost pepper. But even if you opt for one of the more traditional flavors, Pip's Original proves good things can come in small packages.

Round Rock Donuts — Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Donuts \u2014 Round Rock, TX

Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts—located just north of Austin—are impossible to miss. These donuts' distinct yellow-orange color, caused by fresh eggs in the original recipe, make them stand out among the crowd. While this classic outpost can easily churn out hundreds of dozens of donuts a day, they also offer Texas-Sized Donuts, which are just as ginormous as you'd imagine. Round Rock Donuts are not only delicious and easily recognizable, but they're a slice of Lone Star history.

The Holy Donut — Portland, ME

The Holy Donut \u2014 Portland, ME

In Maine's Portland, you might not find tiny donuts or a decked-out catering van, but you will find a slightly healthier alternative. The Holy Donut was founded on the premise of creating tasty donuts that used all-natural ingredients to make a treat you could feel good about eating. The secret ingredient is fresh, mashed Maine potatoes, which make these donuts delectably moist without sacrificing flavor.

Donut Friend — Los Angeles, CA

Donut Friend \u2014 Los Angeles, CA

As expected of a city so focused on entertainment, Los Angeles' Donut Friend puts an edgy spin on their inventive donut flavors. Their year-round menu features donut flavors with names like Green Teagan and Sara, Fudgegazi, and Bacon-182 that are sure to delight the rock music nerds. For everyone else, the delicious donuts speak for themselves.