Making a summer of it? It’s off to the North Country National Scenic Trail for a 4,500-mile trek from New York to North Dakota. For more information, hop on the North Country Trail Association site at www.northcountrytrail.org. If you’re more of a West Coast type, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail awaits. The route stretches from Mexico to Canada and passes through six eco-zones along the way. Find out more from the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org.

Have a year to spare? Talone suggests you map out a route that joins roads to trails and walk across the entire United States: “There isn’t a better experience,” he says.

Don’t have time for a long haul? Try tackling the aforementioned routes one section at a time, or visit www.americantrails.org to find a trail near you.


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