The World's Most Epic Day Hikes

These tremendous treks don't require an overnight bag.

Every trail offers a fresh adventure, whether you meander along a river, through a forest, or into a valley. With these 10 treks from around the globe, you'll take in views of gorgeous landscapes, challenge your abilities, and see a new part of the world—all in just a day. So find your route, push your muscles, lungs, and determination to new heights, then sit back and revel in your accomplishments.

This story is based on excerpted text from the National Geographic book Ultimate Journeys for Two. It has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Lead Image: Translating to "troll's tongue," the cliff sticks out over Lake Ringedalsvatnet with nothing below it for some 3,600 feet. Trek seven miles past lakes, fjords, and glacier-topped mountains and pose for an iconic adventure travel photo. PHOTOGRAPH BY LUKASZ JANYST, ALAMY

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