7 Hikes to Take Instead of Going Shopping on Black Friday

Don't want to shop? Get outside instead.

7 Hikes to Take Instead of Black Friday Shopping
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As crowds of Americans rush to begin their holiday shopping seasons with the sales of Black Friday, many others will be hiding in their homes, trying to avoid the department store madness.

For those looking to get outdoors, here are a few ideas for great hikes around the country.

Bear Mountain State Park, New York

Less than an hour-long drive from Manhattan, Bear Mountain offers spectacular views of the Hudson River. Check out more of our favorite hiking trips and tricks here.

Appalachian Trail, Maine to Georgia

Residents or visitors to states along the eastern U.S. can take advantage of this winding trail that stretches more than 2,000 miles.

Yosemite National Park, California

What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks service than by visiting one of the nation's most popular parks? Visitors can stand in awe of the great sequoias that cover the forest, while walking off some of those Thanksgiving calories.

7 Hikes to Take Instead of Black Friday Shopping
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Mount Pisgah Trail, North Carolina

Intrepid hikers can summit this 5,721-foot summit which is part of both the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Moraine Hills State Park, Illinois

Carved by glaciers, this state park outside of Chicago offers city-dwellers the chance to escape to a rare natural haven. Hikers should be sure to stop at some of the designated viewing platforms to get the best views of Lake Defiance.

Zion National Park, Utah

Known for its steep red cliffs, this majestic natural wonder will have you forgetting all of the woes of the material world.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, California

Even the celebrities of Los Angeles sometimes have to get away from the city, and this 500-foot peak is the way to go. With 360-degree views from the top, it's also not a bad place to snap a shot of your post-Thanksgiving glow.

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