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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Washington D.C. For more information, check out the book. 1. THE NATIONAL MALL This hike explores the beauties of nature to be found in many lesser-known, peaceful urban nooks and landscaped gardens along the National Mall. Location: Washington, D.C. Rating: Easy to Moderate Distance:…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information, check out the book. 1. ELKWALLOW For children, for the childlike at heart, or really for anyone with a hankering for ice cream (soft serve and blackberry!), the gentle hike from Mathews Arm down Elkwallow Trail will be…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia. For more information, check out the book. 1. VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK—MOUNT MISERY AND MOUNT JOY Climb rocky hills and traverse old fields alongside a meandering creek in a rural landscape imbued with American history. Location: King of Prussia, PA (Chester and…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley. For more information, check out the book. 1. POETS’ WALK ROMANTIC LANDSCAPE PARK A fun family river walk among open fields and stone walls with rustic gazebos provides unforgettable views of the Catskills. Location: Red Hook, NY Rating: Easy…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near New York City. For more information, check out the book. 1. CENTRAL PARK CENTRAL PARK NORTH CENTRAL PARK SOUTH Climb a summit boulder, take in the view over a reservoir, and walk through history and greenery in this crossing of one of the world’s…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Connecticut. For more information, check out the book. 1. BEAR MOUNTAIN A loop through ancient forests leads to a grand stone pyramid atop the state’s highest summit, offering unrestricted views of broad valleys, shimmering lakes, and rugged mountains across three states. Location: Salisbury, CT…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires. Fore more information, check out the book. 1. BASH BISH FALLS A tale of two trails: Choose either an easy stroll to Massachusetts’ most spectacular waterfall, and a short, steep climb for a fine view of Bash Bish Gorge, New York’s Harlem…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Boston. For more information, check out the book. 1. ARNOLD ARBORETUM Paved roads and footpaths pass botanical collections  and lead to scenic hilltops with long views to Boston  and the Blue Hills. Location: Boston, MA (Jamaica Plain) Rating: Easy to Moderate Distance: 4.1 miles…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains. For more information, check out the book. 1. DIANA’S BATHS Diana’s Baths is a popular family destination suitable for the youngest hikers. A short, level, universally-accessible walk along the Moat Mountain Trail brings you to a former mill site where you…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont. For more information, check out the book. 1. OWL’S HEAD Pass through lovely fern meadows on your way to the open granite summit and unique stone octagon shelter of Owl’s Head. Location: Peacham, VT Rating: Easy to Moderate Distance: 3.8 miles round-trip Elevation…

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