By James Gorman

GPS: 43°04'N 72°55'W

Civilization is never far from the Long Trail—at 78 years old, the granddaddy of all long-distance routes. You can opt to avoid society altogether by hiking the crest of the Green Mountains, but you'd only be creating the illusion of true wilderness. Instead, embrace the idea of civilized wilds on a five-day, guided, inn-to-inn hike on the LT from Stratton Mountain to Killington Mountain with Extreme Adventures of Vermont. By day you'll hike between ten and 15 miles (24 kilometers), carrying a light pack around moosey bogs and up rocky Mount Tabor and other New England summits. By night you're shuttled to picturesque B&Bs, like 200-year-old Rowell's Inn in Andover. You're in luck if you arrive on a Friday or Saturday evening, when innkeeper Michael Brengolini serves platters of grilled meats slathered in his "Mad Mike's" barbecue sauce.

Vitals: Extreme Adventures of Vermont; $975 for a five-day guided hike; For maps, visit

Originally published in the April 2008 edition of National Geographic Adventure

« Previous: John Muir Trail, CaliforniaNext: Superstition Wilderness, Arizona »


30 Best North American Trails

Map Your Adventure

America's Best Adventures

  • Photo: Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone

    Choose Your Adventure!

    Whatever your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect trip for you.

  • Photo: Diver in cave

    Photo Gallery

    Slip into the action through these breathtaking images as you plan your next adventure.

  • 977.jpg

    State-by-State List

    We've broken out the list of America's 100 Best Adventures down for you, state by state.

See All 100 Trips »