National and state parks in the U.S. offer some of the most rewarding hikes and camping to be found anywhere. Pristine nature is abundant, and for the cost of a couple of permits, a hike that lasts several days can be memorable, rewarding, and breathtaking (in more ways than one). Thru-hiking a multi-state trail such as the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, or Appalachian Trail can cost thousands of dollars, but there's no need to shell out big money when backpacking.
Hiking and camping for more than a day at a time is especially cost-effective for hikers who already own the necessary gear, but never fear if your closet doesn't look like you've summited Everest. Many outdoor stores rent gear for affordable prices, allowing trekkers to go on multi-day hikes without tripping up their finances.
For hikers looking to do a multi-day trip this summer, the time to plan is now. Popular campsites dole out all their reservations early in the season, and securing any necessary camping and wilderness permits (where they apply) is crucial for a safe and legal experience. Permit costs vary by area, but expect to pay no more than $10 to $40 for access to these amazing hikes across the U.S.
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