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Check Into 8 Of The World's Greatest Hiking Hotels

11/11/2015 04:44 EST | Updated 11/11/2016 05:12 EST
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Red and yellow leaves blanket the ground and the air is crisp with the bite of fall, which means it's the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail! To give you wilderness explorers and adventure-seekers a rare glimpse at the world's most beautiful national parks and trails, trivago.ca has found the most spectacular hotels to set up camp. Whether you plan to scale steep peaks, hike a glacier, or just enjoy scenic river trails, we've found you some truly epic treks that are as breathtaking as they are challenging.

The Ahwahnee - Yosemite National Park, USA

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Famed for its groves of ancient giant sequoias, high alpine glacier meadows, granite cliffs and the famous falls, visiting Yosemite National Park offers a treasure trove of possibilities for the intrepid hiker. Blending perfectly into its natural surroundings, the rustic Ahwahnee hotel has played hosts to presidents, royalty, and adventurers since opening it's doors in 1927. Sink into the tranquility of the Sierra Nevada range, or climb up to El Capitan for the best view of the Yosemite Valley.

Taj Tashi - Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan

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Nestled into the very heights of the Himalaya's, the Taj Tashi is an isolated five-star getaway in a land--and mountain range -- straight out of legend and Buddhist mysticism. After you taste test the fiery local cuisine at nearby vibrant markets, head to the most challenging trek in Bhutan, the Snowman Trek, with incredible views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas - Iguazú National Park, Brazil

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Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel located within Brazil's Iguazu National Park, just a short stroll from the sensational Iguazu Falls (and the Brazil-Argentinian border). With more than 275 waterfalls to visit by day, and stunning panoramic views of the Falls from the hotel's gourmet dining areas at night, there's no better place to experience the full breadth of this subtropical jungle landscape.

The BrookLodge & Wells Spa - Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland

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The BrookLodge & Wells Spa is a luxurious country house hotel on the edge of Ireland's Wicklow Mountains National Park and just south of Dublin. With over 20,000 hectares of upland mountain scenery to explore, no hiking trip to the park would complete without a visit to Glendalough, a sixth-century monastic settlement founded by the hermit priest St. Kevin.

Fiordland Lodge - Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

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A refuge of beautiful isolation, Fiordland National Park is the largest of New Zealand's 14 national parks and part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site. With an unimpeded view of Lake Te Anau and its surrounding mountains, the Fiordland Lodge also boasts log cabins perfect for hikers looking to seperate from the modern world. Awash with jagged misty peaks, glistening fjords, and glacier-sculpted valleys, the park is also home to three of the country's "Great Walks," including the five-day, 53-kilometre Milford Track trek.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge - Machu Picchu, Peru

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(c) Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Considered by many to be one of the greatest short treks of the world, the four-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu rewards hikers with a stunning combination of the region's ruins, mountainscapes and cloud forests.The only hotel located adjacent to that ancient Incan settlement, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge offers exceptional access to the Lost city and is the perfect place to rest after trekking up to exploring the ruins in the Sacred Valley.

Berghotel Bastei - Saxon Switzerland, Germany

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Just 30 kilometres from Dresden along the German-Czech border and in the heart of the most picturesque mountains in Germany, the Berghotel Bastei is just a stone's throw from the the famous Bastei Bridge. Erected in 1851 and towering above the River Elbe, the bridge offers mesmerizing views of the ancient rocky landscape. With every room offering magnificent views of the surrounding forests of Saxon Switzerland National Park, it might be hard to leave your cozy room to explore the wilderness outside.

Fairmont Château Lake Louise - Banff National Park, Canada

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(c) Fairmont Château Lake Louise

No list of incredible hiking hotels could ever be complete without highlighting Canada's oldest national park, and a shining tribute to the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park. On the edge of Lake Louise's emerald waters, surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and within walking distance to the magnificent Victoria Glacier, staying in Château Lake Louise is the perfect base for exploring every inch of this this incredible national park.

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