Hiking is a fun, relaxing way to experience the great outdoors with friends and family. When you go on a hike, you get to explore places in nature that the roads cannot reach. Leave your worries about time, work and other stressors far behind and reawaken your sense of wonder.

There is nothing like reconnecting with friends or loved ones on a journey through nature.If you and your significant other love a getaway that is full of outdoor adventure, there is no better place to schedule your trip than in a beautiful mountain village. 

1.Olympic National Park

Perhaps one of the most underrated national parks in the US, Olympic National Park is a wonderland in northern Washington state. Picnic at the visitor center at Hurricane Ridge for the most epic mountain views.

Then, take the hike up Klahhane Trail for incredible scenes of sweeping wildflower fields, glorious snow-covered peaks, frequent wildlife spottings, and even a clear view of neighboring Canada. It’s perfect! 

Olympic also boasts the only rainforest in the contiguous United States. The HOH Rainforest is full of beautiful hikes, including the famous stroll through the Hall of Mosses. For the most adventurous of couples, consider summiting the glacier-clad Mount Olympus. 

2.Bansko, Bulgaria

Another off-the-beaten-path jewel, Bulgaria might not be your first choice for a honeymoon destination, but don’t count it out! Not only are the historical cities of Plovdiv and Sofia really beautiful, especially at night with all their romantic fountains, but the countryside is loaded with natural beauty. Bulgaria is full of dancing sunflower fields, beautiful Black Sea beach towns, and glorious mountains. 

The mountain resort town of Bansko is so charming that it is almost indescribable. The central strolling lane is lined with timber houses, and stone bridges, delicately crossing its Glazne River.

It’s a beautiful blend of historic cobblestone streets and Mehanas (traditional tavern restaurants) and modern ski lodges, all nestled in the valley of the Pirin Mountains. Towering rocky crags, crystal clear mountain lakes, and lush greenery make it a landscape you don’t find many places.

When we have decided where to travel, we can prepare in advance.Packing for a short hike does not require too much. After all, you will be carrying everything with you during your hike, so the lighter you pack, the better. However, you will need a few essential items if you plan on hiking all day. Here is a hiking gear list to use as your packing guide:

1.Navigation Tools

Make sure to bring a map, compass or GPS for your hiking trip. You’ll want to know where you are and where you’re going at all times, but you will also want to know where all the campsites, emergency exits, water sources and rest areas are located.

Remember to bring a map or compass — even if you have a GPS as a backup. When you know what to expect, you can plan other details better and enjoy the hike without worrying about getting lost.

2.Adequate Water

Water is perhaps the most important item on your hiking gear list. Without enough water, your body cannot perform at its best. Make sure to hydrate before the hiking trip and sip water throughout the day. Whether it is cold or hot outside, an adequate water supply should always be a priority.

3.Adequate Food

You want the hiking experience to be as fun as possible, and everyone is happier when their bellies are full. Bring along extra snacks so you and your mate can enjoy long moments near a mountain stream.

4.Clothing and Rain Protection

 Sometimes, no matter how much you plan, the weather proves the forecast wrong. You cannot always predict a sudden storm or rain shower, but you can prepare for surprises. To solve this problem, pack a lightweight poncho or dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes easily.