Historic Trails, Roads, & Pathways Photo Gallery

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Thousands of determined hikers hit the Appalachian Trail each year to attempt the 2,150-mile trek to the end. More than 4,000 people claim to have hiked the trail's entire length.  
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Caravans have traversed the Silk Road for centuries, transporting goods between Asia and the Middle East. The route's caravanserais, or fortified inns, served as camps for merchants and their camels.  
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The country's most famous road has been immortalized in both song and literature: John Steinbeck dubbed the 2,448-mile highway 'The Mother Road' in The Grapes of Wrath, and singer Bobby Troup told the world to 'Get your kicks on Route 66.'  
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The circuit now known as La Ruta Maya, or the Mayan Route, encompasses parts of Guatemala, Belize, and southern Mexico. Here, the ancient Mayans left a striking legacy in architectural wonders such as Chichen Itza.  
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Trekkers on Wainwright's Walk travel 190 miles from west to east to keep the wind at their backs—and water at their feet. When the journey ends at Robin Hood's Bay, it's tradition to dip a boot into the ocean.  
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Among the Southern Hemisphere's most challenging routes, the Overland Track winds through 80 km of wild Tasmania. The state shares an eponym—Dutch explorer Abel Tasman—with one of New Zealand's national parks.  
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The magnificent sight of Machu Picchu is a hiker's reward at the end of the rugged Inca Trail. South American's most popular hike draws thousands of trekkers each year.  
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The Milford Sound in New Zealand's South Island was memoralized in The Lord of the Rings. Reputed to be the finest hike in the world, the three-day trek, covering 33 miles of fiordland, requires reservations.  
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