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Top 5 Must-Visit Destinations for Nature Lovers this Summer

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If you love nature, this summer is the perfect time to explore. With flights back to normal and the weather improving, it’s an ideal time to go on a nature-focused holiday. Here are five locations that are on the bucket lists of nature lovers.

The West Highland Way, Scotland 

The West Highland Way is a 96-mile trail that takes you through the heart of the Scottish Highlands. It’s perhaps the most famous trail in the UK. It starts near Glasgow (making it easy to get to by plane or train). The route offers breathtaking views of Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Great Britain, and as you trek north, you’ll pass through glens and over moorlands. Eventually, you reach the base of Ben Nevis, which is the UK’s highest peak. The trail is rich in wildlife, including red deer and golden eagles, but can often feel otherworldly in the midst of rolling hills.

Eastern Dolomites, Italy 

Alta Via 1 is a famed trekking route in the Eastern Dolomites. It has spectacular alpine views throughout the 75 miles, which starts in the charming town of Cortina d’Ampezzo and eventually winds through the imposing Alps. 

You’ll encounter dramatic peaks like Marmolada, the highest mountain in the region, and head through foresty wildflowers. This region has ibex and marmots, among some stunning birds of prey. The trek can be moderately challenging, but equally as beautiful.

Banff National Park, Canada 

Banff National Park, which is embedded in the Canadian Rockies, is Canada’s oldest national park. It’s known for its vast and stunning landscapes, including the waters of Lake Louise and the peaks surrounding Moraine Lake. 

The park offers a variety of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to see elk, grizzly bears and mountain goats. Whether you’re hiking, canoeing, or there to take photographs, Banff provides a perfect escape into Canada’s nature.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile 

Located in Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is a true natural wonder. Its landscapes are some of the most dramatic and wild in the world. You’ll come across towering granite peaks and vast ice fields. Perhaps the most photogenic scenes are the azure lakes. 

The park’s signature hike is the W Circuit. It offers a comprehensive tour of its most impressive sites, including the Paine Massif and the Grey Glacier. Wildlife is abundant, of course, with chances to spot guanacos, Andean condors, and even pumas. But remember, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, then summer (June-August) can be unpredictable weather in Chile this time of year.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand 

Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island is world-famous for its spectacular fjords, much like Norway. It has waterfalls and rainforests, along with the serene Milford Sound and the less-visited Doubtful Sound. Both offer boat tours and hiking opportunities, so you can mix up your mode of transport. 

The Kepler Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. It takes you from beech forests to alpine ridges, with the chance to spot the flightless kiwi and the bottlenose dolphin. 

Conclusion 

These five destinations offer unparalleled natural beauty. Fortunately, nature is incredible whichever continent you’re in – but it can be very different. It’s also important to decide whether you’re going alone – which can be rewarding but difficult to plan – or with a nature-focused booking company. Which trail destination you visit will be down to what kind of nature you want to see, along with logistics. But, one thing is for certain, you needn’t travel to the other side of the world to be blown away!

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