Hiking boots? I don’t know about you, but I’ve always dreaded that section of the shoe store. It takes up space that could be occupied by some much cuter footwear options! But rest assured, while this style can be clunky and unattractive, it does exist for a reason. Here are six places in the U.S. with such awesome hiking options that you might want to re-consider the hiking boot life, or at least pick up some sassy and colorful new sneakers.
Pack your selfie stick, be prepared with your smartphone’s best filter to hide the fog in your Instagram snaps, and hop on the ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island. Depending on which hiking trail you choose, the breathtaking views at the three mile peak of Mt. Livermore will make you happy you decided to invest in those hiking shoes. If you’re looking for a less strenuous, but still active day, walk around the island’s beaches, take a bike ride, or head up to the Immigration Center—Ellis Island’s West Coast equivalent. You’ll still catch the great city views.