Before sitting down to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast this year, stay on your feet and take a hike!
National Take A Hike Day is coming up Friday, November 17th, and it’s a great reminder to steal away from the busy workweek to enjoy the therapeutic effects of spending time outdoors. Here are a few of our favorite hiking spots in the AMA Center cities of Atlanta, New York City, Washington DC, and San Francisco. These trails are perfect for hikers of any skill level to enjoy!
San Francisco – Muir Woods
This is a must-see National Park, located just minutes outside the city. Named after naturalist John Muir, this park is open 365 days a year and offers a peaceful respite just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Stand in awe of the majestic redwoods and lush canopy above, keep a look out for the famous Banana Slug, and get your heart rate up in the process.
Atlanta – Sweetwater Creek State Park
This park boasts over nine miles of hiking trails in the middle of gorgeous forest with whitewater rapids and waterfalls. Be sure to check out the ruins from New Manchester Mill, destroyed during the Civil War, that stands eerily against the natural scenic backdrop of beautiful Georgia wilderness. This park location was even used for filming of the blockbuster franchise The Hunger Games.
Washington, D.C. – Rock Creek Park
Enjoy a hike right in the center of the city. This park includes well-maintained trails, a nature center, stone bridges, and the National Zoo. Explore where Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed convening with nature, and visit just in time to see this year’s romantic fall foliage. You won’t believe you haven’t stepped foot outside the Beltway.
New York City – Arden Point & Glenclyffe
This 4-mile hike offers both beautiful scenery and awe-inspiring history: Benedict Arnold traveled on this road during his Revolutionary War escape. The trail is located along the Hudson River and includes lush greenery, panoramic views of the river and abandoned brick buildings, including the home of the 16th governor of New York. It’s less than two hours outside the city using Metro North. Don’t have enough time to leave the city? Head to the High Line in Chelsea instead and experience an urban greenway and casual stroll above the hustle and bustle of the New York City streets below.
Never underestimate the effects of physical activity and breathtaking nature to relieve stress and clear your mind, even in the most urban of settings. Add a hike to your schedule this month and think of AMA Executive Conference Centers for your next corporate meeting. Contact us for more information about reserving a conference space for your business in one of these four convenient cities: Atlanta, New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco!