(Susan Bratton ) Mount Washington in New Hampshire is on the Appalachian Trail, which itself is one leg of the Triple Crown of Hiking. The other legs are the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.
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OCTOBER 09, 2013Katia Hetter, CNNWhile most of us may never qualify to race the famous Iditarod challenge from Anchorage to Nome, the race might inspire you to try a guided dog mushing trip. And while you don't need to do all 8,000 miles of the Triple Crown of Hiking, the idea might encourage you to hike a part of the Appalachian Trail. Will these ideas inspire you to take a more daring vacation?
The Iditarod, Alaska: Known as "the last great race," the Iditarod was first held in 1973 to promote Alaska's dog-sledding heritage. Held the first Saturday in March, the nearly 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome is famous for its tough tundra and climate. It can take experienced mushers and their dogs anywhere from nine to 15 days (or more) to complete. Not qualified to race in the Iditarod? Novices can head to Fairbanks, often called the dog-mushing capital of the world, for a guided overnight trip to get a sense of the incredible beauty of Alaska.
Triple Crown of Hiking: Never mind that hiking just one of the three longest trails in the U.S. -- the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail or the Appalachian Trail -- is an enormous commitment of body, resources and time. Even hiking 15 miles per day, it could take you 18 months to complete all three hikes. Conquer all three and you'll have hiked nearly 8,000 miles and achieved the Triple Crown of Hiking. Whether you're a novice or don't have much vacation time, a day hike is a nice way to get a taste. (Mount Washington is on the Appalachian Trail and is part of a New Hampshire state park.)Read more: CNN Travel