As the Oscar buzz grows louder around Reese Witherspoon's latest film "Wild," about a woman's solo hike on the US West Coast, the film is also inspiring audiences to hit the trails for their own soul-searching or renewing adventure.
Released in the US this week, "Wild" is based on the memoir written by Cheryl Strayed who chose to trek 1,770 km along the Pacific Crest Trail starting in Southern California, to cope with her mother's death and a divorce.
Editors at travel magazine Afar have compiled a list of some of the most stunning hikes and trails around the world for viewers who may get itchy feet after watching the breathtaking scenery.
There's Trolltunga -- which means Troll's Tongue -- in Skjeggedal, Norway, a spectacular cliff that juts out like a tongue, 1,100 metres above sea level. The hike itself takes trekkers through the Nordic mountains, an eight to 10-hour trip that rewards the intrepid with stunning views of Lake Ringedkalsvatnet and the country's characteristic fjords.
In Canada, there's Mount Fisher, the highest and most scenic summit of the Southern Rocky Mountains, which soars 2,846 metres above sea level. Again, the hike is not for beginners, taking most people between 8 to 10 hours to complete round-trip. But the effort rewards trekkers with panoramic views of the Kootenay River Valley and southern Rockies, subalpine wild flowers, waterfalls and creeks to accompany them on their journey.
For beginners, the list also includes urban trails which are scalable for novices such as the Dragon's Back in Hong Kong, as well as a genteel, eucalyptus-lined path in San Francisco -- the Andy Goldsworthy Wooden Line.
Check out the full list at http://bit.ly/1q0PBUJ.