<p>The Pacific Crest Trail is the tougher, lonelier counterpart to the Appalachian Trail. In 1995, Cheryl Strayed was a 20-something and was damaged goods, sent into a downward spiral after her mother died of cancer. To find herself again, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from southern California to the <a href="https://www.verywell.com/hike-photos-from-multnomah-falls-to-wahkeena-falls-4020366" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">Bridge of the Gods</a> at the Oregon/Washington border. She takes an unflinching look at who she was, why she took on this quest, and how unprepared she was. Like a pilgrim on the <a href="https://www.verywell.com/which-camino-should-i-walk-3434987" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="2">Camino de Santiago</a>, she hoped to find her center again. This was an Oprah book club pick in 2012. It is also available as an audiobook via Audible.com. The movie with Reese Witherspoon was very good, but you&#39;ll get more depth from the book.</p><p>Bill Bryson is a deservedly popular writer. His books are laugh-out-loud funny, yet very insightful, and always a fantastic read. Here, he returns to America in the mid-1990&#39;s after years in Britain. He sets out to walk the length of the Appalachian Trail. You can learn a lot from his mistakes. In addition to the humor, you learn about environmental issues impacting the trail. Some readers found these passages to a be a bit preachy. It&#39;s also available as an audiobook from Audible.com. The movie with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte doesn&#39;t do the book credit, so if you saw that first, don&#39;t let it keep you from reading the book.</p><p>Kurt Koontz pens an excellent modern account of walking the Camino de Santiago. Camino memoirs are becoming more and more plentiful, but Koontz has a good balance in his story. He walked the 490-mile route across the Pyrenees, the Meseta, and through Galicia, staying at pilgrim hostels along the way. This is a flavor of what it&#39;s like today, as opposed to older classic accounts.</p><p>Peter Jenkins was fed up with his life and struck out to walk across America in the 1970&#39;s. His journey taught him a lot about walking, a lot about people, and a lot about himself. This is a classic walking tale.</p><p>Alan Cook&#39;s book, <a href="http://www.authorhouse.com/BookStore/BookDetail.aspx?Book&#61;239390" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Walking the World</a>, takes you along with him on his travels, which include walking throughout the U.S. as well as walks in Europe and Asia. He will inspire you with his joy of walking.</p><p>Colin Fletcher is the man who taught a generation to be &#34;The Complete Walker.&#34; His trek the length of California in 1958 is a great walking tale. Since his passing, the price of this out-of-print book has shot up, but you may be able to locate a used version.</p><p>Colin Fletcher walked the length of the Grand Canyon in 1968. This is another of his classics and you&#39;ll learn his &#34;first rule of aerobic walking.&#34;</p><p><a href="http://www.creativewalking.com/resources-fm.html" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Publisher&#39;s Site</a><br/>Robert Sweetgall walked across the USA with a tiny fanny pack, relying on the kindness of strangers, talking in schools to inspire kids to get more physically active. Sweetgall&#39;s story is dynamic in person. If you ever get a chance to hear him, do it.</p><p>Peter Jenkins once again walks across America, this time with his wife. If you are contemplating a long distance walk with someone else, this book may give you some insights.</p><p>Granny D had a cause of campaign finance reform. She set out to walk from Los Angeles to Washington DC at age 89, averaging 10 miles a day. She kept &#34;on message,&#34; but we can also be inspired by her endurance.</p>If you are dreaming of or planning a long distance walk, or even a day of hiking, you need to own this book. Colin Fletcher details everything you should know about walking and hiking, exactly what to take with you and what not to take. How to walk and hike and enjoy the experience. Don&#39;t even think of leaving home without reading this book!