Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean the fun has to end. In fact, winter weather opens up a whole new dimension of adventure in the National Parks and beyond. So if you’re in need of holiday vacation inspiration, Revealed America is sharing a list of their favorite cold weather experiences off their winter bucket list that are only available this time of year.
Snow-Covered Yellowstone Safari
Of all the places to see wildlife in the US, Revealed America thinks Yellowstone is one of the best. And winter snows provide a serene and dramatic backdrop for viewing the incredible diversity of species that call the park home, including bison, wolf, elk, moose, and eagles. Outside the park, the adventures can continue with a visit to the snow-capped Grand Tetons, skiing at Snow King Resort, or taking in the vibrant arts scene of downtown Jackson Hole.
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Alpine Adventures in Banff
As Canada’s first national park, Banff is as dramatic and awe-inspiring as you’ve imagined. It’s also a prime spot for an active winter escape. Here, you’ll have the chance to skate across the park’s pristine glacial lakes, ski across the continental divide, snowshoe beside the iconic Lake Louise and go dogsledding beside towering, regal mountain vistas. Plus, Banff is home to three separate ski resorts, making it accessible for every age and level of the adventurer!
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Tucked quietly into a verdant valley where one river flows into another, picture-perfect Stowe boasts the historic Trapp Family Lodge, an alpine-ski resort on the highest peak in Vermont, Mount Mansfield, and, nearby, that sweetest of Vermont creations, the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Take a step back to the town’s origins in 1794 as you wander the pretty village, but rest assured modern creature comforts await, from indulgent spa treatments at Stowe Mountain Lodge to more than 40 restaurants – in fact, Fodor’s named it the #1 ski town for foodies.
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Winter in the Desert
There’s something strange and captivating about a vast desert landscape set beneath snow-capped mountain peaks. And that’s exactly what a winter trip to one of the Southwest’s painterly deserts provides. Mild temperatures and fewer crowds make winter the ideal time to visit Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Saguaro National Park. Hiking is a treat this time of year, as is rock climbing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
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