Best National Parks to Visit This Winter
Can we actually visit the landscapes computer wallpapers are made of? Some of the most famous and not so famous national parks are here to explore. ‘Tis the season to snap the perfect photo-op of these winter wonderlands.
1. Arches National Park, Utah
An iconic location to visit seasonally when in Utah is Arches National Park. The natural rock structures in, and in the surrounding areas are breath-taking while at the same time, simple. There are plenty of places to hike and explore the vast, snowy territory. The mars-like texture along with the orange color of the rocks against the contrast of the snow leaves a beautiful must see sight.
2. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Colorado is the Western home of the mountains, or more specifically, the Rocky Mountains. The high elevations and adventurous style living is enough to come to Colorado alone. What draws people in each winter is the snow. The frozen water descending from the sky covers the pine trees and trails and allows for perfect views to spend time with your loved ones. Sledding, hiking, snowboarding are also at the hands of anyone who wants to try a new sport. There is plenty of space to test out those old skis.
3. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Mount Rainier National Park is famous for snow, and a lot of it too. Washington State is known for its dense forest. When the holidays roll around, this dense forest gets covered in an average of 54 feet of snow. The white glowing peaks are almost too perfect to take ski, snowboard, and even hike on.
4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
Grand Canyon National Park is where grandparents, families, and spontaneous travelers go to see its famous view. Layers and layers of red, orange, and light brown canyons with the teal Colorado River running through it. What could it possibly be like in the winter? Does the river freeze? Well, the river doesn’t freeze but snow does come around to the open part of the canyon, the South rim. The South rim is less packed with people in the winter and will leave you with an even better but frosty view.
5. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Oregon hikers know their way around. Some people even come to Oregon to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from the border of Mexico to the Canadian border. A beautiful place to stop while hiking this trail, or just a simple guided day hike, is Crater Lake. Crater Lake was formed from a previous volcano, and the snow, rain, and water that falls from the sky keeps it, a lake. It reflects snow covered trees so clearly, it’s hard to believe it’s a real place.