Looking for the ultimate winter escape? If you’re all about nature and the outdoors, you don’t have to wait till summer to experience the magic of winter at these epic National Parks
In fact, the colder months just happen to be the best time of the year to hit the outdoors. With fewer crowds blocking the views and scenery so unique it’ll get your jaw down to the ground, there are plenty of reasons to put these epic national parks at the top of your winter bucket list.
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Epic National Parks to Visit in Winter
While visiting Death Valley National park during the summer months is not the best idea (it gets scorching hot… we’re talking temperatures in the 120 degrees!), winter is an ideal time to visit this epic national park.
Don’t let its name fool you. Death Valley National Park brims with life and there’s no better time in the year to experience its desert magic than winter.
Think eerie-looking rock formations, salt flats as far as the eye can see, and hills splashed with colors you never thought belonged in nature!
Yellowstone National Park is pretty much a gem of a place year-round, but during the colder months, the entire national park becomes a winter paradise of snow-capped forests, frozen lakes, and alluring geysers that look out of this world.
Starting in early November, getting to Yellowstone can become a bit of a trek as most roads are closed to traffic and only accessible via special vehicles.
Still, though, with a little planning, you’ll be able to enjoy the epicness of this national park in a truly unique way.
Tip: Another perk of visiting Yellowstone during the winter? You can take a break from the incredible vistas you’ll find with a ski or snowboarding session in the nearby Jackson Hole.
Boasting over two thousand archways that give the park its name, gigantic mesas, and strange-looking rock formations, a visit to this desert wonderland in Utah will make you feel as though you’ve completely left Earth and wandered into Mars.
While it does snow in Arches during the winter, it’s not really enough to ruin the day. In fact, it snows just enough to bring out an epically beautiful contrast of white against the red rock landscape Arches is oh-so-famous for.
Moreover, there’s just something about the winter skies and the dreamy snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the backdrop that make winter sunrises and sunset at Arches something incredibly magical.
Feeling more in the mood to completely escape the cold and make the most out of that winter sun? Biscayne National Park is just what you’re after if what you’re looking for is to combine a beach and nature getaway.
Located in the Florida Keys, this national park sees sun year-round, but what makes it truly special is the fact that it’s 95% underwater.
Yep, this means you’ll need to go below the surface to really get to explore it. You essential have two options: Snorkeling or booking an (epic) scuba diving expedition. If you’d rather not get wet, there’s a secret third option, which involves a glass-bottom boat tour!
Once you’re done exploring under its waves, you can check out the 5% of the park that’s actually on land and consists of epic little islands that you can explore on foot in search of epic wildlife and unparalleled nature.
Think red rock canyons plastered all over and sandstone spires piercing the sky to get a pretty good picture of what visiting Canyonlands National Park is all about.
With almost 300,000 acres of land to explore, you can pretty much visit Canyonlands dozens of times and never really get to do the same thing twice.
If you’re keen to experience some of its epic desert magic, though, winter is the perfect time to get an excellent introduction.
While it does get chilly during the evenings, visiting Canyonlands during the winter months means fewer crowds, which basically means you’ll get to experience some of the most epic viewpoints (psst… don’t miss sunrise at Mesa Arch) and have them practically all to yourself!
Imagine one of the USA’s most famous views, but dusted in a layer of snow!
If you want to get a truly unique experience at one of the most popular spots in the country, a winter escapade to see the Grand Canyon is a must on your travel bucket list.
While the North Rim closes during the winter, the South Rim (which tends to get super crowded any other time of the year) remains open and gives you the chance to explore some of the most popular hiking trails without the hoards of visitors around.
If you’d rather not break a sweat, you can grab your car keys and drive the scenic road to Desert View or book a flight to get a birds-eye view of the canyon blanketed in snow, which provides for a view you won’t soon forget!
Visiting these national parks in the United States during the winter pretty much guarantees an epic trip.
If you love quiet outdoor experiences and would much prefer to have the views all to yourself, then right there is the top reason to pack your bags and hit the road this winter.
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