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This Fall, Plan a National Park Winter Vacation

October 13, 2010, 1:21 pm

It may not seem like it now, but winter is just around the corner. Before you know it, you'll be itching to get away--and whether your dream destination is warm and sunny or a snowy wonderland, our national parks are some of the best winter getaway destinations in the country.

As you start planning, consider some of our favorite winter parks for inspiration:

Everglades National Park, Florida
Winter, known in the Everglades as the dry season, is one of the best times of year to visit the park, as comfortable temperatures and the lack of mosquitoes make this sometimes challenging environment much more welcoming.

Big Bend National Park, Texas
Located in southwest Texas along the border with Mexico, Big Bend National Park is one of the country's most remote National Parks and offers mild winter weather. Within the 118 twisting miles that also define the park’s southern boundary, the river’s southeasterly flow changes abruptly to the northeast and forms the “big bend” of the Rio Grande.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Visit Yellowstone in winter to enjoy a truly spectacular landscape where snow blankets the park and geysers spout towering plumes of steam and water through the cold, crisp air. Enjoy the snowy scenery through snowcoach and snowmobile tours, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and many other winter park programs.

Death Valley National Park, California
Nestled deep in the corner of America’s southwest, Death Valley National Park is a land of extremes. Winter is one of the best and easiest times to explore the park, when cool winter months afford an opportunity to see a different side of this hostile environment.

If you still need more inspiration, check out these Top 10 lists:

Top 10 Warm Winter Getaways
Our national parks are home to beaches, deserts and subtropical wildernesses—all of which make great vacation destinations during the cold winter months. If you’re tired of all the snow and in search for an escape from your cold weather blues, check these getaways.

Top 10 Winter Activities
While the spring and summer are both great times to visit your favorite national park, why not try taking advantage of all of the winter activities the park has to offer? The crowds are gone and the lots are empty, and you’ll find the perfect spot for peace, quiet and the serenity of our nation's most beautiful places. Go downhill skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, and yes, even ice climbing!




Thanks for the excellent tips.  I visited Death Valley in winter, and it was fantastic!  It's one of my top-rated national parks.    http://www.wanderandexplore.com/?s=death+valley  I think Yellowstone would be my next choice for a winter trip.