The U.S. is home to over 500 national parks. That doesn’t even take into account the thousands of state parks and other natural areas preserving and protect our amazing natural resources. The U.S. is home to over 500 national parks. That doesn’t even take into account the thousands of state parks and other natural areas preserving and protect our amazing natural resources. While most of us consider national parks a great place to visit in summer, some parks provide an entirely different experience during the winter months. Come with Island Trader Vacations as we take a closer look at 3 national parks you won’t want to miss during this magical time of year.
Yosemite National Park – California
Yosemite receives millions of visitors annually however, the majority of these visitors occur in summer making winter a quieter and unique experience. While areas do close due to snow, most of the area is not only open but ideal for winter sports. From ice skating to popular snowboard and ski areas, Yosemite is truly amazing in winter. Snowshoeing and even fishing are popular in Yosemite in winter.
Winter note: Tiago Road is already closed for the winter due to snow however, access to other areas is still available and provide access to trails open throughout the year and offer a perfect place to see the many animals generally hidden in the summer months. The outdoor ice skating rink in Yosemite Valley (at Curry Village) is open from November to March.
Denali National Park – Alaska
While winters are obviously a bit harsh in Alaska, this remote and cold destination comes to life in winter. When the summer tourists leave, the areas quiets down and the residents both 2 and 4 footed settle in for winter in their own ways. People head out much like early explorers and residents on dog sleds and snow shoes while animals venture out in peaceful and still fields in search of food buried beneath the snow on the long winter nights.
Winter note: Many roads close due to snowfall during this time of the year and storms may occur quickly. Pay attention to the closings and alerts. Winter is an ideal time to see the Aurora Borealis.
Everglades National Park – Florida
Ideal any time of the year, the weather, fewer bugs less humidity make winter the perfect time to visit this amazing national park. Home to thousands of animals and bird species, this time of year is ideal for a sneak peak at some of the more shy animals which call this remote wilderness area home.
Winter note: Winter is considered this parks busy season however a massive area, there are plenty of places to get out and explore with fewer people when the rain abates for the winter. In addition, Flroida is a wintering location for millions of birds from colder climates making winter a great time for bird watching.
During the off-season, in areas with harsh climates, it is important that you pay close attention to the weather and follow all restrictions and warnings posted by parks for your safety. Enjoy a safe and amazing trip to a national park this winter.