Across the 50 U.S. States and all of the country’s territories, there are 417 national parks. Some venture to various parks in the spring to see wildflowers blooming or in the fall to see the colors of the changing leaves. Most people probably visit during the summer to go hiking, camping, boating and fishing. However, some of the nation’s park are ideal getaways during the winter months, too.
Biscayne National Park – Florida
Many people travel to Florida to escape the doldrums of winter. Consider a trip to Biscayne National Park, which is situated south of Miami. As a mere five percent of the location is land-based, the park remains a popular destination for anyone who enjoys spending time on the water. Local history spans thousands of years and includes shipwrecks and tales of pirates. The underwater world is home to the third largest coral reef on the planet. Guests might opt to take the time to go snorkeling or diving to see the colorful reefs in addition to the hundreds of fish species that enjoy the warm water. Anglers go saltwater fishing. The Sound Lobster Sanctuary provides the chance to catch fresh lobsters.
Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah
The canyon consists of a series of natural bowls that attract hikers year-round. Some of the best viewing and photographic locations include Bryce Point, Inspiration Point and Sunrise Point. However, many venture here to see the unusual Bryce Amphitheater. The location is lined with rocky spires known as hoodoos. Exploring the miles of trails during the cooler temperatures makes the journey that much more enjoyable. The Sunset Hotel also provides lodging this time of year.
Yellowstone National Park – Montana, Wyoming
During the winter, the park transforms into a snow-covered wonderland. Although many roads close due to snowfall, visitors are welcome to venture to various locations by snowmobile or snow coaches. Cross-country skiing is also popular. Park rangers continue offering guided tours and talks at some of the more popular locations. These sites include Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge offer accommodations during winter, and both facilities are located in the park. The venues also offer meals and other amenities. When out and about enjoying a day of skiing or snowmobiling, winter sports enthusiasts find a number of warming huts located in designated areas.