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America’s national parks have a lot to offer visitors with scenic beauty, wildlife, and a plethora of outdoor activities. While many travelers prefer to visit the parks during the peak summer season, the winter months are another great time to have a wonderful experience. If you are planning to visit any of the national parks this winter, be sure to check the official park website for up-to-date information on daily operations. Then you can plan your visit to one of these best national parks in the United States this winter.
The best US national parks to visit this winter
Visit the largest subtropical desert in the United States
Travelers who enjoy water activities should head to Everglades National Park. At this park, guests can take a guided boat trip and explore South Florida’s wetlands. On the grounds, guests can navigate one of the five bike paths located in the park or watch the birds. You can also stay in one of the many campsites open all year round, including Long Pine Key Campground and the Flamingo campsite.
Reasons to visit this winter: The subtropical dry season from November to April brings sunny skies and temperatures to the 70s during the winter. The climate also makes it much easier to spot alligators, waders and other wildlife that inhabit wetlands.
Experience one of the best winter walks in America
Spend time in the world’s first national park, the legendary yellowstone national park. Take a day trip and visit the remarkable Old faithful and observe fascinating wildlife in their natural habitat. You can also visit the many thermal areas of the park, including Mammoth Hot Springs Fountain Paint Bucket, and much more.
Reasons to visit this winter: The breathtaking winter landscape has earned Yellowstone the distinction of being one of the best winter roads in the United States. Guests must book well in advance to stay at The Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Mammoth Hotel. Both establishments are open during the winter months.
Skiing on the south shore
Prepare to be overwhelmed by the beautiful wilderness at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Explore the trails along the northern and southern shores such as the Highlands Trail, and the Trail of the dead horses, and many others. The Black Canyon National Park Astronomy Festival takes place on the south shore of the park and offers guests the opportunity to view the beautiful dark sky, guest speaker programs, and other astronomy activities.
Reasons to visit this winter: Skiers will have unforgettable moments in this rocky chasm. Snowfall adds even more beauty to this park, and from December through April, guests can also snowshoe along South Shore Road and admire the spectacular view of the cliffs of the Gunnison River.
Spend time in nature in the southwest
If you prefer a desert climate for your winter adventure, visit Saguaro National Park. A must see attraction in the park is the Cactus Garden, with the 45-foot-tall Saguaro cacti, which are over 200 years old. TO Signal Hill Petrographic Zone you can get a glimpse into the past and see Native American petroglyphs located along the trail. Guests can also admire the spectacular sunsets at Javelin rocks on the east side of the park, or Pass of the Doors at the west end.
Reasons to visit this winter: The average daytime temperature is 65 degrees from November to March. This is optimal weather for all types of outdoor activities in the park, including hiking the 165 miles of trails that are great for exploring.
See the magnificent General Sherman Tree
The magnificent sequoias are the biggest draw all year round at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Besides the famous General Sherman, take a walk through the Tunnel log, which is 8 feet tall by 17 feet wide. The park also offers a few year-round camping options, including Azalea Campground, Potwicha Campground, and South Fork Campground, all operating according to weather and other conditions.
Reasons to visit this winter: Guests can hike through snow and serene Cedar grove trails, then admire the breathtaking view of Kings Canyon of Cedar Grove View. There are also plenty of opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, and winter ranger programs.
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