4 Enchanting National Parks to Visit in Winter

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4 Enchanting National Parks to Visit in Winter

Deep verdant valleys and proud rugged cliffs of spring now enshrouded in snow, the world-famous national parks take on new life as winter season rolls around. 

If you’re looking to ditch the city bustle and shake off that cabin fever, there’s no better place to get some peace and quiet than in one of nature’s winter wonderlands. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Tennessee and North Carolina

What to do: Picnic in Cades Cove and Deep Creek

As America’s most visited park during the warmer parts of the year, Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains a captivating destination for park lovers. Do note that while the national park remains accessible via the main roads, secondary roads may be closed. While it’s unlikely that you will catch a glimpse of the hibernating bears during early and mid winter, wildlife inhabitants of the park can be spotted when the foliage vanishes. For adventurers who wish to take on the Appalachian Trail, the Great Smoky Mountain is a great place to start.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Location: California

What to do: Snowshoeing in Manzanita Lake Area

When it comes to winter activities, Lassen Volcanic National Park is the place to be. Unlike some national parks, winter spans from October to June, dusting its pine trees and green meadows in heavy snow - a perfect destination for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. Travellers interested in catching a glimpse of the famous acid pits of Lassen Volcanic National Park will be glad to know that while the famous Bumpass hell is closed during winter, Sulphur Works remains open throughout the year.  

Yellowstone National Park

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Location: Wyoming

What to do: Fat tire biking and dog sledging

Home to simmering hot springs, bubbling mud pots, and spouting geysers, Yellowstone National Park looks equally impressive in winter. Known as America’s first National Park, Yellowstone National Park is teeming with diverse wildlife. Bisons, moose, and elk are a common sight. You might even be able to spot the graceful grey wolves, if you’re lucky. Due to the cool air, its geysers are even more impressive around winter time. Bearing the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offering a wide variety of winter activities, It’s no surprise that Yellowstone National Park remains a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

Yosemite National Park

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Location: California

What to do: Ski at Badger Pass Ski and winter camping near Dewey Point

Yosemite National Park in the winter is one of snowy peaks, foggy slopes, and icy waterfalls. Beckoning adventurous visitors into its spellbinding and chilly embrace, the national park offers a plethora of museums, dining options, and recreational activities, Visitors can be assured that the Glacier Point/Badger Pass Road is ploughed so as to keep the popular Badger Pass ski area accessible to snowboarders and skiers. 

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Josiah Tan

Bumbling through university on spindly legs, it’s in the world of Travel that Josiah Tan finds a home. When away from his workstation, Josiah can often be found bartering leftover bacon for morsels of affection from his disinterested Maltese.