VIDEO: National Parks for Winter Travel

National Parks for Winter Travel

National Parks usually top travel lists in the spring, summer, and fall, but at we have three national parks that should be on your winter travel list, too.

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, doesn't allow snowmobiles or ATVs, but that is part of what makes it so pristine. It's Canada's oldest national park and features landscapes ranging from hot springs to glaciers. In winter, visitors can snowshoe or cross-country ski the trails around the park and Lake Louise. And the delightful mountain town of Banff is a great access point.

If cold isn't really your thing, then peer into an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This park encompasses more than 200,000 acres on the Big Island and features the most active volcano in the world, alongside desert and forest terrain. Besides hiking the volcano, visitors can bike the roads, hike through lava tubes, or even ride horseback to the Pacific Ocean.

California's Death Valley National Park is one of the hottest and driest places in the world, which means winter is the perfect time for hiking and camping here. This park ranges in elevation from 282 feet below sea level to more than 11,000 feet above. Death Valley's 3.4 million acres, the largest park in the continental U.S., will give you more than enough room to explore.

So if you love national parks, don't think you have to wait until winter is over to enjoy them.


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