Forget hiking through wildflowers or exploring ocean shores. When it comes to outdoor expeditions, your sidekick prefers sledding, snowshoeing, and wandering desert dunes. This winter, find your land of adventure at a National Park during the Park Service’s 100th year. Flip through our faves to find yours!

Yosemite National Park , Ca

The family that skis together… should do it at Yosemite. Home to the oldest downhill ski area in the state, you and your mini can carve fresh powder on skis or boards from Dec. through Mar. If speed isn’t your thing, snowshoe or cross-country ski Yosemite’s winter trails to catch stellar views and spot wildlife roaming through the park. Or get your skate on at the Half Dome Village outdoor rink, where they serve up s’mores to be enjoyed by all around the outdoor fire pit.


photo: Anita Ritenour via Flickr

Psst…if you can’t make it to a National Park this winter, no problem. Watching National Parks Adventure on your local museum’s IMAX screen should do the trick. It’s a virtual visit you won’t soon forget!

Do you have a favorite National Park to visit in winter? Tell us about it in a Comment. 

—Allison Sutcliffe