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!

Mt. Rainier National Park, Wa

At the top of Mt. Rainier sits Paradise. And no matter what season it is, it’s the place to be when you hit the mountain with your crew. In the winter, your little speed demon can race down Paradise’s sledding hill or romp around in the snow play area once the snowpack is built up. Longmire’s winter trails are another place to check out when the snow’s deep. Plenty of shorter, novice-rated trails make this a great place for kidlets to test drive their shiny new snowshoes.


photo: Mt. Rainier National Park’s website

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