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!

Death Valley National Park, Ca

It makes sense that the best time to visit the hottest place on earth would be in the dead of winter. While other parts of the country are swimming in snow, the Death Valley mercury settles in around a pleasant 65 degrees most days, which makes for just-right hiking, biking or driving weather so you and your kidlet can seek out some of the park’s unusual sights, like Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View, The Racetrack or Ubehebe Crater.


photo Vadium Kurland 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