Many U.S. parks are less crowded during the cooler months if you’re willing to spend some extra time planning around seasonal closures. Winter is a great time to explore national parks, so we asked experts what they recommend.
Sequoia National Park
Several of the park’s roads are closed seasonally, so ensure you check the website beforehand to determine whether you can reach your desired destination. Prepare to change frequently, bring your best winter clothing, and be flexible.
Everglades National Park
Outside Miami, this impressive wetlands ecosystem is less enjoyable during summer due to summer heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. With the lower temperatures in January, hiking, airboat rides, and walking are all more enjoyable.
Yellowstone National Park
With fewer crowds and snowy vistas in the winter, you feel like you’re the only person in the vast wilderness. It is possible to take a snow coach or snowmobile tour or join a guided cross-country ski or snowshoe trip.
Big Bend National Park
A huge park bordering the Rio Grande River and Mexico that’s great to visit in the winter. There will be a drop in temperatures, making it the perfect time to hike or stroll through this unique mountain landscape created by volcanic activity 35 million years ago. The timing of winter sunsets makes this the ideal time to sky gaze.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon’s hoodoo-spired landscape takes on a new dimension when snow falls on its peaks. In addition to the magical vibes, you won’t have to deal with crowds or parking woes during the low winter season.
Acadia National Park
During the colder months, the park is covered by snow and contains the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast. While exploring Acadia, visitors can grab a hot chocolate and explore Bar Harbor, Maine, on Mount Desert Island.