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The couch is a tempting place to snuggle during the cold winter months, but shed the Snuggie and strap on snow boots - the great outdoors are calling.
These six National Parks are true winter wonderlands (and one wonderful winter escape). From snowy hot springs to breathtaking wildlife, these parks are the perfect places to melt those holiday pounds.
Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming, Montana and IdahoSlide 2 of 13
Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
There's a secret to visiting Yellowstone that's especially true in winter. Walk a few paces on any trail, or just stand still and listen you'll find solitude in this celebrated, special place.
Picture a vast frozen landscape interrupted by copious billows of steam indicating active hydrothermal features bubbling mud cauldrons, sulfur-scented steam vents, and violent geysers that know no respite even in the deepest cold.
While most Yellowstone hotels, lodges, and campgrounds are buttoned up in winter, the park stays plenty busy. Hotels, closed briefly between seasons, reopen in December at Mammoth Hot Springs at the north end of the park and at Old Faithful, where the Snow Lodge can be reached by snowmobile or snowcoach. Commercial guides provide snowmobile, snowcoach, and cross-country ski tours of the park.Slide 3 of 13
Arches National Park - UtahSlide 4 of 13
Arches National Park - Utah
Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history.
The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world. For a unique look at this stunning landscape, visiting during the winter. Be careful, however, winters here are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F (minus 1 to 10 C), and lows averaging 0 to 20 F (minus 18 to minus 7). Large snowfalls are uncommon (except in nearby mountains), but even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads impassable.Slide 5 of 13
Glacier National Park - MontanaSlide 6 of 13
Glacier National Park - Montana
Glacier's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and spectacular lakes are stunning during the winter.
With over 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.Slide 7 of 13
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