Winter has come and gone, and while most of us aren’t going to miss the chilly winds, slippery sidewalks, horrible storms and all around terrible weather, there is no denying that there are some things that look breathtakingly spectacular during the freezing season. So even though winter has just passed we’ve compiled a list of 6 beautiful national parks that you should consider visiting, once the cold weather returns, simply because of how magnificent they look.
Alberta – Banff National Park
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Established in 1885 and located in the Rocky Mountains, The Banff National Park, which encompasses 2,564 square miles, is the oldest national park in Canada.
While you can enjoy the breathtaking Rocky Mountain peaks, a cozy mountain village and abundant wildlife any time of the year, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to see the frozen Lake Louise and the snowcapped mountains around it.
Utah – Bryce Canyon National Park
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Most people would advise you to visit this American national park in the summertime, and although it’s quite beautiful during the warmer season, we quite respectfully disagree.
The reason is simple – there are some things that just look better in the winter, case, and point – The snowcapped Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon.
The staff at the park seem to agree with us because despite the high elevation (8,000 to 9,000 feet) the park is open year round.
Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park
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While we all love going on vacation, one thing we can all agree on is that crowds suck.
It’s really hard to take in the beauty of a location when you have a couple of hundred people blocking your view, screaming at the top of their lounges, children being a nuisance and of course the horrible body order that results from the long hikes in hotter weathers.
That’s why you shouldn’t have to think twice about visiting the Grand Teton National Park in the winter. A much more serene and enticing experience, you might think you’ve stumbled into a winter wonderland straight out of a fairy tale.
Alaska – Glacier Bay National Park
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Encompassing 3.3 million acres of rough mountain terrain, vibrant glaciers, remarkable fjords, temperate rainforest, and wild coastlines, Glacier Bay National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring locations of Alaska. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers boundless opportunities for adventure, inspiration, and exploration.
Chile – Torres del Paine National Park
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If you’re looking for an adventure, then look no further than the Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile.
Your first thought might be to visit the park during the summer. But one thing you need to take into consideration is that the park is one of the most popular destinations in Chile.
Which means that instead of enjoying the incredible beauty of the park you could leave with an extremely frustrating experience because of overcrowded tourist.
That’s why recommend visiting the park in the winter. Not only will it feel like having a national park all to yourself, but reduced human activity means that you’re more likely to witness the incredible local fauna.