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RV Luxury After a Long Day of Skiing
Winter is almost here and what better way to spend the season in a picturesque woodland RV park, snug and warm inside your luxurious motorhome while the snow quietly piles up high outside? And to keep warm during the day, burn some calories on the nearby slopes without a worry because you're saving money by staying overnight in your motorhome and eating home-cooked meals. Now that sounds like a great winter vacation! Go alone or with family, but if you're planning to hit the mountains, make sure to check out these great spots meant for mountain-going motorhome owners!
Stowe Mountain, Vermont
Stowe Mountain Resort, located in Stowe, Vermont. The resort is on Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, boasting an elevation of 4,395 feet. The top elevation of the ski area is 3,640 feet with a vertical drop of 2,360 feet. The resort offers 485 skiable acres with 116 trails and 13 lifts. Stowe Mountain has well-groomed trails, good cross-country options, and offers backcountry skiing. The mountain is particularly famous for the "Front Four," the four runs on the front side of the mountain, known as Goat, Starr, Liftline, and National. The "Front Four" offer some of the East Coast's most challenging skiing.
Sugarloaf Ski Area and Resort, Maine
Located in the Carrabassett Valley in Maine, Sugarloaf is Maine's second highest peak at 4,237 feet. Overall the ski area has more than 1,400 skiable acres and a vertical drop of 2,280 feet, the most continuous vertical drop on the East Coast. The mountain offers 138 trails with 15 lifts on over 651 acres. Sugarloaf also has the East Coast's only lift-serviced above-tree line skiing.
Whiteface, New York
Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort is located in Wilmington, New York, which is about 13 miles from Lake Placid, a former host of the Winter Olympics. Whiteface has the highest vertical drop in the east: 3,430 feet. The ski area has mixed terrain, offering gentle terrain for beginners and many expert trails and extreme backcountry skiing. This ski area has 314 skiable acres, 85 trails, and 11 lifts. Whiteface's highest skiable terrain lies at an elevation of 4,650 feet; this terrain is known as The Slides. The Slides are a series of steep narrow chutes, only accessible by hiking to the top, and only for expert skiers. In addition, The Slides are only opened when deemed safe and at times a ride on The Slides requires full avalanche gear.
Jay Peak, Vermont
Located in Jay, Vermont, Jay Peak is the snowiest ski area on the east coast, averaging 355 inches of snowfall annually. The mountain has 2 peaks and over 50 miles of skiable terrain. Jay Peak's ski area has a top elevation of 3,968 feet and a vertical rise of 2,153 feet. There are 76 trails and 8 lifts over an area of 385 acres. Jay Peak is known for its challenging terrain and good backcountry skiing. The peak is best known for getting the most snow on the East Coast.
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
Aspen Snowmass is a network of four mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. Each of the four mountains has something different to offer visitors, from gentle beginner trails to amazing black diamond trails and even some backcountry experiences.
Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
Park City Mountain Resort was an official venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It has great and varied terrain and is a very accessible mountain resort. The mountain has seven peaks and nine bowls. There are 3,300 acres of terrain and the summit elevation is 10,000 feet. This resort has 108 trials with a nice range of difficulty for skiers and snowboarders, plus 25 lifts. The total hourly capacity of the lift system is 30,800 people. The mountain also has night skiing, four terrain parks, and a superpipe.
Squaw Valley USA, California
Squaw Valley USA near Lake Tahoe was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The ski area is located among six Sierra peaks. It has varied terrain, a vertical drop of 2,850 feet, and a summit elevation of 9,050 feet. Squaw Valley also has one of the largest lift networks in the world with 33 lifts. With 4,000 acres of skiable terrain, it is also one of the largest ski areas in the country. In addition, the ski area has facilities for snowboarders, including 3 terrain parks and a Super Pipe and a halfpipe.
Taos, New Mexico
Taos is another West Coast skiing gem, made even better by an average of 300-plus days of sunshine. The ski area has 1,294 acres with 110 trails, of which 51% are expert trails. The trails are served by 13 lifts and there is a terrain park as well. The lift-served summit elevation is 11,819 feet, but for skiers willing to hike a little farther, Kachina Peak (with an elevation of 12,481 feet) has some of Taos's best views and longest runs. Taos has a vertical drop of 2,612 feet from the lift-served area and 3,274 feet from Kachina Peak.
Best Vacation Ever
Whichever coast you choose, enjoy the snow and brisk air whipping your face and feel invigorated! If the mountains feel crowded more than usual this year, find your escape in the quiet warmth of your motorhome just a few miles away from the slopes at the RV park of your choosing.
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The Great American Backyard Campout, coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), set to run on Saturday (June 28).
According to a press release, the Great American Backyard Campout, currently marking its 10th year, is designed to promote the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature and support efforts of the NWF and others to get Americans outdoors. This year, the federation’s goal is to have more than 200,000 people participate in the event.
The Great American Backyard Campout is just one of many activities held during Great Outdoors Month. Other events included:
• Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback kicked off the celebration on May 30 in Topeka with the first Capital Campout, hosting urban youth and their families in a state park adjacent to the official residence of the Governor.
• On June 7, some 150,000 people participated in more than 2,000 events during the American Hiking Society’s 22nd National Trails Day, a big increase over 2013.
• On June 14, the U.S.Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition, in conjunction with national sponsor OFF!, coordinated the 7th National Get Outdoors Day. GO Day 2014 included 171 sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia and was the biggest yet. Three additional Capital Campouts were held in Georgia, Colorado and Washington in conjunction with GO Day, aided by Great Outdoors Month Founding Sponsor The Coleman Co.
• The Corps Network organized the inaugural Great Outdoors Week Day of Service in Washington, D.C., for the Great Outdoors Month Partnership. Innovative service projects across the nation were highlighted by key speakers, and then a crew of more than 100 volunteers and conservation corps members from across the country were fed a hearty lunch by Guest Services Inc. before undertaking projects on the National Mall and at Fort Dupont.
Oxnard, California, January 8, 2014 The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directoryannounced its list of Top Waterfront RV Parks for 2014. These RV parks are located on or near the banks of some of North America's most popular lakes, rivers and ocean shores.
For water loving RVers, these parks provide easy access to fabulous recreation. In many of the parks, the shore is just a few paces from guests' front doors. Whether RVers seek to catch a wave or drift in a lazy current, these parks inspire travelers to pull off the open road and hit the shore.
Some of the list’s Highlights:
+ Several parks on the list cater to RVers who love boating and waterskiing. Located on the Colorado River in Nevada, Willow Beach Marina and Campground, for example, rents boats and kayaks to visitors eager to explore the area's sheer cliffs and sandy beaches.
+ A number of parks offer the ambience of a seaside community, such as Point Hudson Marina & RV Park, a short walking distance from historic Victorian Seaport with its quaint shops and restaurants.
+ Rustic lakesides are the norm for RV parks like Spring Creek Marine and RV Park in Texas, where guests can boat, waterski or swim in a beautiful constant-level body of water.
Facts about Waterfront RV Traveling
+ According to a study by PKF Consulting, 48 percent of RVers hit the water to go fishing, while 14 percent of RV travelers go canoeing and kayaking.
+ A report from the National Marine Manufacturers Association shows that boating has been taken up by 88 million Americans, many of whom tow their watercraft by RV.
+ After years of anemic sales, powerboats have bounced back, with a 10 percent increase in sales in 2012 and another 5 to 10 percent expected in 2013.
Choosing the Parks
The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory chose the list of Top Waterfront RV Parks from the annual publication's database of 8,000 private parks.
In addition to in-depth listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the Good Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features travel itineraries, helpful maps and informative tips that RVers need for a journey anywhere in North America.
Top Waterfront RV Parks:
Willow Beach RV & Campground, Willow Beach
Campland On The Bay, San Diego
Mad River Rapids RV Park , Arcata
Mission Bay RV Resort, San Diego
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina Newport Beach
Palms River Resort, Needles
Pirate Cove Resort, Needles
Pismo Sands RV Park, Oceano
Riverwalk RV Park & Campground, Fortuna
The RV Park of Rolling Hills, Corning
Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort, Flagler Beach
Camp Gulf , Destin
Carrabelle Beach RV Resort, Carrabelle Beach
Daytona Beach RV Resort, Port Orange
Destin West RV Resort, Fort Walton Beach
North Beach Camp Resort, St. Augustine
Red Coconut RV Resort, Fort Myers Beach
Signature Motorcoach Resort at Naples, Naples
River's End Campground & RV Park, Tybee Island
Wild Acres RV Resorts, Old Orchard Beach
Harbortown RV Resort, Monroe
Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco
Beach Resort at Turtle Rock, Gold Beach
Lakewood Camping Resort, Myrtle Beach
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park And Campground, Burnaby
Who says Easter egg hunts are just for kids?
In addition to organizing traditional egg hunts for children, several Jellystone Park campgrounds across the country plan to celebrate Easter with special egg hunts for mom and dad. These include the Jellystone Parks in Austin, Minn. and Quarryville, Penn.
The Jellystone Park in North Hudson, N.Y. is taking the egg hunt concept a step further with its own special event for grownups- an "adult beverage hunt."
Most Jellystone Park Easter themed events, however, are designed for the whole family and include egg coloring and decorating activities; bunny sack races; egg toss competitions; as well as hay rides and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Several parks are also organizing multiple egg hunts, including evening flashlight Easter egg hunts.
The Jellystone Park in Elmer, N.J. is even planning to set a new world record for the largest egg dying event on Saturday, April 19.
"Camping is all about family and friends and making memories, and what better memory than to set a world record," said Brian Newcomb, general manager of the Jellystone Park in Elmer. He said the park is coordinating the event under strict guidelines established by the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Elmer park is also working with a local pilot, who will fly over the campground on April 19 and drop hundreds of plastic eggs over an open field. "Inside the eggs will be tickets for prizes," Newcomb said.
While most Easter themed events at Jellystone Parks are scheduled for Easter weekend, several campgrounds are scheduling their Easter-themed events several weeks before and after April 20.
For example, the Jellystone Park in Waller, Texas is having Easter themed events on the weekend of April 5 - 6. Meanwhile, in the state of Wisconsin, Jellystone Parks in Caledonia and Fort Atkinson, are scheduling Easter themed events on the weekend of May 16 - 18 while the Jellystone Park in Sturgeon Bay is planning its Easter themed events the weekend of June 6 - 8.
Some Jellystone Parks are scheduling multiple days or multiple weekends of Easter themed events. These include the Jellystone Parks in Cherokee and Marion, N.C. and Luray, Va., which are scheduling Easter events from April 14 - 20, and the Jellystone Park in Cosby, Tenn., which has four Easter themed weekends planned for April.
Following is a list of several Jellystone Parks across the country that are planning Easter themed activities along with the dates of those activities:
- Elberta, www.jellystoneALgulfcoast.com, April 18 -20
- Lincoln, www.delawarejellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Bremen, www.gajellystone.com, April 4 - 6, 11 - 13 and 18 - 20
- Millbrook, www.jellystonechicago.com, April 18 - 20
- Fremont, www.jellystonesbest.com, April 18 - 20
- Lawrence, www.kansascityjellystone.com, April 18 - 19
- Cave City, www.jellystonemammothcave.com, April 18 - 20
- Frankenmuth, www.frankenmuthjellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- South Haven, www.southhavenjellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Austin, www.beavertrailsjellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Pelahatchie, www.jellystonems.com, April 18 - 20
- Eureka, www.eurekajellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- North Hudson, www.adirondacksjellystone.com, May 2 - 4
- Cherokee, www.jellystonecherokee.com, April 14 - 20
- Marion, www.jellystonemarion.com, April 14 - 20
- Tabor City, www.taborcityjellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Harrisville, www.pittsburghjellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Mill Run, www.jellystonemillrun.com, April 18 - 20
- Quarryville, www.jellystonepa.com, April 18 - 20
- Swansea, www.columbiajellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Cosby, www.greatsmokyjellystone.com, Each weekend in April
- Horn Lake MS (Memphis area), www.memphisjellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Burleson, www.northtexasjellystone.com, April 17 - 19
- Canyon Lake, www.jellystonehillcountry.com, April 18 - 20
- Fredericksburg, www.twcjellystone.com, April 18 - 20
- Tyler, www.jellystoneatwhisperingpines.com, April 18 - 19
- Waller, www.lonestarcamping.com, April 5 - 6
- Gloucester Point, www.jellystonegp.com, April 18 - 20
- Luray, www.campluray.com, April 14 - 20
- Natural Bridge, www.campnbr.com, April 18 - 20
- Caledonia, www.jellystone-caledonia, May 16 - 18
- Fort Atkinson, www.jellystonefort.com, May 16 - 18
- Sturgeon Bay, www.doorcountyjellystone.com, June 6 - 8
Source Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts
Five roads less travelled in the USA
by SARA BENSON * 02 April 2014
Everyone knows a road trip is the classic way to see the grand ol' USA. But what if you've already cruised the Pacific Coast Highway, rolled along the Blue Ridge Parkway and gotten your kicks on Route 66? Take a spin on any (or all) of these scenic drives, which rightfully should be much more popular than they actually are (shh, it'll be our secret).
The Blues Hwy & Cajun Country
It's all about music, food and bon temps ('good times') in the Deep South, on a 1000-mile road trip that's as much a cultural odyssey as a vacation. Start in Memphis, an early beacon for Mississippi Delta bluesmen since the early 1900s, especially the foot-stomping clubs of Beale Street. Follow Hwy 61 south, stopping at backwater juke joints and the infamous crossroads in Clarksdale, where legend says blues guitar player Robert Johnson made a deal with the devil himself. Today, Clarksdale's Delta Blues Museum honors all the greats, including Muddy Waters.
Make a beeline to the end of the Blues Highway in N'awlins, the birthplace of jazz, for a few nights of voodoo magic and hot all-night jam sessions. After a night of hedonism, head out into Louisiana's Cajun Country. There the lingua franca is Cajun French, and folks love to fiddle, dance and most of all, eat. Get lost in a maze of bayous and swamps, where the crawfish boils and dance hall nights never seem to end, then finish your journey inLafayette.
Time your trip for April, May or June when the most music festivals are happening. But whatever time of year you go, plan on eating a lot: Memphis' famous barbecue ribs from Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous; sugar-dusted beignets with chicory coffee at Café Beignet in New Orleans; and country cooking at Prejean's Cajun Dining in Lafayette.
Big Bend Scenic Loop
This West Texas drive is just over 250 miles long, but set aside at least five days – heck, why not a week? – to soak up the boundless vistas straight out of an old Hollywood Western movie.
Putter through quirky small towns, none odder than the art colony of Marfa, made famous by cameos in films such as Giant and No Country for Old Men, and home to the mysterious Marfa Lights in the big sky. Stop in little Alpine at the Museum of the Big Bend to brush up on natural history, then get lost in the vastness of Big Bend National Park, which is almost as big as the state of Rhode Island. Perfect for wildlife watching, hiking trails snake through canyons beside the swirling Rio Grande in the US-Mexico borderlands.
This trip is best between February and April, before the heat sets in. Make sure you stop for cattle ranch steaks at Reata restaurant and camp out in a safari tent, teepee or Airstream trailer at funky El Cosmico.
San Juan Hwy & Million Dollar Skyway
To experience the Rocky Mountains at their most rugged, detour along this 160-mile drive through Colorado. Don't think it's an easy trip, the twisting mountain passes inevitably slow you down. But you probably won't mind, given all the jaw-dropping peak panoramas. This land of unbroken spirit is also rife with Old West saloons and ghost towns.
From Mesa Verde National Park, where you can climb ladders to tour Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, drive east to the historic railroad town of Durango, a hub for outdoor adventures like mountain biking and fly fishing. Then follow the San Juan Skyway north to Silverton, a boom-and-bust mining town that still celebrates its Wild West outlaws at the Silverton Museum, inside the old county jail. Skedaddle onto the equally heart-stopping Million Dollar Highway to Ouray and Telluride. Along this sky-high route, nearly every 19th-century saloon or historic hotel has a ghost story to tell.
Go in summer to capitalize on all the fun. At night, hit Durango's many brewpubs and sleep at the Historic Strater Hotel, an antiques-filled period piece.
Monument Valley & the Trail of the Ancients
If you're a fan of backcountry dirt road and 4WD routes, nothing will get your heart beating as fast as Utah's canyon country. This 300-mile road trip takes you into the heart of the Four Corners region, where modern Native American tribal lands are interwoven with the traces of the Ancestral Puebloans who came before.
Start your journey at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, the dramatic backdrop for countless Hollywood Westerns. Hovenweep National Monument preserves archaeological sites in splendid isolation at the far western edge of Colorado and then cross back over the border again to walk underneath the towering arches of Natural Bridges National Monument. Then get ready for this road trip's biggest thrills – the hairpin turns of the Moki Dugway and a drive around the strangely shaped sandstone monoliths and pinnacles of the Valley of the Gods (utah.com), just outside the one-horse town of Mexican Hat.
Best driven in spring or fall, make sure you peruse photos of yesteryear film stars and other memorabilia at Goulding's Lodge and munch on fry bread at Twin Rocks Cafe, in the trading outpost of Bluff.
Hwy 49 through California's Gold Country
In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is the incredible scenery of winding Hwy 49. This route shows off California's Gold Rush days, when hell-raising prospectors and ruffians rushed helter-skelter into the West. You only need a few days to drive the almost 200 miles along this route, peppered with Victorian-era small towns with wooden boardwalks and antiques shops, as well as summertime swimming holes and underground caves to spelunk in.
Start in Sonora, close to two of Gold Country's biggest attractions: 1897 Railtown State Historic Park (railtown1897.org), where train rides are available on weekends, and Columbia State Historic Park, an authentic gold-mining town populated by costumed living-history interpreters. Farther north, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is where the Gold Rush really all began and along the banks of the American River, you can try your own hands at panning for gold. Finish in Nevada City, a quaint (and hilly) historic mining town.
Go spring to fall for sunny skies. Dally at vineyard tasting rooms in Amador County's wine country (amadorwine.com), then stop for a bite to eat in Placerville, at the Cozmic Cafe, where tables are set up inside an old mine shaft. The Broad Street Inn, a six-room Victorian charmer, waits at the end of the route.
"Roadtrip with the kids." That doesn't sound as happy as we expect it to be right?
Happy isn't always one of the best descriptions you can give to a trip. As most of us know, kids and roadtrip never go well together. But what if it could? What if you can enjoy a long travel and be happy that you have kids around?
Yep, there is a way that those two can coexist.
The key in having a tolerable roadtrip with the kids is to understand their needs. If you are a kid, would you be happy just sitting quietly in the back and waiting til you arrive at your destination? Perhaps not. Think of ways where you can keep them satisfied (aside of course from letting them stare out the window and admire the scenes on the road).
Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to keep them busy. If you're too tired to think how you can handle them, I have provided a short list of things you can do to shift the moment in your favor. Ready?
1. Prepare the DVD player
No other thing can silence the kids better than watching their favorite good ol’ movies while they’re hitting the road with you. Before traveling, be sure to ask them what they want to watch so they won’t get bored because they actually like what they're watching.
2. Play some games
Of course, there's no guarantee that a 2-hour long movie can sustain the whole roadtrip so it’s best to have some games ready. Below are some cool, noise-free games for the kiddos:
· Find the Treasure in the Bottle – For this one, you have to fill a 2-liter glass bottle with three-quarters full of birdseed or rice. Place small household items like buttons, toy army men, paperclips, marbles etc in the bottle. Seal the bottle tightly so no rice or birdseed will be spilled all over the place. Make sure you know how many objects are there so you know if your kids got it right. Let them shake the bottle and find all the treasures buried in their bottle!
· Fun Time With Maps – This game will not only keep your kids busy, it will also increase their alertness while learning new things. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a geography geek, just mention a specific country or state and let them find it on the map. One alternative for this game is to give them your destination and origin so they can track where you are on the map. Give them some stickers and highlighters to mark different places in the map.
· Game of Cars – Give them a specific color and let the kids count how many cars they can spot with that color. No duplication of cars or else that car will be considered void. See how many they can spot in 2 minutes. Give some goodies after the game.
3. Let them create a scrapbook
Documenting your roadtrip would be fun! With a polaroid camera, some colored pens, and a blank scrapbook, you can transform the boring road into one that has a lot of exciting things to see. It’s not every day that you’ll pass this way so make sure that your kids will get the spur of the moment. We’re sure there are a lot of unique things to see. Stop by the road, let them snap some photos and maybe add some notes on where that is.
4. Bring plenty of toys for them
Never underestimate the power of having toys for your kids on the road. It will keep them distracted for a while. Bring their favorite doll or that toy car that they can’t leave home without. As earlier mentioned, it’s best to understand your child’s need in order for both of you to have a peaceful trip.
5. Pack enough snacks
They’ll get hungry soon enough and you won’t have the luxury of time to stop every time their tummy rumbles so make sure that you bring along snacks that aren’t messy to eat like yogurt, cookies, sandwiches, cut-up fruits and veggies, milk, and the occasional chocolate and chips. Listen to your kids when they think they crave for something to eat on the side of the road. You don’t want to unleash the dragon in them, am I right? So every once in a while, let them have their way.
Steve Fretz, Miles of RV Smiles
Fun RV Trips For You AND The Kids
One of my favorite things about the RV lifestyle is the family aspect. Growing up at a RV dealership obviously got me interested in RVing, but I love taking my wife and kids on camping trips in our RVs. I see so many people rent or buy RVs because they like the idea of taking their kids or grand kids on trips and showing them all the amazing landscape in our country. Fortunately my kids like RV trips, but sometimes I plan a trip to a national park or a campground that I am excited about, but the kids are less than enthusiastic. Who knew that most kids won’t jump for joy when told they will be spending four days in a RV parked in a National Park? What should a parent do?
Last week I found a good list from RV Daily Report of National Parks that you can take a RV trip to that have activities for the whole family:
PA MAINE, Acadia National Park: Sea-life bingo keeps youngsters excited tallying green sea urchins, orange sea stars, and other curious marine creatures that reside in tide pools that surface at low tide. Watch for harbor seals farther out in the water.
FLORIDA, Biscayne National Park: Families visiting Biscayne between December and April can sign up to attend “Family Fun Fest” – a daylong program held on the second Sunday of those months and focused on activities tied to the park’s diverse resources.
MASSACHUSETTS, Cape Cod National Seashore: Cycling is one of the best ways to get around the Cape thanks to its paved rail trail, which leads through the woods, pass kettle ponds created by retreating glaciers, and to spurs leading to Coast Guard, Marconi and Le Count Hollow beaches.
WYOMING, Grand Teton National Park: Teens looking for a challenge can measure themselves against the Tetons, thanks to climbing schools where world-class guides will teach them the basics and lead them to the summit of 13,770-foot Grand Teton.
COLORADO, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: Kids love to get sandy on the tallest sand dunes in North America. Rising to about 650 feet, these dunes in the heart of the park are perfect for skiing, sand-boarding, or just plain old rolling down.
CALIFORNIA, Lassen Volcanic National Park: Budding geologists will be fascinated with Lassen Volcanic, as it can count all four major types of volcanoes — shield, plug, cinder cone, and composite. There’s even a Volcano Club kids can join to learn more about this volcanic landscape.
KENTUCKY, Mammoth Cave National Park: A Mammoth Cave trip is built around a cave tour with the family, or three! Take the Violet City Lantern Tour to experience the passageways by flickering lamp light as many of its first visitors did, view the incredible flowstones on the Frozen Niagara Tour, or visit the Snowball Room with its ancient autographs inscribed with soot.
WASHINGTON, Olympic National Park: Kids can start the day with a snowball fight (on Hurricane Ridge) and end it soaking in warm springs (like those at Sol Duc Hot Springs).
MICHIGAN, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Winter isn’t the off-season here, as there are trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And if there’s enough snow, kids and adults can even sled down the 100+ ft. Dune Climb.