Here is a little known tip for avoiding stress this holiday season, go camping. Most people don’t venture out into the cold, which makes this the best time of year to cross a few national parks off your bucket list. Here are three national parks to visit this winter.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Droves of people line up to visit Bryce canyon every year except in winter. Which is odd, because they flock to Utah during this time of year to ski. If you think the hoodoos (rock formations) look other worldly in the summer then wait until you see them covered in snow. The contrast of the red rock spires to the crisp white snow is chilling.
Big Bend National Park
During the winter Big Bend sits at a comfortable 60 degrees. The ideal temperature for exploring the parks 200 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. Go fro the mountains to the desert or kayak the river all in one park. The elevation down by the river is 1,800 feet and 8,000 feet up in the Chisos Mountains. Temperature can fluctuate by about 20 degrees depending on your altitude so pack layers.
Biscayne National Park
Of course the best way to deal with the cold is pack a swimsuit and head to Florida. Swim with over 500 species of fish that inhabit Biscayne’s coral reefs. About 95 percent of the park is located under the electric blue water. Go snorkeling, grab a boat tour or rent a kayak and soak up the sun. Just don’t forget the sunscreen. After you have worked up an appetite head to Miami about 45 minutes from Biscayne National Park for some amazing Cuban food.
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