Winter is generally considered the low travel period. Some, however, would argue that it’s the best time for travel. To boldly go where few venture in the off-season means saving money, avoiding crowds and, in some cases, it’s actually peak season. Consider these noteworthy spots when the temperature drops.
Throngs of tourists flock to see the colorful bubbling hot springs and faithfully erupting geysers in Yellowstone each summer, but in winter, the park shuts down, almost. Most roads are closed to cars, but you can still explore the park by snowmobile, snowcoach, snowshoe or snow skis. It’s a true winter wonderland blissfully free of crowds, filled with wildlife viewing opportunities and some of the hottest places on the surface of the planet surrounded by blankets of snow. There are plenty of groomed trails for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing where snowmobiles and coaches aren’t allowed, so it’ll just be you and Mother Nature at its steamy, snow-covered finest.
Stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins and they’ll arrange tours for you. Rates $151-$305. 1000 Old Faithful Road, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.