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Best US parks to go for winter trips   U.S.A

Started Dec-28 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 129 views.

Ready for a chilly vacation? Here are the best national parks for families to visit this winter

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

The first light of the new year in the U.S. shines on Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain and the neighboring family vacation spot of Bar Harbor has plenty of kid-friendly New Year's Eve activities and fireworks to keep the whole family feeling festive.

Acadia National Park stays open all-year-round and in the winter its miles of carriage roads are groomed for cross country skiers, snowshoers and hikers. Staying nice and warm in your car is a good option, too, because traffic drops substantially in the colder months and the popular Park Loop Road near the ocean remains open for scenic drives.

2. Arches National Park, Utah

One of Utah's famed Mighty 5 national parks, Arches National Park boasts crazy-high numbers of visitors during the summer months, when long lines cause long waits at popular formations like Delicate Arch. But because many Utah visitors opt to visit ski destinations when the snows arrive, winter is a great time to visit Arches National Park without the crowds – or scorching temperatures.

3. Big Bend National Park, Texas

The winter months are full of sunny days with milder temperatures at Big Bend, making it one of the top national parks to visit in winter – and often a more enjoyable experience than during the blazing summer heat.

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