6. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park may not have all the mountains that you’ll find out west, but make no mistake; this is rugged, beautiful terrain. And cold, too. But during the winter, Acadia is prime snowshoeing terrain, and hearing the Atlantic slam against the rocky coastline as you fall asleep in your tent is enchanting. Good hikes include the strenuous Precipice Trail or the easy Cadillac loop.
5. Zion National Park, Utah
Zion can be considered one of the most beautiful places in the country any time of year. But during the winter, it takes on a whole new meaning. Red rock dusted with snow is truly breathtaking, and the colder weather means you have most of the park to yourself. Climbing Angel’s Landing becomes a little bit more treacherous with ice, but the 3-day Trans-Zion Trek is a beautiful, solitary trip through canyons, forests, and streams. Look for wildcats, too.