Camping in the winter may not sound like the way you want to spend your winter days, but if you do you won’t regret it. The season offers a whole new array of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you travel with a tent packed in your trunk, or you have a RV, there is something for everyone. Check out the places to go and things to do in the chillier months of the year.
Activities for Families
Couples with younger kids often shudder at the idea of spending a vacation cramped inside a tent or RV with their children in the cold. However, just because the summer sun isn’t beating down, doesn’t mean that there isn’t fun to be had outdoors. Some of the more popular activities include ice-skating on frozen lakes or ponds, sledding, building snow forts, or making snow ice cream. For families with older kids, you can enjoy some time on the lake ice fishing, hunting in the woods, or skiing on the slopes.
Whether you have children or not, couples tend to especially enjoy the colder camping. The chilly weather encourages cuddling under blankets beneath the stars, something that doesn’t normally happen in the heat of the summer. The cold also makes it a great atmosphere for things like mugs of hot cocoa or bowls of warm soup.
The winter season can make some attractions look even more magnificent than in the warmer seasons. One crowd favorite is Mt. Hood in Oregon. In the summer, the mountain is beautiful, but the addition of crisp snow and bright colors makes the view even more magnificent. Another less well-known, but just as beautiful destination is the red cliffs in Utah. The orange and red cliffs and plateaus look even brighter topped with light layers of white snow.
If you really want to see a summer to winter transformation, Picture Rock in Michigan is like two different attractions in one. In the summer, the rock is covered in green and surrounded by water. In the winter, it takes on a whole different look, sporting frozen water and waterfalls and covered in glistening snow. The last winter beauty is Yosemite in California. The view is uniquely wonderful with a combination of cliffs, snow, and trickling waterways. The opportunities are endless.
Whether you decide to camp close to home or drive to one of the many beautiful winter destinations, you will always have something to do when camping in the winter. The snow and ice provide a plethora of activities that aren’t available in the heat of the summer. So what are you waiting for? Start packing!