You might need a nice winter coat and some waterproof snow boots to visit them, but most beautiful landscapes in the world look even better all frozen over. Every tree draped in a dusting of white that leaves it silhouetted elegantly against the backdrop of a crisp winter sky; every body of water’s surface frozen over… it may be chilly, but Jack Frost’s influence is undeniably beautiful. Don’t believe us? See for yourself. Here’s a list of 7 unbelievable winter landscapes that almost look too beautiful to be real — and they’re all right here in the USA, just waiting for a visit from you and your motorhome.Just from flipping through your favorite road atlas or National Park guide, you already know that America is full to the brim with amazing, beautiful landscapes. Makes sense that we love RV camping here so much!And if you’re wondering if a winter RV trip is a good idea — or even possible — fear not. As long as you take the proper precautions, you can safely and comfortably camp even in sub-freezing temperatures. All it takes is some RV antifreeze and a little bit of planning, and maybe a bypass kit or blow-out plug depending on your rig’s water system. Here’s one of our best resources for getting your rig winter ready, no matter where in the world you plan to take it!
America’s Most Beautiful LandscapesWe’re lucky enough to live in the country with some of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. Here are the ones you don’t want to miss all decked out in their winter best.
1. Glacier National Park, MontanaGiven the chilly name of this sprawling reserve, it only makes sense that it would be worth a visit during winter. Even when covered in snow, it’s still home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the country, and plenty of fun for snow-shoers and cross-country skiers alike.
2. Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaIt may be a desert, but this surreal-looking southern California landscape transforms into an equally-alien snow field during winter time. Look at how the white dusts the twists and turns of the park’s namesake trees. Absolutely stunning!
3. Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, ArizonaHere’s another usually-warm landscape that looks just brilliant with a touch of ice. The Arizona desert’s red goes so well with winter’s white, don’t you think? This photo was taken at a site descriptively called “The Wave” Coyote Butts North section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.
3. The Great Lakes, Northern United StatesErie, Michigan, Ontario, Huron, or Superior — no matter which of the Great Lakes’ shores you find yourself on, you’re certain to see a breathtaking display of winter’s best work. The above photo, depicting a Coast Guard military vessel called a cutter, was taken at Lake Erie. Not all cruises are tropical, you know!
4. Yellowstone National Park, WyomingWe’ll be honest: Yellowstone is pretty amazing no matter what time of year you go. But stick its flowing rivers, towering mountains, and eerily technicolor hot springs on a snowy background, and you’ve entered a whole new dimension of beauty and wonder. If you haven’t been to America’s oldest National Park yet, it’s time to find out why this incredible landscape actually inspired us to set up the park system in the first place. What are you waiting for?
5. The Grand CanyonThere’s a reason it’s a classic. Take advantage of the fact that the Grand Canyon National Park’s south rim campground, Mather, is open year round. While they don’t have hookups, the view of one of our country’s most beloved natural formations is well worth the cost of burning a little bit of propane. Plus, a quick drive south to Tucson and you’ll be warmed up in a jiffy — January temps there frequently climb into the 70s!
6. Warren Falls, VermontThink all the most beautiful American landscapes are out west? Think again. This New England treasure looks stunning with an icy glaze — speaking of which, once you’re done exploring, you’ll be able to warm up with some flapjacks covered in fresh maple syrup!
7. Denali National Park, AlaskaOkay, it’s no simple drive; in fact, unless you’ve already made the trek during the warm weather, getting to Alaska in your RV is impossible. But although it takes planning and commitment to a long-haul trip, seeing Alaska’s Denali National Park, one of the largest in America, during the winter weather is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you shouldn’t deny yourself. You might even glimpse the northern lights while you’re up there!
Frozen Places Around the WorldFrom the fjords of Norway to the bergs of Antarctica, there are plenty of beautiful landscapes on earth that get even more stunning in winter. But isn’t it exciting that so many of them are available to us campers right here in America? No matter whether you’re heading to one of these sites this winter or you’d rather stick to warm-weather camping, be sure to renew your Passport America membership, or open one if you’re not already subscribed. Yes, there are plenty of discount camping clubs to choose from, but only Passport America scores you 50% off your campsite accommodation fees every single time you camp in one of its participating locations. And with almost 1900 of them across the country… well, you’re certainly not going to run out of options!
Beautiful Frozen Landscapes Around the WorldWe hope this list has convinced you that some of the most amazing natural landscapes and beautiful places on earth are just as exquisite, if not more so, during the coldest part of the year. Plus, the snow means you can explore them in new ways, like skiing, snowshoeing, or even by dog sled! So what are you waiting for? Get out there and see what winter really looks like outside of the four walls of your camper. They’ll be there waiting with your warm cozy bed to return to after a long day outside.
Written by Megan Buemi, for RVShare.