Celebrate Winter in Denali
Denali National Park, Alaska
When thinking about the best wild winter backcountry, Alaska should be the first destination that comes to mind. What could make for more classic cold-weather adventure than dog sledding and catching the Northern lights in the tundra of Denali National Park? The 14th annual Winterfest is being held on February 27 to March 1 this year, and includes: the Winterfest Olympic Games, hearty potluck dinners, ice carving, workshops on photographing the Northern Lights, and free dog sled rides (of course).
Fly: Avoid unpredictable weather and potentially hazardous road conditions from Anchorage by paying extra to fly into Fairbanks. The interior town is two hours from Denali, versus Anchorage's five-hour trek on a good day.
Stay: Most of the hotels and lodges located in the Denali park wilderness and just outside of the park are closed during the winter season. But the town of Healy, just 12 miles north, offers several bed and breakfasts, along with motels and a grocery store that are open year-round. The Denali Primrose Bed and Breakfast has accommodations starting at $142 per night. [denaliprimrose.com]