Ice Skate in the High Sierras
Yosemite National Park, California
For winter travelers that don't mind a crowd, the Curry Village outdoor ice-skating rink at Yosemite offers a winter classic: ice skating. “Hundreds of people a day come to ice skate at the base of the mountains during the winter,” says Sean Miner, a Curry Village employee. Open from Thanksgiving through February, the rink is far from the only attraction. When you are ready to get away from the ruckus, a shuttle from the nearby lodging areas can take you to Badger Pass ski resort for snowboarding, hiking, and Nordic and downhill skiing.
Fly: San Francisco has the cheapest airfare and the most consistent flights, with just under a four-hour drive to Yosemite. Fresno is closer to the park, but deals are harder to come by.
Stay: Curry Village offers 10 on-site cabins starting at $59 per night. For more comfortable accommodations, the award-winning Tenaya Lodge is just down the road down and starts at $129 per night. [tenayalodge.com]