19. Glacier National Park, Montana
Why go: Glacier National Park is tucked in the northwest corner of Montana, along the edge of the Rocky Mountains. It’s within driving distance from Missoula and Spokane, and is accessible by several regional airports. The glaciers here are estimated to be at least 7,000 years old, and while the park is stunning year-round, there’s no better time to view them than in the snow. During the winter, you can still drive the famously scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road (it’s typically plowed for about 11 miles to properly ogle them). But with few roads actually inside the park, it’s a paradise for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Where to stay: You can’t stay in Glacier National Park in the winter (unless you camp), but you can base yourself in nearby Whitefish, a picturesque mountain town at the foot of Big Mountain, where you can ski Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, just 30 minutes from the park, is as rustic as you’d hope, but with all the modern amenities. It also has killer backyard views of Whitefish Lake.
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