Friday, November 20, 2015

Our picks for where to go and what to do when
the world looks like the set of Frozen.
There's no denying it: winter is coming.
And even if
you're a warm-weather person, we've got plenty of reasons to head outside
and celebrate the season.
From the Adirondack Mountains to the lakes of
Wisconsin and across the country to the slopes of Utah, these wintertime
destinations invite awesome—and icy—family adventures.
All you need is a
daredevil spirit and strategically layered clothing.
Door County, Wisconsin Another ideal winter escape can be found in
Northern Wisconsin—Door County, to be specific.
This Norman Rockwell-looking
peninsula by Sturgeon Bay transforms into an icy playground during the winter:
golf courses become sledding and snowshoeing terrain, the county's lakes and
state parks are used for dog sledding, zip lining, snow mobiles, and fat tire
biking—the newest winter activity for those who are passionate about the
outdoors.
Another option is Sunburst Winter Sports Park, just north of
Milwaukee, which is home to the largest snow-tubing park, at 42 lanes, in
America.
"Magic carpets" pull you up the mountain and shoot you 100 feet
down a quarter-mile run.
Lake Placid, New York For a low-key, budget-friendly snow adventure high
on energy, Lake Placid is an excellent choice.
Its location in the Adirondacks
is scenic, but the real draw is the ability to frolic on Olympic-branded
terrain.
A converted ski jump trestle has been fashioned into a toboggan
chute, an icy roller coaster that shuttles riders 1,000 feet out onto frozen
Mirror Lake.
Kids over 12 can test drive the bobsled Olympic run at the
Olympic Sports Complex.
The Olympic Oval is open to the public for
ice-skating, and family dog sledding across Mirror Lake is a slam-dunk for any
family.
Park City, Utah This is one-stop winter vacation shopping for
families.
Park City Mountain Resort, now the largest single ski and snowboard
resort in the United States, has something for every mood and every age
bracket.
For little kids, there are horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoe treks,
and dog sledding through the jaw-dropping Wasatch Mountain Range.
The Alpine
Coaster (reachable by chair lift) can ferry the family through more than a
mile of wow-factor loops and curves at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
For
teens, it's all about Utah Olympic Park, site of the 2002 winter
Olympics.
Here you can ride the Comet Bobsled (must be 16) and partake in the
"Xtreme ZipRider®" which, with a 500 foot drop, is the steepest zip line
in North America.
Yellowstone National Park, Montana During the winter, Yellowstone
National Park transforms into a snowy wonderland.
Not only can you see an
incredible amount of wildlife during this time (without the annoying selfie
stick-obsessed crowds of summer), but snow geysers spontaneously erupt as you
explore the park.
Other activities abound: Ranger services offers guided
snowshoe hikes, and there is dogsledding, sleigh rides, snowmobile sessions,
and adventure zip lining, too.
At night, the adventure continues.
Guests take
a snowcat to a rustic yurt at Big Sky Resort for a prime rib dinner at the top
of the mountain.
As you wait for the meal to begin, nighttime sledding is
encouraged.
Amy Tara Koch covers the family and Chicago beats for Travel +
Leisure.
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Our picks for where to go and what to do for the perfect
winter getaway for the whole family.

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