Mount Rainer National Park
flickr, MountRainerNPS (Kevin Bacher)
This place is both an active volcano and the most glaciated peak in the lower U.S.
Its surrounding wildlands host ancient forests, abundant wildlife and hundreds of lakes and rivers. It attracts many visitors in late summer, who come to witness the renowned beauty of its wildflower meadows.
If you guessed Mount Rainier, Washington, you are correct.
Washington state's Mount Rainier National Park also shines in winter. With an average of 54 feet of snow every year, there's plenty of sledding, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to be enjoyed. Visitors can check out its landscapes ahead of - or instead of - their adventure via several webcams.
The park will be open seven days a week this winter, which is surprising given that like all parks it is still subject to lingering budget cuts. Earlier this year, the park was forced to close its Ohanapecosh visitor center due to these constraints.
Kudos to wilderness volunteer vacationers who stepped up to the challenge and worked to restore this beloved park earlier this year! If you want to support this exquisite place, consider adopting Mount Rainier to help preserve its beauty now and forever.
View a video of this park's ice and snow: