Haines, AK Bald eagles gather in the thousands along the Chilkat River. Don’t forget the gorgeous mountain scenery—and, if you’re lucky, the northern lights. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Burchett.
Yosemite National Park, CA Try towering cliffs reflected in the snow-clad Merced River for classic Yosemite winter shots. Photo courtesy of Cliff Stone.
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT Red sandstone hoodoos draped in white make this a Southwest winter favorite. Photo courtesy of Yvonne Baur.
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Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Head here after a big storm to capture images of the canyon topped with snow. Photo courtesy of Alan English.
Minnesota’s North Shore When Lake Superior freezes, a number of shoreline state parks allow easy access to sea cliffs and sea caves lined with giant ice formations. Look at local ice reports before venturing out. Photo courtesy of JoEllyn Steele.
Olympic National Park, WA Glacier-capped peaks and rugged Pacific coastline team up for a Northwest classic. Photo courtesy of Greg Snowden.
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO White peaks rising above frozen lakes are a treat for landscapists. Check avalanche conditions before leaving for the backcountry. Photo courtesy of Wes Thomas.
Adirondack High Peaks, NY Not only is the scenery surrounding Lake Placid superlative, but you can get action shots of world-class skiers and daredevil ice climbers. Ian Plant
West Virginia Highlands One of the few areas south of the Mason-Dixon Line that gets a lot of snow. Blackwater Falls State Park is great right after a heavy snowfall. Ian Plant
Yellowstone National Park, WY Abundant wildlife and copious geothermal steam. The road through Lamar Valley, a winter wildlife hotspot, is open year-round. Travel by snow coach to reach other areas of the park. Ian Plant