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7 Magical Places in the US That Have Snow All Year Round

If you are traveling around the US in the summer and looking for spots where to cool off, take a look at this post about some stunning places that have snow all year round.

When you live at higher altitudes or in northern regions where colder conditions prevail throughout the year, you definitely won’t be thinking about how to extend your winter when summer comes. I get that. Most likely you will be dreaming about how to escape winter destinations and travel somewhere where it’s warm enough. The majority don’t really think about summer skiing or snowboarding if their winter was long and cold.

However, there are people who enjoy cold more than anything else. They feel at ease and enjoy life in full when a street thermometer shows a temperature outside of no more than 55 degrees (12 degrees Celcius.) The lower the better it is. This is how Mark thinks. He believes that an ideal summer should be cool and breezy.

Even though I have a totally different opinion, I’ll still admit that I don’t need to be a winter lover to appreciate the beauty of this wonderful season. Not that sloppy slushy winter season that can give you depression. You know the one when on a daily basis you have to battle the front door of your home because it is blocked by unreal amounts of snow. Or when you need to scrape ice off the windshield early Monday morning (just like in Kentucky in winter) or try to hide away from slush waves that chill your bones.

No, the winter I am talking about is the one with beautiful sunny but frosty days, with crispy fresh air and snowflakes on our lashes. That winter when on a sunny day you are warm without a jacket but the snow doesn’t melt. 

Winters like those exist. And, surprisingly, you can experience them not only during the winter but in summer too. 

We got a chance to visit some absolutely magical places in the United States where winter lasts well into summer. These snowy holiday destinations are great to visit year-round but especially unique they are in the summertime.

So if you are looking for the mountains with snow all year round or wondering about summer snowboarding options, check out this post!

Amazing Places in America That Have Snow All Year Round 

North Cascades National Park, Washington

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Where does it snow in July in the US? Ha, in North Cascades National Park! We took this photo in early Jule. Just a few days before our visit, there was a mini snowstorm!
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Not bad as for the road condition high up in the mountains in the summertime. Most of the road is closed until almost August.

Visiting North Cascades National Park last July turned out to be a complete surprise.

We drove to Lake Ann Trailhead with the goal to hike all the way to Mount Shuksan but instead confined ourselves to walking in the snow near the parking lot.

There was so much snow in July that most of the hiking trails were closed and, for the most part, people were skiing. It was so interesting to watch skiers wearing shorts and tanks while spending hours in the snow. And the fact that people were skiing in July didn’t resonate with us. No one ever got cold!

The sunset over snowy peaks was gorgeous and we had a blast but regretted a bit we didn’t put a snowboard in our car. We couldn’t even imagine we’d need one!

If you take Mount Baker Highway (Road 542), there are plenty of activities along the way. Artist Point is the area where the road ends but most likely you won’t be able to get there by car until August. Somewhere around the Silver Fir Campground, it starts looking more like winter.

WHERE TO STAY:

Most of the places to stay near the North Cascades National Park are in Deming and Glacier. You have a choice between cabins and lodges.

We personally love to choose apartments so we stayed in a small cozy apartment called Snowater Nook near Glacier and Deming. It proved to be a perfect base from which to explore the different parts of this region.

If you are looking for a more secluded place, check Snowater Resort and Snowline Lodge in Glacier. They offer a lot of romantic condos with mountain views or by the river.

Check prices and availability for Snowater Resort and Snowline Lodge on Booking.com

Inyo National Forest, California

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In some places, summer fun looks just like this. This hill of snow was right next to the parking lot. No need to go far, just to get out of a car and have fun.

What we always loved about California when we lived there was the diversity of the state. Look to sunbathe in the morning and hit the slopes in the afternoon? Visit wineries, rent a campervan, and drive one of the legendary roads, go to a volcanic area, or desert? Or perhaps you are looking to swim in a lake and enjoy the mountains? No matter what your heart desires, California has it all.

Inyo National Forest, in the eastern part of California in the Sierra Nevada, which is part of Yosemite (one of the best national parks), keeps attracting skiers and ice climbers year-round. Simply because it is all year round skiing destination.

To be able to see and enjoy snow in summer, head to Saddlebag Lake, walk around it (less than 3 miles), or take a boat to get across and hike to North Peak. You’ll be getting more and more snow while hiking up to the peak.

If you would love to ski or snowboard, keep in mind that slopes are rather challenging and more suitable for backcountry skiing. Be careful in late summer. Snow turns into ice what makes it a bit dangerous.

WHERE TO STAY:

There are plenty of charming B&Bs and hotels to stay in along Highway 395, especially between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. When we were visiting we found a lovely cabin-style condo where we were able to cook in the morning and in the evening.

Juniper Springs Resort is one of the few hotels in the area with the best reviews. It is located within 5 minutes drive of the Inyo National Forest, has rooms with balconies and kitchens, and offers a heated outdoor pool.

Check prices and availability for Juniper Springs Resort on Booking.com

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Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

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A couple of times we were pretty reckless when wearing sneakers while hiking in the snow. And no, it was not cold at all!

Driving two and a half hours away from the largest city in Oregon will bring you to the winter fairytale, which is probably one of only a few places providing year-round access to snow.

Most of the ski descents there are steep and only experienced skiers or snowboarders should be conquering them. But you can drive to the Mount Hood area to get a breath of fresh crisp air, play snowballs and drink a cup of hot chocolate in Timberline Lodge restaurant overlooking the snowy peaks. By the way, if you are looking for places to ski in the summer in the US, Timberline Lodge offers summer skiing if weather permitting.

It is a perfect getaway in Oregon when lower elevations are hot. However, snowstorms sometimes come as a surprise!

Among other things to do in Mount Hood National Forest on a chilly breezy day are a visit to a Cultural Center & Museum and a drive on Mt. Hood Scenic Loop

WHERE TO STAY:

There is no shortage of accommodation places in Mt Hood National Forest, although choosing Government Camp or Rhododendron will allow you to get to the ski area in less than 15 minutes.

Check prices and availability for Government Camp and Rhododendron on Booking.com

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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The beauty of Crater Lake. Trying to walk around it, oh we were so naive.

Crater Lake National Park is magical year-round but in summer it is especially beautiful. And did you know that winter in this park usually doesn’t leave until the beginning, sometimes mid-summer?

We didn’t know this fact and last June when we visited Crater Lake for the first time we were pretty disappointed. When we arrived fully equipped with hiking gear at the beginning of summer with hopes to go hiking, instead we learned that the main road was closed because of the snow.

The snow in Crate Lake National Park often doesn’t melt until the mid of July. Rangers at the park told us there were years when snow in summer never went away completely making winter in that area a year-round season. So get ready and check the park’s website for more information before your trip. 

If you are a hiker, check out some awesome Crater Lake hiking trails here.

WHERE TO STAY:

The most popular place where to stay right in the park is the historic Crater Lake Lodge. It is welcoming guests year-round and offering fantastic views of the lake from many rooms and a restaurant. Besides this hotel, there is nothing else in the park to stay in (except for campsites).

Another (the closest) area where to stay would be Fort Klamath. We stayed a bit farther near Upper Klamath Lake since there were more options for budget travelers. 

White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

Didn’t expect to see one of the states on the East Coast? Among all the places to see in the USA, New Hampshire is rarely on the list. But I highly recommend adding this part of New England to your itinerary. And there is a chance you can still see winter in White Mountain National Forest sometime in July.

Choosing this place for a holiday getaway in winter guarantees there will be a lot of snow.

But in case you didn’t get enough winter fun, visit in spring or even summer. Tuckerman’s Ravine, in the Mount Washington area, is a spot for a spectacular backcountry adventure.

If you do visit in summer, to be able to see snowfields around the park you have to hike. It will take up to two hours to hike one way into the base of Tuckerman’s Ravine. The area every year gets blessed with much snow well into summer, so besides a great workout, you’ll be witnessing a winter wonderland.

For more details, go here.

WHERE TO STAY:

There are numerous places to stay near the White Mountain National Forest. The closest one to the slopes and Mt Washington is Omni Mount Resort.

If you are on a tight budget, check out the beautiful Glen House with breathtaking views, comfortable rooms, and gorgeous territory. Among all the places we checked, this hotel seemed to be the best place around Mt Washington for the price and quality.

Check prices and availability for Omni Mount Resort and The Glen House on Booking.com

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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

On the way to conquer the mountain

Mount Rainier is probably the only place that many people know about not only in the U.S. but outside the country. It is a popular training ground for those who are getting ready to trek higher climbs in the Himalayas and Alaska. Thus this peak keeps attracting climbers from across the globe.

It is such a grand place. And it can be a great vacation spot if you love being in nature away from hustle and bustle. 

No, you don’t have to go trekking to the top of this mountain. But you can visit to ski, play in the snow or walk in the wilderness.

Depending on the trail, you may need to get a pass, as well as some special equipment. But there are always some easy and moderate hikes when nothing is required.

If somehow in the middle of summer, you find yourself with a family in Seattle or anywhere near it, and suddenly start missing the snow, head to Mount Rainier National Park to experience winter one more time.

One of the trails to snowfields starts from the Paradise parking lot towards Muir Snowfield. You don’t need to hike all the way up to feel colder temperatures and get to the snow. Of course, it depends on the year, but very often there is still enough snow right near the Henry Jackson Memorial Visitor Center until the mid-end of July. If not, hike in a direction to Mcclure Rock, and very soon you will be approached by winter.

Professional mountaineers or those who hire a guide should look into Anvil Rock and Gibraltar Rock slopes.

Mount Rainier National Park is among the best parks to visit in the US in the summer. Just being there and walking around helps disconnect from the entire world.

WHERE TO STAY:

Mount Reinier, while being the most popular national park in Washington state, doesn’t have too many hotels to choose from. However, there are quite a few cabins and lodges. Some of them, like Cedar Cabin, are located in the forest and have a hot tub by the river.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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I didn’t have a clue Grand Teton gets so much snow at the end of spring and sometimes even in summer

Some of the most splendid scenery in Wyoming is in Grand Teton National Park. The solitude and majesty combined in one place keep attracting more and more wildlife and nature lovers each year.

And I really believe that Wyoming is one of the best places to go in the USA in the summer. It is so incredibly beautiful. 

I visited in May and oh my gosh, there was so much snow! I can only imagine how astonishing this place gets in the wintertime.

Most likely you won’t be visiting just for the snow. And why would you? There is so much else to experience – hot springs, glamping, hiking, camping are just a few of those experiences. But in case you have an urge for playing snowballs while touring Grand Teton in summer, there is a place in the park where you can find that.

Be ready to put your boots on, hike a dirt trail, and get a little bit muddy.

Lupine Meadows Trailhead, which is usually flooded with visitors, is a gateway toward winter wonderland. Don’t worry, the trail to snow peaks gets rarely crowded. The majority of hikers prefer other trails that also take their beginning from Lupine Meadows Trailhead. You need the one towards Nez Perce. The farther away from the trailhead you walk the more winter wonderland you get to see.

Check the map for details on how to get to the trailhead. And one more here.

You can find so many beautiful lodges, hotels, and Airbnb not far from Grand Teton National Park. If coming with a family, take a look at Teton Club lodging. Each room is spacious with a full-size kitchen and private balcony. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Teton Village where all the shops and restaurants are within walking distance, and right next to the slopes. Still, it is very quiet.

WHERE TO STAY:

If you want to stay as close to the park as possible, the best option is Jenny Lake Lodge. Other than that, you’d need to look into the valley of Jackson Hole which is close to Grand Teton and Yellowstone. 

Check prices and availability for Jenny Lake Lodge on Booking.com


Have you been to any destinations that snow all year round? Not necessarily in the US, they can be anywhere else in the world. Share in comments, please, how your experience was! 

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United States of America has incredibly high amount of places where you can get the best of winter. Take a look at this list of some of the best snowy holiday destinations in America. Tip: you can visit them not only in winter but during any other season and still see snow! #winterdestinations #usatravel #snowyholiday
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    1. Colorado is a great place to live! Mark had a job offer there and we almost moved but decided to travel the world instead. Don’t regret about anything but sometimes wonder what our lives would be like if we settled down in Denver.

      1. It must be exciting to travel and witness all the beauty nature has to offer. I moved from Canada to Texas to be with my sweetheart. It has been 23 years and I still cannot get used to the heatwaves here in Texas in the summer months, let alone the winter months a well. We went through one winter Freeze in February 2021… 2 weeks with no electric or water and our small home got over $10,000 damage from the cold. We lived in the car mostly as we had no other form of heat and it was bitter cold. Texas is beautiful, but as much as I like it. I like my snowy winters back home in Ontario Canada. God bless you both and many prayers for Ukraine.๐Ÿ’ž

        1. Hi Maggie, thank you for your comment and for your prayers.
          I know what you mean when you mention a winter freeze. I also felt cold in winter in warm countries like Spain and along the coast in Turkey when in winter they didn’t have any heat and abnormal cold waves were the reason for electricity and water outages. It was crazy. Before the war, I was always so warm at home in Ukraine walking in shorts and tanks inside the apartment and then could dress warmly and go outside to enjoy the snowy winter. While in warmer destinations where houses are not built for cold weather and don’t have any heat, I was always so cold.

      1. The only 2 places that I can think of that may have snow in June in Colorado are Pikes Peak area and Arapahoe Basin. I have seen snow on Pikes Peak in the second week of June but there was not much of it and only on the top, and mainly on the ground off asphalt road. We also visited Arapahoe Basin in May and there was lots of icy snow there, many people were skiing. But I don’t know for how long it stayed on the ground.
        Another place that should have snow is Mount Evans as it is the highest point in the state with a paved road that leads there. But I’d recommend you check the weather closer to June to understand how much snow fell during the season and how high temperatures are.

  1. You should come here to Glasgow Scotland, it was 50F until about midday last Wednesday amd this is in the middel of June, lol.

  2. Thank you for your cool Winter list. I LOVE the cold, as well as the Fall months. Favorite two seasons are coming up soon. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like the sun and summer months, but i always felt, being from San Francisco, where i was born in the fog, that i know where i need to go if i want hot

    WINTER IS COMING ๐Ÿ˜ป

    1. I looove fall too, that’s my favorite season and wish it could last longer. Winter is also amazing but only when it snows and the air is dry, with high humidity and no snow it can be quite a challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I live in New Hampshire. Not many winter sports enthusiasts, hikers, or explorers realize how dangerous Mt Washington is here in NH. Three weather patterns converge at its location. The Gulf Stream, Canadian pattern, and Great Lakes pressure combine over northern NH. Mt. Washington holds the current “single gust” record of 231 mph. Drastic changing weather and winds make it a “professional” hike from late September to May. The unfortunate death total rivals hundreds of mountains that are 2-3 times higher. I hike in the summer.

  4. Hi Anya, your article is amazing. I plan to go for a romantic trip with my girlfriend in the last week of August. Her wish is that she wants to be in snow. Which place would you recommend for a week-long romantic holiday, with snow and may be some hot water springs?

    1. Hi Manan, where would you like to go, in the States or somewhere else? I could actually recommend you Europe. I am right now here in the Alps (driving between Germany, Switzerland and Italy) and there are actually so many places where you can go to enjoy some snow and then descend to lower altitudes to thermal water resorts.
      If you are interested in these destinations, I am happy to share a few ideas!

  5. This is an awesome collection of places to visit. I am planning to bring my wife and our 10 year old to the states this fall. Do you recommend any places to see snow from mid – late october? Yosemite and Mt Washington are definitely on our list. He wants to see snow. Do you have any other recommendations?

    1. Hi Shaam, definitely yes! October is that month when many more places start seeing snow.

      One of them is Rocky mountains that go through Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. In Colorado for example there is one road (called Mount Evans Scenic Byway) that goes to the summit of Mount Evans, which stands at an elevation of 4,307 meters. It starts near the town of Idaho Springs and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains as you ascend to the summit. And there on the summit (or even before you reach it) there should be already snow in October. Part of this road can be already closed due to snow.

      Glacier National Park in Montana is another place where to see snow in October as snowfall is possible in the park’s higher regions (although it is difficult to tell how much snow will be on lower elevations due to the global warming).

      One more place to check out is Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, although most likely snow will be only on the peaks of the mountains. The Teton Range in general is one amazing place where to go in October as it offers a stunning combination of both fall and winter colors!

      I hope this helps and happy travels!

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