5 Incredible Winter Road Trips in America

Winter weather isn’t enough to stop the most adventurous travelers from getting out there and embarking on an exciting, memorable vacation. In fact, some choose to embrace the snowy conditions and make winter sightseeing part of their grand getaways. Most of the major national parks and other scenic attractions are basically tourist-free, so there really isn’t a better time to explore the open roads!

Not scared of a little snow? Head out this winter to explore these 5 incredible winter road trips throughout America – you’ll be glad you did!

Enjoy incredible scenery at Arches National Park – Utah.

Winter in Arches National Park is an incredibly peaceful time, offering ample opportunity to see the sights crowd-free and without the scorching heat that can affect summertime visits. (You may even get an arch to yourself!).

According to Travel + Leisure, “natural sandstone sculptures assume an ethereal quality when covered in a layer of snow and bathed in soft winter light—best for desert photography,” – and we couldn’t agree more!

With over 36 miles on the park’s Scenic Drive, there is much to be discovered. For your comfort, we recommend dressing in layers, and stopping for a stunning walk along the Park Avenue Trail!

Cruise through the beautiful Parke County – Indiana.

Looping through Montezuma and Mecca, the Brown Driving Route is about 25 miles through Parke County, Indiana.

Chock-full of beautiful red covered bridges, snowy meadows, and frozen rivers, Park County is an utterly beautiful sight during the winter months. With over 30 covered bridges to check out, travelers will also marvel at the horse-drawn carriages traveling through them into Amish country.

Enjoy 5 famous driving circuits – each offering stunning scenery and incredible photo opps!

Marvel at Great Smoky National Park – Tennessee & North Carolina.

Boasting over 80 picturesque miles, this route travels along the US 321 and I-40E through Tennessee and North Carolina.

As you drive along, don’t miss the fantastic scenery of the southern alpine wilderness, complete with trails that lead to breathtaking (and leafless) forests in Great Smoky National Park. Make a pit stop to admire the 5,000 feet of Mount Cammerer, and again at the Ober Gatlinburg Resort to do a little skiing (somewhat of a rarity in Tennessee!).

Explore the Ice Caves – Minnesota & Wisconsin.

If you’re looking for a serious trek, set aside 4 or 5 days and make the incredible journey along the 240-mile loop that begins in Duluth before moving into Wisconsin, directing you to the out-of-this-world incredible ice caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

If the ice is solid enough, make a pit stop to hike through to explore the magic of the icicles and caves. Be sure to dress in warm layers, and of course, have the camera at the ready!

Explore The High Road to Taos – New Mexico.

Crossing over 6 state highways, you’ll travel over 50 miles on a several hour adventure into the desert, starting just north of Santa Fe. According to Travel + Leisure, “dry snowflakes hang on junipers and piñon pines as you travel past the 14th-century Nambé Pueblo and wood-carving village of Cordova. Later, the snowcapped Truchas Peaks rise in the eastern distance, more than 13,000 feet in height, as the valley spreads below.”

Be sure to stop along the way to marvel at the mid-18th century adobe churches along The High Road – they’re truly a sight to see!

Hitting the open road this winter? Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure.

What to Expect When You Attend a Colorado Avalanche Game

Based in Denver, Colorado, the Colorado Avalanche hockey team rightfully earned its status as one of the best hockey teams of all-time. Routinely making it to playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup twice, the Avalanche is best known for some of its famous players, coaches, and managers (past and present), including Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Adam Foote, among many others.

During the winter months especially, taking in an Avalanche home game is what draws many visitors to the Denver area. Thinking about attending a game this season? Here’s a little bit of intel to help you have the most enjoyable experience at the game.

And if you’re headed this way, why not enjoy nearby, budget-friendly accommodations? We have 3 great extended stay accommodation options within a 15-20 minute drive from the arena. View our properties in Aurora and Sheridan.

Transportation to the Pepsi Center.

The Pepsi Center (the Avalanche’s home arena) is located at 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver.

If you’re driving to the game, be sure to check out parking options (including lot locations & prices) before you arrive. With multiple lots all within a quick walk of the arena, your parking options are quite good.

Below are a few basic driving directions, as described on pepsicenter.com:

  • If you are traveling south on I-25, take exit 212B toward downtown. Turn left onto Speer Boulevard. At the second stop light, turn right onto Chopper Circle.
  • If you are traveling north on I-25, take exit 210B for Auraria Parkway. Merge onto Auraria Parkway. Turn left onto 11th Street to enter the grounds of Pepsi Center.
  • From downtown Denver, take Speer Boulevard to Auraria Parkway. Go west on Auraria Parkway and turn right on 11th Street to enter the grounds of Pepsi Center.

Public transportation is also available. There is a bus stop located adjacent to the Pepsi Center at 9th Street and Auraria Parkway, as well as multiple train lines servicing the surrounding area. View bus & train route options.

Colorado Avalanche Tickets & Seating.

With just over 18,000 seats, games at the Pepsi Center are quite busy. While you can take your chances and buy a ticket the day of, popular games can sell out so it’s best to buy your ticket online prior to a scheduled game. There are plenty of options for purchasing single tickets – you can do so through the official site itself, or peruse discounts and deals on third party sites like FlashSeats.com.

There’s nothing like scoring that perfect seat to any sporting event, so before you buy your tickets, be sure to check out any of the third party Pepsi Center seating charts online to map out your desired seat, or take a look at the official seating chart complete with ticket pricing information.

Tickets prices vary widely depending on where you choose to sit in the arena, but really, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. You can spend as much or as little as you’d like, ranging from about $25 to nearly $300.

Game Schedule.

The Avalanche has regularly scheduled games running from early fall to early spring. Filter the game schedule to view Home Games only when planning your trip to Denver.

Food & Entertainment.

While the game is the big draw, there is lots to see and do when visiting the Pepsi Center. Plan to arrive at the arena early so you can take a guided tour. Enjoy backstage access to this world class sports and entertainment destination, and discover how it is converted from hockey ice to basketball court and how it successfully hosts over 250 different events each year.  

Food and drink are a large part of the Avalanche experience. With countless concession stands throughout the arena, you’ll enjoy access to snacks and beverages throughout the game.

Additionally, there are three restaurant and lounge facilities within the Pepsi Center that offer dinner and drinks before games, and some throughout halftime. Take a look at the Shock Top Lodge, Peak Pub House, and the Land Rover Denver Club

Enjoy your first Colorado Avalanche game, and don’t forget to check out our nearby lodging options in Aurora and Sheridan!