Although the weather in most of the United States has been unseasonably warm this winter, colder weather is just around the corner. If you like winter sports and activities, plan a U.S. visit for the months of December through February, when you can ski, ice skate and tour national parks while enjoying crisp, cool temperatures.

Check out these snowy scenes across the country, and find out how to get a visa if you need one.

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming (Department of the Interior)
The Winter Island Lighthouse in Salem, Massachusetts (National Park Service)


Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, is home to wild bison. These magnificent animals can grow to over 900 kilograms. (National Park Service)
A hiker walks along Mount Rainier, near Seattle. (National Park Service)
The last snowman of the season at Arizona’s Grand Canyon (Matanya/Creative Commons)
Lace up and join these ice skaters at Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Wikipedia/Gabriel Rodríguez)
The view over Crater Lake in Oregon (Department of the Interior)
The Obama family’s dog Bo plays in the snow on the White House lawn. (White House/Pete Souza)
Members of the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team compete in Telluride, Colorado, where the American-invented sport is very popular. (daryona/Creative Commons)
Red foxes in the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Robert Dreeszen )

And if you’re trying to escape the cold, the U.S. has plenty of warm-weather destinations, too!