By Michelle Valenti
Skip the ski slopes and take the family camping. Here are five places where lodging is cheaper than a lift ticket.
Tour 3.4 million acres of desert and mountains in Death Valley--the largest national park in the contiguous United States. Sitting 282 feet below sea level, it is also is the lowest, hottest and driest valley in the U.S., making it a great winter getaway. Camp at Furnace Creek»
"Winters are delightful" in Saguaro National Park--According to the National Park Service. And with 165 miles of hiking trails there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the good weather. Camp at Whitetail Campground»
The wide variety of species that coexist here make Big Thicket a great place to explore the diversity of America's wilderness. Camp at Village Creek State Park»
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Explore Southern Louisiana from Lake Fausse where you can combine outdoor adventures such as canoeing and fishing with historic tours of the area. Book a Cabin»
Hike or paddle your way through the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. With rare and endangered species, Everglades National Park has been designated a "Wetland of International Importance." Camp at Flamingo»