By Ellie H. and Sally M.
The cold and winter break are sneaking into our lives. There are people who want to spend this time at home, with family, gorging on food, and by the warm fireplace. Others, the more adventurous, go seeking for places filled with new experiences and get themselves a little frostbite from going outside. If you are one of these people, I have great places for you!
Yellowstone will answer all your wishes for a winter wonderland. Yellowstone is located in Wyoming and partly in Montana and Idaho. This is a national park filled with amazing geographical features that range from wildlife to erupting geysers. This park definitely changes as winter comes near.
In Yellowstone, temperatures drop to as low as the single digits (Weather Forecast). This changes the whole park. Snow starts to dust the little wild flowers, the back of the buffalo, bears begin to hibernate, steam rises from the lake in the morning, and fog covers the streets.
This amazing scenery really makes you appreciate winter and realize the beauty of nature. They also make a mean hot cocoa!
The wildlife here is an amazing reason why you should visit! Animals such as antelope, buffalo, wolves, bears, moose, elk, bison, otters, and foxes roam and often give the visitors a visit (U.S. National Park Service)! Being close to wildlife is not the only reason why you should spend your winter vacation here.
Yellowstone is also known for being a hot spot. What’s a hot spot? It’s where geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles can be found (Yellowstone National Park).They can be found here because a hot spot is where hot magma can be found closer to Earth’s surface, creating these amazing features (Merriam Webster).
So grab some blankets and hot cocoa and watch Old Faithful, their most famous geyser erupt right in front of your eyes! You can find certain times once the geyser erupts at the nearest visitor center to be sure you won’t miss it (Yellowstone National Park).
Spend your winter break a step closer to nature. Spend it gazing at the stars, Spend it face to face with mother nature’s amazing creations. Yellowstone National Park, a place you have to visit at least once in your life.
Another great place to spend your winter break is Dubai. Dubai is a city located in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and gets to around 57-79℉ during winter. It’s a great place to go to go sightseeing, learn about their culture, and stay active.
Another place to visit for sightseeing is Dubai is the Jumeirah Mosque. It is a beautiful mosque that offers a tours over an hour long, and is said to be the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai (Wikipedia).
If you also want to learn about Dubai’s history and culture, you should visit Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House. It used to be the home of Dubai’s former ruler, but now it serves as a museum of Dubai’s history (Travel Triangle).
However, there are also things you can do in Dubai that will get your adrenaline rushing. What better way to spend your winter break than by free-falling over tree-shaped islands? Well, skydiving over Palm Jumeirah lets you do exactly that!
You can also go skiing at Ski Dubai Snowpark. It is the world’s largest indoor ski resort with 3,000 square meters (over 9800 square feet) that lets you ski, snowboard, zipline, and much more (The Play Mania).
So if you’re feeling adventurous this holiday season, pack up your bags and visit the cultural city of Dubai!
Both of these places are a great place to spend your winter vacation, and who knows? You might start traveling more!