Durango, Colorado

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado, USAPHB.cz (Richard Semik)/Shutterstock

Thrill-seekers flock to Durango for skiing, zip lining, horseback riding, and hiking in San Juan National Forest. Downtown has art galleries, cafés, and breweries, while lodgings range from woodsy cabins to high-end hotels. Don’t leave without taking a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad—with breathtaking vistas of canyons and white-washed wilderness, it’s not to be missed! For more adrenaline-pumping excitement, take a look at these action-packed vacation destinations.

Whitefish, Montana

Winter landscape on Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana, overlooking Glacier National Park, with copy spaceRonnie Chua/Shutterstock

Adventure awaits in Whitefish—seriously, there’s no shortage of things to do in Glacier National Park. Consider a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Bar W Guest Ranch, rent a fat bike and explore the groomed paths at Swift Creek Trailhead, or hit the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Or to get your heart pumping, try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Don’t miss the most extreme travel adventures in the world.

Ephraim, Wisconsin

A winter panorama of the picturesque village of Ephraim on the shore of Eagle Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin.Mark Baldwin/Shutterstock

Settled in 1853 on the serene shores of Eagle Harbor in Door County, Ephraim is an idyllic village with strong Scandinavian roots. Heritage is on display at the more than 30 historical sites, including Anderson Barn and Pioneer Schoolhouse. Prefer outdoor pursuits? Carriage rides are a big hit and across the frozen expanse is Peninsula State Park, a 3,776-acre playground of recreation. Take a peek at these incredible photos of national parks covered in snow.