Discover 18 Midwest Winter Adventures
Crunch across the drifts
Step. Crunch. Step. Crunch. Your snowshoes break the thin icy crust with a satisfying sound, settling into the powder below. Cruising over the drifts, you forget how hard it usually is to walk through snow and focus instead on the hushed winter forests and windswept fields.
If you've never tried snowshoeing, find a recreation center or outdoor store with shoes to rent and give it a try. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (nps.gov/slbe), a park on Lake Michigan's eastern coast near Traverse City, Michigan, is a great place to start, with 35 miles of shoreline and 400-foot sand dunes. Snowshoes and ranger-led weekend walks are available.