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5 Exciting Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss in 2020

Posted on December 27, 2019


With a new year just around the corner, now’s the time to make sure you start it off right. And what better way to do that than to welcome it with some excitement?

If you’re looking for new adventures for the new year, these destinations won’t disappoint.

1.    Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Image: Robbie Bracco from Pixabay

Way up north in Alaska, Denali National Park offers an experience like no other. You’ve got the usual activities such as cross-country skiing or camping but you can also try out the winter biking trails for a challenge.

However, the best way to explore the area is with the help of some sled dogs. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see the Northern Lights with your new canine buddies!

2.   Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Jackson Hole’s got a little bit of everything. For the winter sports enthusiasts, head over to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or Snow King Mountain to get your fix. If you want to step it up and add a little luxury to your trip, visit the Four Seasons Resort and Residences. As one of the resorts we’re affiliated with, we guarantee you’ll be in for a five-star experience.

For those who want to enjoy the sights, you can feast your eyes on the wildlife and mountain range at Grand Teton National Park. When summer rolls around, the whitewater rapids of the winding Snake River will keep the adrenaline pumping.

3.   The Great Northern Festival, Minnesota

Image: ©Krivit Photo, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Around the start of the year, Minneapolis holds a 10-day event called The Great Northern. It’s actually a set of festivals rolled into one. This includes the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis, the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

From pond hockey and cross-country skiing championships, snow and ice sculptures, to local culinary treats, this annual celebration has something the whole family can appreciate.

4.   Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado

Image: Telluride Ski Resort | Brad Foley

Another place to start the year with a skiing escapade is Telluride. What sets the place apart though, is their hike-to terrain zones. These backcountry areas test the skill of even the most advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Telluride also has several terrain parks that can give you a different kind of thrill. Filled with jumps, rails, and other obstacles, get ready to fly through the air or fall flat on your face. Either way, they’re experiences you’ll never forget.

5.   Joshua Tree National Park, California

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Don’t rule out winter trips to deserts like Joshua Tree. You’re in for breathtaking views of the vast landscape, the iconic trees that the park is named after, rock formations that are thousands of years old—the list just goes on!

Whether you want to experience the park on horseback, get your hands dirty and go bouldering, or take a leisurely hike through the desert, adventure is waiting for you everywhere you look.

Although the new year hasn’t even started, it can feel like there’s not enough time to get out and explore. Kit Lender can provide all the gear you need to enjoy your adventures to the fullest. Check out our most popular kits for men and women. If you’re taking the whole family, we also have gear made especially for your boys and girls.

For as little as $30/day, each one of you can be ready to take on the great outdoors! Gift cards are also available if you’d like to get someone else kitted out for their own adventure.

Don’t let your luggage slow you down. The only extra baggage you need is for all the fun memories you’ll be taking back home.


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