2. Paradise Rainier Ranger Station, Mt. Rainier, Washington
With average annual snowfalls of 680 inches, the Paradise Ranger Station in Mt. Rainier National Park ranks as North America's snowiest location, and the second snowiest spot on Earth. The ranger station once held a world record for greatest annual snowfall, totalling 1,224.5 inches between 1971 and 1972.
Paradise is the park's main winter-use area, and it's possible for visitors to go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snow tubing from there. The road into Paradise remains plowed through the winter, though it's still wise to check road closures before planning a visit.