By now, your cabin fever is likely at an all-time high and you’re wondering how you can possibly get through the remainder of winter without going somewhere or doing something fun. But not to worry, as there are many travel-themed board games that will keep you safe and sound at home while still fulfilling your need to see and do new things.
Up to five people can enjoy PARKS, which puts you and other players in a race to trek across various U.S. National Park trails throughout the four seasons. You and your fellow hikers must collect resources — like water, firewood, sunshine, and gear — and take specific actions along your journey in order to score points. At the end of the last season, the player with the most points wins. You can also have a solo adventure, in which you travel alongside Park Rangers and try to complete your journey first and with the most points. The components of this game are visually appealing, with each of the National Park cards beautifully depicting their locations. The game, which usually lasts between 40-70 minutes, even comes with log-shaped containers to store all of its small pieces. To top it all off, a portion of each game sale is donated to the National Park Service.
If you want to head to Europe for your at-home board game adventures, consider Sagrada, a 1-4 player game that typically lasts for 30 minutes. In this game, you and the other players are artists trying to create the most beautiful stained glass windows in the Sagrada Família church, which is a real, unfinished minor basilica in Spain. The game consists of objective cards, window pattern cards, favor tokens, window frame player boards, tool cards, and 90 colored dice. You’ll play a total of 10 rounds, trying to acquire pieces of glass — the dice — to complete your objective card instructions and get the most victory points. During solo play, your goal is to beat a Target Score by the end of the game. Both thoughtful in design and thought-provoking in its strategy, Sagrada is a game that can be played many times without losing its appeal.
The capital city of Denmark is known for its marvelous architecture, including the Nyhavn harbor, which is famous for the colorful houses along the waterfront. Your goal in the game of Copenhagen is to build and embellish your house, which doubles as your personal game board, with the most beautiful décor. You collect façade tiles for your home through the help of cards that let you take actions throughout the game. The façade tiles come in various colors and Tetris®-like shapes that you must build from the ground up. You get points throughout the game by completing rows and columns on your house. The game is over when one player gets 12 total points or when the “end game” card is revealed. Copenhagen is great for 2-4 players and usually takes about 30 minutes to complete after a round or two of learning the ins and outs.
Although you may not be able to take a vacation to a distant location, you can still have fun with your loved ones at home through the power of creative board games. Try any of these options on a cold, wintery night for a quick escape from the mundane.