For some people, the ideal winter getaway is somewhere warm and tropical, far from the cold wind and snow that tends to come around this time of year. But for others, there’s nothing quite as nice as experiencing winter weather to the fullest.
If your idea of a perfect winter retreat is somewhere with ample chances to ski, take in a wintry landscape, or curl up with a warm cup of hot chocolate, here are seven snowy, stunning getaways to think about traveling to when the weather gets cold:
1.) Mammoth Lakes, California
Does hearing the word California automatically conjure up images of sand and sun? While California is sometimes known for its miles of beachy getaways, the state also offers plenty of destinations for cold weather lovers. Case in point is Mammoth Lakes. Known for its high peaks, huge lakes, and lush green forests, this picturesque location in central California offers a great chance to hit the slopes for some sledding, skiing, or snow-tubing, plus plenty of snowy vistas for all your winter sightseeing needs.
2.) Stowe, Vermont
For many winter weather lovers, New England is home to many bucket list destinations. And the little town of Stowe, situated in northern Vermont, may just be one of the crown jewels of the region. With its prime location—it’s near Mount Mansfield—Stowe offers plenty of gorgeous sights, including the stunning mountain passes in Smugglers’ Notch State Park. This picturesque town also offers lot of things to do, from skiing and snowboarding, to dining in one of the area’s great restaurants, to shopping in a local boutique, to simply lounging in a hot tub in one of the many luxurious resorts.
3.) Traverse City, Michigan
TripAdvisor calls Traverse City, Michigan a “four-season playground.” But winter may be when this northern Michigan jewel truly comes to life. Come the colder months, this tourist destination turns into an ultimate winter getaway. Traverse City is a great destination for adventure-seekers— it’s full of excellent opportunities for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. And if your idea of winter fun is more about sipping a delicious drink than sloshing through the snow, Traverse City has you covered there, too; the area is full of local wineries, breweries, and distilleries, which help to compliment the city’s well-respected fine dining scene.
4.) Glacier National Park, Montana
If the winter weather makes you daydream of living like a pioneer, then Glacier National Park may be the right getaway for you. Sometimes called the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier is full of hundreds of miles of trails, winding through miles of pristine forests and rugged mountainous terrain. There are plenty of resorts and lodging options nearby, if you want to have somewhere to retreat to in style after a day of “roughing it” in this picture-perfect park.
5.) Quebec City, Quebec
Looking to find some old-world charm without having to travel all the way to Europe? You’ll find plenty to love right here in north America, especially if you go north. Quebec City is a snow-lover’s dream, full of lovely cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and festivals to help you celebrate the winter months in jubilant style. Still need some convincing? U.S. News & World Report has named Quebec City as one if its “Best Affordable Winter Vacations.” You’ll get a lot of beauty and fun, without breaking the bank.
6.) Jackson Hole, Wyoming
House Beautiful recently named Jackson Hole among its “Best Places to Book a Winter Vacation in America.” They love it because it has “has every winter activity imaginable with views that you need to see to believe.” We think you may love it because of the stunning natural landscapes, the excellent accommodations, and the region’s long history of sustainable, conservation-focused thinking. Off the beaten path but still accessible and welcoming, Jackson Hole is a beautiful place to forge a trail of your own.
7.) Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid, New York is located in the Adirondacks, meaning that it’s situated in one of the most scenic winter settings in the United States. Find yourself in Lake Placid, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by lovely evergreen trees, beautiful bodies of water, and ample opportunities to ski, snowboard, or simply kickback around a roaring campfire at one of the area’s many incredible resorts.
What’s Your Idea of a Winter Wonderland?
Whether your dream is to curl up by a fire, zoom down a ski slope, trek over a glacier, or cruise to the arctic waters, we’d love to hear from you. What’s your ideal winter getaway? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook, where we love to keep the conversation going on all things travel, wellness, and health and life insurance.
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