Winter is one of the most beautiful times to travel. The snow-covered mountains, crisp air, and the endless reason to enjoy hot cocoa make up the perfect formula for a winter getaway. There are many places that are spectacular in wintertime, but these destinations stand out from the rest. From skiing resorts, to historic towns, to stunning lakes, you will not be disappointed by any of these options.
The first destination is Vail, Colorado. Condé Nast Traveler readers voted this town the most popular ski resort in America and it’s easy to see why. There are over 200 kilometers of trails that wind through five mountain peaks so your winter adventure is full of beautiful scenery. The surrounding area has everything from hiking paths to horseback riding to shopping.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan is the next destination on our list. This area was named the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America and it can’t be denied. There are over 70 miles of trails to explore where you will see everything from glacial grooves and ancient forests to the famous dune climb. If you want to stay overnight, there are several resorts and campgrounds in the area.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Lake Tahoe is located on the border of California and Nevada. This picturesque lake has snowy mountains surrounding glistening blue water and a town full of shopping and dining. There are several trails to explore ranging from easy walks for the whole family to challenging hikes that will take all day. This is a beautiful spot year round, but especially so in the winter season.
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Mount Washington in New Hampshire is another must visit wintertime destination. This mountain stands at over half a mile high and is the most topographically prominent peak east of the Mississippi River. You can choose from a number of trails to hike ranging from easy walks for the whole family to challenging hikes. You also have the option of skiing or snowboarding down the mountain for a real exhilarating experience.
Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid, New York may not be the first spot you would think of for a wintertime getaway, but it’s stunning nonetheless. This town was home to both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, so you know it is a wonderful place to visit. There are tons of trails for skiing, snowboarding, or hiking-even in the summertime. You can try your hand at ice fishing or go dog sledding on Lake Placid all while enjoying the beautiful views.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
This mountainous area has gorgeous scenery and tons of trails for hiking or skiing-no matter what the weather is like outside! There are great dining options from fine cuisine to family style restaurants perfect for a fun day with friends and family alike. They are also known for their farm to table food scene.
Historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg is the perfect place to visit in winter if you love history. This town has so much historical significance, and learning about it on a tour will give visitors a deeper appreciation and understanding of America. There are also several trails that vary from easy walks through beautiful forests with gorgeous views to challenging hikes along the battlefield.
The next destination might seem like an unusual choice for wintertime; however it is the perfect place to visit. Nashville has tons of shopping and dining options-not including all the famous country music bars you can choose from at night. A winter night out to let loose is never a bad idea.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
The ski resort in Beaver Creek has some of the best skiing in America. The slopes are well maintained and there are several trails to choose from, including ones for beginners looking to try something new. You can stay overnight at one of the many ski lodges or cabins available throughout the area as well.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Located in the beautiful Mojave Desert is Joshua Tree National Park. This park has so much to offer-from climbing opportunities at boulders or stunning rock formations to scenic views and hiking trails. There are museums and dining options available throughout the area for a fun day with friends and family.
North Pole, Alaska
The North Pole is one of the most unique places in America. You can visit Santa Claus at his official residence, or take a photo with him and have the picture mailed straight to your home! There are also several trails available throughout the North Pole. This is such an awesome place to make memories and really get into the winter spirit in time for Christmas.
Fairbanks is another great wintertime destination in Alaska. This town has a lot to offer from shopping and dining options to outdoor activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling or visiting the Ice Museum. You can take a tour of one of Fairbanks’ many museums ranging from history to art.
Whitefish is known for its skiing, but there’s so much more to do here. This town has plenty of shopping and dining options-most with a western flair perfect for everyone. There are amazing hiking trails throughout the area that range from easy walks through forests or challenging hikes along mountain peaks; no matter what you choose it will be an adventure.
If you want to escape the cold, Hawaii is the perfect destination for you to help keep summer alive. Maui has tons of shopping and dining options-not to mention gorgeous beaches that are great for laying out, playing in the sand or surfing. You can also take a helicopter tour over some of Hawaii’s other islands if you want an adventure only possible here.
Yosemite National Park, California
Last but not least is Yosemite National Park. This park was named one of the most beautiful places in America by Forbes magazine for good reason, too. The giant sequoia trees, clear blue water, and towering cliffs are gorgeous any time of year. Being home to such beautiful scenery year round, winter is one of the best times to book your visit!
Best wintertime destinations
This list is only a few of the many incredible destinations that can make your winter vacation unforgettable. There are so many beautiful places to visit. Let us know where you have been and what you did there. What would be your dream wintertime destination?