Winter in the U.S. can be an amazing time to travel. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a snowy, winter wonderland, or an escape from the cold, this varied and beautiful country has the perfect option for you. Here are 8 incredible vacation destinations in the U.S. this winter.
1. Maui, Hawai’i
One of the gorgeous Hawaiian islands, Maui is a great choice for a winter vacation thanks to its year-round tropical climate. You can look forward to fun in the sun even in the deepest months of winter. Check out the countless local shops, and historic Banyan tree, in Lahaina, or lounge by one of the island’s many beaches such as. Even better, winter is also when humpback whales migrate to the area off the coast of the island seeking warm water, making December through March one of the best times to go whale watching as well.
2. Phoenix, Arizona
Winter is arguably one of the best times to visit this beautiful desert town. Cool temperatures other places might mean sweaters and snow boots, but in Phoenix, winter weather tends to hover in the 70-80 degree Fahrenheit range. This makes it a great choice for those looking to explore some of the outdoor areas – such as Camelback Mountain, as well as those looking to escape the cold in favor of lounging by a resort pool for a while.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
If you’re looking for a high-spirited vacation with plenty of options for parties and nightlife this winter, New Orleans is the option for you! Parade season starts at the beginning of January, and runs through Mardis Gras at the end of February. During this time, you can look forward to countless parades, celebrations, and of course, delicious drinks.
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4. Los Angeles, California
Another great option for those looking to escape cooling temperatures is Los Angeles! Temperatures hover in the 50 to 70°F range a bit chilly, but nothing that a white sweater wouldn’t cover. You can look forward to visiting iconic attractions, such as hiking up to the Hollywood sign, as well as more off-the-beaten-path things to do, such as visiting the Museum of Dream Space.
5. Mammoth Lakes, California
If you’re looking for a destination where you can fully enjoy all winter has to offer, consider Mammoth Lakes California. This charming town is home to several notable ski resorts, including Mammoth Mountain. It’s also a great place for other winter activities, including cross-country skiing and sledding. And finally, it’s just 20-minutes away from a natural, heart-shaped hot spring – perfect for warming up and relaxing.
6. Palm Springs, California
Here’s another desert location for those looking to enjoy some warm weather! Palm Springs, California, has long been renowned for its resorts. That’s not all it has to offer, though. You can also look forward to countless local shops. And if you enjoy outdoor activities, both Joshua Tree National Park and Anza Borrego State Park are within 2 hours of the town, perfect for a day trip!
7. Breckenridge, Colorado
Here’s a great choice for fans of winter sports! Breckenridge, Colorado, is well known for being a skiing destination. It also provides amazing opportunities for snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice skating.
8. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Another great choice for those looking for a snowy getaway is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The town is home to the popular Snow King Mountain Resort, and nearby areas such as Togwotee Pass offer incredible snowmobiling opportunities.
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