Looking to escape the cold and head somewhere tropical this winter? Or maybe you want to take advantage of the snow and hit the slopes. Does a weekend in the city excite you, or would you rather escape the COVID madness in a cozy cottage? Whatever you’re chasing, we’re sure you could use a little vacation from the norm. Check out our curated list of the best places to holiday this season right here in the US for some inspiration!
Park City, Utah
High in the Wasatch Mountains, just a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City, sits Utah’s biggest and best mountain town: Park City. Its ski scene has made Park City one of the top winter destinations in the country, but the world-class skiing and snowboarding isn’t the only way to enjoy Park City’s snow season. People flock to Park City for the atmosphere alone. With stunning snowy views, excellent restaurants, bars, shopping, resorts and spas, it’s an unforgettable frosty vacation, even if you never hit the slopes.
From snowshoeing to sleigh riding to nearby hot springs, there are countless ways to enjoy Park City in the winter. Perhaps you just need a romantic place to retreat from COVID, or isolate with loved ones. There’s something about a perfect snowy landscape that really puts the mind at ease.
Sedona in the winter is pure magic. It’s the city’s off season, so you’ll find it enchantingly quiet, peaceful and relaxing between December and February. Less crowds mean easier access to hotels, restaurants and those beautiful attractions you came to see. If you’re lucky, you may even experience the iconic rock formations covered in a blanket of snow. The cooler temperatures are perfect for embarking on nature walks and hikes. You can also take tours of the nearby Grand Canyon and Horseshoe bend without the usual chaos. Do a quick Google image search and you’ll see why Sedona is one of the best places to holiday this season.
The Florida Keys, Florida
This one’s for the beach lovers. If your ideal winter getaway involves palm trees and ultimate relaxation, the Florida Keys are for you. With all the beauty of some far away tropical paradise, don’t overlook this collection of islands right here in America’s Sunshine State. Disconnected from the mainland, you can disconnect from your responsibilities and enjoy some warmth in the middle of winter. That’s right – the temperature averages 78 degrees year-round.
The Florida Keys offer plenty to do, from snorkeling to fine dining, with a variety of islands to suit your vibe. Another upside – winters are Florida’s dry season, so you don’t have to worry about the threat of hurricanes. Simply put, this is the ideal time to visit one of the country’s most idyllic spots. Wouldn’t it be nice to sip a tropical drink with your toes in the sand while your neighbors are shoveling snow?
While other cities get sleepy in the winter months, Nashville gears up for an exciting season! The Music City comes alive for New Years Eve, with high-energy concerts and festivities. Temperatures chilly, but not too cold, so it’s not a mission to visit the landmarks and iconic sights you’ve always wanted to see. Check out Gaylord Opryland’s 9,000 square-foot ice skating rink. Tour Nashville’s music attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame. Immerse yourself in the honky tonk bar scene and see some incredible performances. One of the best places to holiday this season, Nashville is a wild world of its own!
Palm Springs, California
California’s favorite desert oasis is one place where you can indulge in outdoor activities year ‘round. While its summer temperatures can soar up to 120 degrees, it’s a much more manageable 60-70 degrees in the winter. From camping, to golfing to open air markets, there’s no need to hide inside here. The popular vacation home spot features gorgeous mid-century architecture, picturesque views of the mountains and wonders both natural and man-made.
While most of the country’s golf courses are covered in snow, golf season has just begun in Palm Springs! If you’re a camper, nearby Joshua Tree is a must-see, abundant with unique campsites and an otherworldly landscape. Palm Springs is home to some of the best vintage shopping, boutique restaurants and a thriving gay scene. It’s a one-of-a-kind gem of a city, worth visiting when it’s not too hot!
Are you taking any exciting vacations this season? Tell us where you’re going in the comments!