Winter is here. While others love this season, most of the population extremely dislikes winter. Snow everywhere, cold breeze, mittens, and coats, and it does not pay off when illness and frostbites kill the vibes. However, winter does not hinder the travelers to flee and spend the yuletide away from home.
Any old tourist can tell the difference between visiting places during the off-season compared to the other seasons. Well, winter disables the accessibility of the national parks, attractions, beaches and hiking trails. However, it would be better to search places suitable for winter vacations.
There are things that people cannot do during the summer, but they can achieve it in the winter. The season could also be a nice time to plan a holiday trip to the states. Check the list of the Top 10 Best Cities to Visit in the USA during Winter.
10. Santa Fe, New Mexico
A home to well-known personalities, Santa Fe, was founded by the Spanish colonists. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Santa Fe Plaza, and the San Miguel Mission is just a few of the heritage sites to see.
Just the typical winter, Santa Fe experiences snow which covers the peaks of the Jemez Mountains in the west, and the Sangre de Cristos in the northeast. The city offers a perfect place for skiing and hiking. Visit the Hyde Memorial State Park which has an open sled hill. Snowshoe, cross country ski and try some trails in the Enchanted Forest Cross Country and Snowshoe Area near the Red River Ski.
9. Salt Lake City, Utah
Among the cities in Utah, Salt Lake City is the perfect prime destination. During winter, the city experiences plenty of snow which is ideal for snow activities.
Salt Lake City or only SLC is the top choice for skiing. Although you need to drive a half hour to the slopes, affordable places downtown are the best place to stay the night. Aside from ice skating and skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also part of the choices.
8. Stratton, Vermont
One of the most stunning ski resorts, Stratton also showcases astonishing terrains with one of the most sensible lift ticket programs in America. Winter season brings plenty of snow which attracts the beginner and professional skiers to sled from the Stratton Mountain.
You could try snow tubing at the Coca Cola Tubing Park in Stratton’s Sun Ball, Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe at Stratton Mountain Nordic Center, rent a fat bike, try the full moon snowshoe hikes, and enjoy the dog sled and free tours. Tourist can also benefit from the trip while maintaining fitness and health through yoga at the Stratton Mountain and enjoy the winter live music.
7. Keystone, Colorado
Every winter, Keystone receives at least 70% of tourists. Known as the Winter Wonderland, Winter officially starts around the first week of November and usually ends at the second or third week of April. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area stays right at the bottom of the Keystone Resort Ski.
The city offers a lot of activities for a whole week or two. Skiing, cat tours, riding, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating and gondola rides are a part of them. After a tiresome day, you can relax in a spa and taste some wines. Be amazed at the River Run Village which looks like a charming small town pinched into the edge of the mountain.
6. Phoenix, Arizona
Also known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Phoenix is the primary destination for golfers. While other cities are struggling with the snow and the frostbites, the locals in Phoenix enjoys the season just like the typical activities done during summer and musical concerts. It seems like winter is the best season to spend the rest of the year doing outdoor activities.
Due to the scorching heat of summer, the people stay at bay. In the winter, you can spend your time shopping, golfing, or relaxing in the spas. Enjoy picnicking and swimming with the family. Don’t end the day without hiking on Camelback Mountain.
5. Tybee Island, Georgia
Planning for a peaceful and quieter winter holiday vacation? Pack up and visit Tybee Island. The small island and a city have become a famous vacation site. Stay in the Days Inn chain of hotels and visit the Tybee Island Light Station and the Fort Screven Historic District.
Tybee Island during winter is rather cold yet quiet. Dine at the Crab Shack, go for a dolphin tour, stroll along the Savannah Riverwalk, and relax at the Day Spa. Although there are a few things to do in the place, the city is perfect for people who are looking for a serene trip.
4. Orlando, Florida
Just like during the ordinary days, Orlando offers great activities in the winter. While the city does not have the typical white Christmas, the locals have their way of celebrating the yuletide season. Festivities and another area of interest are being observed.
Try ice skating at a hotel’s Ice Indoor Winter Wonderland, travel to the North Pole to the Sea World, visit Walt Disney Co’s town of Celebration, decorate a gingerbread house and stroll around the Universal Island of Adventure.
3. Austin, Texas
Known for its great live music, Austin is not only a hot spot for live music but also for arts and entertainment. The city is an excellent place to spend time if you are escaping the cold breeze of winter.
Tour around the Texas State Capitol, hike the Zilker Park and enjoy the nightlife at Austin’s famous Sixth Street. Join the over 20 million visitors while enjoying the vibe of the city.
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Maybe others may not know about this town. But San Juan is considered one of the best cities to visit in the USA during winter. Aside from its sunshine and stellar deals, the city is a great place to spend your holidays for it marks a budget-friendly and affordable trip.
San Juan is more than just the beach, and drinks, innovative restaurants, and well-designed hotels complete the list for a luxury travel destination. However, makes sure to book earlier that your planned schedule for early reservations.
1. Los Angeles, California
From the Beverly Hills to the beaches, Hollywood Hills to Santa Monica, Los Angeles is the top choice for the best cities to visit in the USA during winter. Walk along the Venice Beach, shop on Rodeo Drive, stroll through the Hollywood Walk of Fame and make your fairy-tale dreams come true in Disneyland.
Stroll past the shops in the Montana Avenue, witness the annual holiday lamp lighting at the Heritage Square and watch the yachts, canoes, and kayaks sailing at the Newport Beach. LA has more activities waiting for you to experience.