As we enter fall, many may already be planning a holiday vacation! Here are 10 great options that may not immediately spring to mind as a potential winter destination, but are sure to make for some fantastic memories!
1. Big Sky, Montana
Big Sky Montana is perhaps most loved for its skiing, but this cozy town has lots more to offer as well! Dogsledding, sleigh rides, and snowmobiling are some more unique winter sports you can look forward to with a visit here.
2. Redding, California
Here’s a great option for those that love the outdoors! Redding, California is a mountain town that is a great spot for winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing. Other notable things to do in the area include visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park, snowshoeing, and an ice rink!
3. Leavenworth, Washington
This one is a hidden gem in Washington State! While this bavarian-themed town is beautiful year-round, it is especially magical in the winter! You can look forward to viewing Christmas lights, going on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or checking out countless unique shops such as the Nutcracker Museum and Store.
4. West Yellowstone, Montana
This small town is located just outside of the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. While it can get quite busy in the summertime, it’s generally much quieter in the winter months. In addition to being a great home base to explore America’s first national park from, the town itself also offers several attractions, including shops, an IMAX theater, and lots of outdoor activities in and out of Yellowstone.
5. Pine Island, Florida
While the options mentioned so far are great for those looking for a snow retreat if you’re more interested in escaping the cold weather no worries! Consider visiting Pine Island, a picturesque destination located off the Florida Coast. While it might not be as popular as some more major vacation spots in Florida, it’s also typically a little less busy and quieter.
6. East Burke, Vermont
This quaint town is located in the northeastern part of Vermont. Sitting near the base of Burke, Mountain, East Burke is a great spot for a peaceful winter retreat or winter sports such as skiing. For lodging, consider checking out Burke Mountain Hotel for a relaxing stay featuring amenities such as a hot tub.
7. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Here’s another great option for those looking to escape to warm weather. Fort Lauderdale isn’t as well known as Miami, but still offers all of the amenities of a large city as well as the balmy Florida weather.
8. Amelia Island, Florida
Amelia Island is a dreamy seaside getaway located off the Florida coast. It may not be as well known as islands such as Key West, but it has long been a well-loved spot for golfing and holiday getaways. The island is home to several great hotels as well as gorgeous beaches. Fernandina Beach, located off highway A1A, is one particularly great beach to visit.
9. Saratoga Springs, New York
Saratoga Springs is a small town in New York state. This is a great spot for visitors of all interests. There are some great spots for several winter sports in or nearby the town, including snowshoeing and skiing. Those looking for a less active vacation won’t be disappointed either – the town is also home to a variety of unique eateries and shops.
10. Solvang, CA
This unique Californian town is transformed into a winter wonderland every Christmas! This is a great spot for those who love the Holiday season, as well as those looking to take some memorable photos. The town features one-of-a-kind European-inspired architecture year-round, but the assortment of Christmas lights and dedication during the holiday season adds even more magic to Solvang!
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