Top U.S. Destinations For Your Next Winter Getaway
Are you in need of a romantic getaway this winter? Whether you want to escape or embrace the snow, we got you covered!
Average winter temperature: 63 / 43 degrees
If you’re looking to experience southern charm, look no further than Savannah, Georgia. Known for its coastal landscapes, architecture, and its rich history. There are so many things to do in the winter time that makes Savannah a great place to escape the snow. Savannah is home to numerous mansions that have been converted into museums filled with tales of past owners. If you’re visiting in December make sure to stop by the Savannah Christmas Market at Plant Riverside District and the December Nights & Lights Exhibit hosted by the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.
Average winter temperature: 61 / 34 degrees
Take in the breathtaking beauty of the red rocks in a fine layer of snow this winter in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of national forest area, two state parks, and four wilderness areas, making it the perfect place for adventure! Take a Canyon ATV tour, hike some amazing trails, or take a trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad. If you’re wanting something more relaxing, start your morning off at the spa, take the afternoon to taste some amazing wines, and end your night going on a stargazing tour.
Average winter temperature: 35 / 20 degrees
Leavenworth is a Bavarian-style town that turns into a winter wonderland near the holidays. “Leavenworth emerges from the dense, winding forests of the Cascade Mountains like a dream… Alpine buildings and A-frame homes envelop you in a Bavarian feel so authentic you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd gone through a wormhole to Europe.” states Nick Hilden, Thrillist. Take an enchanted sleigh ride or snowshoe to see the amazing views. Hit the slopes for downhill skiing or snowboarding. Visiting before the holidays? Get in the holiday spirit and visit the Nutcracker Museum with over 6,000 different nutcrackers.
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Average winter temperature: 50 / 31 degrees
The colder months don’t mean the good times stop in Music City. Nashville shines during the winter months with millions of holiday lights on display and seasonal entertainment. Spend Christmas at Gaylord Opryland where they have larger-than-life ice sculptures, 3 millions lights and acres of decorations, and even ice tubing! Take a shopping spree in The Gulch and end your night on Broadway street.
Assateague Island, Maryland / Virginia
Average winter temperature: 47 / 40 degrees
Assateague Island National Seashore has sandy beaches, salt marshes, and maritime forests, but it's untamed horses are the main draw. Spend your day hiking or kayaking around the island viewing the wild ponies and migratory shoreline birds. Camping is the most common type of stay on the island, but if you’re looking for a little more pampering - stay in nearby Ocean City Maryland. Stroll on the boardwalk, get a couples massage at a day spa, or take an art class at the Art League of Ocean City Center.
New York, New York
Average winter temperature: 42 / 29 degrees
Pull a Kevin McCallister and get lost in New York. New York is such an iconic winter destination - ice skating in front of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, watching the ball drop on New Years, and celebrating the Chinese New Year. Whatever winter month you visit, there is always something exciting going on in New York. If you would rather have a chill stay, wander the butterfly conservatory at the American Natural History Museum or go window shopping on fifth avenue.
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Average winter temperature: 63 / 37 degrees
Looking for some much needed time outdoors, then Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect destination. Explore Hidden Valley to see famous rock formations and the joshua trees. Geology Tour Road is a great way to take in the scenery, just a two hour drive with areas to stop and hike. End the night, stargazing at Skull Rock or spot bighorn sheep at Barker Dam.
Average winter temperature: 71 / 55 degrees
Maui is the most romantic Hawaiian Island that’s sure to leave you speechless., With white-sand beaches, world class resorts, and adventure you’ll find yourself a slice of heaven during your stay here. Did you know Winter is the perfect time for whale watching due to it being humpback whale migration season. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a helicopter tour of the island and see the beauty the island has to offer. Wanting to keep both feet on the ground? Try a bike ride on Haleakala at sunrise.
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Lake Tahoe, Nevada / California
Average winter temperature: 44 / 26 degrees
Lake Tahoe is a world class ski destination, but there's so much more winter activities beyond skiing! Ice skating, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling are to name a few. Looking to take a break and warm up? Try taking a scenic boat tour of Emerald Bay or relax at a spa, or take an aerial tram ride. If you’re looking to do some shopping while on vacay, then the Heavenly Village is perfect. Located at the base of the Heavenly gondola enjoy an ice rink, over 40 shops, top restaurants, as well as a vibrant music scene.
Average winter temperature: 76 / 64 degrees
Known for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters & rich cultural scene, Miami is the perfect destination to escape the cold, bitter snow this winter. Dive & eat your way into Cuban culture by visiting Little Havana. “If you want to know the real Miami, you must go to Little Havana,” says Julio Cabrera, the classically-trained cantinero, or bartender, who co-founded Café La Trova, a retro Cuban hot spot in the heart of Little Havana. Burn off those calories by hiking in the Everglades and experience Florida’s diverse species in their natural habitat. If you’re visiting in February make sure to see the Miami Boat Show and get up close and personal with Super Yachts. If art is more your thing, hit up the Coconut Grove Art Festival.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Average winter temperature: 65 / 46 degrees
Substitute your snow boots for some dancing shoes in New Orleans. Go the traditional New Orleans route and warm up with some gumbo, see the winter wonderland at the Roosevelt Hotel, and enjoy a Réveillon Dinner. Mardi Gras kicks off every year on January 6, for the weeks following you will be able to enjoy a parade to celebrate the Carnival Season. Into voodoo and want to get spooky?, try out a ghost or vampire tour, it’s sure to leave you speechless!