Some of us want to stay cooped up under the covers sipping hot chocolate all winter long, some of us prefer the same thing just in an extra wintery place, and the rarest bunch of us only come alive once the first snow hits. Whatever your winter travel style may be here, here are our favorite winter destinations in the USA.
New York City
We’ve all seen a movie set in winter in NYC. It looks cold, magical, festive, and feels full of life. Visiting NYC in winter means you can go ice-skating in Central Park, take advantage of Broadway shows, impressive museums, comedy shows, and more. Remember there’s something in New York for everyone. End your evenings cozied up with a hot chocolate as you overlook the city skyline from your hotel room.
Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska
A winter’s dream is in Alaska.Admittedly the days are cold, and the nights are long, but it’s a must-visit for fans of winter scenery and sports. Take the Aurora Winter Train from Anchorage to Fairbanks where you journey through memorizing winter landscapes. Once in Fairbanks, you’re likely to witness the most magical winter experience of all: The Northern Lights. That could make up for the long winter nights, right?
Explore Wisconsin’s wintery wonderland with endless snow-filled adventures. Hayward is home to the largest amount of snow grooming equipment in the US and the snow trails and prepped and cared for each day. With 600 miles of snow mobile trails as well as hiking and skiing options, Hayward is a top destination for winter destinations in the USA.
The top skiing spot in California is certainly Mammoth Mountain. It boats the state’s highest peak for any ski resort and offers over 2,500 acres of wintery terrain. It’s the closest skiing resort to Las Vegas and a short drive for those based in LA with the option of hopping on the JetSuiteX at Burbank. Mammoth makes for a perfect winter destination with its variety of things to do and range of options for all budgets.
Nashville just seems to keep getting bigger. It’s a wonderful destination year-round but has something special about it during winter. The city lights up with Christmas lights and décor, offers driving tours to experience the best lights in the city, and the coffee shops and bars are full of coziness, rustic charm, and holiday music. Experience the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for incredible holiday decorations and a sprawling atrium. It’s free to explore this massive resort and it’s close by to the Grand Ole Opry.
Park City, Utah
Utah’s Park City is a fantastic winter destination in the USA. From world-class skiing in Deer Valley to the city’s impressive restaurants, it’s an option for the entire family to enjoy. Plus, let’s not forget that January in Park City means the legendary Sundance Film Festival. Join filmmakers, directors, and Hollywood actors for some of the best films of the independent film industry. It’s certainly an exciting time to experience Park City.
Snowcapped mountains and a picturesque resort town, Aspen is a renowned winter destination for its skiing, excellent restaurants, and art scene. Whether you want to ski in the Rocky Mountains or relax in a cozy café sipping hot coffee or red wine, Aspen has you covered (in snow) all season long.
Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She's been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at www.thespiritedexplorer.com.