Most people associate vacations with the summer, but winter travel is an awful bit of fun. Whether it’s a ski trip or a tropical getaway, there are some phenomenal winter travel destinations in the US. Here are a few of them:
Puerto Rico: A combination of sunshine and stellar deals have drawn visitors to Puerto Rico for years now. It’s affordable, has great beaches, good drinking and excellent food. Whether you want to visit a celebrity chef or head into the backcountry’s “Lechon highway” for authentic roast pork, it’s great food you can’t get anywhere else.
Hawaii: Even before Elvis made “Rock-a-Hula”, Hawaii has been attracting Americans with its stellar beaches, great weather and fabulous outdoor activities. And the best part is that it stays fun and happening all year round.
New Orleans: New Orleans in the summer is humid and disgusting, but in the winter the weather is actually tolerable! There’s a lot more than just Mardi Gras: lower hotel rates, great Christmas and New Year’s celebrations and fewer tourists.
California: The beaches and sunshine of southern California make both Los Angeles and San Diego an idea winter getaway. The colder months are also a great time to find cheap hotel deals.
Florida: One of America’s most well-known and timeless snowbird destinations is the Sunshine State. Whether you want to visit the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers and Tampa, take in the vibrant nightlife of Miami or go on rides in Orlando, it’s hard to go wrong here.
Salt Lake City: If you’d rather be skiing this season, then no worries, Salt Lake City is the place for you. You can easily stay downtown and then drive just half an hour to the slopes, a winning combination.
Savannah: Arguably the epitome of southern charm, Savannah is one of the most romantic cities in the country. Apart from Valentine’s Day, winter is the low season here, giving you plenty of room to check out this charming historic city.
Santa Fe: Yes, it’s a bit off the beaten path, but Santa Fe is wonderful to visit in the winter, with mild temperatures and access to ski slopes.
Memphis: There isn’t much to do in Memphis, but there’s certainly enough to make for a phenomenal long weekend for anybody who loves food and music. You can listen to live music on one of the many blues bars in Beale Street, get barbecue at Central (Rendezvous isn’t that good if we’re being honest) and visit Sun Studios, where Elvis Presley first recorded.
Anchorage: Most people would prefer to visit Alaska during the warmer months, but this is the prime season to see the Northern Lights, a natural phenomena as beautiful as it is unusual. It’s tough to get there, but hotel rates are at an all-time low this time of the year.