Best Cold Weather Vacations in the US

Casper, Wyoming
The beautiful Casper Mountain in Wyoming.

Although winter usually leaves people yearning for warm weather and beaches, it’s a season that we should learn to embrace, and perhaps take our own vacations to.  There are many wonderful winter destinations in the United States that offer an abundance of winter activities and quaint towns to explore that look better in holiday lights and snow than they do in the blue skies of summer. So this year, instead of a tropical getaway, try a snowy, cozy one.  Here are some of the best cold weather destinations in the US:

The first wintery destination that you may have already had in mind is Anchorage, Alaska.  You can find snow in Alaska from October to late April, so there’s plenty of time for you to experience winter if your vacation schedule doesn’t fall within the cold months the rest of the country experiences. Alaska is truly the last frontier.  It’s beauty is surreal, with snow-covered mountains, glaciers, and miniature wildflowers, everything you see will look like a perfect backdrop.  Apart from the natural beauty, Anchorage is home to many cultural and historic attractions.  From the Alaska Native Heritage Center to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, you can learn all you need to know about the last frontier – and more! Plus, there are many downhill ski areas within a 45 minute drive of Anchorage; and if you like dogs, the famous Iditarod begins right in Anchorage.

Another great winter vacation to add to your list should be Casper, Wyoming.  Casper is home to winter lodges, ice fishing, ski grounds, and other various cultural attractions.  The Casper Nordic Center includes 26 miles of ski trails, 27 miles of back-country trails, and a lit-up trail for night skiing. If you’re into history, Casper’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center lures visitors to explore what it was like to be a settler traveling out west in the 1800s. And if you like sports, the Casper Events Center holds over 200 events per year, ranging from basketball games to snowmobiling.  You won’t run out of any activities to do in Casper, and plus – this city looks impeccable in the snow.

Bangor, Maine, is next on this list, with over a dozen downhill and Nordic ski areas surrounding the town.  Bangor truly encompasses the idea of “quaint,” as streets lined with houses built in the early 19th century light up in holiday decor.  This town is a perfect little winter getaway, especially if you are trying to escape the hustle and bustle of a big city.  There are dozens of bars and restaurants to walk to, and you can even have a fancy night out at one of the shows performed at the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Penobscot Theatre Company.  Bangor is a great place to escape for a little rest and relaxation, and it is more than aesthetically pleasing in those cold winter months.

For more cold weather getaway ideas,  check out Livability’s article on “The 10 Best Winter Vacations” right here.  Let it snow!