Winter holidays offer a special chance for travelers to wrap up warm and enjoy the freshness of ice and snow, before getting cosy by the fire later on. Whether you plan winter vacations to get closer to one of nature's harshest climates, or enjoy the man-made festivities that offer relief from the snow and ice, there are a multitude of activities on offer! Try your hand at snowshoeing, skiing, or snowtubing, or take a stroll through holiday light displays with a cup of hot chocolate.
Get cozy with winter vacations
Although hiking trails can be crowded spots in the summer, adventurous travelers can hike a variety of trails on snowshoe to catch glimpses of beautiful snow-covered vistas in Michigan, New York, Oregon, Wisconsin, and countless other locations. The Pyramid Point vista at Sleeping Bear Dunes is especially impressive with its radiant snow-covered sand dunes on the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Many towns offer winter festivals like the Mackinac Island Winter Festival, which features activities like snow golf, snow bowling, sledding, snowshoeing, and of course a large, warm fire. The Newport Winter Carnival in New England is one of the highlights of winter vacations for travelers from all over the world who flock to this festival which has been running for over 100 years.
Many peaks from Mount Mansfield in Vermont to Vail Mountain in Colorado offer adventure for expert skiers and fun for those who prefer to sit by the fire during their winter vacations! Between skiing, tubing, and indoor spa treatments, many ski lodges offer a variety of activities to suit the needs of families and groups of travelers.
City charm is only intensified by the snow, decorative lights, and ice-skating rinks that pop up around the holiday season. Planning winter holidays in New York City? Stroll down Fifth Avenue for a beautiful view of the city's winter decorations, and don't miss the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, lit for the entirety of December through to early January.