Whether you’re looking to escape to a warm-weather paradise or a winter wonderland, we’ve gathered some of the best getaways to check out for these last few months of winter. From classic traditions in the Big Apple to the food scene in Savannah to sled-dog rides in Bend, Oregon, we’ve got a well-deserved vacation for everybody on this list.
Trade in the cold for the hot sunny weather of Miami where the average temperature in January is 76 degrees. Spend your days basking in the sun and your evenings enjoying a cocktail on a rooftop bar or checking out the nightlife in South Beach. January and February are actually perfect months to vacation in Miami as hurricane season lasts from June to October bringing potential stormy weather. So what are you waiting for? Get lost in the Cuban food of Little Havana, explore the art in Wynwood, or relax in the sand on Miami beach.
New York City
Winter in the Big Apple is truly like no other. From the skating in Rockefeller plaza to the department store window displays, there is something for everybody to enjoy during this time of year. There is something about seeing the city under a fresh blanket of snow that is just pure MAGIC. Use this opportunity to explore beyond tourist favorite attractions and cuddle up in cozy bars and restaurants. Heading to Brooklyn will give you a taste of what everyday New Yorkers spend their time doing. Enjoy the views Dumbo has to offer or the eclectic shops of Williamsburg.
Savannah is the perfect winter escape because you’re able to skip out on the crowds and the humidity that summer in the south brings. This picturesque town does have varying temps during the wintertime, but with cheaper room rates it’s the perfect time to enjoy the southern hospitality. Explore the roads lined with Spanish moss and rows of trees. It also has a bustling food scene, full of authentic Southern food as well as mixes of various cultures from British and beyond. Soho South Cafe and Collins Quarter remain local and visitor favorites for cafes and eateries.
You might automatically picture quintessential New England in a warm summer breeze, but it’s actually a dreamy destination to check out during the winter as well. Explore the small towns, open roads, and cabins and barns covered in snow. Head out on an adventure to cross country ski or snowshoe or spend the weekend snuggled up in a cozy cabin. Check out Blantyre hotel which boasts amenities like four-poster beds, fireplaces, and just idyllic grounds. They will set you up to enjoy winter picnics, ice skating, or even a sleigh ride all accompanied with homemade hot chocolate.
Yellowstone National Park
Sure the summer months at Yellowstone garner up to 97% of the park’s three million annual visitors, but that doesn’t mean winter isn’t a good time to visit the historic national park. Enjoy the peace and seclusion that winter brings in the 2.2 million acres of beautiful scenery. Stay in the Old Faithful Snow Lodge where you can enjoy cozy nights with thick quilts before you venture out during the day for activities. Fill your days with cross-country skiing or snowshoeing throughout the thousands of miles in the park. You’ll have the pleasure of viewing erupting geysers, frozen waterfalls, and brightly-colored mineral pools in addition to viewing large bison in the wild. You can even head to Yellowstone Lake to ice skate!
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Head down south for winter with a trip to Sante Fe, New Mexico. It is easily accessible, only forty minutes from Albuquerque, where you can take an uber from city to city or take the local train making hourly trips. Sante Fe is chock full of things to check out- the art, the food, the shopping, the unique southwestern experience. If you’re looking to warm up inside, check out Meow Wolf an indoor expansive art installation. Buy your tickets in advance to explore this immersive art experience that uses storytelling and mystery to transport visitors to fantastical realms. Head to downtown to walk around and explore the shops while scents of New Mexico’s state tree piñon pine intoxicate you.
The Pacific Northwest makes for a wonderful winter destination. Located just a few hours south of Portland, Bend is a haven for outdoor winter sports. Check out Tumalo Falls for cross country skiing or snowshoeing, Mount Bachelor for snowboarding and skiing, or sledding at Darke Park or Dutchman Flat. Many tour companies will lead you on a moonlight snowshoe tour or head into the city for a beer tour instead. Some trails often remain snow-free in winter at Oregon Desert Trail if you prefer to hike instead. You can even go for a sled-dog ride! If you run out of options to explore, check out the town of Sisters (22 miles away) for boutiques, galleries, and picturesque winter experiences.
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