Are you looking forward to a winter vacation? Whether you are trying to get away from the snow, or find more of it, there are hundreds of places in North America that you should visit in winter. From stunning scenery to fun, family activities, here are the top 10 winter destinations for anyone who wants to get away from the daily grind:
10) Niagara Falls
This popular tourist spot is even more breathtaking in the winter. Cold air and mist from the falls creates natural ice sculptures around the overlooks. The real reason to visit in winter though, is to partake in the magnificent Winter Festival of Lights. Millions of lights and over a hundred illuminated displays turn the falls into a winter wonderland, starting in November. The opening ceremony for festival includes living theater and circus performances, as well as a movie screening. Nearby, local neighborhoods compete in a holiday decorating contest. You can get your fill of winter and lights by touring spectacularly lit homes. There is also a winter fireworks display every Friday night during the festival!
9) Taos, New Mexico
In Taos, you can find the best of both worlds. Skiing on the snow-covered slopes, or warming up down below where it is warm. Perfect for the travelers who don’t agree on cold or warm vacations. Like San Antonio, the area offers Native America, Hispanic, and Old West arts and entertainment. Attractions include historic buildings, guided tours, nature hikes, and more.
8) San Antonio, Texas
If history and culture are your thing, then San Antonio is sure to please. You can enjoy elements of both American and Mexican culture as you view the architecture, visit museums (including The Alamo), and stroll through the parks. Don’t forget a trip to the San Antonio Zoo, which houses over 3,000 animals and is considered one of the best in the US. Still not sold on San Antonio? You can also check out Six Flags amusement Park and Sea World San Antonio.
7) Coral Gables, Florida
Say goodbye to snow, ice and cold winds and hello to Florida. Coral Gables is a Miami neighborhood offering a diverse selection of activities and attractions. The pedestrian-friendly city is home to numerous historical attractions, museums, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and parks. Go in early March and witness the Carnaval on the Mile, a mile long festival of art, food, games, music and fun.
6) Whitefish, Montana
Held at the end of January, the Whitefish Winter Carnival boasts of being the “biggest party on the snow”. The main attraction is ski-joring, a sport that combines rodeo and skiing, with professional skiers being pulled around obstacle courses by running horses. What could be better? How about the fact that it is a free event if you are a spectator? You can also enjoy local rustic dining, arts and entertainment, snow-shoeing, skiing (without horses), snowmobiling, dog-sledding, guided tours of Glacier National Park, and a variety of day spas.