We’re right in the middle of winter. And if it’s going to be cold anyway, you might as well make a vacation out of it, right?
From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the festive streets of New York City, the U.S. offers an array of winter getaways that cater to all tastes. Whether seeking a ski adventure, a cozy cabin retreat, or a festive city break, these 15 destinations promise an unforgettable winter experience.
1. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is synonymous with winter luxury. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, it’s a haven for skiers and snowboarders. With four major ski areas, it caters to all skill levels. The town is buzzing off the slopes with high-end shopping, fine dining, and vibrant nightlife.
2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Experience winter’s magic in Yellowstone. The snow-covered landscapes offer unique wildlife viewing opportunities, and the park’s geothermal features, like Old Faithful, are even more striking against the icy backdrop.
3. New York City, New York
The city that never sleeps dazzles during the winter. Ice-skating in Central Park, holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue, and the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree are just a few highlights.
4. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Straddling the California-Nevada border, Lake Tahoe is a winter sports paradise. With multiple ski resorts and breathtaking views, it’s perfect for those who love the slopes or just want to bask in the beauty of the Sierra Nevada.
5. Park City, Utah
Host of the Sundance Film Festival in January, Park City is more than just a ski destination. It offers a charming historic Main Street, art galleries, and top-notch restaurants, making it an ideal spot for culture and skiing.
6. Stowe, Vermont
Stowe epitomizes the winter charm of New England with its picturesque landscapes and excellent skiing conditions. It’s a storybook village that offers cozy bed and breakfast accommodations and artisanal local food.
7. Anchorage, Alaska
For a truly unique winter experience, Anchorage is unparalleled. Dog sledding, northern lights viewing, and ice climbing are just a few activities that make this destination extraordinary.
8. Santa Fe, New Mexico
In winter, Santa Fe blends rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. The city’s adobe architecture covered in snow and its vibrant arts scene and nearby ski opportunities create a unique winter getaway.
9. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago shines in winter. The Magnificent Mile’s shopping, world-class museums, and the chance to skate in Millennium Park make it a great urban winter destination.
10. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Renowned for its rugged beauty and luxury resorts, Jackson Hole offers some of the best skiing in the country. Its proximity to Grand Teton National Park adds to its allure.
11. Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge offers a blend of historic charm and modern ski culture. Its Victorian architecture and thriving arts scene are as much a draw as its slopes.
12. The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires in western Massachusetts are a cultural and natural winter retreat. Enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and visiting the area’s numerous museums and theaters.
13. Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital is a quieter yet equally charming destination in winter. The National Mall’s monuments and museums offer much to explore, and the seasonal decorations add a festive touch.
14. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride is a picturesque mountain town with a historic downtown and world-class ski slopes. Its remote location ensures a tranquil winter escape.
15. Charleston, South Carolina
For those preferring milder winters, Charleston offers southern charm, historic tours, and gourmet dining without the extreme cold.