The Best Places To Book A Winter Vacation

Winter is coming! Plan your escape ASAP.

Winter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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You might be inclined to stay cooped up inside once the cold weather hits, but there are so many spots that are just as fun—if not better—in the winter than they are in the summer. Whether you want to ski, visit museums and art galleries, eat insanely delicious food, or escape the cold weather entirely, we've got you covered with the best winter getaways in the United States. You'll want to plan a trip for every single weekend this season.

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Gorham’s Bluff, Alabama

is a quaint community atop Sand Mountain that overlooks the scenic Tennessee River Valley in the Heart of Dixie. Find your home away from home at the mainstay lodge and enjoy plenty of local attractions in the surrounding area—there's even the nestled in the woods nearby.

The Lodge at Gorham's Bluff

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Anchorage, Alaska

The Last Frontier State, and in particular, thrive during the winter months. With festivals, ski races, dog sled tours, ice fishing, and prime northern lights sightings, this popular destination boasts crystal clear days that lead into ideal star-gazing nights.

Historic Anchorage Hotel

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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Check the off your bucket list this winter when tourism is at an all-time low. Escape the hustle and bustle of your daily routine in one of the most picturesque destinations across the United States. Just remember to bring a warm jacket and waterproof socks as frosty temperatures average around 30 degrees.

The Grand Hotel at The Grand Canyon

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Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

Travel to for a rustic getaway. The iconic 3,471-acre park is filled with plenty to see and do including 20 miles of hiking trails around Petit Jean Mountain with overlooks, bridges, and historic structures.

Mather Lodge

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Snow-cleared road in Mammoth Lakes, California
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Mammoth Lakes, California

Trade your sandals for snow boots and head to Mammoth, one of California's premier ski resorts. If a day on the slopes isn't your thing, you can also go snow shoeing, visit the waterfalls, or go snowmobiling.

Juniper Springs Resort

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Ski slopes, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
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Breckenridge, Colorado

Head to this for some skiing, spa-time, and strolling around what feels like one giant snow globe. Not a skier? No problem! Downtown is dotted with colorful shops and quaint eateries making this destination the perfect getaway for everyone.

Beaver Run Resort

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Lynde Point Lighthouse
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Although this coastal is known as a warm weather haven, the calming ocean sounds and marina views make the winter months feel like summer.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

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Wilmington, Delaware

With a top-rated and a spectacular orchid population at Longwood Gardens, there is plenty to do during the winter in this waterfront city. For a quick day trip, drive through , home of the grand DuPont mansions.

Hotel du Pont

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Pink lifeguard tower at South Beach, Miami, Florida, USA
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Miami, Florida

Melt away your winter woes with a trip down south to . Experience 70 degree weather, salsa dancing, and a renowned art scene.

Shore Club South Beach

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Savannah, Georgia

A drop in temperature in the southern city of , means a drop in hotel rates with still plenty to do and see. Enjoy comfortable sweater weather (between 40-60 degrees), but if it’s chillier than usual, there are plenty of one-of-a-kind mansion tours and museums to explore.

The Kehoe House

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Maui, Hawaii

Say goodbye to slushy snow and aloha to sandy toes in . Winter time is technically tourist season, but well worth the money and travel. Surf it up on the north shore with some of the biggest waves of the year, or spot a humpback whale during their famous migration to the Aloha State from January to March.

Four Seaons Maui

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Hot air balloon over Snowy Mountains, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
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Sun Valley, Idaho

You can experience every type of skiing in , but if you prefer life off of the mountain, there are plenty of cute shops, tranquil spas, and cozy eateries to enjoy.

Sun Valley Lodge

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Chicago, Illinois

Don't be put off by the blistering cold—there's plenty indoors to keep you occupied. The Windy City is known for its iconic deep dish pizza and impressive array of world-class museums and aquariums like the and the .

Ritz-Carlton Chicago

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French Lick, Indiana

If you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure, check out this , known for its historic mineral springs. Home to two hotels, three golf courses, two spas, and a casino, the has loads of winter activities to enjoy while you're there.

French Lick Springs Hotel

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Fort Madison, Iowa

Settled between two scenic bluffs, Fort Madison has the longest double deck in the world. After experiencing the sites, hit the town for some of the best antique shopping around.

Boulders Inn & Suites

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Oakley, Kansas

It's worth the trip if only to see the 80 million year old national landmark, Monument Rocks. If you're in the area, check out , too. Or, when in Kansas, head to the in Wamego.

Kansas Country Inn

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Louisville, Kentucky

There’s more to than mint juleps. Get a taste of this sweet Southern city’s charm by checking out the , a bluegrass bar (like ), or any of the area's art galleries.

21c Museum Hotel

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New Orleans, Louisiana

No matter what season it is, the city of is a buzzing with energy. Filled with jazz clubs, so many beignets, and French-Creole architecture, visit this vibrant city while there is a comfortable cool in the air.

Hotel Monteleone

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Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine after a snowstorm
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Portland, Maine

The beer-flowing breweries, Victorian-era mansions, and of course, the epic lobster rolls are just a few reasons to visit . Nix the beaches and opt to explore the cobblestone streets of Old Port where live music plays on almost every block.

The Press Hotel

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Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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Annapolis, Maryland

This is famous for its blue crabs, charming 18th century architecture, and museums, which will keep you entertained and out of the cold.

Historic Inns of Annapolis

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The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Best known for unbelievable fall foliage, you can also during the winter months. Whether you’re out snowboarding or simply getting snowed in, you'll get a healthy dose of nature.

Hampton Terrace Inn

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Traverse City, Michigan

Make your playground for a winter weekend with hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing trails, and loads of nearby wineries and micro-distilleries. Wine not, right?

Cherry Tree Inn & Suites

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Bluefin Bay, Minnesota

Stay snug in any of waterfront hotels with sweeping Lake Superior views, or venture out to explore nearby attractions like the or the .

Bluefin Bay on Lake Superior

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Tishomingo State Park, Mississippi

Get your hiking boots ready and head to with plenty of trails and a lake located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There are both campsites and hotel suites fit for whichever type of rustic getaway you're in the mood for.

Victorian Inn

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St. Louis, Missouri

Escape to the for a low-key trip in the Midwest. St. Louis is home to the famous and the heralded . If you’re looking for some one-on-one time with nature, head to that includes four museums and a zoo inside the public space.

Four Seasons St. Louis

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Besides the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, has so many options for winter fun, including skiing and snowshoeing. With over 700 miles of hiking trails in addition to stunning rivers and lakes, Glacier National Park is the perfect destination for an outdoorsy vacation any time of year.

Belton Chalet

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Rock Hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah
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Toadstool Geological Park, Nebraska

The rock formations in northwestern Nebraska’s are definitely worth a visit. The park is open 24 hours a day, all year long, and offers camping May through November.

Fort Robinson State Park Lodge

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Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Nevada may be known for its desert, but visitors can still take in the splendor of (which sits on the California and Nevada border). Whether you’re in the mood to ski or more of an après ski kind of person, the Tahoe area has something for everyone.

Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire

If you’re looking for a winter getaway with a historical twist, . The quaint New England town has everything from a retired Navy submarine to the homes of famous colonial figures.

The Port Inn

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Atlantic City skyline seen from inlet at dusk.
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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Take a gamble on your winter escape with . The boardwalk isn’t as busy during the winter, but you can still get your poker face on in any of the casinos. With proper planning, you might even be able to catch your favorite musical act passing through town at one of the town’s big concert venues.

Caesars Atlantic City

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