Are you thinking about taking a winter vacation this year? If so, you should head somewhere unique. Don’t get caught in a tourist trap (in other words, skip Colorado, New York and even Florida) — instead, think outside the box when planning your winter vacation.
Here are five ideas:
Charleston, South CarolinaIf you’re deciding on a place to go on the east coast, forget Miami, D.C., Boston or New York. Take a plunge with the lovely city of Charleston in South Carolina. Here, you’ll get the southern hospitality mixed with a moderate winter climate, enchanting bed & breakfasts, delightful historic districts, and cute boutique hotels. There are plenty of winter festivities to take part in, including an oyster festival and pub crawl in the months of January and February. It’s also a city great for traveling on a budget. Whether you are with your kids and wife, or just your honey, there’s plenty to do and see, especially during off-season so you won’t have to deal with that icky east coast humidity.
Santa Fe, New MexicoThe southwestern part of the United States is a great place to visit during those cold winter months. New Mexico is one of those underrated, underexposed states thriving with history and culture with tons of Spanish and Mexican influences. The architecture, museums and diversity of people is unparalleled, and with temperatures staying at a cool 50-60 degrees Farenheiht, so there’s no reason to pack all of the extra heavy winter accessories. Fun restaurants are abound, with beautiful hiking trails, winter lodges, and even the Georgia O’Keeffe museum to look at. This small but charming city nestled in the highly elevated – at 7,000 feet – desert is a surefire unique way to spend the holidays.
Anchorage, AlaskaAlaska is awesome. Its location right above Canada and damn near Russia make it both enchanting and awe-inspiring in its overall landscape, with tons of snow-drenched mountains and big beautiful sky. Magnanimous photo opportunities. This state is like an untainted piece of American soil, so far from the mainland that spending your holidays here can only be a magical experience. Log cabins, dog-sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling – the list goes on for fun outdoor activities. Also, the cozy restaurants and bars are fun to explore while getting to know the locals.
Las Vegas, NevadaDecember through February is a great time to go to Vegas. Touristly-speaking, is a bit of a low season, as most people don’t think to spend the holidays in the casino. And it is this exact reason why you should go. Hotel rates are lower than usual, with four to five star hotels coming down to around $200 per night. Also, the weather won’t be freezing cold at all, which will make casino-hopping that much more enjoyable. Skip the craziness of the spring and summer and make Vegas your next destination for winter break.
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Lima, PeruWinter is Lima’s off-season, and therefore makes it a budget-friendly destination during the holidays. The best thing about this city is that there’s so much of the inner parts to explore, and going during the low season makes it easier and less restricted. There are plenty of trails and outdoor activities with a warm steady climate, as well. Also, Christmas is a great time to go, as it is the country’s most celebrated holiday. Salud!