Winter is an exceptionally beautiful time to travel, as different cities celebrate the season in their own unique way. From quirky holiday festivals to one-of-kind activities like dogsledding in the snow, you are sure to have a memorable experience wherever you go. Look below to find some of our most cherished winter destinations.
New York, NY
Naturally, New York is outstanding no matter when you go. But there’s a reason visitors flock to the Big Apple, even as the mercury drops to breath-frosting levels. Manhattan in winter is simply enchanting. From ice skating in Central Park to seeing the Times Square ball drop, this sparkling city offers countless cold-weather diversions for the whole family.
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Salt Lake City, UT
Located near a cluster of world-class winter sports resorts, Salt Lake City is an ideal base for those seeking unforgettable ski and snowboard opportunities. And once you’re done on the slopes, the city offers a range of relaxing holiday activities.
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Throughout the season, Chattanooga offers a wide range of affordable family-friendly activities. Visit Rock City and its Enchanted Garden of Lights or take a ride back in time on the Tennessee Valley Railroad, a moving museum that pays homage to Chatanooga's historic past.
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San Antonio, TX
With its mild weather and vibrant culture, this city of 1.3 million may be at its most charming during winter. The River Walk, San Antonio’s second most popular attraction after the Alamo, is illuminated with thousands of lights during the holidays, making a shopping stroll or a riverside meal extra enchanting.
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A model town built by the founder of the famous chocolatier, Hershey is known as the Sweetest Place on Earth. During the festive winter months, Chocolate Town comes alive with musical performances, culinary events, fantastic light displays and more. You’ll also find special holiday rides for all ages at Hersheypark, the city’s namesake amusement park.
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There’s no doubt about it—winters in Montreal can be bitter. But this city doesn’t shut down for winter—it livens up. Enjoy the outdoors with ice skating, dog sledding, or snow tubing. Or just enjoy the holiday atmosphere in this historic city with light shows, concerts, dance performances and more.
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The romance of Paris is just as intense in winter—perhaps even more so. As stylish Parisians walk the snowy streets and the Seine is shrouded in grey mist, tourists gawk in awe at the beautiful buildings and the twinkling Eiffel tower. Plus, many of Paris’s best attractions—from the museums to the cafes and patisseries—are inside.
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New Orleans, LA
The good times roll all year in New Orleans, a colorful city with much to offer in all seasons. Visiting in winter means you get to experience the city in its natural state, without the crowds of bead-slinging tourists that pack the city for Mardi Gras, Halloween and summer vacation. New Orleans will tantalize your senses with spicy creole food, jumpy jazz, and beautiful bayou sunsets.
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San Francisco, CA
Mark Twain once proclaimed a San Francisco summer the “coldest winter [he] ever had”—and ironically, a San Francisco winter isn’t all that cold. With mild temperatures and some of the West Coast’s most diverse scenery, the Bay City is an unbeatable winter getaway. San Francisco has something for everyone—Alcatraz, redwoods, Chinatown, plus beautiful views from every hilltop.
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Winter travelers get the best of both worlds in Asheville. The city itself offers mild weather—perfect for hiking, beer crawls or enjoying a meal in one of the many independent restaurants. However, it’s also located near exceptional mountain peaks featuring plenty of opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and more. Of course, there’s also the world-famous Biltmore House—which is fantastic in any weather.
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While snow and ice blanket the States, escape to a place where the water is warm and the sun is shining. Winter is the ideal season to explore the islands of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific .
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