Whether you’re looking for a white Christmas, bright holidays, or just want to go somewhere this winter to experience the great outdoors, we’ve listed five US destinations worth checking out. While we can’t promise you snow, we can say with confidence, remember to pack a coat!
Methow Valley, Washington
It’s the wild west meets arts and culture in Methow Valley, which is located in the Trails & Lakes Region of Washington. This area stretches from the North Cascades to the Methow and Columbia Rivers. While Methow Valley offers activities for every season, come winter, the Valley transforms into a winter wonderland.
Ready to get your heart pumping? From alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating, and fat biking, there is no shortage of things to do in the winter. Plus, with local breweries, theaters, and other entertainment, there’s something for everyone!
Fun fact: The Methow Trails offers the largest cross-country ski trail system in the United States! With over 200km of groomed areas, there’s a trail for everyone and every ski level.
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Like stepping into a picturesque scene from a snow globe, winter is one of the best seasons to travel to Aspen, CO. Kick off your adventure with world-class skiing and snowboarding to ice skating, fly fishing, and snowmobiling.
With 59 hiking trails, 90 restaurants, and scenic drives to not one but two ghost towns, Aspen makes an unforgettable winter destination. For breathtaking views, take a trip to the peak of Aspen Mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola.
West Yellowstone, Montana
Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, sledding—even dog sledding! When it comes to winter wonderlands, why not set your sights on West Yellowstone? Not only does this southern Montana town offer access to Yellowstone National Park, but you can also sign up for a snowmobile tour through the park for majestic views, wildlife, and even an eruption of the Old Faithful geyser!
There’s even an interactive Grizzly and Wolf Discovery center for getting a close—and safe—look at some of Yellowstone’s most fascinating predators, grizzly bears, and gray wolves.
Park City, UT
Park City, Utah offers 400 miles of maintained trails which makes it a prime spot for hiking and mountain biking. Plus, when it comes to winter activities like snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, sleigh rides, hot air balloons, and more, you’ll find it in Park City.
Known for more than just its slopes, Park City is rich in arts and culture. Explore world-class theater, performing arts, art galleries, outdoor concerts, and festivals as well as plenty of places to wine, dine and shop.
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Lake Placid, New York
A playground of adventures and sights to see, Lake Placid offers access to Adirondack Park. And with it, 6.1 million acres of trails, rivers, wildlife and more. It’s perfect for filling your days with hiking, biking, zip-lining, shopping, and dining.
With all of the charming small-town characteristics paired with exquisite views, Lake Placid, NY is worth a visit. Hold onto your Olympic-sized dreams because the city is preparing to host the 2023 Lake Placid World University Games this January.