With winter quickly approaching as we head into the end of October, travelers may be thinking of their next journey. While some may enjoy escaping to a warmer climate, others may be looking for relaxation in a winter wonderland. Whether you prefer the slopes or a sun soaked beach during the season, here are 10 winter destinations to getaway.
1. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen comes alive in the winter, with something for everyone who enjoys the beautiful blankets of snow this city has to offer. World class slopes attract skiers and snowboarders from all over the globe, while various winter activities are in full swing such as dog sledding, ice skating, snow tubing, hot springs and more. Even if you choose to sit by the fire and look out at the snowy mountains, Aspen is still a must see during the winter.
2. Alberta, Canada
Winter in Alberta is no joke. Not only do they experience extremely low temperatures and heavy snow throughout the majority of the season, but residents of this province take the season very seriously. Albertans typically spend most of their time in the snow enjoying the many outdoor activities and events there are to offer. Numerous national parks are home to rare wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Looking to be truly immersed in winter scenery and crazy winter activities such as heli-skiing? Alberta is the place for you.
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is a beautiful city no matter what season, but in winter is home to a festive atmosphere unlike anywhere else. The Amsterdam Light Festival runs from the beginning of December through January offering spectacular light shows and displays throughout the entire city. Outdoor ice-skating is a popular winter event and if you’re lucky enough to visit when the canals have frozen over, you can enjoy skating on them. Winter markets also fill the streets of the city, offering food, drinks, and unique gifts.
4. Stowe, Vermont
Stowe is a magical place to visit in the winter. It has the charm of a small town, with every winter activity imaginable. Sleigh rides, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing are just some of the events available to visitors. Stowe showcases just how much of a winter wonderland it really is during its annual carnival held in January with ice carving competitions, snow golf and snow volleyball tournaments, live music and plenty of activities for families and children. Stowe makes winter something to look forward to.
5. Boston, Massachusetts
Although winters can be brutal in Boston, they can also be quite beautiful. Lights surround the Boston Common and the Public Garden, while the Frog Pond is a populous ice-skating attraction. Sledding becomes a daily activity in the winter, as the Common’s hills provide a great place to sled after a fresh coat of snow. If you’re looking to admire the snow from the inside, Boston is home to many art museums, dining options, theaters, and shopping.
6. Lapland, Finland
Winters in Finland often last half of the year and are filled with piles of snow and bright sunshine. In this arctic wilderness, conditions are harsh, but if prepared, one can enjoy the winter in Lapland to the fullest. Activities such as sled rides pulled by a pack of huskies through the snowy forests, taking dips in the icy lakes, and cruising on icebreaking vessels highlight some of the unique things to do in Lapland. In addition, winter is the perfect time to observe the Aurora Borealis in northern Finland. Lapland is a true winter wonderland for those who want to immerse themselves in the season.
7. Whitefish, Montana
A charming town in northwestern Montana, Whitefish is one of the most scenic areas in the state. Numerous skiing and snowboarding opportunities are available, but with a fraction of the population. During the winter carnival in February, all ages are welcome to celebrate everything the season has to offer in Whitefish.
8. Queenstown, New Zealand
For those looking to escape the winter’s cold temperatures and spend a vacation adventuring, Queenstown, New Zealand is up your alley. Its summer season runs from the first of December to the end of February and offers long days filled with bright sunshine. Bungee jumping, skydiving, and boating are some of the most popular activities. Queenstown is a great winter getaway for those who want to explore and continue to enjoy the summer weather.
9. Palm Springs, California
The best time to visit Palm Springs is between January and April, when the heat has cooled, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy the sunny California weather. Plenty of activities surround Palm Springs including golfing, tennis, spas, hot air ballooning, shopping, casinos, and more. If you are looking for a California vibe with views of snowcapped mountains, Palm Springs might be what you’re searching for.
10. Barcelona, Spain
Winter in Barcelona is mild and typically dry, with minimal tourists visiting the city. Spectacular buildings reside in Barcelona, and are a perfect place to visit during the winter, when the air is chilly and the lines are short. The architecture of Antoni Gaudi - La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Parc Güell, and La Pedrera - are some of the most famous and must-see landmarks for visitors. In addition, Barcelona decorates its streets with Christmas lights in December and also has numerous Christmas markets to get you into the holiday spirit.
No matter what your winter plans are, you’ll be sure to find something you love in each of these cities. Magellan Jets can help you plan your next winter getaway, with numerous membership and charter options for seamless travel and individualized experiences.
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