Best Vacation Spots for Winter
Warm summer destinations are usually at their most expensive during winter and snow, frost and freezing weather aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. So where do you go if you want sunshine and a more agreeable temperature? or where do you go if you want to escape the winter blues?
Let us look at a couple of tried and true choices for people looking to escape the winter blues.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming – A great time to visit Yellowstone is during winter. This lets you experience what the park was like before cars were thrown into the mix. Many of the parks’ roads are closed to traffic beginning from early November. This leaves many spaces accessible by alternate modes of transport like cross-country skis or guided snowcoach and snowmobile tours.
Key West, Florida – The weather is the only reason you need to visit the Florida Keys with the average temperature being 74 degrees Fahrenheit in January. You won’t be lonely as winter is usually the busiest and most expensive season in the Key West which means you can party it up to your heart’s content. Recommended places to party include Duval Street and Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square. If you’re looking to chill instead of party, you can look for the infamous six-toed cats at the Ernest Hemmingway Home & Museum or relax on the sandy beaches.
Half Moon Bay, California – Half Moon Bay’s Mavericks Beach is notorious for being one of the most challenging surf spots in the entire world. Waves can be as high as 50 feet in the winter. Leave those waves to the professionals and enjoy watching their attempts at the invite-only Titans Of Mavericks competition which is held annually. There are also nearby beaches, bluffs and forests which are beautiful to behold and must be seen by tourists.
Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska – If winter sports and snowy scenery is up your alley, check out Alaska. It has plenty of ways to explore the beautiful, frosty outdoors in Anchorage ranging from glacier hikes to dogsledding tours. The famous Northern Lights are a sight to behold and cannot be missed by any travelers who decide to park themselves at Fairbanks and Anchorage in Alaska.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands – The United States Virgin Islands is almost untouched. You cannot go there by airplane or cruise ship as there aren’t any airports or piers. Most visitors take a ferry from St. Thomas. Beautiful turquoise water which is great for snorkeling is enjoyed by tourists from all around the world. That’s not all that the Virgin Islands have to offer. There is plenty to see such as the emerald peaks, turtles, verdant groves with hiking trails and close-ups of tropical flowers.
Koloa, Hawaii – It should surprise no one that Hawaii has made it onto this list. Koloa is a great winter sun getaway with its beautiful historic old town architecture which was built during the sugar plantation era. If you’re lucky, you can spot some humpback whales while you’re taking in the sun from the shore. Lippert’s ice cream will cool you down before you set off to experience the island in different and beautiful ways.
Sedona, Arizona – Sedona has been called a vacationers paradise. If you ever find yourself in the area, do yourself a favor and visit Bell Rock and Oak Creek Canyon as they make for spectacular hiking spots. If hiking isn’t your fancy, Sedona is worth visiting for its brilliant night sky. Words cannot describe its beauty and you know what they say, seeing is believing.