5 Great Winter Vacation Destinations

Shirley Simpson writes for All Area Codes where you can easily locate area codes for all cities and states and even perform a reverse phone search.

Instead of staying cooped up this winter, consider going on a great vacation to the mountains, escaping to a metropolitan city, or warming up in the desert. There are so many places to explore in a wide variety of price ranges, so pack up the car, bring your skis, or swimsuit and don’t forget to pack some sunscreen. Consider these five destinations to make your winter memorable.

1. Colorado. This state is full of ski resorts for the whole family to enjoy. The powder is fresh and the scenery is beautiful, especially at the popular resort Vail. This famous resort has five thousand two hundred and eighty nine acres of land available to ski on. But you don’t have to limit yourself to just skiing. Snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and ice-skating are also available at this unforgettable resort. If you are more interested in a fun nightlife, consider visiting Beaver Creek Village. This mountain getaway features theaters, jazz concerts, and movies amidst the beauty of the mountains.

2.     Boston, Massachusetts. This city is rich with history and would make a great destination for the winter. The freedom trail, which recounts the revolutionary war, is a fun 90-minute walk taking you around the city. You could always visit the U.S.S. Constitution, which is the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. There are several four star hotels downtown that are close to subway stops, making it easy to navigate through the city. Boston has enough activities to keep any family entertained for a week.

3.     Palm Springs, California. If you can’t stand the cold and need to be warmed up, consider visiting Palm Springs. This popular desert town is just a few hours away from Los Angeles and features several fun activities for kids. The city features a rotating tramcar, an air museum and a children’s discovery museum. Enjoy yourself at Splashtopia, an outdoor water park that has waterfalls, a lazy river, and a sandy beach. The best part of Palm Springs is enjoying the sun outdoors playing golf, going hiking, or having a tennis match.

4.     Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont. If you want to try something out of the ordinary, consider traveling to Vermont this winter to indulge in 1,000 acres of ski resorts. This charming town has activities for all ages including tubing, sledding, riding a snow mobile, and even dog sledding with Alaskan Huskies. Most resorts contain indoor pools and hot tubs if you need to warm up after an afternoon skiing.

5.     Ice Hotel, Sweden. For those of you that want to travel abroad, try heading to Jukkasjarvi, Sweden to explore the world’s largest hotel made of ice and snow. Try sleeping in an ice room, where you can fall fast asleep in a thermal sleeping bag rolled out on reindeer skins. If the cold is too much for you, warmer rooms are available in a separate part of the hotel. Hunting, hiking, and ice fishing are also popular activities in this town. This would be one unforgettable winter vacation.