Hitting the pause button during the winter months can be an excellent way to revitalize yourself. Whether you’re looking for a distinctive place to spend the holidays for a family vacation or an unforgettable way to ring in the new year, you have plentiful options for where to vacay this winter in the United States. There’s something for those looking for fun in the sun as well as seasonal activities that involve cold and snow, so get busy planning your upcoming vacation.

Chill or Warmth?

Some of the best winter vacations in the U.S. involve snow and ice. This is especially true for those who love winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating. Of course, those who are trying to escape the cold and snow are also in luck, because the United States has lots of beachfront and sunny destinations that provide all of the warmth and sun you could want.

Set Your Budget


Your travel budget is a deciding factor in your winter vacation plans. If you’re traveling on a shoestring, you may need to choose a place that’s closer to home so you can avoid flying. You could also decide on a spot with more moderate accommodations, which could stretch your funds for activities as well. On the other hand, if your budget is higher and you’re ready to spend, you might look at some of the pricier tourist destinations in Florida, California or the western mountain states where ski resorts are plentiful.

All-Inclusive Packages

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Eliminate a lot of stress and anxiety by choosing an all-inclusive vacation package for your destination. Many resorts in popular tourist cities offer bundles that include lodging, activities and other amenities such as meals and snacks. On the beach, you may find a package that provides for all of your lodging, meals, water sports and even towels and beach chairs. In the mountains, you could book a package that includes lodging, meals, lift tickets and equipment.

Be Spontaneous

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If you can handle last-minute arrangements, you might wait to see what travel deals appear as the year winds down. This is when many airlines and hotels with loyalty programs release offers for destinations with discounted rates. You never know when you’ll happen upon a deal to visit the beach or the mountains at a crazy good price.

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Wherever you choose for your winter vacay, you can get excited about the amazing activities and unforgettable memories you’ll make. Resetting after you get back from your vacation can be that much easier as you start looking forward to summer.