Spring is just around the corner, and as ready as most of us are for winter to end, you may be craving one last winter wonderland adventure. Whether you want skiing, sight seeing, sports, food, or just good ol’ relaxation next to a fireplace with the snow falling outside, below are some of the most unique, beautiful and memorable winter destinations in the U.S.
Casper, Wyoming: Known for being a great deal! Hotels, restaurants and entertainment here are said to cost less than many others winter getaways. You can visit the Hogadon Ski Area complete with three lifts and 24 trails, the Casper Nordic Center with 26 miles of groomed trails is ideal for those looking for a bit more adventure, and the Casper Ice Arena is the perfect place for a little ice skating!
Waukesha, Wisconsin: Funny name, huh? Waukesha is the place for new experiences. Here you can ice fish, try out the sport of curling (hey, it’s in the Olympics), and even take a ride in an old-fashioned toboggan. Are you a horse lover? Try a sled ride in a horse-drawn carriage! If this is a trip with the grandkids, consider taking them to The Springs Water Park for a warm break from all the snow. They will be entertained by water slides and whirlpools for hours!
Reno, Nevada: When people think ‘Nevada,’ they usually think ‘Vegas.’ When people think ‘Vegas,’ they usually think casinos and gambling. Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, Reno is no different! There is a lively assortment of bars, restaurants and casinos. However, it is also in close proximity to ski resorts and other fun recreational areas, so you can spend a day at the casino and the next day on the slopes.
Keystone, Colorado: If you’re looking to get your grandchildren into skiing or into loving the winter outdoors, this is the destination for you! In Keystone, kids ski free all year round! The charming village of River Run is perfect for walking around and exploring. Want to check out the top of the mountain for some awesome sight seeing and photo opportunities? Head to the gondola.
Spokane, Washington: A common winter destination? No. A unique one? Absolutely! Spokane is beautiful and you will not run into a shortage of things to do. From hiking, parks and cultural and historical attractions to theaters, museums and the INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane has something for everyone! Bonus: Are you a Bing Crosby fan? Be sure to check out Spokane’s very own Bing Crosby Theatre.
Steamboat, Colorado: Steamboat. What can’t you do here? Special winter events include bull riding (don’t worry – you’ll just be watching, not actually riding), music festivals, hiking, horse back riding, sledding, moonlit snow tours and more! Steamboat also boasts some of the best restaurants around. Be sure to try out some fan favorites such as Cafe Diva, Tacos Del Barco, Mahogany Brewery and Grill, etc.
Anchorage, Alaska: If you want snow, this is the place to go. In fact, Anchorage is covered in snow for a good seven months out of the year. There are plenty of kid-friendly attractions here, not to mention the Iditarod, a world-famous dog sled race! Think Disney’s “Balto.”
Concord, New Hampshire: Want skiing, music and entertainment venues and spas that are ready to pamper you? Concord is the way to go! Though not your typical vacation destination, Concord is a hot spot. It is home to notable pubs such as Penuche’s Ale House and Red Blazer, and jazz music, blues music, a center for the arts (enjoy Broadway?) and more!