For obvious reasons, this year, staycations are the new long-haul trips: but this doesn’t have to make those vacations any less exciting. A vast, enormously diverse country, the United States has almost everything you could imagine, from tropical beaches to snow-capped mountains, and from arid deserts to bustling cities. During the winter months, so much of the U.S.’s landscape becomes decidedly more dramatic, and infinitely more magical, leaving visitors with a sense of awe. So, any U.S. residents looking to travel – safely, of course – this holiday season, should take a look at our top 3 winter destinations, and cure those itchy feet!
Whether you’re inspired by the arctic vibes of Alaska or moved by the glittering lights of Christmastime New York, here are our favourite 3 winter destinations in the United States.
One of the U.S.’s most unique states, Alaska shares much of its culture and tradition with neighbouring Canada, sprinkled with a generous helping of arctic magic. Aside from its jaw-dropping natural beauty – Alaska is one of the best places in the world to experience the Northern Lights – there are a number of quaint towns and cities to visit, too. Pay a visit to one of the many National Parks, such as Denali or Wrangell-St. Elias, and marvel at Alaska’s wildlife, or experience the incredible Tracy Arm Fjord.
Up-and-coming Portland is predicted to become one of America’s hottest destinations over the next few years. With its indie boutique stores and hip neighbourhood bars, we have to agree! During the winter months, Portland’s infamous community spirit comes alive, as the city hosts America’s largest Christmas bazaar – which boasts over 1000 vendors and stalls – as well as the Holiday Food and Gift Festival. The Christmas Festival of Lights is another of the city’s most magical events, set inside a beautiful cave in north-eastern Portland.
New York City
Arguably the world’s most magical city during the holiday period, New York at Christmas is the stuff of rom-com dreams. Whether you choose to go ice skating at the Rockefeller Center or take a carriage ride around Central Park, you are never short of activities that will land you decidedly in the Christmas spirit. Blanketed in snow, the streets of New York seem to take on a new persona in the winter, inspiring evenings spent within the cosy embrace of a neighbourhood coffee house, before heading along to admire the towering Christmas tree in Rockefeller Plaza.
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