Alternative winter vacation destinations for those looking beyond traditional snowy getaways. It emphasizes that winter can be an excellent time for travel due to fewer crowds and serene landscapes. The featured destinations cater to various interests and include Alaska, Oregon’s coast, San Antonio, Park City in Utah, New Mexico’s hot springs, Hawaii for whale-watching, the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, and Yellowstone National Park for wildlife enthusiasts.
- Alaska’s Winter Train Journey: The Alaska Railroad offers year-round travel between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with the Aurora Winter Train providing breathtaking views of Alaska’s landscapes. Activities include experiencing the aurora borealis in Fairbanks and participating in ice climbing, skiing, and dogsledding in Anchorage.
- Scenic Road Trip in Oregon: Oregon’s 363-mile coastline offers moody landscapes, towering waves, and winter storms. Highlights include Ecola State Park, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Astoria, the starting point, is one of the oldest American settlements west of the Rocky Mountains.
- San Antonio’s River Walk: During late November to early January, the San Antonio River Walk dazzles with millions of lights. Visitors can explore colonial heritage at the San Antonio Missions, indulge in Tex-Mex cuisine, or enjoy a 10-course culinary adventure.
- Sundance and Park City, Utah: Park City hosts the Sundance Film Festival in January, attracting Hollywood insiders. Stargazing, winter sports, and lively bars on historic Main Street offer plenty of entertainment.
- New Mexico’s Hot Springs: New Mexico, known for its sunny days, offers geothermal mineral springs relaxation. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is a prime destination, and nearby Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage site.