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4 Winter Adventure Travel Destinations

Rebecca's View Driving Home on a winters Day

I don’t know about you, but when December arrives and the cold weather really kicks in, I usually make preparations to settle in for the winter, leaving the snow and ice to braver souls. While definitely a cozy option, those of us who avoid getting out and away during the colder months of the year are missing out on some fantastic opportunities for breaking out of the winter mold!

The winter season may make you feel like staying inside, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t amazing and exciting adventures awaiting you outside and abroad! Make the most out of winter with these four winter adventure travel destinations:

Winter Morning Sunrise Tunnel View Yosemite Valley - Yosemite NaYosemite National Park
Nestled in central California amongst towering mountains and deep valleys, Yosemite National Park is an American treasure that provides visitors with an unforgettable experience all year long, but with something particularly unique to offer during the winter months.

Visitors to Yosemite during the holiday season and beyond will be exposed to a wonderful mix of the cultures of both the Native Americans who called the area home, and the British who took the land as their own during the development of the United States, all culminating in the annual Bracebridge Dinners held at the Ahwahnee Hotel, a unique layover spot that lies directly within the park itself.

For a taste of true, unfiltered Americana and a look at one of the most breathtaking winter landscapes in the world, Yosemite ranks as one of the best places in the United States to visit during the season of cold.

 

Attitash Mountain Resort

Wildcat Mountain – Brian Nevins
Attitash Mountain Resort – Attitash Mountain Resort/Laura Tuveson

Attitash Mountain Resort
For many of us, taking advantage of winter means strapping on a pair of skis and heading down snowy slopes at breakneck speeds; if that’s your thing, consider a trip to Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire!

Offering more than 65 unique trails that suit even those who aren’t looking to challenge themselves too much, Attitash lies on two connected mountains, allowing it to provide a wide array of skiing conditions in a breathtaking setting that is difficult to find elsewhere. With a ski school, hotels, restaurants, and lots of other amenities on site or nearby, you can easily accommodate your entire family, combining snowy fun with traditional activities and ensuring a great time for everyone lucky enough to come along for the ride. Powder Pass is a handy site where you can find a pass to all major skiing destinations in the United States including Attitash Mountain resort.

Vancouver Island in Snow

Vancouver

Canada
Known alternatively as America’s frozen neighbor and “the great white north,” Canada is a country known for its chilly temperatures and heavy blankets of snow, making a visit there a no-brainer when it comes to winter escapes.

Consider the west coast city of Vancouver for a relatively balmy retreat, or dive right into winter by heading even further north in order to take advantage of wintry travel opportunities like dog sleds, Inuit heritage and culture, and endless frozen tundra. With relatively low costs and nearly 10 million square kilometers to explore, Canada is a travel destination that may not have made your initial list of possible destinations – but probably should have!

Dominican Republic Beach

Dominican Republic
Out with the cold and in with the heat! We’ll end things here with a look at just the kind of warm weather many of you are likely looking for as temperatures begin to drop at home: the Dominican Republic.

Taking into account your budget, your needs, and the potential for having a full-sized family along for the ride, the Dominican Republic offers something for everyone, all at prices that are easily affordable compared to many other warm winter travel alternatives, making it a necessary addition to any list of snow-free getaways to hit up from December through March!

Jessy is the travel writer with 4 years of blogging experience.

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6 comments on “4 Winter Adventure Travel Destinations

  1. transplantedtatar
    January 4, 2013

    Snow’s great–and mountains are beautiful, but right about now some sunshine and warm sand sound like a tempting winter escape.

    • joytourandtravel
      January 4, 2013

      I’m right there with you! A beach side cabana and a fruity drink are calling my name!!

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  4. Merry
    January 18, 2013

    In winter the cold place is covering by the snow soul, so its a long time memorable experience to see this exclusive scene and feeling coldness in your body. I imagine that time is really different for your life…..

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