As the winter months settle in, the travel bug may have you itching to head to new places. While it's tempting to want to pack your bags for a tropical destination, you really can't go wrong embracing the winter in these U.S. locations. So lace up your boots, grab your gloves and head for one of these winter-worthy destinations!
You can't go wrong planning a trip to this northeastern Pennsylvania region. Outdoors-loving couples will fall in love with the endless activities and winter sports that surround you in this quaint town. If hiking, skiing or snowboarding isn't your thing, head to the Spa Shawnee and Salon for some quality R&R, or hit up the local shops as well as The Crossings Premium Outlets to shop 'til you drop, instead. Whether you prefer a cozy private cabin or luxurious hotel room, the Poconos has something for every taste.
Lake Placid, New York
This town is so perfect for winter activities that it's hosted the Winter Olympics twice — in 1932 and again in 1980. For some history to go along with your winter getaway, head to Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains to cozy up and play this true winter wonderland. Founded in the mid 1800s, Lake Placid is more than just ski jumps, snow tubing and ice-skating. Once noted by U.S News & World Report as one of the "6 Forgotten Vacation Spots in North America," the scenery, attractions, charm and culture in Lake Placid makes it a great getaway spot.
Lake Tahoe, California
Within the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains lies Lake Tahoe, a versatile area with towns filled with idyllic scenery and festive fun. While the winter months don't prove to be that cold (average temps December through February are in the 40s) you can still ski, snowboard or just kick back and enjoy the local restaurants and pubs. Must-sees include the Lone Eagle Grille where you can sip cocktails around the outdoor fire pits, Bite American Tapas, which features tapas offerings for every palate, and the Lakeside Inn & Casino where you can try your luck.
Location of choice for tons of celebrities looking to celebrate the winter months, this year-round destination is an outdoor enthusiast's dream destination. Home to five-star resorts, world class restaurants, tons of activities and lots of artistic and cultural experiences, Aspen is a versatile mountain town topped with idyllic and majestic views — a perfect destination for a couples trip.
New York, New York
There's perhaps nothing better than New York City in the winter. Twinkling lights, tons of energy and authentic New York City charm makes a holiday here feel like a scene from a postcard (or movie). Whether you opt for one of NYC's incredible hotels, or a more "live like a local" experience through AirBnB, if you spend your time wisely you won't spend too much time in your lodging, anyway. World-class restaurants, Broadway shows, museums, Central Park and sight-seeing tours are just a handful of the options that await you. Grab your love, your coffee and your walking shoes for a winter vacation straight out of your Big Apple dreams.