While every state that forms America is both beautiful and unique in its own right, there are some that just need to be experienced at least once during the colder months, as each will offer breathtaking landscapes, seasonal inspired activities, and superb active adventures for all ages.
If you are planning a vacation to make the most of the season with your loved ones, here are the best US states to visit this winter.
One state you certainly should not overlook is Alaska, as it offers a winter wonderland. Climb aboard the Alaska Railroad, which is in operation throughout the year and will connect passengers from Anchorage to Fairbanks. You will fall in love with sapphire blue skies and ivory-drenched landscapes while watching wild moose pass by your large windows from the comfortable train.
Fairbanks offers the perfect place to watch the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) in all its emerald green glory, and you can also visit the Aurora Ice Museum, which has been created from more than a thousand tons of snow. Don’t forget to visit Anchorage, too, which VacationRenter.com recommends for its wildly diverse landscape and wildlife, such as bears, eagles, moose, and whales. It is also the perfect place for a spot of cross-country skiing, dogsledding, and ice climbing.
Next on your list should be New Mexico, which experiences more than 300 days of sunshine every year. If that wasn’t enough to visit the state this winter, it might also help to know it is home to five national forests and 17 national parks and monuments, so it is perfect for those who want to head outdoors this season.
Once you have spent plenty of time in the great outdoors, you can loosen up your tired, aching muscles at one the state’s many soothing geothermal springs, or you could even treat yourself to a Native American inspired spa treatment.
If you want to escape the cold temperatures to enjoy a tropical break, book a trip to Hawaii during its peak season from January to March. Winter also marks the start of the whale-watching season in Hawaii, as humpback whales annually migrate to the islands between December to May. Pay a visit to the Auau Channel, which is located between West Maui, Lanai and Molokai, as it is one of the best whale-watching spots on the planet.
If you are looking for superb ski slopes and mountain villages, make sure you visit Park City, Utah, this winter. It is the ultimate getaway in the US, as you can absorb breathtaking mountains, participate in various winter sports, stroll through eclectic galleries, grab a drink at an atmospheric bar, or step inside one of many quaint little stores.
You could even time your visit for January, which is when thousands of directors, Hollywood actors, and filmmakers attend the Sundance Film Festival. So, you could mix with the crème de la crème in entertainment while embarking on various winter activities.