Best Winter Getaway Destinations in the US
When the days get shorter, planning a getaway can feel like a true escape. The fantasies of a different location are a way to look to the horizon — where you can spend time on yourself rather than the many responsibilities you have at home.
Whether you’re in the browsing stage or ready to book, we’ll look at some of the best destinations in the US for winter getaways. Covering both warm and cold spots all over the country, there should be something for everyone on this list.
Even seasoned global skiers describe Vail as magical, which is saying something considering there are some exceptionally beautiful mountains in the world. With 35,000 acres of forests and more than 5,000 acres of viable slopes, the beauty and joy of wintertime is alive and well in this destination. Whether it’s a trip for couples or for families, the city is ready. Those who merely dabble in winter sports are sure to find hills easy enough to tackle. Plus, there are plenty of lounges, cabins, and neighborhood bars for anyone who just wants to relax and thaw out.
Echo Bay Park, NV
You’ll find Echo Bay Park at the north end of Lake Mead, a place made for seclusion. If you’re interested in spending some time away from the maddening crowds, it’s near Valley of Fire State Park and the ruins of St. Thomas. Boating, hiking, fishing, and sightseeing abound in Echo Bay Park. If you have an RV, Lake Mead Mohave Adventures would love to host you and your family at our park. The sites are roomy enough to accommodate your boat and we even have a free on-site launch to get everything started.
Mount Rainier, WA
Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in the Cascade Range at 14,410 feet above sea level. If you visit the National Park in the wintertime, you’ll be surrounded by some of the purest landscapes you’ll ever see. If you’re coming from NYC, a city that never slows down, you might be surprised at just how nice it is to get back to sleep. Packed with everything from waterfalls to meadows, the dynamic scenery offers unforgettable views day after day. There are also plenty of hiking opportunities even during the snowiest months or just plan to relax and recoup with a cozy fire indoors.
Miami is a destination city during the winter not only because it’s warmer there, but because it’s always a good time. This is a warm weather destination with heart and soul. If you’re in the mood to chase the blues away, you can count on them to melt for at least a little while. Kick off your heels on the beach, find a good club to dance the night away, and don’t forget to try some of the most spectacular Cuban dishes you’ll ever have. There’s a carefree attitude you’ll find in this city that’s hard not to appreciate if you’re stuck in the dead of January.
If you’ve ever wanted to see the Northern lights, there are few better places to view them than in Alaska. Juneau may be the state’s capital, but it has much more of a small-town feel. It can make your visit exceptionally memorable to get to know all the locals during the off-season. Home to Mendenhall Glacier (and its spectacular ice caves), Alaska offers untouched beauty in the US and all-natural light shows in the sky. Just make sure to gear up for the odd hours. All the darkness makes it easy to catch the Aurora Borealis, but it’s an adjustment you’ll need to prepare for.
Temple Bar, AZ
Lake Mead spans two states, and you’ll find Temple Bar on the Arizona side. At Lake Mead Mohave Adventures, our Temple Bar Resort Marina is waiting to welcome you. With easy access to hundreds of beaches and coves (as well as a full-service marina, cafe, and convenience shop), we have a number of amenities that make RVers glad they stopped by. Temple Bar is located about 5 hours away from Phoenix and just 1.5 hours to Las Vegas. It’s a great place to get a little seclusion when you need it and plenty of action when you don’t.
Boston is known for its history and diverse neighborhoods. Housing everything from Harvard to the Old State House, it’s a charming place to visit any time of year. Going during the winter, though, gives you the chance to appreciate some of the oldest establishments in the nation. View the city blanketed in snow from one of their renowned museums. Stomp off the excess in a coffeehouse and strike up a conversation with the next Stephen Hawking in Cambridge.
Solana Beach, CA
Solana Beach is near San Diego and an excellent place to fill up your sunshine tank. Packed with plenty of shopping opportunities, world-class restaurants, and lively hotels, there’s a lot going on at any given time. And while the water might not be quite as warm as the Atlantic during the winter, we still recommend you stick your toes into the Pacific Ocean. Schedule some time to visit Balboa Park in the city or head up to nearby Oceanside and compare the beach cities for fun.
Castle Rocks, ID
Castle Rocks is a state park in the Albion Mountains, and it’s an excellent place if you’re a snowshoe bunny. The farmlands, forests, and rock formations offer drama at every turn, but the real fun is peering out for a glimpse of anything from a hawk to a cougar. This location will give you space to spread out during the day, which can give you the perspective you need during a sometimes claustrophobic season.
Cottonwood Cove Resort, NV
Cottonwood Cove Resort is an excellent destination for houseboat and watercraft rentals. Located near Laughlin and on the Colorado River, Lake Mead Mohave Adventures recommends this location for anyone who wants the getaway of a lifetime. Whether you stay at the full-service RV park, the nearby campgrounds, or rent a boat for a few nights, there’s plenty to see and do in Cottonwood Cove during the winter.
The beauty of winter is there to be found, even if it’s not always easy to see. No matter how you feel about the season, getting away in the US can be a way to get through the colder months with some truly beautiful memories. At Lake Mead Mohave Adventures, we’re here to help all our visitors enjoy every minute to the fullest.