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8 Winter Holiday vacation Destinations Our Travel Professionals Really like

No matter if you embrace the chilly or like to abscond to hotter locales, TravelAwaits has rounded up some amazing winter locations for you. Wherever did we get these fantastic winter journey thoughts? From our pro vacation writers, of program! Find their beloved locations to vacation in the course of the colder months — from wintertime wonderlands to solar-drenched escapes — down below.

Sunset on the mountain top rated in Bergen, Norway (Photograph Credit history: Tatyana Vyc /

1. Bergen, Norway

“Bergen, on Norway’s southwest coast, is a chilly and snowy wonderland in winter season,” TravelAwaits’ possess glamourous globetrotting granny, Inka Piegsa-Quischotte, tells us. She visitied Bergen, 1 of Northern Europe’s oldest port metropolitan areas, a number of Christmases in the past. “Norway’s second-greatest town does not come to feel like a city at all,” she suggests. “It’s substantially far more like a modest town, surrounded by mountains and seven fjords. Among them is Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway.”

Bryggen, the historic harbor district in Bergen, is a UNESCO Planet Heritage Web-site which influenced the design of the metropolis of Arendelle in Disney’s Frozen. In Bergen, Piegsa-Quischotte indicates going to the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and Troldhaugen, the property of composer Edvard Grieg. “Enjoy the colourful wooden properties,” she states, “there is even a Viking village nearby to evoke the previous.”

“Take the Fløibanen funicular up the mountain of the same identify and strike the obviously indicated slopes,” Piegsa-Quischotte implies. “Another wintertime adventure is a trip with the Flåmsbana, a prepare that operates through two tunnels, past the snow-protected mountainsides and frozen waterfalls.”

An Elk in the snow
Elk in the snow (Photo Credit score: Go to Clearfield County)

2. Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

“Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, is the best choice for a laidback wintertime trip,” asserts our freelance writer Robin O’Neal Smith. The self-proclaimed “young Child Boomer” recommends taking pleasure in simple outdated-fashioned outside leisure routines such as snowshoeing and ice-skating at Parker Dam. “Or, attempt some cross-state skiing or sledding,” she indicates. “Remember how pleasurable that was as a child?” Smith asks. She also indicates renting “snowmobiles for some thrilling outdoor pleasurable at S.B. Elliott State Park in the coronary heart of the Moshannon Point out Forest.

“Viewing the majestic elk in the snow is a attractive sight. Northern Clearfield County has a herd of close to 300 elk roaming the area,” claims Smith. “Visit Clearfield County’s web site to uncover the most effective sites to view elk in the county.

“Soak in a heat very hot tub immediately after your outside enjoyable at the Greatest Western Moreover in Clearfield or the Convenience Suites in Dubois,” Smith indicates. “If you work up an urge for food even though outdoors, go to Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub. They have a big menu with something to accommodate each taste, even a two-pound burger major ample to feed several people.

“While in the place, make certain you pay a visit to Doolittle Station,” advises Smith. “Tour a automobile from a circus practice, and one particular utilised by President Teddy Roosevelt as he traveled across the country. Consume in an reliable eating auto and far more. Check out out the animated creatures at Doolittles Dinosaurs. You can even journey 1 of the animated beasts and feel like you are aspect of a Jurassic Park film.”

Sunset at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain property
Sunset at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain property (Photo Credit history: Peggy Cleveland)

3. Marana, Arizona

Based in the Pacific Northwest, TravelAwaits writer Peggy Cleveland likes to cling out in Marana, Arizona, in the course of the winter, particularly at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. “This oasis in the desert is just breathtaking, with gorgeous purely natural surroundings encompassing the resort and climbing trails accessed from the resort. Checking out the area in the early morning and then paying out the afternoon by the pool sipping a handcrafted cocktail is a best working day,” Cleveland tells us.

snow-covered Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe Plaza (Picture Credit: New Mexico Correct)

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

“If you crave cold, snowy wintertime climate, but want to be capable to go away it guiding when you’re done, then Santa Fe, New Mexico, is your winter getaway vacation spot!” exclaims pro contributor Sage Scott. “Ski Santa Fe provides skiing and snowboarding just a 30-minute push up the mountain from the Santa Fe Plaza downtown. Regardless of whether you tear down double-black-diamond trails like an Olympic athlete or want to stick to the bunny slope, Santa Fe’s 283 times of sunshine per 12 months and substantial-altitude site make most times on the slopes truly feel like spring skiing, even for the duration of the peak of winter. And when the ski lifts shut for the day, go away cooler temps and snow guiding by heading back down the mountain to the coronary heart of New Mexico’s money town.”

Scott claims Sante Fe usually sees no additional than two inches of snowfall a month during the winter season and the times are just about generally higher than freezing. Setting up on going to Santa Fe over the holidays? Really don’t pass up these magical ordeals.

Snorkeling paradise Hanauma bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Snorkeling paradise Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii (Photo Credit: Juancat /

5. Oahu, Hawaii

Award-profitable author Vanessa Chiasson’s favorite wintertime location is Hawaii. “I know, not wildly primary, correct?” she quips. “But to have an understanding of why I like it so a lot (it’s not just the mai tais!), it can help to know the context of my first take a look at,” she explains. “Way back in 2010, I did a small favor for a close friend, a favor she appreciated even additional than I understood. She labored for an airline and she tucked a established of mates-and-loved ones standby passes in a thank you card for me. By coincidence, my partner and I both of those had a week of getaway coming up. There is no better excitement than the second you notice your do the job-absolutely free week in February now will come with some aircraft tickets! We selected the furthest destination people tickets would consider us and the winner was the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

“To say that I fell head more than heels in appreciate would be an understatement. The moment I stepped off the plane and into the open-air terminal, I knew I was a goner. In the times that followed, I explored the island’s espresso farms, artwork galleries, museums, trails, and — of course — the beaches and the mai tais. It was just about every little bit as excellent as I dreamed it would be,” she remembers. “I’ve since returned a number of occasions but very little will look at to the smooth sunny breeze I felt in those initially few times.”

Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel sunset (Image Credit score: Carol Colborn)

6. Cozumel, Mexico

Vacation blogger Carol Colborn tells us how she and her spouse finished up paying their winters south of the border. “One December, our timeshare firm wrote us that we had a balance of details we experienced to use in advance of December 31,” suggests Colburn. “It was timely — the Phoenix spot, the place we experienced just preferred to settle, was having too chilly for us, with greatest temperatures of 65 degrees every working day. Luckily for us, there was a one particular-bedroom unit out there at La Ceiba in Cozumel, Mexico, the place temperatures were being 12 levels warmer. We booked the required 3 weeks.

“Winter in the Caribbean turned out to be the finest of our journey concepts,” Colborn proclaims. “Those 3 weeks grew to become several hours at the beaches and swimming pools, Jeep tours about the island, excursions to Chankanaab (Cozumel´s Countrywide Reef Maritime Park) and tequila factories, working day outings to San Miguel, the cash, and Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Puerto Morelos reverse the Yucatan Channel, and exquisite sunsets at the stop of every single day. We ended up signing for the exact same Mexican winter season encounter, all-inclusive, just about every yr for the next 15 yrs!” Colburn exclaims.

Mazatlan sunset
Mazatlan sunset (Photograph Credit rating: Journey and Pics by Ivan /

7. Mazatlan, Mexico

“Would you believe that we, Phoenix people, normally go down to Mexico all through wintertime?” Colburn quips. “Yes, the desert however receives as well cold for us with normal highs at under 70 degrees,” she suggests. “Aside from the Yucatan Peninsula, we like driving to Mazatlan (15 hours) and remaining there for 3 months, from January to March, where by it is 10 degrees hotter. We want to be equipped to nevertheless delight in soaking in the drinking water, no matter if at the vacation resort infinity swimming pools or the seashores.

“It’s also the time to inventory up on house staples and they are all so a lot much more low-cost there, so we fill the car or truck with the necessities we need. Ultimately, this is our yearly break from cooking and cleansing,” she suggests. “We go all-inclusive (at an inexpensive cost) of favorite Mexican and international dishes, specifically seafood. Immediately after all, Mazatlan is the ‘Shrimp Funds of the World’! Fish is also ample. We throw in lots of tropical fruits, way too, like pineapples, avocados, and mangoes.”

Sunset along Sandy Beach in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point)
Sunset alongside Sandy Seaside in Puerto Penasco, aka Rocky Position (Picture Credit score: Cindy Barks)

8. Puerto Penasco (Rocky Stage), Sonora, Mexico

“A attractive Sea of Cortez location and a charming fishing-village atmosphere have blended to make Puerto Penasco (aka Rocky Stage) in Sonora, Mexico a longtime beloved getaway for my household in the wintertime — and truly, in just about every season,” remarks Arizona-primarily based newspaper reporter and vacation author Cindy Barks. “The mid-sized beach town is located about an hour previous the U.S./Sonora, Mexico border, building it a relatively speedy generate for much of Arizona,” she tells us. “Over the many years, my spouse and children has gathered in Puerto Penasco for pleasurable spring breaks, laidback drop vacations, and possibly my favored — winter excursions, when the beach locations are uncrowded, the days are sunny and heat, and the evenings are cool.

“For me, the fantastic winter season beach working day consists of a taco lunch of new-from-the-sea shrimp at one of Rocky Point’s avenue-aspect taco stands, an afternoon expended searching the quirky outlets in the Previous Port area, and an night stroll alongside Sandy Beach to acquire in an epic Sea of Cortez sunset,” Barks describes. “My visits have spanned about 3 decades, and even even though Puerto Penasco has developed from a compact village recognized generally for its fleet of shrimp boats to a regional tourist draw, I feel it has retained its rustic attraction. It has now been nearly 2 several years because I have designed it throughout the border, but the seashore outpost of Rocky Issue is never much from my head.”