8 Wintertime Holiday Locations Our Vacation Experts Really like

No matter if you embrace the cold or want to abscond to warmer locales, TravelAwaits has rounded up some great wintertime places for you. Where by did we get these wonderful winter season vacation concepts? From our specialist travel writers, of class! Uncover their beloved spots to journey for the duration of the colder months — from wintertime wonderlands to sunlight-drenched escapes — down below.

Sunset on the mountain top in Bergen. Norway
Sunset on the mountain prime in Bergen, Norway (Photograph Credit history: Tatyana Vyc / Shutterstock.com)

1. Bergen, Norway

“Bergen, on Norway’s southwest coast, is a chilly and snowy wonderland in winter,” TravelAwaits’ have glamourous globetrotting granny, Inka Piegsa-Quischotte, tells us. She visitied Bergen, one of Northern Europe’s oldest port cities, a several Christmases in the past. “Norway’s 2nd-largest metropolis does not truly feel like a metropolis at all,” she claims. “It’s significantly extra like a tiny city, surrounded by mountains and 7 fjords. Among the them is Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway.”

Bryggen, the historic harbor district in Bergen, is a UNESCO World Heritage Website which motivated the design and style of the city of Arendelle in Disney’s Frozen. In Bergen, Piegsa-Quischotte suggests traveling to the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and Troldhaugen, the dwelling of composer Edvard Grieg. “Enjoy the vibrant picket properties,” she claims, “there is even a Viking village nearby to evoke the previous.”

“Take the Fløibanen funicular up the mountain of the very same name and strike the evidently indicated slopes,” Piegsa-Quischotte indicates. “Another winter season experience is a excursion with the Flåmsbana, a prepare that operates via two tunnels, earlier the snow-included mountainsides and frozen waterfalls.”

An Elk in the snow
Elk in the snow (Picture Credit score: Visit Clearfield County)

2. Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

“Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, is the ideal preference for a laidback winter holiday vacation,” asserts our freelance author Robin O’Neal Smith. The self-proclaimed “young Little one Boomer” endorses enjoying straightforward old-fashioned out of doors leisure functions these as snowshoeing and ice-skating at Parker Dam. “Or, check out some cross-state snowboarding or sledding,” she indicates. “Remember how enjoyment that was as a kid?” Smith asks. She also suggests leasing “snowmobiles for some thrilling outside exciting at S.B. Elliott Point out Park in the coronary heart of the Moshannon Condition Forest.

“Viewing the majestic elk in the snow is a wonderful sight. Northern Clearfield County has a herd of around 300 elk roaming the area,” claims Smith. “Visit Clearfield County’s web page to come across the finest sites to perspective elk in the county.

“Soak in a warm hot tub following your out of doors enjoyable at the Ideal Western Plus in Clearfield or the Convenience Suites in Dubois,” Smith suggests. “If you function up an hunger whilst outdoor, pay a visit to Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub. They have a large menu with a little something to fit each individual style, even a two-pound burger big plenty of to feed various people today.

“While in the area, make guaranteed you go to Doolittle Station,” advises Smith. “Tour a automobile from a circus educate, and one particular used by President Teddy Roosevelt as he traveled throughout the place. Consume in an reliable dining auto and much more. Check out out the animated creatures at Doolittles Dinosaurs. You can even trip one particular of the animated beasts and feel like you are element of a Jurassic Park motion picture.”

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

3. Marana, Arizona

Based in the Pacific Northwest, TravelAwaits writer Peggy Cleveland likes to hold out in Marana, Arizona, in the course of the winter season, exclusively at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. “This oasis in the desert is just gorgeous, with wonderful organic landscapes surrounding the vacation resort and hiking trails accessed from the hotel. Exploring the space in the early morning and then expending the afternoon by the pool sipping a handcrafted cocktail is a great day,” Cleveland tells us.

snow-covered Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe Plaza (Photograph Credit history: New Mexico Legitimate)

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

“If you crave chilly, snowy wintertime weather conditions, but want to be capable to depart it guiding when you are accomplished, then Santa Fe, New Mexico, is your winter season holiday vacation place!” exclaims skilled contributor Sage Scott. “Ski Santa Fe presents snowboarding and snowboarding just a 30-minute travel up the mountain from the Santa Fe Plaza downtown. No matter whether you tear down double-black-diamond trails like an Olympic athlete or choose to adhere to the bunny slope, Santa Fe’s 283 times of sunshine for every 12 months and substantial-altitude location make most times on the slopes really feel like spring skiing, even during the peak of winter. And when the ski lifts close for the working day, leave cooler temps and snow driving by heading again down the mountain to the heart of New Mexico’s funds city.”

Scott claims Sante Fe generally sees no extra than two inches of snowfall a month all through the winter season and the times are nearly constantly previously mentioned freezing. Organizing on browsing Santa Fe above the holidays? Really don’t skip these magical encounters.

Snorkeling paradise Hanauma bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Snorkeling paradise Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii (Photograph Credit history: Juancat / Shutterstock.com)

5. Oahu, Hawaii

Award-profitable author Vanessa Chiasson’s most loved winter season location is Hawaii. “I know, not wildly authentic, appropriate?” she quips. “But to comprehend why I like it so significantly (it is not just the mai tais!), it will help to know the context of my first go to,” she points out. “Way back in 2010, I did a small favor for a pal, a favor she appreciated even much more than I realized. She worked for an airline and she tucked a set of pals-and-relatives standby passes in a thank you card for me. By coincidence, my partner and I both equally had a week of getaway coming up. There is no bigger pleasure than the instant you know your operate-free 7 days in February now will come with some plane tickets! We chose the furthest spot these tickets would take us and the winner was the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

“To say that I fell head over heels in really like would be an understatement. The minute I stepped off the airplane and into the open-air terminal, I realized I was a goner. In the times that followed, I explored the island’s espresso farms, art galleries, museums, trails, and — indeed — the seashores and the mai tais. It was just about every little bit as excellent as I dreamed it would be,” she recollects. “I’ve due to the fact returned several situations but almost nothing will look at to the delicate sunny breeze I felt in individuals initially couple times.”

Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel sunset (Photograph Credit history: Carol Colborn)

6. Cozumel, Mexico

Journey blogger Carol Colborn tells us how she and her partner ended up shelling out their winters south of the border. “One December, our timeshare company wrote us that we experienced a stability of details we had to use ahead of December 31,” says Colburn. “It was timely — the Phoenix spot, where by we had just picked out to settle, was getting as well cold for us, with most temperatures of 65 levels every single day. Luckily for us, there was a a person-bedroom device out there at La Ceiba in Cozumel, Mexico, where temperatures have been 12 degrees warmer. We booked the necessary a few weeks.

“Winter in the Caribbean turned out to be the best of our journey concepts,” Colborn proclaims. “Those three months grew to become hours at the shorelines and swimming pools, Jeep tours all over the island, excursions to Chankanaab (Cozumel´s National Reef Maritime Park) and tequila factories, day excursions to San Miguel, the funds, and Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Puerto Morelos opposite the Yucatan Channel, and exquisite sunsets at the close of each day. We finished up signing for the same Mexican winter season knowledge, all-inclusive, each individual year for the next 15 several years!” Colburn exclaims.

Mazatlan sunset
Mazatlan sunset (Picture Credit rating: Travel and Photos by Ivan / Shutterstock.com)

7. Mazatlan, Mexico

“Would you consider that we, Phoenix people, often go down to Mexico all through winter season?” Colburn quips. “Yes, the desert even now receives as well chilly for us with regular highs at under 70 degrees,” she suggests. “Aside from the Yucatan Peninsula, we really like driving to Mazatlan (15 several hours) and remaining there for 3 months, from January to March, where it is 10 degrees warmer. We want to be ready to nonetheless delight in soaking in the drinking water, no matter if at the resort infinity swimming pools or the seashores.

“It’s also the time to stock up on house staples and they are all so a great deal additional inexpensive there, so we fill the car with the essentials we require. Last but not least, this is our yearly break from cooking and cleaning,” she says. “We go all-inclusive (at an very affordable rate) of favored Mexican and worldwide dishes, specially seafood. Immediately after all, Mazatlan is the ‘Shrimp Cash of the World’! Fish is also ample. We toss in heaps of tropical fruits, much too, like pineapples, avocados, and mangoes.”

Sunset along Sandy Beach in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point)
Sunset alongside Sandy Seaside in Puerto Penasco, aka Rocky Level (Photo Credit history: Cindy Barks)

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

“A lovely Sea of Cortez locale and a charming fishing-village ambiance have blended to make Puerto Penasco (aka Rocky Place) in Sonora, Mexico a longtime favourite getaway for my relatives in the wintertime — and seriously, in just about every year,” remarks Arizona-based newspaper reporter and vacation writer Cindy Barks. “The mid-sized seaside city is found about an hour earlier the U.S./Sonora, Mexico border, producing it a rather swift travel for significantly of Arizona,” she tells us. “Over the years, my relatives has gathered in Puerto Penasco for exciting spring breaks, laidback tumble vacations, and most likely my beloved — winter season excursions, when the seashores are uncrowded, the times are sunny and heat, and the evenings are cool.

“For me, the ideal winter season beach working day involves a taco lunch of refreshing-from-the-sea shrimp at one particular of Rocky Point’s road-side taco stands, an afternoon put in searching the quirky shops in the Old Port region, and an night stroll along Sandy Seashore to choose in an epic Sea of Cortez sunset,” Barks describes. “My visits have spanned about three decades, and even nevertheless Puerto Penasco has grown from a tiny village recognized primarily for its fleet of shrimp boats to a regional vacationer draw, I believe that it has retained its rustic allure. It has now been nearly 2 many years due to the fact I have produced it throughout the border, but the seaside outpost of Rocky Point is by no means far from my mind.”