Skiing and Dog Sledding: America's Best Winter Vacation Destinations
Winter is very easy to both love and hate. This time of year is fickle, unpredictable and cold, but freezing temperatures make for the perfect backdrop for an epic US winter vacation. From memorable skiing in Colorado to walks in the Alaskan desert, winter offers recreational opportunities that no other time of year can provide. The edition told in more detail Planet Ware.
1. Explore the winter trails in Wisconsin
The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a winter playground for outdoor sports enthusiasts, with trails for nearly all the activities you can do during the colder months.
Hayward, Sawyer County is home to the largest snow park in the United States. Trails are prepared every day to accommodate the vast array of outdoor activities that draw visitors to the area throughout the winter.
In this area alone, there are over 600 miles (965 km) of snowmobile trails that connect to a network of other trails throughout the state. There are 200 miles (320 km) of cross-country ski trails and tens of miles of snowshoeing and hiking trails.
The nearby town of Cable has 80 miles of bike trails. Cable is also home to North America's largest cross-country skiing marathon, the American Birkebeiner. The professional track is available for skiers until the end of winter.
2. Skiing in Colorado
Colorado has some of the best ski slopes in the United States, with ski resorts that range from luxurious to affordable. Areas like Telluride and Steamboat Springs are some of the most popular ski resorts in Colorado, but you can also combine multiple cities that are in your immediate vicinity in a single visit.
Aspen Snowmass is regularly ranked as the best skiing destination, and for good reason, because you can ski multiple slopes in two cities in a single trip. The region has four mountains: Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass.
Each offers a unique experience for ski enthusiasts and beginners alike. Aspen is a Victorian mining town with 80 restaurants and cafes to unwind after a chilly day outside.
Most resorts offer lift tickets, which give you access to all four mountains and transportation between them. Many vacationers visit one mountain a day during their vacation. Be sure to enjoy a 12-foot (000 km) gondola ride above the region to see the 3,6 million acres of wilderness surrounding the ski areas.
3. Dog sledding in Alaska
Imagine racing through the Alaskan desert, being pulled by a dog team, and you are introduced to one of the most important traditions of the state. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska, which takes place every March, is a 1150-mile (1 km) race from Anchorage to Nome.
You will never forget this vacation. Take dog sledding lessons and discover what it's like to travel the Alaskan countryside working with dogs and trainers.
4. Ski resort in Idaho
While there are many great ski resorts in the United States, one of the best is in Sun Valley, Idaho, home to the country's first ski resort. The old mining town is surrounded by two rocky mountain peaks and over 2 acres (000 ha) of terrain that attracts skiers of all levels, from aspiring beginners to Olympic athletes. There is even an adventure trail for children.
5. Shopping in Chicago
The streets of Chicago may not cross your mind when you think about winter vacations, but there are many reasons why you should consider coming here. Shopping is fun in winter, especially on the shores of a frozen lake.
Take your time to explore the luxury shops on Michigan Avenue. As you walk from store to store and fill your bags with discounted merchandise, you can admire the city's exquisite shop windows and architecture.
Share the great outdoors with a visit to some of Chicago's museums. The Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Science and Industry Museum are some of the best places to visit in the city.
Perhaps the best part of visiting Chicago in winter is the lack of excuse to warm up with real pizza. There are many pizzerias in the city and no one will blame you for trying a few pizzas during your visit.
Any winter visit to Chicago should include ice skating at the Millennium Park ice rink, from where you can admire the city skyline and frozen Lake Michigan.
6. Bobsleigh in Utah
Winters in Utah are fabulous for skiers and snowboarders, and you can certainly enjoy these activities while on vacation, but the destination offers something like nowhere else - the opportunity to go bobsleigh on the 2002 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track.
Winter bobsleigh at Utah Olympic Park in Park City is an unforgettable way to literally step up to Olympic glory. This track was used for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competitions during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. To ride, you must be at least 16 years old and weigh 100 pounds (45 kg).
7. Cross-country skiing in Vermont
The northern, central and southern regions of the state have a wide range of trails and guided cross-country skiing opportunities.
Killington, Stowe, and Burlington are some of the key cross-country skiing areas, but you'll find hundreds of trails across the state that crisscross natural and unspoiled forests for you to explore. Many resorts offer ski excursions that include hot meals and entertainment.
8. Skiing on the slopes of Big Sky in Montana
Big Sky is home to some of the most impressive downhill skiing available in the United States. More than 30 feet (9 m) of snow falls here every year, creating the perfect winter.
There are four mountains and about 300 ski runs to choose from, so you can spend a week in Big Sky and never walk the same trail twice.
9. Ice fishing on Lake Erie
Ice fishing for perch and zander on frozen Lake Erie is one of the most exciting winter vacations. Lake Erie is one of the best lakes in Ohio for ice fishing.
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Ice fishing at Lake Erie takes place on the isolated South Bass Island, which is inhabited by only a few locals and anglers in winter. For around $ 40, you can catch an island air taxi from Port Clinton for a short 10-minute flight to the island and stay at your hotel.
10. Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park
States such as Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maine have ideal conditions for snowmobiling, but snowmobiling in the heart of Yellowstone National Park in Montana with buffalo roaming around is a dream come true. In fact, snowmobiling is the preferred way of getting around the park in winter.
This experience beats others because it combines a visit to Yellowstone with the opportunity to see wildlife up close. For convenience, the park has warm huts, restaurants and toilets.
11. Skiing in Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes region in downtown New York offers one of the best winter vacations. Each of the five ski mountains on the outskirts of the Finger Lakes region has something unique to offer.
The largest ski resort in downtown New York is the Greek Peak Mountain Family Resort. The resort has 56 tracks with landscaped parks. The resort also has a Nordic Center offering jogging and snowshoeing trails, and an indoor water park.
Another favorite is Song Mountain, which is one of the easiest ski areas. Mount Bristol is ideal for beginner skiers, with most of the 34 runs marked based on skill level.
Experienced skiers head towards Mount Labrador, some of its more than 20 trails are for experienced skiers only.
12. Snowshoeing in Southern Oregon
A trip to Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon is breathtaking at any time of the year, but the snowshoeing ride here is impressive as it is one of the snowiest places in the United States.
Snowshoes with a ranger to Crater Lake as you learn about the wildlife and plant life in the park and how they are maintained during the winter months. If you decide to hike one of the snowshoe trails on your own, be sure to stop at the visitor center first to grab a map of the park and inquire about current weather conditions and warnings.
13. Ice climbing in Colorado
The Ice Fortress is an artificial climbing park in the Uncompagre Gorge. There are over 200 ice climbs, including three miles of vertical terrain, which are created each November by farmers who spray the canyon walls with surplus spring water.
The Ice Park is a place for winter recreation both for ice climbing connoisseurs and for those who just want to try it at least once. You can set up your home base in Urey, which is just a 15-minute walk from the park entrance.
14. Landmarks of New York
A winter getaway in downtown New York can be a magical experience and a unique way to see some of the most iconic places in America. Visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Rockefeller Center, which are incredibly beautiful in winter.
Plan indoor time at New York City's top museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History and the National 11/102 Memorial and Museum. For panoramic views of frozen New York, head to the top of the Empire State Building or climb the XNUMXnd floor of the One World Observatory.
Make sure to set aside some time for ice skating at the Central Park ice rink. You can warm up with hearty and delicious meals in small restaurants in New York City's ethnic neighborhoods.
15. Walk along Waikiki Beach in Honolulu
Everyone has their own idea of what the ideal winter vacation in the USA looks like, and for some it means getting rid of the cold and walking on a warm sandy beach in Hawaii. Waikiki Beach in Honolulu is the perfect place to defuse the winter blues and replace them with sunshine, warm breezes and salty tropical air.
Winter in Hawaii is the perfect time to visit Maui or the Big Island. Late December to early spring is the best time to see humpback whales from the coast.
While you bask in the sun, you can also take part in some of the best surfing competitions in Hawaii. The winter months bring ocean waves and attract the best experts in the industry. If surfing and sand is your ideal vacation, keep in mind that it is suitable for many other travelers as well, so expect more crowds and higher hotel and flight prices.
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