Best towns to enjoy winter vacations

Winter has its own unique beauty – the stillness of snow falling, the soft crunch of it under your feet, the patterns of ice on windows. Then there are always the winter-only activities of skating and sledding we look forward to every year. To seek out some of America’s best winter towns (and two other cities), read on.

Washington, D.C.

Winter Washington

The US capital is a stunning place in the wintertime. The way the light from the monuments reflects off of the snow, the calmness that descends over the usual hustle, can’t compare to the snowball fights that crop up all over the city.

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

More than home to Celestial Seasonings teas, the Boulder area sits between the mountains and the prairies of Colorado. Just over a mile above sea level, snow has no problems with falling. You can still find bikeable trails to traverse around the city, and the next day take in some of the greatest powder skiing you will ever find.

Yellowstone, Montana

Yellowstone, Montana

The wonders of the park take on a special cast in the snow, which starts falling about October. You can snowshoe or ski in, and check out the bison that don’t hibernate. There is something truly mystical about seeing a bison emerge from the snow, crusted in ice with steam rising from his nostrils. In town, the streets are not plowed; rather the snow is groomed.

Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund, Germany

This ancient city in the west edge of Germany sees more rain than snow in the wintertime, but that doesn’t change how people think of the city. At the holidays, people will walk outside with cups shaped like Christmas stockings filled with mulled wine and embrace their community.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

There are so many places to see in the city that come to life when a little snow falls, and it does every winter. Walking through Boston Common or getting your picture next to the Red Auerbach statue take on a special meaning.

New York City

New York City, New York

From skating on the rink outside Rockefeller Plaza to a horse drawn carriage ride through the streets to a walk in Central Park, the city takes on quieter nobility in the snow. Everything becomes a bit more still, a bit more hushed.

Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid, New York

This former Olympic city still has its infrastructure that you can take part in. You can go speed skating, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, or even register for a dogsled race. No one will ever tell on you if you create your own medals to give out.

Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

Granada is a city situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which are covered with snow in the wintertime. This ancient city not far from the Mediterranean Sea is rich with history and features some stunning architecture to see, too, all framed by those snow-capped peaks.

Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota

Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota

This upper Midwest set of twin cities is packed with people who love winter. The waters that make Minnesota the land of 10,000 lakes freeze over, and people head out onto them for ice skating, speed skating, and ice fishing, an event which has reached almost iconic status thanks to being featured in several movies and radio programs. Winter carnivals keep everyone entertained, but if you just get too cold, you can dive underground to the subterranean part of the city.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Cheeseheads know, there is no such thing as too cold to take in a Packers game. Like its Midwest neighbor, Wisconsin features ice fishing and skating, plus great German food like rich bratwursts. And then there’s the famous cheese Wisconsin is known for worldwide.

via We are Traveller

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