Winter can be polarizing: you either hate the cold or you love it. No matter which side you fall on, there are plenty of winter vacation spots with scenery and activities that’ll keep you happy. The secret to planning the perfect getaway is knowing which camp you’re in.
If you’re trying to figure out where to go on your next winter vacation, check out these four winter vacation ideas based on your winter personality:
If you hide under the blankets… Palm Springs, California
What’s the opposite of cold weather? The desert. If you’re usually in fleece by October, plan a winter trip to Palm Springs where you’ll find the sunshine and warmth you’re missing. From December to March, daytime temperatures range from 70-80 degrees. You won’t have to bundle up to enjoy its many attractions, like hiking, celebrity tours, museums, shopping, dining, golf and more.
If you break out your skis… Beaver Creek, Colorado
Consistently ranked one of America’s best ski resorts, Beaver Creek has 150 trails and nearly two thousand skiable acres to explore. Ranging from gentle, manicured slopes to open intermediate trails to steep bumps, there’s something for every ability level. They have great classes and childcare options too. The icing on top? They serve freshly baked cookies on the mountain every day at three o’clock.
If you’re strictly a beach bum… Destin, Florida
If the only wonderland of white you want to see is sugar-white sand, the Emerald Coast is a welcome respite. Temperatures in Destin average in the 60s during the winter months, making it perfect for enjoying a day of golf, fishing or a scenic boat ride on the Gulf. There’s plenty of dining and outdoor shopping too, and you’ll have fewer crowds to contend with as you explore.
If you’re always up for a festival… Steamboat Springs, Colorado
On top of being a mecca for winter fun, Steamboat Springs has a Western heritage that’s proudly celebrated. Plan a trip around its 105-year-old Winter Carnival, which features unique events like a marching band on skis and skiers getting pulled down Lincoln Avenue by horses. Plus, the area’s trademarked Champagne Powder snow is perfect for snowboarding, snowshoeing, skiing and more.
If you’re craving a walk in the parks… Orlando, Florida
If you’re itching to get out your walking shoes, Orlando is home to some of the world’s top theme parks, from the classic Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort to Universal Orlando® Resort. Aside from the big two, you can explore imaginative attractions like The Crayola Experience, SeaWorld®, and LEGOLAND®. No matter the type of fun you’re looking for to brighten up the shorter winter days, it won’t be hard to come by. Orlando is also home to a slew of championship golf courses, in case you want to trade your walk in the parks for a walk on the green.
Start planning your winter getaway with a vacation rental in Colorado, Florida, or California.