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I am most certain the majority of the population may not be as winter crazy as I am, but that doesn’t mean the whole family needs to suffer from frosted over cabin fever. I love winter. Waking up to the sparkle of diamond dusted blankets of snow covering bare trees and peaked mountain tops. Bundling up with hats, sweaters, boots, and scarves. Drinking hot chocolate next to a cozy crackling fire. The joyous sounds of holiday festivals and markets. Winter is my favorite time of year and maybe, just possibly, with the help of these epic family fun winter activities and destinations, it can be yours too. These are just five of the most famous winter destinations located throughout the continental US. They have activities from spas and retreats to dog sledding and skiing. Whether you want to cuddle up with a novel after a swedish hot stone massage or you want to take on the adventure of some of the worlds most famous snow packed slopes these destinations have something for everyone.
Park City, UT – Beautiful Park City is located just east of Salt Lake City, Utah, nestled deep into the Wasatch Mountain Range. Park city is famous for its luxurious winter resorts, epic skiing and snowboarding trails, boutique shopping, and the world renowned independent film festival, Sundance. Once a small mining town during the 19th-century silver boom, these days charming and historic Park City is known for hosting the 2002 Olympic games. Utah’s Olympic Park is still a promodent training facility for up and coming olympians.
Vail, CO – Vail Colorado is set within the mind blowing White River National Forest. The city of Vail rests at the base of Vail Mountain where you can find the infamous Vail Ski Resort. Vail is another home for epic winter sporting, such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing and more. Though this city is not only a winter destination. Vail is host to incredible hiking trails, challenging golf courses, the alpine botanical gardens, and summers packed with cultural and music festivals.
Lake Tahoe, NV – Lake Tahoe is cradled by the mountain’s providing famously beautiful fresh water beaches. Located in the Sierra Mountains, Lake Tahoe rests on the border of Nevada and California and is surrounded by photogenic state parks. Located on the south shore, Emerald Bay State Park is home to the 1929 Nordic-style mansion, Vikingsholm. Up at the northern shores of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park you can find Sand Harbor Beach and Spooner Lake. These waterfronts are the gateways to the Tahoe Rim Trail. Lake Tahoe is another destination that is famous for its endless winter fun. With countless resorts catering to the epic Sierra Nevada Mountain skiing and snowboarding, Lake Tahoe is more than just unforgettable winter family fun. Summer hiking, camping, boating, spas, and restaurants. Lake Tahoe is an all year round family fun destination.
Glacier National Park, MT – Glacier National Park is a 1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area located in Montana’s Rocky Mountains that runs right up to the Canadian border. Glaciers have carved peaks and valleys through this rugged terrain. Blanketed in crystaled white, the peaks and forests are dazzling in the winter months. Get a rush on a snowmobile or take a guided dog sled tour. Nordic skiing at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort generate a hefty winter crowd. This is an action packed winter fun destination. Not for the faint of heart.
Coeur d’Alene, ID – Coeur d’Alene is a historic lakefront city in northern Idaho. Known for it’s summer time festivities, water sports, and national parks Coeur d’Alene has some charming winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling at Sun Valley, hunting and steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River, famously relaxing natural hot springs, and the McCall winter carnival. Coeur d’Alene has something for everyone in your family. From hunting and fishing for dad to the winter carnival which has fun for children of all ages.
If you have visited any of this epic winter vacation destinations share your story in the comments below! As always don’t forget to share and subscribe! Until next time thanks for reading!