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10 Best Places to Visit in the Winter

For those who are willing to travel during the winter, some great places can be visited. While for some people, the winter season is a signal to pack up and travel, many beautiful places can attract tourists with their snowy slopes or warm and sunny climates. For a memorable holiday this winter, here are ten destinations that could attract you for an unforgettable vacation.

1. Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City is one of the most beautiful places once the snow season comes in as the city transforms to white. Stroll down the walkways of Old Quebec, enjoy a hot cup of coffee, and see the beauty of winter. Visit one of the city’s outdoor ice skating rinks, enjoy a ride on a sled pulled by a dog through the countryside, and taste the delicious maple products. What can be said about Quebec City? From the European look and feel to the popular and grandiose Winter Carnival complete with ice sculptures and night parades, it is the perfect winter destination.

2. Park City, Utah

Park City is one of the most vibrant ski resorts in North America that boasts an impressive system of downhill ski and snowboard terrain. Ski at Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort where there are steady tracks for learners and steep terrains for expert skiers. If you want some time away from the mountains then head to Main Street where shops restaurants and bars are lined up. However, it is crucial to try the town’s special hot chocolate accompanied by whipped cream and chocolate chips!

3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Once the snowfall blankets the Grand Tetons, this western Wyoming mountain community becomes an alpine winter wonderland. Go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in national forests, visit Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and experience the excitement of skiing on globally renowned courses, or arrange a jeep trip in Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Hole's rustic-like cabins, hot springs, and mouthwatering local cuisine with an eye toward bison and elk help to enhance the snuggling factor even more.

4. Helsinki, Finland

If you would be worried about visiting the city because winter is coming, you are wrong. Among other attractions, Finland’s capital city comes to life during Christmas and New Year, when markets are opened in Senate Square, light installations are set up and, of course, Finnish Santa Claus arrives. Sighting particularly the HELSINKI CATHEDRAL and the old market at the harbor decked in snow then taking a break in a coffee house forms part of an enjoyable winter vacation. Do not miss the aurora borealis, and visit Linnanmäki – the amusement park remains open in the winter.

5. Reykjavik, Iceland

The capital of Iceland, this cool town gives the chance to take a warm bath in geysers while snow is falling. If you want to go to the most popular geothermal pools, visit the Blue Lagoon, or if you want to get acquainted with less touristy pools, it is recommended to go to the geothermal pools near Reykjavik. When you are not relaxing and enjoying the warm water, you can try to see the northern lights, explore the ice caves, or sled through Iceland in winter and enjoy its splendid frosty view.

6. Cape Town, South Africa

Forget about the cold and go straight to sunny Cape Town in South Africa and take your sweaters off while other parts of the world freeze. The cable car ride to Table Mountain to capture an aerial view of the city’s beautiful sceneries, sunbathe on beautiful sandy beaches, try out the city’s best eating and drinking areas with a focus on local wines and beers, and even swim with great white sharks in the ocean if you are daft enough! Cape Town is a perfect holiday destination especially during winter since the climate is warm with tight schedules to cover.

7. Sydney, Australia

While in America, June, July, or August is considered as winter season, Sydney is under the equator and therefore they still enjoy their summer season during these months. Despite the winter season, the weather in Sydney is fine, you can sunbathe on Bondi Beach or take a boat trip around the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The cooler evenings are perfect for pub hopping, visiting new avant-garde dining establishments, and live music spots. It’s much warmer than the other parts of the United States during winter, which is about 50s and 60s, which means one can avoid freezing rain and snowstorms.

8. New Orleans, Louisiana

In the Big Easy, winters are relatively warm and the lowest average temperature is around 40 degrees therefore it is a warm destination for the winter holiday. Enjoy warm spiked cider as you visit various famous jazz clubs on Frenchmen Street, taste the best of Louisiana dishes such as gumbo, po’boy, and visit the National WWII Museum, and explore the art at the New Orleans Museum of Art including the Sculpture Garden, and do not forget to look up and behold the beauty of the French Quarter historic structures too!

9. Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale’s temperatures during the winter hover around 65-70°F; the climate here is perfect for golfing, hiking or just lazing by the pool. Hire a car and drive to one of Scottsdale’s swanky resorts, perhaps with off-season rates, visit chic art galleries and designer boutiques, or embark on a tour of the local Native American culture, taste the delicious Sonoran food, or just bar-crawl along the vibrant Old Town Entertainment District. Of course, you can’t exclude yourself from visiting the incredible attractions of Arizona such as the Grand Canyon during a day trip when visiting in winter.

10. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Yes, if your winter holidays involve a Caribbean beach, then San Juan should be on your list. The capital and largest city of Puerto Rico offers a wonderful beachfront, luxurious accommodations, several casinos, non-stop entertainment, an old town of Spanish influence, and sumptuous Caribbean food. Try snorkeling on the shores of tropical San Juan’s coast, sunbathing within the Condado district, visiting the 16th and 17th-century historical sites including the El Morro fortress as well as tasting the Rum and Puerto Rican kitchen to capture the true essence of Puerto Rico. Ah, finally, San Juan is beautiful when the temperatures hover around the high 80s – welcome to Winter!

Conclusion

Whether you prefer skiing in the snowy mountains, sunbathing on the ocean coast, enjoying luxurious spa treatments, dancing at night clubs, or getting a dose of Christmas spirit - there is a perfect winter destination for your next getaway! Put on your winter woolies or summer sundresses next summer by planning your holiday adventure to one of these great destinations.