With winter only minutes away from us, I can’t help but think about snow-filled days. With many winter destinations to visit in North America, there are plenty to choose from for those cozy days in a chalet or days on the mountain. Favorites like mulled wine, powder-slopes, and plenty of other things to do, North America has a wide range of places to escape to.
Check out the best winter destinations to visit in North America:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The splendor of an incredible ski mountain only minutes away from one of the most scenic national parks, makes Jackson Hole a hit. A bustling downtown, fun activities like snowmobiling and dogsledding, and great food sets Jackson Hole as one of the best winter destination in North America.
Read: The Ultimate Winter Getaway to Jackson Hole
Montana’s big open skies never let you down, and Missoula’s fun downtown is bustling no matter what time of year. If you’re looking to do something extra special, head to Paws Up just outside of town for a winter wonderland. Luxury meets adventure, and it’s always a good time.
Read: Winter Guide to Missoula and A Stay At Paws Up
A quick flight in Vancouver and a short drive lands you at the iconic two-peak mountain range. The slopes often feel like they’re your own. Plenty of amenities, from fine dining, spas, and more make Whistler a great destination.
Read: The Whistler Adventure Guide
Sun Valley, Idaho
For those looking to escape into a more quieter winter retreat, Sun Valley delivers but with a punch. It’s quiet, yet everything you could ask for is here. A hip downtown, good hotels, and plenty of eateries filled with locals who will welcome you into their gem of a town, any day.
Read: The Hidden Gem, a Sun Valley Guide
Who would of thought a city would be a winter wonderland, but Montreal knows how to do it. It’s charming old town, French flare, and cozy restaurants creates an atmosphere unlike any other.
Read: The Winter Guide to Montreal
Lake Tahoe, California
If hitting the slopes is your thing, then there is plenty to choose from in Northern California. Rent an airbnb from this list, set up for a weekend, and you’re good to go.
Read: 10 Cozy Lake Tahoe Cabins
Mont Tremblant, Canada
Canada’s wide range of snowy destinations seems to never end and Mont Tremblant is one of them. A bustling ski village where the party never ends draws in visitors from around the world.
Yosemite National Park, California
At last, a place that is magical and doesn’t requires skis. For those wanting to take in California’s winter, this serene spot is the place to be.
Read: The Ultimate Weekend Guide to Yosemite National Park
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