Best Winter Vacation Spots

Planning to escape the dreary cold winter in your hometown? Here are some of the best winter vacation spots in US as well as abroad.
The arrival of winter season brings with it the exuberance and intimation of the holiday season. The Christmas holidays are often the most anticipated time of the year. Not only you get to indulge in all the festivities, but you also get an opportunity to visit famous tourist places in and around your country. Most schools and offices have extended holidays in December, which makes it the most convenient time for family vacations. And no, you don't have to worry about the freezing temperature because some of the best winter vacations in the US and abroad offer a warm, sunny climate during this time of the year. So, what are you waiting for? Just check out this list of best winter vacation spots and book yourself on your favorite tour.

Best Winter Vacation Spots in US

Come winter and you would invariably move southward, more so if you are a beach lover. Southern part of the country sure offers warmth and sun even when the rest of the country is shivering due to dropping temperatures. However, ski lovers may also head to the northern part to enjoy the fresh snowfall on the slopes of mountains. Given below are some of the best winter vacation destinations close to home.

Florida and sunny weather are synonymous. This spectacular southern state offers a golden sunshine and pleasantly chilly weather even in the middle of winter. So what are the hot vacation spots in Florida? Well, Disney orld would be a great place to begin your vacation in Florida, more so, if your kids are traveling with you. Located southwest of Orlando, this place is a must see for families. One good thing about visiting this vacation spot in winter in that the queues are shorter and the place is less crowded than in summer. Universal Studio, SeaWorld, Islands of Adventure are some other places that you can visit while in Orlando. Beach lovers can move to Miami, the queen of beach vacations. Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach, Naples, Venice are some other sunny and warm places along the coastline of Florida.

Arizona and Utah
These two states are amongst the top 10 best winter vacation destinations. The desert of Arizona is the perfect destination for winter vacations. Scottsdale and Phoenix, with winter temperature of 75 to 80 degree Fahrenheit are ideal for family vacation. The Grand Canyon, one of the natural wonders in the world is just a day's journey from these two cities. The massive Grand Canyon with its picturesque background can be the highlight of your winter vacation in US. The mountains of Utah also make for an exciting winter vacation option for couples, ski lovers and singles. Park city, especially is a great vacation idea for December. This city is famous for its Sundance Film Festival which begins in early January. You can check in any of the luxurious hotels, cabins and condominiums spread across this scenic city.

Hawaii Islands and California
The islands of Hawaii offer a pleasant climate throughout the year. Winters are especially alluring in these Pacific islands. You can enjoy a range of water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing in the azure waters while on a Hawaiian vacation. You can also cruise around in style across the various islands. Closer home, California is another best winter vacations destination. The state is pleasantly warm during this time of the year. You can visit several beaches, vineyards and breathtaking countryside in the Napa Valley.

Best Winter Vacation Spots Abroad

In some countries of the world, December is a time of bright sunshine and warm climate. These countries can serve as perfect vacation destinations in winter. Australia and New Zealand are amongst the preferred winter vacation destinations by the western tourists. These two countries offer a great variety in vacation packages from scenic beaches to adventure trails to exciting night life. The continent of Africa is also a good place to visit in the winter season. Although Europe is freezing cold in winter, the picturesque European countryside still attracts tourists from all over the world. Jukkasjarvi in Sweden is a must see place in winter for its magnificent ice hotel. If you are ready to brave the harsh January winter of Finland, then travel to Helsinki to watch the spectacular Aurora Borealis (northern lights).

Moving to the middle east, the city of Dubai is the most exotic winter vacation destination. Known for its exquisite shopping malls and sand safaris, this place is ideal for couples looking for extravagance. Thailand and India are also some of the great places to visit in winter as the climate is very pleasant in these countries around this time of the year. Kerala and Goa in India are two beach locations which are amongst the best winter vacation destinations in India. Similarly, Phuket in Thailand is a favorite amongst westerners. Bangkok is world famous for its massage parlors and enticing night life. So if you are looking for some wild fun, this could be an appropriate vacation spot for you.

The list for best winter vacation spots is really never ending. You can take your pick according to your taste, budget and duration of the vacation. Make sure you book well in advance to avail maximum benefits and huge discounts on travel packages. Good luck and have a great vacation ahead!
By Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Last Updated: 10/10/2011
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