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Top 10 U.S. Towns To Visit This Winter

Red Feathers Lakes, Colorado / Photo By: Tom Malone

The prices of summer travel can prevent would-be adventurers from exploring far away places during the heat of the summer months. In fact, some tourist destinations only see an influx of travelers during the summer season.

Meanwhile, hidden travel gems exist within the United States that are best explored during the winter. Aside from the holidays, winter can be a relatively cheap time to travel, as airfare prices tend to drop during the off-season.

With this in mind, where should you travel to experience the different winter environments that the U.S. has to offer? Let The Adventure Tribune help with that decision. Check out our top five places to visit this winter (in no particular order).

Photo By: Lucas Jans via Creative Commons
1. Bend, Oregon
In the shadow of Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters mountains, this small town in Central Oregon features 463 inches of snowfall per year. It also contains the most microbreweries per capita, with “a brewery for every 3,636 humans in Bend,” according to SnowBrains. With Mount Bachelor’s world-class skiing and snowboarding just a few miles away, you can’t beat Bend’s winter adventure capacity.

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2. Winter Park, Colorado
Just a short drive from Denver into the Rockies, you’ll find the aptly-named town of Winter Park. With two major ski areas (including the infamous “Mary Jane”), you won’t run out of places to explore on your skis or snowboard. The town features streams and lakes that lend themselves to winter fishing, as well.

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3. Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe provides winter adventurers with epic skiing, along with unparalleled views from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing adventures. But, Lake Tahoe throws a twist into the winter adventure conversation: casinos. Bordering California and Nevada, Tahoe became a sought-after destination for 1940s mobsters looking to edge into the casino game. Visit casinos like the Cal-Neva and explore some of the area’s shady history while you play blackjack in the snow.

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4. Keene, New Hampshire
Visit this quaint colonial town in southern New Hampshire during the Ice and Snow Festival, where you’ll witness ice carving contests and anything else you deem winterish. Take a stroll through colonial U.S. history in snow-covered streets, over 1700s bridges, and through picturesque parks. This spot is perfect for those interested in ideal winter scenery.

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5. Moab, Utah
This adventure oasis in the desert is packed during the sizzling summer months; during the winter, the crowds subside, but the adventure doesn’t. Hike through Arches National Park and see the Martian landscape covered in snow. Cruise through Canyonlands and photograph the snow build-up over cascading rock formations. Skydive over a snow-capped petrified forest. Adventure in this paradise with views that no one else will find.

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6. New York, New York
For those adventurers who love to explore the world’s cities, where better to explore than the Big Apple? Stroll through Times Square in the snow, have a coffee on the snow-covered concrete jungle streets, and go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. If you’re searching for the winter crowds, this is place to be.

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7. Kenlake, Kentucky
With its mild winter weather, Kenlake sees flocks of bald eagles every year. Travel into this state park and photograph bald eagles while you hike through the icy forests and the occasional snowfall. For a bird-watcher or nature-lover, this is a dream winter destination.

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8. Acadia, Maine
Visit this northeastern winter paradise and you won’t want to leave. Go dog-sledding through snow-covered oak forests. Ski and snowboard to your heart’s content. Hike and ice fish all day long. Or, simply take a scenic winter drive through the most picturesque winter landscape in the country.

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9. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Nestled between two massive and scenic mountain ranges, Jackson Hole is a winter wonderland. Take a sleigh ride with the Tetons as your backdrop. Go snowmobiling through the open plains. Or, hike with your skis/snowboard into the backcountry and ride the slopes like you never have before.

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10. Whitefish, Montana
This quaint little town in Western Montana will serve as the ultimate winter adventure basecamp. The town hasn’t changed much since the days of the “pioneers”, but it does give quick access to a ski resort, backcountry waterfall hikes, and Glacier National Park (which seems like an ideal place to visit in the winter).

Did we miss an epic winter adventure destination? Let us know by sending a letter to our Submissions Department, or tweet to @AdventureTrib to let us know about your favorite winter adventure city.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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