by Carissa Hickok
For many, the thought of freezing weather and slippery snow immediately brings about the desire to go somewhere warm. But for others, fresh powder and cooler temperatures come along with a feeling of relief. Those who live in Southern states might dream of visiting beautiful Lake Tahoe in the winter, or even Aspen, Colorado. Those who live in states that regularly see cold temperatures might be more inclined to jump on a plane to Florida or Georgia. There are so many things you can do this winter to stay entertained and busy. Here are just some of my all-time favorites:
Explore Lake Tahoe, California. Lake Tahoe offers incomparable scenery for those who appreciate nature. Breathe in the fresh air that one can only find in the middle of the woods. Enjoy a stroll along the beautiful lake while stopping at a delicious coffee shop. Anyone who wants to escape their day to day routine will find peace and serenity at Lake Tahoe.
Visit Colorado. There are so many places to check out in this great state, from Aspen and Vail to Boulder and Glenwood Springs. Hiking up Glenwood Canyon might not be feasible if there is a bunch of snow on the ground, but a dip in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool will warm you up right away. This is the largest natural hot spring pool in the world. Sit back in your bathing suit and take note of the scent of fresh mineral water. Drive out to Vail or Aspen and enjoy some skiing once you feel fully rejuvenated.
Hop on a flight to sunny Florida. Even in the middle of winter, you can still wear shorts in the Sunshine State. Walt Disney World Resort has plenty of things to see and do around Christmas time. Even if you don’t want to shell out the cash for theme park passes, you can still take in all of the beautiful holiday decorations at the resort hotels. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offer floor to ceiling Christmas trees that make the perfect back-drop for photos. Disney’s Polynesian Resort boasts delicious holiday cookies. There are so many places to see that will still make you feel festive even though the temperatures outside might be quite warm.
Go to New York City. From Rockefeller Center to Central Park, there is always plenty to see and do in NYC. Catch a show on Broadway or peruse through the shops with windows filled with holiday cheer. The temperatures will be cold, so make sure to bundle up to stay cozy. When you get back to your hotel, sit in front of the fireplace or enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or tea to unwind.
Visit the Georgia Mountains. If you still want cold temperatures, but a bit of a more mild winter, then check out Northern Georgia. There is so much beauty to see and great hiking opportunities. Of course, Atlanta always has plenty going on, too!
If you’re able to get away this winter, consider something different for your escape. Happy Holidays!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.