The best winter getaways in the USA

From ski towns to Christmas cities, these are the best winter getaways and winer vacation ideas across the USA

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Winter getaways across the United States rival anything that summer can offer. Don't believe us? Just look at all the amazing things to do this winter across the country. From ice skating in Christmas cities to speeding down mountaintops at the best ski and snowboarding resorts, there's something fun to do outside this winter from coast to coast (and regardless of local climate). Need somewhere to stay? We've picked the coziest Airbnbs in regions near you as well. And when travel gets back to normal, we're already dreaming about the bucket-list vacations and trips we're hoping to take in 2021 too. 

Note: If you are planning a trip this winter, make sure to follow local guidelines, practice social distancing and wear a mask. And you might want to check which states require you to quarantine or present a negative test when visiting before you go. 

 

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It's only November and snow has already started to fall across the country, which means we're already planning this year's trip to the best ski resorts and ski towns in the U.S. From California to Vermont, we've rounded up the best ski destinations in the nation for any type of getaway: Thinking about a family vacation in Idaho? How about a romantic getaway to Colorado? Or a girls' weekend with the most luxe après ski amentities? We have a ski resort with your name on it. All you have to do is pack.  RECOMMENDED: The best places to go snowboarding in the U.S.

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If you're planning a winter vacation, you want to spend as much time outside as possible, right? That part is made easy, when you head to one of the best snowboarding resorts in the USA. From California to Maine, the best places to go snowboarding in the U.S. include plenty of runs for all skill sets (bring along the kiddies and make it a family vacation) and gorgeous views of mountains, lakes and forests to boot. And, if snowboarding just isn’t your thing, stick to the classics and visit the best ski resorts in America instead. RECOMMENDED: The coziest Airbnb cabins in the U.S. to rent this winter

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Winter is here, but the getaways don't have to stop. With the temperature dropping fast across the country, you're not the only one that feels like cozying up in front of a wood-burning stove. And the best place to get your hot-chocolate on is in a cozy Airbnb cabin located in the middle of a forest (or at the edge of a lake—we'll take either). So book some nights of relaxation at one of these cozy Airbnb cabins in the U.S. From a cottage high about the New Hampshire forests to a log cabin nestles in a snowy meadow, these are the most picturesque and secluded Airbnbs you can rent in the U.S. Plus, they're really close to the best ski resorts and places to go snowboarding in the USA!  RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the USA 

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National Parks across the United States have been our refuge during quarantine. These gorgeous, protected landscapes allowed travelers to remain socially distanced while basking in the fresh air and pristine nature . But just because summer is over, doesn't mean we should stop appreciating these iconic parks. Early snow fall from California to Utah and Washington to Colorado, means that many of these National Parks are currently covered in a picturesque layer of snow. And the results are stunning.  RECOMMENDED: The best National Parks in the USA  We rounded up the best snowy photos of National Parks this winter—whether you use them to live vicariously during lockdown or use them to inspire your next winter getaway is up to you.    Arches National Park, Utah  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Arches National Park (@archesnps) Mount Rainier National Park, Washington  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Austin | Travel & Landscape (@austinsills) Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bryce Canyon NP (@brycecanyonnps_gov) Yosemite National Park, California  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yosemite National Park (@yosemite_national_park) Denali National Park, Alaska  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Travel • Explore • Nature (@theunknownvagabond) Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona View this post on Instagram A post shared by Your National Parks (@yournationalparks) Yellowstone National Park, Idaho/Wyoming/Montana  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yellowstone National Park (@yellowstonenps) Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado  View this post on Instagram A post shared by National Parks Guide (@nationalparks_guide) Lassen Volcanic National Park, California  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ichay (@eacheye) Zion National Park, Utah  View this post on Instagram A post shared by National Park Geek® (@nationalparkgeek) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sarah 👽 (@sarahflynn_yall)   Most popular on Time Out - This map highlights the most popular Thanksgiving sides in each state- Arkansas is paying people $10,000 to move there- These U.S. states require you to quarantine or present a negative test when visiting- You can rent that famous 'Bachelor' mansion on Airbnb right now- According to a new study, New York currently is the best city for vegans

An East Coast winter

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Head inland towards quaint, historic towns, or travel to the shoreline, enjoying another side to normally buzzing beach towns.

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Sometimes we all just need to escape the city for some rest and relaxation.

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For Bostonians who love to hit the slopes, a day trip is all you need.

Midwest getaways

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Embrace the chilly forecast.

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Gray skies and mounds of snow are perfectly suited to the wooded environs.

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Illinois might be one of the flattest states in the country, but there's no reason for local ski bums to despair.

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Head to one of these spots in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and beyond, then bask in the nature and solitude. 

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The seasons don’t change much around these parts but the temps do drop just enough to rid us of mosquitos and humidity, giving us all the motivation we need to head outdoors for some winter fun. 

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While the rest of the country starts to lament the post-Christmas freeze, we Angelenos have plenty to look forward to in the winter. A lot of that comes down to our relationship with snow: We have the luxury of seeing it on distant mountaintops—drought years aside—while still savoring warm and sunny weather closer to home. Sure, we have our hardships: It’s cold at night in our barely insulated apartments and the occasional rain shower disrupts traffic and dominates the news. But that’s nothing a warm bowl of ramen or a hot cup of coffee can’t fix. On the whole, there are plenty of terrific things to do in the winter in Los Angeles—especially during this outdoor-driven time in L.A.’s history.

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Just winter sunshine, all to yourself.