With winter comes two types of people: those who are fired up to layer up, and those who shudder at the thought. The good news is there’s a perfect destination for all climates of travelers right here in the United States. We’ve gathered a list of road trip recommendations that’ll give you a reprieve from your local five-day forecast, even if only for a few days. So, let’s get this show on the road and check out the hottest – and coldest – winter destinations this year.
Denver, CO – First, we’ll cater to the cold lovers. Denver, the Gateway to the Rocky Mountains, is at the peak of our list for more than a few reasons. A booming restaurant scene, ample outdoor opportunities and iconic ski resorts make this town a proverbial winter wonderland. This city’s altitude is a doozy, so be sure to drink plenty of water during your stay, and don’t underestimate the importance of sunscreen while you’re hitting the slopes.
Park City, UT – Another world-class winter destination, Park City is a haven for just about anything involving snow. Skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding (yes, dog sledding), and more await travelers looking to get a glimpse at the season’s more scenic side. To top things off, the city’s internationally renowned Sundance Film Festival will conclude in the next few days, meaning the rest of the vacation months will be far less crowded for you and your fellow frosty-weather fans.
Yellowstone National Park – Fewer crowds, frigid temperatures and hydrothermal basins make Yellowstone the ultimate outdoor winter destination. The 2.2-million-acre park exudes a mythical beauty during the colder months, transporting park goers to another world where blankets of white snow are periodically interrupted by Old Faithful’s boiling eruptions. The snowy backdrop also makes wildlife easier to spot, and there are few sights that rival a wild bison’s winter coat.
Speaking of coats, let’s hang ours up and migrate south as we explore a few warmer destinations.
Key West, FL – Here, the only ice you’ll see melts in your glass while kicking back on the beach. When you’re not soaking up the sun, we recommend soaking in the sights. Known as the “Winter White House,” Key West’s turquoise waters have attracted many past presidents, and even housed novelist Ernest Hemingway. After seeing your first sunset, it won’t take much warming up to find your calm at this quirky, captivating Caribbean island.
San Diego, CA – Known for its year-round temperate climate with winter highs in the 60s and its dozens of world-class museums, San Diego is a perfect place to escape the clutches of winter’s icy grip. For those looking to still feel seasonal, the San Diego Zoo is the perfect place to see the likes of polar bears, arctic wolves, and other snowy spectacles of the animal kingdom.
Scottsdale, AZ – Good news: Scottsdale’s climate is considered by many to be the literal antithesis of winter. Great news: hotels are a steal during the winter months. Take advantage of all things warm on your visit to this desert city with relaxing spas, therapeutic hot-stone massages, and exotic foods like prickly pear and cactus. Titled “The West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale is the perfect destination for road warriors looking to travel west of ordinary this winter.
If your vehicle happens to weather a little too much on your next road trip, know that we’ll be at the ready to lend a hand. And, even when the mercury drops, we won’t drop the ball on bringing you expert collision repair. No matter if it’s hot, cold, or any temperature in between, we’ll always be there to restore the rhythm of your life.