Top Winter Getaway Destinations for
The perfect winter getaway for you is one that you can envision yourself in whether it is a warm weather
destination or even a cold one. Some people prefer to get away to a warmer climate during the winter months because
they are tired of being cold every day while others relish the great wintery outdoors with the cold, snowy
temperatures. Families face the warm vs. cold winter getaway dilemmas every year so instead of closing your eyes
and pointing at a map, consider one of the top destinations for families listed below.
A winter getaway is not all about snow and ice; it can also be about sunny skies, warm weather and desert
destinations. Perhaps one of the most interesting places to visit during the winter season is California's Mojave
Desert, specifically Joshua Tree State Park. It may not have skiing and other winter sports but it does have
spectacular views, plenty of nature trails to follow, hiking trails, awesome picnic spots and even Indian rock
paintings. There are tours of the Desert Queen Ranch which kids will find fascinating as there are re-enactments of
days from the early 1900's.
Southern Florida offers up many winter getaway destinations both on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean sides
of the peninsula. Perhaps one of the most intriguing places that is fun for both young and old is Sanibel Island,
near the Fort Myers area. This is perhaps the best place to collect an eclectic collection of shells as well as
walk along sugary fine beaches. Families can build sandcastles at this winter getaway and visit the local artist
colony, traverse some of the biking trails or even take an eco-tour of the large wildlife sanctuary on the island
or even the mangroves.
If you are fascinated by the American Southwest and the pueblos of New Mexico, then Taos is a great winter
getaway for the family. The Sangre de Cristos Mountains are quite lovely and serve as a backdrop to the pueblos
built hundreds of years ago that are still in operation today! There is the nearby Carson National Park as well as
opportunities for hot air balloon rides, visiting one of the area's hot springs (perfect for cold winter weather)
and even hiring an outfitter that offers tours taken via llama. Of course, this Taos winter getaway would not be
complete without a few runs down the slopes of Taos Ski Valley, Red River or any other ski resort in the area.
For uncrowded pristine winter wonderland pleasure, consider taking a winter getaway to the Upper Peninsula
region of Michigan, specifically the Ottawa National Forest area or even the Porcupine Mountains State Park. Yes,
it will be cold but the views are absolutely spectacular from the graceful meadows, picturesque valleys, lakes,
creeks and even waterfalls that form interesting icy formations in the winter. The entire area is riddled with bed
and breakfasts, small hotels and even cabins that could be rented out. If you plan to spend several days anywhere
for your winter getaway, a winter rental, whether it is a cottage, cabin or small house, is more affordable and
comfortable than a generic hotel room. And there you have it, a few warm weather and cold weather winter getaway
destinations that you just might not have thought about before – try one and enjoy!