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With the winter holiday season approaching, it's time to start preparing for the colder months—and hopefully for your winter vacation! Some travelers like to spend the winter months enjoying the snowflakes and winter fun, while others prefer to soak up as much sun as possible, even if that means leaving home to do so. We've selected a few of our favorite winter destinations with both types of travelers in mind.
There's no doubt about it: Colorado is ski country. As soon as snow hits the ground, skiers and snowboarders rejoice and hit the slopes. But if you're not a skier or snowboarder, don't fret—there are plenty of other activities in Denver, which makes it the perfect winter destination for all. The city is scattered with skating rinks, some of which are free to use! Throughout November and December, the city hosts several beautiful lighting displays that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. If you'd rather warm up indoors, a couple of museums (including the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Denver Art Museum) offer admission-free days. Check out Denver hotels on Tingo here.
(Photos courtesy of Mont Tremblant Ski Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort)
Until recently, winter travel destinations, with their perfectly snow-capped slopes and cozy cottages, have been staked out by ski bums. If you prefer a black-stone massage to a black diamond, though, you're not alone. Resorts in wintery destinations have begun taking note and accommodating winter travelers who enjoy the raw retreat but could do without the ski-boot snow trail. Some of our top picks for a relaxing—but not ski-exclusive—winter getaway include:
- Taos, New Mexico: This southwestern gem comes alive in the winter. Situated between majestic mountains and dry desert, this quaint town boasts an active artistic community with more than 80 galleries and seven museums, A-list New Mexican cuisine, and handcrafted boutiques.
- Mont Tremblant, Canada: Non-skiers love the pedestrian-friendly village marked by beautiful European architecture and charming shops. Traveling with a skier? Mont Tremblant has a great après-ski scene and delicious restaurants.