While summer and fall are prime seasons for weekend getaways, winter shouldn’t be overlooked. There are towns across the U.S. that look like picture-perfect postcards in the wintertime, whether it’s due to a light dusting os snow, historic architecture, dramatic landscapes, or a combination of all three. If you’re hoping to take a little break this year to hit the slopes, enjoy holidays festivities, or simply cozy up in a cabin somewhere far from home, here are the pretties American towns to visit in the winter.
Parc City, Utah
Park City has two famous draws in the wintertime: skiing and the Sundance Film Festival held every January. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to ride the bobsled at Utah Olympic Park, which hosted the bobsled event during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
If you’re seeking somewhere a little slower paced than Colorado ski hubs like Vail, Telluride, and Breckenridge, Dunton is the place for you. It’s known for its hot springs, where waters are a toasty 85 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit – enjoy them from the comfort of a 19th – century bathhouse. There’s also snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sleighrides.
Skiing, skating, snowshoeing – Bozeman has it all, plus a charming downtown. If you’re hankering to try a new sport, why not give ice climbing a go? Hyalite Canyon is one of the best place in the world to ice climb, but make sure you hire a guide to teach you the ropes.
Lake Placid, New York
It’s all about winter sports in this former Olympic town. Try your hand at bobsled, skeleton, or luge, or keep it more relaxed with some snowshoeing or apres-ski.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs checks all the Colorado boxes: skiing, hot springs, and a picturesque downtown. For the best views, hike to Fish Creek Falls, a 280-foot-high waterfall that freezes each winter. Or, take a hot air ballon ride to get a bird’s eye view of the landscape.
Cincinnati is no small town, but catch the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine at the right time – say, during a snowstorm – and it has the vibes of a small 19th – century city.
Spend the holidays in Bend, where the Old Mill District is illuminated with Christmas lights, and the Towe Theatre puts on the festive Swinging’ Tower Christmas show. For more fun, consider going snowshoeing, skiing, or spirits – tasting at Oregon Spirit Distillers or Crater Lake Spirits.
Cape Cod may have a stronger rep as a beach destination, but it’s gorgeous in the wintertime! The town of Sandwich is one of the oldest on the Cape, incorporated in 1693, and its scenic boardwalk is a must-visit, no matter the season.
Known as ‘the Switzerland of America”, Ouray does offer the quintessential activities of a good Colorado mountain town, such as skiing and hot springs. It’s also one of the best places to go ice climbing in the country.
With covered bridges, skiing, and the holiday-themed Wassail Weekend celebration, Woodstock is a bucolic town with a traditional American Main Street – and it looks particularly lovely when it’s covered in snow.