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6 of the Best Places in the US to Visit in December

December Vacation Spots for Every Type of Traveler

The month of December greets us with sweater weather, seasonal treats, and joyful sentiments. Whether you’re traveling for the holidays, looking to get away for the weekend, or in desperate need of an adventure, you’ll find some of the best places in the US to visit in December are just a car (or plane) ride away. Hit the slopes in a snowy retreat or escape the cold weather to a sunny, coastal paradise.

Best Snowy Retreats

1. Explore Small-Town New Jersey

While New York City has its charms this time of year, those who live there might like to escape the bustling streets and masses of holiday tourists. Get away from the Big Apple and head to small-town New Jersey for a quiet, winter vacation. Imagine yourself curled up with a book, looking out the window over farmland covered with mounds of fresh, powder-white snow. Stroll through historic districts and peruse shops for unique gifts to bring home to your loved ones. Admire sparkling Christmas lights and find an ice-skating rink. Serenity awaits.

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2. Escape to the Upper Midwest

In this age, it’s easy to get overstimulated by technology and busy schedules. Escape to a secluded destination where you can recover from your hectic work week. Turn your cell phone off, leave your computer at home, and enjoy the quiet comfort of a small village in Ohio. Drive along country roads lined with trees sprinkled with snow. Explore natural wonders that radiate an ethereal beauty at this time of year.

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Stay at Woolverton Inn

Let your troubles melt away in the same way the snow disappears in spring. A winter vacation at the Woolverton Inn is an experience like no other. Surrounded by 300 acres of farmland and forest, look out over the frozen Delaware River, and unwind in this elegant bed and breakfast. Stay in a room with a romantic fireplace or luxurious whirlpool tub. Wake up to a three-course gourmet breakfast and treat yourself to their on-site spa services.

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Stay at Cherry Ridge Retreat

Recharge in a luxury log cabin or stunning waterfront lodge at Cherry Ridge Retreat in Hocking Hills. Guests rave about this quiet retreat off the beaten path. Take in the small town vibes and make yourself at home. Wake up to the smell of freshly baked muffins each morning before venturing out for a winter adventure. It’s the perfect place to escape!

Must-Visit Ski Destinations

3. Adventure in the Colorado Rockies

While there are a lot of places to ski near Denver, winter sports enthusiasts will find an array of skiing opportunities throughout Colorado. The Centennial State is home to some of the best places for skiing in the United States! Snow blankets Mesa Verde National Park in the winter and this beautiful park becomes a paradise for those looking to indulge in outdoor adventures like skiing and snowshoeing.

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Stay at Taharaa Mountain Lodge

Plan your Colorado ski adventure and stay in Estes Park at Taharaa Mountain Lodge. With Rocky Mountain National Park and charming attractions all around you, you’ll find a myriad of things to do during your visit. Thoughtful touches adorn the property adding a unique character to this elegant mountain lodge.

4. Hit the Slopes in Santa Fe

Not only is Santa Fe a cultural center of the Southwest, but it’s also home to various skiing opportunities! Bundle up and hit the slopes in Santa Fe and other surrounding ski destinations such as Angel Fire Resort, Pajarito, Red River Ski Area, Sandia Peak, Sipapu, and Ski Apache. With sunny skies, chilly weather, and piles of snow, what more could you ask for?

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Stay at Four Kachinas Inn

The convenient location, warm Southwestern hospitality, and eclectic decor make Four Kachinas Inn one of the best places to stay in Santa Fe. New Mexican architecture stuns guests as they stroll through downtown. Admire Spanish colonial and regional art throughout the property. Their traditional dishes served at breakfast are to die for. There’s no doubt that you’ll love it here.

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Warm Weekend Getaways

5. Go for the Ocean Views in Melbourne Beach

If the snow isn’t for you, head south this December to a sunny destination with no shortage of winter festivities. Melbourne, Florida’s winter season ushers in an array of events that complement the warm weather. Visit the Brevard Zoo, check out the Kennedy Space Center, or surf with Santas on Cocoa Beach. With temperatures in the high 70s, the possibilities for fun in the sun are endless!

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6. Relax in Sunny Santa Barbara

Perhaps the West Coast is more your style. Make your way to Santa Barbara and spend your days strolling along the beach, spend an evening at the theatre, and attend various holiday events. Nestled between Los Angeles and San Francisco, you can even take a day trip to some of the best vineyards in California to warm up with a glass of fine, red wine. The temperatures stay in the 60s this time of year so you can enjoy outdoor activities with the perfect combination of cool breezes and a beaming sun.

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Stay at Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast

Bounding with tropical vibes, the Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast features unparalleled views of the ocean, lush landscaping, and gorgeous porches on which you can take it all in. Soak up the warm rays of the sun and explore the natural beauty of the barrier island of Melbourne. For those looking for a romantic getaway, look no further. This B&B is what dreams are made of.

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