Looking for some of the best places to visit in the United States during the holiday season? Here are four of our favorite hotspots!
What are the best places to visit in the U.S. over the holiday season? There are so many unique destinations to choose from, so we're helping you narrow it down. Here are four of our favorites and some of the most festive things to do when you get there.
NYC is a traditional holiday travel hotspot and with good reason! Some of the most iconic holiday venues are here. To go ice skating, visit the Winter Village at Bryant Park. You'll also want to make sure you see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, which is quite possibly the most famous Christmas tree in the United States if not the world. There are also lots of holiday festivals, fairs, and vendors—including the big Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. NYC also has a tradition of creating incredibly detailed, very merry displays for window shoppers. Make sure you head to 5th Avenue, the most famous street for these displays. With all of that, NYC is a great place to tour as everything from the skyscrapers to the suburbs lights up with beautiful festive decorations.
Maui is a great place to head for the holidays, especially if you're in a snowbound state and longing for warmer climes. On Maui, you can check out the lighting of the Banyan tree, which is the largest of its species in the United States. There are also lots of cool shopping venues where you'll find stocking stuffers unlike anything else on the mainland, including handmade goods from Hawaiian craftspeople. On Christmas Day, you can also go to one of the many luaus held on the beaches, which puts a unique twist on the Santa theme as Mr. Claus himself often shows up in his red canoe.
Fancy skiing for the holidays? Then you need to head to Aspen, Colorado! This is a winter sports enthusiast's paradise. Go skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, or you can strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis to go for tours on Snowmass and Aspen Mountains. There are also lots of holiday-themed things to keep you in the spirit, too. This includes the annual Nutcracker ballet, the Aspen Christmas Tree Lighting, and the holiday shows held each year at the Wheeler Opera House. If you're looking for atmosphere, Aspen is the place to be. Few other places offer such a cozy, hot chocolate and socks mandatory kind of vibe.
Confused? No worries! Turns out, Santa Claus is not only a jolly man bearing presents, but also an adorable small town. Visit Santa Claus, Indiana for a weekend getaway if you need a quick trip to get you into the holiday spirit. Here, you'll find the Santa Claus Museum & Village, where you can pose for your greeting card photos in front of a 22-foot-tall Santa statue. There's also Santa's Candy Castle, which is packed with confections to take home as gifts—or to treat yourself. On top of all of this, Santa Clause does their annual tree lighting, plus there are lots of other fun holiday activities for you and your family. With the wintery weather, you can easily find spots for sled riding and snowball fights!
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