Florida may have great weather year round, but it’s not exactly suitable for building an impressive snowman.

Do you love the snow despite living in the Sunshine State? Escape the temperate Floridian winter for something different by heading to northern climes.

Where should you go next? Here are five of the best winter vacations you can take from Florida.

1. The Adirondacks

Escape the city and head upstate to experience winter wonderland without the risk of being splashed by a taxi.

Although there’s plenty of places in New York state to explore, we have to say that Lake Placid in the Adirondacks might be the one closest to our hearts.

The state designated the area as a Forever Wild area in 1892, and it covers one-fifth of the entire state. It boasts lakes, mountains, and cozy vacation rentals to call home.

2. Durango, Colorado

Southwest Colorado is unlike any place you’ve ever been. The San Juan Mountains meet the low-lying plains where small mountain towns offer hospitality, unique art scenes, and of course the state’s famous craft bar scene.

Durango is the perfect winter escape because it’s ideally located. The local airport offers an easy way into Colorado’s backcountry. While here, enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, ancient landscapes, and gourmet dining.

Don’t forget to visit Mesa Verde National Park during its off-peak season while you’re in town.

3. Duluth, Minnesota

A trip to Northern Minnesota in winter sounds like frostbite waiting to happen, but Duluth and Minnesota’s Iron Range spring to life during the winter months.

While you’re here, go native and use the snow to your advantage. Ditch your car and get around on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. Alternatively, borrow a fat tire bike and go off trail. 

When just the sight of the frozen abyss known as Lake Superior gives you the shivers, head indoors to experience one of the region’s many craft breweries.

4. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is a magical small town break to spend the winter holidays.

The area’s picturesque scenery takes on a new dimension during the colder months, but the weather is milder than it is in the interior.

Even still, Coeur d’Alene offers plenty to do for the whole family. Shopping, art events, and indoor water parks give you plenty of ways to keep active and stay warm even in the darkest winter months.

Are you here to feel the chill? Head out to Silver Mountain Resort for incredible skilling and the world’s longest gondola ride.

5. New York City

NYC is cold at this time of the year, but there’s nowhere else we’d rather be when the weather turns.

There’s both magic and a chill in the air during the holidays, but the excitement keeps us warm. Come for the famous Christmas displays at Macy’s, skate at the Rockefeller Center, or walk the Brooklyn Bridge in the snow.

Come for a weekend or a week, but skip the hotels. Instead, make yourself at home here with New York vacation rentals.

The Best Winter Vacations Are Closer Than You Think

The United States offers so many unique places to enjoy the winter months that we could never list them all. The best winter vacations aren’t about peaks, snow, and spas, but the memories you make.

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