7 Travel Destinations To Beat The Winter Blues

Now that the holidays are over, we come into that time of year where we feel trapped in the void of cold misery. Football is ending, school is back in session, and the spring seems that much farther away than it did only a month ago. If you are not a big fan of cold weather, or even of the snow, the first thing you might want to do is consider relocating. If that is too big a step, though, start looking into your Spring Break plans or these other travel destinations to keep the winter blues at bay this year.

1. Key West, Florida

Among the Keys, Key West is definitely one of the more popular tourist attractions in the country for those seeking warm weather and clean beaches in the middle of the winter. This site is great for those that want to lounge around on the beach, or go check out pristine Victorian homes, art galleries, and water activities like kayaking or parasailing. There are plenty of options as far as hotels and resorts go, so check out rates now before they explode for the Spring Break crowd.

2. Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida

If you don’t want to go furthest points south to enjoy the warm Florida sun, consider making a stop in Orlando to visit the Universal Studios resort and theme park. The new Harry Potter exhibit just opened last year, and it’s a great family-get away location for the whole family to enjoy. Plus, Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral are only an hour’s drive away, going either north or east, so you can spread out your trip and see some other sites in the Sunshine state before coming back to the winter chill.

3. Tybee Island, Georgia – Hotel Tybee

Those who are looking for a quiet little getaway, with maybe with a spouse or significant other, should look no further than Tybee Island in Georgia. The island contains more than five miles of beach, overlooked by an old lighthouse, and lies only 17 miles from the city of Savannah. Lodging is also still available at the former Ocean Plaza Beach Resort, now dubbed the Hotel Tybee, so for a touch of real southern comfort, give Tybee Island some real consideration.

4. Keystone, Colorado – Keystone Resort

If the warm weather and southern comfort of Florida seem too out of place for this time of year, consider a trip in the opposite direction. The Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado is the perfect destination for a family ski trip. Kids ski for free, guaranteed, and there are various options available for lodging at the resort. The local town, River Run Village, also offers a comforting touch a small town American in the middle of this winter wonderland in the Rocky Mountains.

5. Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Granted, there aren’t really a lot of reasons you would want to go to Utah, but paying a visit to Salt Lake City is one acceptable exception. The beautiful landscape and tranquility surrounding the city make it a perfect wintertime destination, not to mention the nearby ski slopes and affordable city lodging. Most of the big slopes are only a half-hour drive away from downtown, making SLC the perfect place for a weekend ski-trip. You should also remember to bring your camera to get some great shots of the Rocky Mountains.

6. San Diego, California – San Diego Zoo

The Zoo is only one of the attractions that make San Diego one of the more beautiful cities in California. Unlike the congestion and smog Los Angeles, San Diego has a beautiful bay area and an excellent night scene, making it the perfect getaway for the wintertime cold. Plus, the San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the world, housing more than 3,700 animals from 650 different species, making it another great family destination to get away from the frigid cold.

7. Bridger Bowl, MT

Another great winter ski destination is the Bridger Bowl Resort in Montana. Bridger Bowl is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and offers a wide range of skill-level courses from beginner to expert, and affordable lodging and ski packages for the whole family to enjoy. The local town of Bozeman also plays home to the Museum of the Rockies, which features lots of cool history surrounding the Rockies and Montana, so you and the kids can enrich yourselves while enjoying the beauty of the Rockies.