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The Best Travel Destinations for Getting Away This Winter

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Winter Is Coming

With the arrival of winter comes the busy holiday season, and when it's over, many of us are left yearning for a getaway to relax and recharge. More than half (53%) of U.S. residents have plans to travel this winter, according to a survey conducted by vacation rental site Vacasa. From prime locations for skiing to the ideal destination for a relaxing wintertime vacation, Vacasa researched holiday and winter travel trends to pinpoint the Top 5 places for a vacation during the chilly season.


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Ludlow, Vermont
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Ludlow, Vermont

If you're looking for a place to ski this winter but want to avoid the hustle and bustle of places like Park City, Utah, and Vail, Colorado, check out this Vermont destination. You'll find a number of ski lodges including the Okemo Mountain Resort, which is known as one of the top ski destinations in the northeastern U.S. Ludlow also boasts a quaint and quiet historic town that offers up that warm, nostalgic feeling.


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Mammoth Lakes, California
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Mammoth Lakes, California

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Mammoth Lakes is home to the popular Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain ski areas, Rainbow Falls, nearby trails, and a formation of basalt columns, Devils Postpile National Monument. Visitors can take in the sights, explore the unique landscapes, and find cozy accommodations at a number of cabin rentals and ski lodges.


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Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada by Iwona Erskine-Kellie (CC BY)

Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler Mountain is a renowned ski destination that was a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The town, which is just north of Vancouver, features a chalet-themed pedestrian village, the massive Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, and the perfect breeding ground for wintertime activities like snowboarding, tobogganing, and snowshoeing. 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia

You might think of Virginia Beach as a destination when you're planning a summer trip, but the beach town is ideal for winter travel too. With breathtaking views of the coast and (typically) mild weather, it's the ideal location for a laid back trip.

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

Whether you explore the aquarium or dive into history at the Maritime Museum or Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach makes for a unique winter trip if you're looking to do something other than skiing and snowboarding.