Best of Winter Travel City Guides

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It may not be the official start of the winter season yet, but I’m craving some sub-zero temps and snowfall out west. In order to get into the wintery spirit, I’ve gathered a list of favorite winter spots city guides for you to use on any upcoming travel you’ve got planned.  All of these destinations offer snow-capped mountains, incredible snow sports and adventures as well as the mountain-style lodge-y retreat you may be looking for come the colder months of the season. I know I’d gladly escape to any of these locales. And also be sure to check out the Best of the East and Best of the West if you are planning any additional travel this winter! –Stephanie

Aspen, CO

ASPEN, CO

Surrounded by four ski resorts (Aspen Mountain, Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass), our backyard playground is pretty much unparalleled. But the locals secret of summer in Aspen has gotten out – when adventures are endless, culture thrives and life slows down. - guide author Katie Shapiro

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JACKSON HOLE, WY

Just a few miles outside of the Town of Jackson, lies the quaint and charming mountain town of Wilson.  Take Highway 22 straight into Wilson and head up Teton Pass to make your way over to Idaho.  Teton Pass is known for the incredible backcountry skiing and mountain biking trails. – guide author Meagan Murtagh

LymanEstatesnowphoto: Historic New England

BURLINGTON, VT

Though most travelers make the trek to the Green Mountain State in search of rugged ski trails, fresh mountain air and, of course, maple syrup, Burlington serves up an eclectic mix of food, fashion and art often found exclusively in a big city environment. – guide author Angela M. Graziano

park-city-vacation-rentalsphoto: Park City Winter Rentals

PARK CITY, UT

Of course, three amazing ski & snowboard resorts draw people to this place from all over the world. But Park City is also home to many other outdoor activities, great restaurants, fun boutiques, a thriving arts community, a historic downtown, and the Sundance Film Festival. – guide author Eva Jorgensen

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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Victoria, BC, Canada is stereotyped as a city of newlyweds and nearly deads. While this stereotype holds some truth, it’s the other unique characteristics of Victoria that give it its appeal and have made it a fertile ground for interesting cafes, arts and culture. – guide author Bonnie Wilson

montana-winterphoto: Gibson Mansion

MISSOULA, MT

Missoula is the lovechild of Austin and Jackson Hole. This town has the perfect balance of mountains + music; wilderness + wildness; and old west + opportunity. – guide author Rachel Stevens

 

Suzanne

Burlington!! A great northern city! Check it out and pop into The Red Onion on Chruch Street while you’re there. You won’t be disappointed.

kim

Missoula is truly lovely and a terrific place but I would have picked Vail Co. over Aspen, mainly because it’s a lot more family friendly .

Barbara

If you’re using the Matterhorn for the cover picture on winter destinations, why not add some Swiss places … ;)

Grace Bonney

barbara

sadly we don’t have any swiss guides yet but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a local reader to help with that :)

grace

Kelley

I agree about the Quebec City omission — that is a gorgeous winter city!!

Jana

You picked the wrong Canadian winter city! Victoria is really wonderful and lovely, but it hardly has winter! I’d go with Jasper or Banff, AB, both wonderful mountain towns, or Quebec City, as an earlier reader had suggested.

Laurel Hill

Just decided this past weekend to move to Missoula in 2014, can’t wait! (The decision was influenced a bit by Rachel’s City Guide.)

Cari

I see that everyone agrees that Banff should be listed. Also, Amacalola Falls, GA is beautiful in winter with many quaint towns surrounding the area.

amb

hehe, I agree with the comment about Victoria. Our winters are more about rain than snow.

Autumn

Love all of these guides! Sun Valley, Idaho is another beautiful resort town to visit in the winter. (and summer too!) Amazing skiing, an abundance of recreational activities, great town, nice people, and all around fun community!

Valérie

Thank you for all the shout-outs for Québec City, we got the largest winter carnival in the world! It’s beautiful and fun and awesome! What I prefer is a sport that’s unique; a big canoe race on the river against the cold water and the big chunks of ice, a must see!

Meg

I love the guide for Burlington, VT – but the photo is actually of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Natasja

I’d love to visit Aspen one day! I’ve only been to NYC in autumn and have never been to the US in winter. Aspen has such a magic sound, probably due to all movies & celebs going there :)

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