8 Winter Getaways in the USA that are Perfect for the Family

Today we’re sharing this guest post written by Kacey Mya, the lifestyle blogger behind The Drifter Collective. We’re always on the lookout for family friendly travel ideas, so we’re happy to share these winter getaway destinations in the United States. Make sure you add your favorite winter getaways in the comments section below. 

Family Friendly Winter Getaways in the USA

Winter should be more than cuddling by the fire at home, building snowmen in the front yard and celebrating snow days. It should be a time to reconnect with family and make memories, just as you like to do in the summer. You shouldn’t limit your fun just because it’s cold outside.

Here’s a look at 8 popular winter getaway ideas that can put a spring back in your step.

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming 

The Yellowstone National Park is a magical place any time of year, but it’s especially beautiful in the winter when it becomes a gorgeous winter wonderland. Yellowstone is a popular summer destination, but crowds die down in the winter which allows you to experience more wildlife and even snow geysers in the park.

The park rangers have a guided snowshoe hike which is a great activity for families. You can also enjoy sleigh rides, adventure zip lining, dogsledding and exploring on snowmobiles.

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Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid is a great choice if you want a winter vacation that is easy on the budget and more laid back. Your family can enjoy a ski jump with a toboggan chute, Mirror Lake, bobsledding at the Olympic Oval and a roller coaster.

Key West, Florida

If you are looking for a little escape from the cold temperatures and inches of snow and ice, you may want to consider a warmer destination such as Key West.

Your family can enjoy the gorgeous beaches the location is known for or make the trip a little educational as you explore Victorian homes and enjoy the history and culture the local art galleries offer.

Keystone, Colorado

Keystone offers a great ski resort location for families. Kids always ski free, making the vacation very affordable. When you’re not hitting the slopes, the family can enjoy the charming small town feel of the River Run Village as you sip hot chocolate and cozy up by the fire.

It’s not unusual for Keystone to get four feet of snow or more, making it a winter destination you just have to see. The resort also has events during the winter including a parade with fireworks, Kidtopia, and fun activities such as a tour of the chocolate factory.

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Luray, Virginia

Luray, Virginia is an idyllic small town in Northern Virginia. It’s a popular vacation spot because of the famous Luray Caverns, an underground cave discovered in 1878, full of natural rock formations that have been forming for hundreds of centuries.

In the winter, this small town doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of tourist season, which makes it a great time for families to plan a winter getaway in one of the popular log cabin vacation spots in the city. Luray is close to Washington, D.C. and just a quick hour from a popular ski resort called Massanutten.

Las Vegas, Nevada

If you can visit Las Vegas around Christmas time, you won’t be disappointed. Lodging is very affordable and the city is more family friendly than ever during the winter. The city is lit up and festive, which makes it a great time for your family to explore and take in all the lights and celebration of the season.

Families can stay together during the day and enjoy a variety of activities and then at night, the adults can come out and play at the local casinos.

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Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona may not be at the top of your list when you think Winter getaways, but it should be. Not only is it the most affordable time of the year for a vacation in this desert city, but it’s a great reprieve from the usual white blanketed landscapes.

The desert sun is the perfect cure for the winter blues and mom is sure to enjoy the area’s popular spas while dad swings the golf club with the guys. If you’ve never been to the area, just spending a day exploring and taking pictures of the desert landscape is an adventure in itself.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is a fun winter destination because the winter season is calm and warm. The weather is typically more rainy than in other seasons, but that makes it a perfect opportunity to see gorgeous rainbows as you look over the sandy beaches and blue waters from your hotel room.

Hotels in Honolulu are typically 25 percent less than in the popular summer season, so it’s a great time to take advantage of the reduced rates and enjoy a family vacation.

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These are just some of the best 8 winter vacation destinations that your family can enjoy this season. It doesn’t really matter where you go, as long as you are committed to having fun and enjoying the time together, as a family.

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Author Bio: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. You can follow her on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram

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