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10 Great Winter Vacation Ideas

Whether you love winter or hate the cold, there are many destination choices available to you rather than going into hibernation mode. Hate the cold and snow? Then tropical destinations are out there just waiting for you to enjoy and leave the winter blues behind. Sandy beaches, tropical rain forests and warm sunshine are just the medicine you need for what ails you. Migration is much more enjoyable than hibernation. Or, maybe you can’t wait for winter snowy weather. The world is your playground with many places to go and play in the great outdoors. Winter blues are in the past if you go where you can get away from it all and just have fun. Below are a few suggestions for some winter fun that can be adapted to just about anyone’s budget and desires. You don’t need to travel far to have a great relaxing and therapeutic vacation alone or with your loved ones.

10. Jackson, Wyoming

The town of Jackson is located in the Jackson Hole valley and has a population of around 9,600. It’s in close proximity to many ski resorts and a gateway to well-known national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton. In 2009, the town was designated as a Preserve America Community -meaning it’s recognized as a place to preserve and celebrate their historic assets and heritage.

Jackson is rich in culture and natural beauty. Take a tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art which looks like a natural outcropping, Images of Nature by Thomas Mangelsen featuring nature photographs, The Brookover Gallery, Wild Safari at Spring Creek Ranch, Laurance Rockefeller Preserve, Jackson Hole Tram Rides, Town Square, or the National Elk Refuge. Of course there are also great places to ski like Rendevous Mountain – the most challenging mountain to ski in the country, and Snow King Resort. Other activities could include Teton Ice Park which offers ice climbing lessons for all skill levels. Fun and adventure never cease in Jackson…a little town with loads to offer.

Grand Teton Jackson Wyoming

9. Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, MI

Located in Thompsonville, MI, Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa is the ultimate destination for anyone looking to enjoy winter with or without their children. You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy this resort because there is plenty to do whatever your age or interest while vacationing. There are condos and cottages on site as well as rooms in the resort itself.

For a romantic getaway with your special someone, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa offers couples’ massages, an outdoor hot tub and indoor pool. A great way to unwind and relax those tired, tense muscles after a long week at work. There are great meals and amenities and the staff caters to all your needs. For a family vacation, there is cross-country skiing, nighttime laser tag, dog sledding and many other family friendly events. You can also enjoy some snowmobiling through the groomed trails and enjoy the amazing northern scenery all around you.

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