Memorable Winter Vacations That Aren’t a Ski Trip

Winter vacations are a great way to celebrate the holidays, spend some time with family, or simply fight off the restless cabin fever that comes with the season. Some years, though, it seems like everyone you know is flocking to the mountains for a thrilling ski trip. What happens to those of us who’d rather keep both feet solidly on the ground as we enjoy winter? Ski trips are great fun no matter what your skill level, but they’re not the only adventure to have this season. If you’re looking for an alternative, check out these memorable winter vacations that aren’t a ski trip.

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Rent a Cozy Cabin

Sometimes, all you need for a memorable vacation are the right people and a chance to take a break from the rest of the world. Staying at a cabin, resort, or other fun location together can lead to a cozy and relaxing trip. Spend your time exploring gorgeous views nearby, checking out local attractions, and curling up with games or movies in front of a roaring fire. Staying at a vacation rental is the perfect way to have a relaxing trip that will leave everyone feeling well-rested and a little closer to each other.

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Explore National Parks

If your family loves spending time in the great outdoors, visiting a national park is a fantastic idea for memorable winter vacations that aren’t a ski trip. Many national icons like Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains, or Zion National Park become even more beautiful in the winter—especially if you can catch them with a fresh blanket of snow. If you’re really up for an adventure, try cold weather camping. From fewer crowds to bug-free campsites, there are countless reasons to fall in love with winter camping.

Enjoy the Resort Without the Skiing

While ski resorts are famous for their slopes, there’s plenty more to do without ever strapping on skis. The scenery alone makes traveling to a ski resort more than worth the trip. On top of that, you have luxurious rooms and amenities, an abundance of festivals and other events, charming local mountain towns to explore, and, of course, the mountains themselves. Even if you don’t feel like skiing, you can hike along the trails, sled down the mountainside, and go on guided tours through the wilderness. 

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