A good winter vacation destination offers the amenities tourists look for – restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Franklin, Tenn. (PRWEB) December 03, 2012
Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit, has released a list of the Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations: America’s Hottest Cold Cities.
The list highlights those communities that embrace their cool climates and offer residents and visitors a wealth of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, dining and entertainment options.
To narrow down the list, editors started by identifying those cities with an average temperature below freezing and an average annual snowfall more than 25 inches. Next, they looked for cities that offer an ample number of outdoor recreation options – cities near ski slopes or frozen lakes, or with large open areas perfect for snowshoeing or snowmobiling.
Finally, editors factored in the number and type of indoor activities offered, such as shopping, dining, concerts and theater.
“Winter can be a great time to travel because often hotels and attractions are more willing to offer discounts to get people in the door,” says John Hood, spokesman for Livability.com. “But just because a city has cold weather does not make it a good winter vacation destination. We chose cities that offer the amenities tourists look for – good, local and independent restaurants, a thriving arts scene, nightlife, shopping, and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities.”
Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations
1. Anchorage, AK
2. Spokane, WA
3. Minneapolis, MN
4. Traverse City, MI
5. Reno, NV
6. Waukesha, WI
7. Missoula, MT
8. Bangor, ME
9. Concord, NH
10. Casper, WY