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6 Winter Break Trip Ideas

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By Elana Goodwin, Uloop

When it comes to winter break, deciding on the perfect trip for all members of your family that also fits your budget and schedule can be a challenge. While you can always stay home over winter break or have a “staycation,” if you do want to go away with your family for winter break, here are some trip ideas for you to consider.

Winter Sports

Winter break is the perfect time for your family to indulge in some winter sports — whether it is skiing, snowboarding, or something else. Some great trip destinations for winter sports are Canada, Colorado, Utah, and New York. With lots of ski resort options in these places, you can find one that will be a good fit for the whole family and works with your budget.

And don’t worry about there not being enough time to hang out together since there is so much to do at these places — you will have plenty of family bonding time each day after hitting the slopes.

Southern Sun

If your family prefers a warmer climate over a cold locale that is perfect for winter sports, you will want to head south for winter break. Check out destinations in Florida, Arizona, Texas, or Louisiana, or head even further south to Mexico or the Caribbean.

If your crew wants to swim or hit the beach, Florida, Mexico, or the Caribbean are the best options to do so over the winter but if you just want warmth and sightseeing, Arizona, Texas, or Louisiana are worth considering. Florida may have the most versatility for your family between beaches, nightlife, water sports, Disney, etc., but you will want to take all family members into account when it comes to picking the perfect winter break destination.

City Scene

For more city slicker-culture buffs, take your family to a notable city like New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Phoenix, New York City, Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, Boston, or Chicago. Any city your family travels to for winter break will have a lot to offer, especially if your family has never been there before.

Between sightseeing, going to museums, eating at restaurants, and doing some shopping to really get the most of the city, your family will be busy. You will want to do more planning ahead of time to have a better idea of how far your hotel is from local attractions and where the best restaurants are.

You can also look up whether there are any plays or concerts happening in the city while you will be there that your family wants to attend and take advantage of.

Outdoor Adventure

There are other outdoor adventures your family can have besides skiing or beaches if those are not your perfect winter break trip. Many National Parks are still open throughout the winter and you can still hike or take in the beautiful scenery during the colder months.

Consider winter breaking at Yosemite National Park in California, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio, Everglades National Park in Florida, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, Acadia National Park in Maine, or Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado.

Cruise Experience

Don’t want to worry about the daily planning of your winter break trip? Consider booking your family on a cruise — all you will have to worry about then are the dates you will embark and return and where you want to go.

Cruises are great since your family is then all together in a large area so each person can participate in whatever activities they want that interest them while still being together for meals and other events and activities while on the ship.

Plus, you then get kind of get two vacations in one — the boat itself with all its happenings and whatever ports you anchor and disembark at. Since cruises leave from multiple places, and you can also price which port city is cheapest or easiest to get to and then more specifically look at cruises that leave from there. You can also tailor your cruise search based on what day you want to leave and how long you want to cruise for as well.

Family Fun

Winter break does not have to be all jet-setting and exotic locales — visiting family who is not local is a good winter break idea too. Since your family is all free and available during winter break, go visit grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, etc., that live in another state. You can then have some great extended family bonding time but also do some sightseeing or other fun activities — such as bowling, going to the aquarium or zoo, hitting museums, etc. — where they live too.

Winter break will be here sooner than you think — so consider planning one of these six winter break trip ideas for your family!


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