There’s no place like home for the holidays, but the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Kia Optima Hybrid get up to 44-40 MPG highway, so why not take a little road trip this holiday season. That’s why we’re bringing you the top 10 destinations to travel to this December (and maybe a few you cannot take a road trip to visit).
- Washington DC
December is said to be one of the most cheerful times in Washington D.C. The city is buzzing with the holiday atmosphere embedded in garlands, lights, sparkles, and bows. Travelers can enjoy Christmas walking tours, Christmas carols, and visit the national Christmas tree.
Visitors from all over the world visit the Windy City during this time of year. They dine at the base of the great tree, walk through and view the animated Macy’s window display, take pictures at the decorated trees, and enjoy the city in its full glory. To make the most out of your Chicago trip, go to the northerly islands and see the featured ice sculptures!
Boston is a snowy city in December, which is why most people enjoy indoor activities like visiting museums, dining, food festivals, and holiday celebrations. Enjoy a game of hockey, explore the history and cultural heritage, enjoy the night theater, watch the performing art at the ballet or opera house, and catch the various events occurring during the month of December…after you warm up with a bowl of clam chowder, that is.
Buffalo is the second largest metropolis in New York and receives nearly four major snowstorms a year! The city is bustling with art and culture and many history buffs love to visit the city and admire its beauty. Buffalo hosts the downtown Buffalo Christmas tree lighting, which is the official opening for ice skating, and after the tree is lit, visitors can enjoy balloon art, free ice-skating, and horse and wagon rides.
Stamford, in New England, is one of the finest places to visit in the winter. This is a great family stop since there are tons of family attractions that can be visited, including fun events and holiday lights. The Latham Park Christmas tree lighting and Santa repelling down many floors of the Landmark Building are worth admiring.
Manchester is a winter wonderland in the month of December. Kaleidoscope Children’s Museum and the SSE Science Museum are the top attractions to visit. Also on the list of attractions are ice skating, attending a hockey game at the Verizon Wireless Arena, and visiting a symphony concert.
If you plan a trip to Alaska this December, be sure to bring heavy winter clothes! Winter is the best time in Alaska to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
If you’re not into the cold state of Alaska, try taking a trip to the Sunshine State! Florida has mild temperatures in the winter, and visitors don’t have to wear a jacket 24/7. Since Florida is a beach state, many beach lovers tend to flock to this state. If you go to Florida for the holidays, Disney World is a must! It is lighted and gorgeously decorated. Throughout the state, you can see the twinkling lights and boat parades; the city is in a festive mood with decorations galore.
If you plan a trip to Colorado for the holiday season, you will be graced with the snowy slopes and cozy weather of the city. If skiing is your favorite past time, then Colorado is the perfect place for you. Colorado is home to the resort towns of Aspen and Vale, the best skiing centers. It is also home to NORAD, a government agency that tracks Santa on Christmas Eve.
- Puerto Rico
If you plan a trip to Puerto Rico this holiday season, leave the jacket behind! Visitors can get a break from the cold in Puerto Rico. From surfing waves to sunbathing on the beach, Puerto Rico is the perfect place for the holidays. The entire city is lit up with holiday decorations, and the best part is Christmas begins early and lasts longer in Puerto Rico.
So there you have it, the best places to visit this holiday season! Now, hit the road in your sleigh and have a happy holiday!