Winter doesn’t even officially set in for another 25 days, but it’s never too early to start planning your own Winter adventures. The travel guru’s over at USAToday.com are here to help with a list of seven Winter escapes for everyone.
There is a little bit of everything on this list to appeal to those who are looking for a big snowy adventure or those who just want to sip their hot chocolate while they taking in the scenery. Each trip is broken down nicely with information the destination, duration, cost, and a bit of what you can expect when you head out into the Winter Wonderlands that they suggest. They even have a section on “trip planning” to get you thinking ahead.
Amongst the seven suggested adventures are wolf watching in Yellowstone, which is practically empty during the Winter months. If that seems a little tame, you may want to try the Inn-to-Inn excursion offered by REI. Over the course of three nights, you’ll hike, ski, and snowshoe your way to cozy inns located in Vermont’s backcountry. Still not enough? How about dogsledding in Minnesota? You don’t have to go to Alaska to give mushing a try. Just go to update Minnesota where there is plenty of isolation, and it’s probably already Winter.
As for my favorite, I think the Mont Blanc Winter sports extravaganza sounds great. Not only would you get to fly off to Europe for your getaway, you’ll get to go dogsledding, skiing, skating, and more in Chamonix, France, which is pretty much the center of mountain culture in Europe. (Think Boulder with a French accent.) I have to admit that the three Winter mountaineering course offered by Eastern Mountain Sports, which takes place on Mt. Washington sounds great too.