The last six weeks or so of the year can be very enjoyable, but for many, they can also be quite hectic. Just when you finish with all of the traveling and planning for Thanksgiving it’s time to start the routine all over and prepare for all of the December holidays and the New Year. By the time all of that is over, many folks need a vacation.
That’s why winter is such a good time to travel. With so many options to choose from, we decided to do the heavy lifting for you and produce a list of some of the best winter travel destinations.
Los Cabos, Mexico
This Mexican resort community has plenty to offer, including two fairly new hotels. “The Cape” has rooms that overlook the scenic El Arco rock formation. Mar Adendtro has a sushi restaurant on property that’s to die for. What’s great about visiting during the winter months is that the whale watching season kicks off in December, and if you happen to stay at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort every room and restaurant on the property will have a view of the Sea of Cortes, where humpback whales frequent.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Some will argue that Vegas is worth visiting year-round, but you’ll usually find the lowest rates on hotels in the month of December. Head downtown for some amazing food experiences.
When people think of travel destinations in Germany, the first cities that come to mind are usually Berlin and Munich. However, Frankfurt has plenty of worthy amenities for the winter traveler. You’ll find plenty of clubs, amazing looking buildings and stellar restaurants and bars. If you happen to visit before Christmas you’ll see some amazing holiday shopping markets and you can even ice skate at numerous area rinks.
December is an excellent month to visit Scotland’s cultural capital because of Hogmanay. This year-end celebration offers up three full days of fireworks, parades and concerts. If you’re into literature and art, check the Inverlieth House, an art gallery for books and drawings.
Quebec City, Canada
If you want to fully embrace the chill this winter, head to Quebec City, where you can take a horse-drawn carriage through Old Town, sip wine at any number of the town’s wine bars and go ice skating. As for accommodations, check out Le Monastere des Augustines.