We are all looking for different scenery and a safe escape from second lockdown news. We may not be able to travel to a beach destination this year, but you may find serenity in a winter wonderland. Skip the slopes and find a much-needed getaway in these beautiful U.S. snow towns.

Windham, New York

Surprisingly, New York has the most ski resorts of any state (50) and has dedicated beginners’ ski areas in the Catskill Mountains. Just a couple hours from New York City, the smaller upstate villages offer whimsical antique shops and general stores. Icy activities at the Adventure Park feature snow tubing, snowshoeing, and kids’ snowmobiling. Within a five-mile radius, you’ll also find trendy boutiques, country day spas, and rowdy pubs.

Keystone, Colorado

Keystone is one of the most popular nationwide ski resorts for families. Not only does it offer plenty of high-skill skiing for bump junkies, but Lakeside Village is home to the largest outdoor ice skating rink in America. View the immense snowcapped mountains when you sign up for horse-drawn sleigh rides and fat-tire snow biking.

Park City, Utah

You’ll find rich history east of Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Winter Olympics. In town, stroll the art galleries and trendy eateries; the nightlife is spectacular. The Park City Museum on Main Street interactively illustrates the California gold rush mining days, as well as the transcontinental railroad.

South Lake Tahoe, California

Whether you’re searching for snowshoe trails or hut-to-hut cross-country skiing, take the South Tahoe cable car right to the top for panoramic views of King’s Beach, open in the wintertime for solitude-seeking hikers. Spend a day in Nevada by the lake practicing yoga or backpacking.

Stowe, Vermont

Nicknamed “The Ski Capital of the East” and nestled beside Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is known for romantic fireside lodges and B&B retreats in a New England setting. Slope-side amenities include heated indoor/outdoor pools and Jacuzzi hot tubs. Adventurers may try horseback riding, ethical dog sledding, and snow golf. Pack your gloves and your masks, and book a winter wonderland today.

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