Winter can be a great time to travel and escape rough weather conditions — plus, the holiday season normally offers vacation days, making the winter an ideal time to travel, especially with kids. Here are five great winter vacation destinations for your family to check out this season.

 

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Mount Sunapee Resort, New Hampshire – Nestled in Mount Sunapee State Park, Mount Sunapee Resort is a great winter destination in Newbury, New Hampshire. Located only 2 hours outside of Boston, Mount Sunapee is a great place to ski and relax. The resort has fantastic views of the surrounding lakes, and no shortage of activities to make for an exciting trip – zip-lining, skiing, and hiking all in one ideal location.

 

 

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Newport, Rhode Island – Normally, beach resort towns turn in to ghost towns during the winter season. Newport is an exception. The winter season in Newport is packed with fun winter activities, festivals, and cheer. You can explore the Newport mansions decked in holiday spirit, stroll along the 3.5-mile cliff walk next to the Atlantic coast, and try great food.

 

 

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Southern Maine – The coast of southern Maine, during the winter, is beautiful. The off-season timing will lend an air of intimacy to your trip and provide for great, though chilly, walks. Besides the numerous events planned throughout the winter, you can also easily go skiing, or even snowmobiling.

 

 

 

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Colorado – Wintertime doesn’t slow down Coloradans — visit Colorado this winter, bundle up, and dive into everything the outdoors have to offer. There are plenty of winter-wonderland lodges to shack up in, and there’s no shortage of excitement. You can go on a winter hike, relax in a hot spring, and even go dog sledding.

 

 

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Seattle, Washington – Seattle is another great spot to plan your winter vacation. This is another place to refuses to succumb to icy temperatures. If it gets too cold, there’s plenty of delicious Canadian comfort food, “Nutcracker” shows, and awesome seasonal beers. Plus, winter brings excitement to Seattle: each year, about 100,000 snow geese migrate from the Arctic to Port Susan Bay, and 1,500 brave souls take the Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park. Don’t miss out!

 

Are you going anywhere exciting this winter? Let me know below or on Twitter @ryanlawlessness