Summer’s pretty much over, and it’s about time to start thinking about a winter vacation. Of course, most people will follow the sun, and head towards a beachside escape from the cold of winter. However, there are many places on this planet that actually get better in the wintertime. So grab a cup of hot tea and put on your heavy jacket, then check out these five great winter destinations.
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is beautiful any time of year, but it gets twice as great in the winter. The Princes Street Gardens transform into an enchanted Christmas experience, including an ice skating rink, giant Christmas tree, and a Ferris wheel. The awesome Edinburgh Castle looms over all of this, for a truly picturesque escape.
2. Tromso, Norway
If you’re as obsessed with the Aurora Borealis (more boringly known as the Northern Lights), then Tromso should already be on your list. It’s largely considered the base for viewing Aurora Borealis and as the capital of the Arctic. While you’re there, you can explore the Polar Museum, as well as the Tromso Museum, both well known for great exhibits.
3. Ottawa, Canada
If you’re in a festive mood, Ottawa is home to the Winterlude festival, one of the world’s biggest winter shindigs. The festival runs from January 31 to February 17, and includes outdoor concerts, toboggan races, and ice sculptures. You won’t need an Uber, either – the city has the 7.8 kilometer (4.8-mile) Rideau Canal Skateway. The skateway is used by children, businesspeople, and pretty much anyone else as an easy way to get through downtown Ottawa.
4. New York City
No winter destination list would be complete without the Big Apple. The city is decked to the gills for Christmas, including the magnificent Rockefeller Center and iconic Macy’s setup. There are also things outside of the major tourist traps, such as the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, which has a Holiday Train Show sporting a quarter-mile toy train track and loads of miniature landmarks.
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
Sure, it seems obvious to go to Iceland for winter, and you won’t be disappointed. There are countless natural hot springs to warm up in, and the annual Winter Lights Festival takes place in February, if you’re looking to escape around the end of winter.
Wherever you escape to, TripCase is there to keep the details organized, so you can focus on enjoying Jack Frost’s handiwork.