December 24 2012 by Claudia Kunkel
Holiday vacations almost always include going to a sunny, southern locale, like Florida, but what if you don't want to leave the snow behind? If a Winter Wonderland is your picturesque holiday, there are plenty of cities in the Northland that are more than willing to take visitors and show you real holiday cheer. Here are three destinations that will give you reason to wear something cozy, while feeling that refreshing, cool air:
From the charming shops and cafes to the blustering cold (make sure you bring a good coat!), Montreal is the authentic winter experience. Whether you choose to brave the elements to explore the city or enjoy perusing the climate-controlled Underground City to thaw out, there is plenty to do during the chilly season. You can take a trip to Mont Royal for cross country skiing through the heart of the bustling city, snowshoeing, tubing and of course, ice skating. Montreal's best local secret is the Parc LaFontaine, with beautiful bridges and ponds cleared for skating. Check out your festive options at http://www.tourisme-montreal.org. To warm your feet after braving the chilly air, check in at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Montreal Downtown-Hotel Europa.
In this beautiful Wyoming valley named Jackson Hole, your breath will be taken not by the chill in the air, but the beautiful vistas offered by the Grand Teton Mountains. Jackson Hole is a gem near the Wyoming and Idaho borders that offers easy access to both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, the first and oldest national park in the world. Winter in Jackson offers many activities including magnificent ski resorts, as well as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding and wildlife safaris. To see all of the possibilities, check out the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. While you enjoy the trip of a lifetime, enjoy warm hospitality in nearby Driggs, Idaho, at the BEST WESTERN Teton West.
No one puts on greater winter festivities than America's Big Apple. From the big tree at Rockefeller Center to ice skating in Central Park, your heart will be full and your stomach too as you warm up your hands with some of the world's tastiest cuisine. Check out the festive home-made merchandise at the holidays markets in Columbus Circle, Bryant Park and Union Square and of course, there is always the ball drop in Times Square to ring in the New Year. To plan an unforgettable trip to the big city, check out www.nycgo.com. While you enjoy the festive lights and sounds of New York, make one of 10 Best Westerns your home away from home