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Winter Travel to the US

The wide geography of America means that winter is incredibly varied; you may have blizzards in New England, weeks of rain in Seattle, and sunshiny tee shirt weather in Texas. One thing is certain: the ski slopes of the U.S. will be up and running and you can ride the mountains to your heart’s content, from the swanky resorts of Vail to crash courses on Big Bear just outside of LA. Wintertime in America also means holiday season, which kicks off in late November with Thanksgiving, a uniquely U.S. celebration where families and friends gather to stuff turkeys and themselves with the traditional cuisine of yore: pumpkin pies, cranberry relish, and green bean casserole. Christmas is another matter altogether and is commemorated with much gusto in America, and from tiny town squares to massive shopping malls you will find over-the-top decorations, crazy shopping sales, and good old Santa Claus, the American version of Saint Nick- a fat and jovial cookie-eating, gift-bringing grandpa. Enjoy the festivities!

  • In the South for wintertime? Relish the mild weather with a Christmas Eve barbeque, popular in the warmer climates and beef-loving states like Texas.
  • Join in the national argument over the best ski slopes: Aspen, Colorado? Stowe, Vermont? Sun Valley? Taos? Mammoth Mountain? You may just have to try them all!
  • Indulge in the season of giving and shop! Visit America’s giant malls for great holiday specials and deals on everything from clothing to music to souvenirs.
  • Snowed in? Don your mittens and scarves and hit the great outdoors for some winter fun: ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, and snowman building.
  • Big cities barely blink at bad weather; use the chilly temps to hit up giant museums, fresh theater shows, or hot new films in warm movie theaters.

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