America’s Best Cities for Winter Travel

America’s Best Cities for Winter Travel


This winter’s forecast: plenty of snow, and even more travelers fleeing it. That’s the message, at least, from Travel + Leisure readers.

Salt Lake City has long-been a gold medalist in the winter category, but recently, the snowy Utah city—along with Denver—skidded down the mountain of readers’ affections, while warmer cities took their places, literally, in the sun. Compounding the situation, The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting another big-snow winter for parts of the U.S., especially in the Northeast.

Snowbird-style bookings, such as Caribbean destinations with their all-inclusive resorts, are always popular during the winter.

San Juan may be getting a little more crowded this year, along with classic destinations such as Miami, Honolulu, and Phoenix, which are popular as ever. Winter-frigid Anchorage, Minneapolis, and Chicago slipped to the bottom.

Not all T+L readers are dreaming of beachy paradises this winter. Instead, cities that boast mild-winter weather, seasonal events, and often have the best prices of the year get a lot of love. Take Houston, for example. Its cooler temps, along with the world’s biggest rodeo championship, make the city come alive.

Sometimes, winter just means having the city to yourself. You’ll find shorter lines at theme parks in Orlando and San Diego, and you’ll have an easier time getting tables at hot restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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