If you’re looking for a getaway from home with the kids, but still want to embrace the beautiful snow season here in the U.S., a cold winter family vacation might be what you need. A fun winter getaway where the snowfall is heavy and the views are breathtaking will keep the kids busy with plenty of wintertime adventures.
Here are some snow-filled winter family vacations in the U.S.:
Beaver Creek, Colorado
This little mountain village is a great spot for a winter family getaway. There is plenty of skiing and snowboarding terrain here, with affordable family-friendly parks that offer rentals and lessons. Beaver Creek also has an open skating rink surrounded by plush couches and warm fire pits for a family-oriented set-up.
Around the holidays, this town looks just like the North Pole. The kids can enjoy an elf train excursion, a lighted tractor parade and an extravagant tree lighting ceremony. Throughout the winter, skiing, sledding, tubing and snowboarding at local ski resorts are popular activities for the family.
Lake Placid, New York
This town in the Adirondacks makes for one of the best winter vacations for families with plenty of kid-friendly lodging options and winter activities. The kids can ice skate on Mirror Lake in the center of town, ride the ice-coated toboggan chute, ice climb, sled or hike the Adirondack trails. If you’re looking to stay out of the cold for a day or two, there are some great indoor activity options, including the Lake Placid Olympic Museum and bowling.
If you’re looking for a winter family vacation free from a crowd, Whitefish offers a laid-back atmosphere for the kids and parents with plenty of unique snow activities. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, the family can snowshoe in Glacier National Park, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or ride a winter fat bike along a path on Whitefish Trail.
Lake Tahoe, California
This winter wonderland is home to several family-friendly ski resorts with beautiful mountain terrain, making it one of the best winter vacations with kids. Take an aerial tram ride to an indoor climbing wall and trampoline park, or explore the Kidzone Museum when you’re not tubing or ice skating for a break from the cold outdoors.