12. Jackson Hole

Snowy mountians on a winter visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole is an absolute dream during the winter season. You have beautiful snowy mountain ranges, plenty of winter recreation, gorgeous resorts and cabin rentals, and great seasonal attractions. Even if you are not a skier, there are plenty of other winter attractions to take advantage of, namely the beautiful National Elk Refuge, home to the largest elk herd in the world. Listed below are a few of the seasonal activities you can incorporate into your Jackson Hole winter getaway.

Top winter activities in Jackson Hole

*The National Elk Refuge

National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The National Elk Refuge provides a winter habitat for elk and other endangered species. Each winter season, thousands of elk migrate down for the food supply. The refuge offers sleigh rides (wagon rides in the absence of snow) to take visitors around the picturesque refuge.

*Jackson Mountain Resort

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - skiing in Wyoming

Jackson Hole is a winter wonderland as there are more than enough opportunities for fun winter recreation and an abundance of hefty snow all season long. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and scenic aerial tram rides are available.

Snow tubing

2 great snow tubing parks provide the ideal alternative for non skier. Grand Targhee and Snow King Ski area provide hours of safe, wintry fun for families.

Cross country ski tours

Teton Pines Cross Country skiing provides tours at the base of the Teton Mountain Range in Jackson Hole. Both group and private lessons can be arranged. The trails are ideal for beginners as there are no steep hills. Both beginners and advanced skiers will appreciate the majestic views along the way.

Downtown Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming downtown during the late winter season

Elk antler arches in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole’s quaint downtown area is the perfect place to stroll around on a wintry day. You have local restaurants, shops, and a beautiful mountain backdrop. Pictured above is one of the elk antler arches, which are made out of the antlers shed (naturally) by the elk from the refuge.

 13. Southcoast Massachusetts & Cape Cod

Winter at Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, Massachusetts

The Southcoast of Massachusetts typically refers to the towns found in Plymouth and Bristol counties. This area includes the Fall River and Plymouth metro areas. Although the area is home to many dense urban areas, there are plenty of pockets of beautiful natural recreation scattered about.

*Snowshoeing and cross country skiing at Myles Standish State Forest

Snowy pine trees at beautiful Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, Massachusetts

Cross country skiing at Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, Massachusetts

Myles Standish is the biggest recreation acre in Southeast Massachusetts. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful and secluded parks in the area. Conveniently located just a short drive from Plymouth, this year-round wonder provides hours of entertainment for locals and tourists. After a big snowstorm, be sure to head over to the park’s trails for miles and miles of snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing. The setting is so quiet and wonderful.

*Edaville Festival of Lights

Sit back and relax as you take a comfortable train ride through a beautiful light display.

*Festival of lights at La Salette

La Salette Festival of Lights in Attleboro, Massachusetts

La Salette Shrine in Attleboro offers an amazing, free holiday light show, complete with almost a million lights and a must-see synchronized show. 2014 marks the 61st anniversary of the event.

*Christmas on the Cape

Christmas on the Cape is a monthly festival of everything Christmas (parades, light festivals, holiday promotions, and more) in various towns throughout Barnstable County. Each town on The Cape puts forth its’ own unique decorations and traditions, many of them capturing the magic of Christmas of the past.

As you stroll around the various old fashioned downtowns, you can treat yourself to a holiday shopping experience at unique, local businesses as opposed to stuffy, overcrowded malls. Special events include: the Hyannis holiday stroll, Holiday on Cape Cod by the Cape Symphony, and the lighting of the Provincetown monument.

*Cape Cod Central Railroad Holiday ride

A special holiday themed ride on the Cape Cod Central Railraod in Hyannis includes a visit by Santa, cookies and hot chocolate, and Christmas carols.

Have you visited any of the winter destinations listed above? What are some of your favorite seasonal vacation spots?