7. Taking in gorgeous snow capped mountain vistas while on a  winter sleigh ride at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming

Elk at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming

National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming

The National Elk Refuge is home to 1000’s of elk each winter season. As many as 6000-7000 elk migrate to the area for the food supply, beginning around October-November each year.  Horse drawn sleigh rides take you through the elk herd. You will leave with amazing photos and a great history of the area. The majestic snow capped mountains provide the perfect backdrop for a winter sleigh ride.

Taking a sleigh ride in beautiful Jackson Hole is the ideal way to start off your vacation. It’s the perfect treat after a hard day on the slopes or a day out enjoying the multitude of other recreational activities available in the area. Sleigh rides typically start running in mid-November and close up in March or April. Visit the National Elk Refuge website for additional information.

8. Skiing, Ice Skating, Dining & Shopping at Heavenly Village

Skiing in Lake Tahoe

Views from the Heavenly Village gondola ride  observation deck

Heavenly Village is the perfect place to start your Lake Tahoe vacation. You can easily fill your day up with a range of festive activities including: ice skating, shopping, dining, movies, and of course, skiing! Skiiers will rejoice as Heavenly has the West’s largest snowmaking system, combined with an average annual snowfall of 360 inches.

Ski season typically runs from November-April. Visit the Heavenly Village Ski Resort Website for details regarding pricing, hours, and special events. For a full listing of dining, entertainment, and shopping options at Heanvely Village, check out the Shops at Heavenly Village directory.

9. Shopping along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile & State Street

Magnificent Mile in Chicago

Macy's Holiday Windows in Chicago

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district is home to some of the best retail shops in the country. During the holiday season, all the trees lining N. Michigan Ave. are illuminated. A romantic holiday horse drawn carriage ride perfectly rounds out an afternoon of shopping.

The shopping doesn’t stop at Michigan Avenue! Don’t forget about State Street, home to Macy’s famous holiday window displays. Locals reminiscence about the flagship
Marshall Fields store that use to stand in Macy’s spot (Macy’s will always still be Marshall Field’s to the people of Chicago!).

State Street is also home to numerous other shops and restaurants. Don’t miss out on the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, which includes a festive parade, concerts by top artists, and a fireworks show over the Chicago River. Visit the Magnificent Mile website for information regarding this year’s special events.