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Family Affair: 3 Reasons the Northeastern US Is a Good Choice for Winter Travel

When temperatures drop and snow blows through, many people like to crowd around the southern shores in hopes of avoiding the freeze as much as possible. However, they’re missing out on the magic of winter. Here are three reasons you’ll love the northeastern United States during the coldest months of the year.

  1. A skier and sightseers dream. 

Skiing in the Northeast is perfect for the entire family, where all or one are looking to develop their skills. The mountain ranges in the Northeast, including the Adirondacks in New York, the Green Mountains in Vermont, and the Appalachians in Maine, all offer skiing that’s not as steep as what you may find in the Rockies.

That doesn’t mean the serious skiers will go unchallenged. Famous areas like Sugarloaf in Maine offer advanced slopes. If you’re looking for the scenery as much as the skiing, check out Camden Snow Bowl in Camden, Maine, where you can ski next to the ocean.

It might be worth staying a drive away from the slopes so you have a good excuse to enjoy some scenic byways on your way there. Maine’s Coastal Route 1 and Moosehead Lake Region are top picks. 

  1. Beautiful days and cozy, snowy nights. 

If you’re a creature of comfort, maybe winter makes you want to hibernate. In the Northeast, you’re never far from the lodging style of your choosing. Spend the day at Hermon Mountain Ski Area and make the short trip back to Courtyard Bangor for a long winter’s nap.

If you’re looking for a more curated experience, the Northeast is full of inns that have been in business for decades. Visit small communities straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting and peruse the antique shops, take photos of the stunning scenery, and drop in on one of the region’s innumerable winter festivals.

There are plenty of options. Grafton, Vermont, a village of just 600, is renowned for its beauty and charm, while the famous Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York is the ideal place for snuggling and ice skating alike. 

  1. A wide range of vacation styles. 

From Boston to Bangor, New York City to Bridgeport, your vacation in the Northeast can take any shape you want it to. Start off in a lodge in the Adirondacks, and end up in Manhattan for shopping and sightseeing.

Despite the quainter, mountainside communities spread throughout, the Northeast megalopolis always promises that if you get cabin fever, there’s bustling respite nearby. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to snowshoe across rural terrain one day, and visit some of the world’s finest museums the next.

If you want to plan a winter vacation in the Northeast with a dual experience (rural and urban), all you need to decide is whether or not you want to include holiday fun. There’ll be much more to see everywhere, but larger crowds as well.

Celebrate the entire winter season as if it’s a single holiday when you travel to the Northeast. Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery or a singularly spectacular resort experience, it’s an entire region tailored to family tourism.

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