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Holiday Getaways: Vacation Spots Run Hot and Cold

BY: joseph gaines | Category: Travel | Submitted: 2010-10-18 20:13:18
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Article Summary: "The holidays are more fun spent in a different location than at home where nothing is new. A total of 25 million Americans do it to get rid of the winter blues which is also a good thing for travel resorts as well as hotels as it gives their business a financial pick me up..."


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Once in a while it would not hurt to spend the holidays away from home. Going on a trip is one way millions of Americans avoid the winter doldrums and how most hotels plus travel agencies and resorts get their business numbers up. Finding a suitable winter holiday site is seldom a real hardship. A fun filled vacation is still possible even with limited finances through the affordable holiday packages most hotels and ski resorts as well as Caribbean cruises offer. Cruise lines offer special holiday rates, too.

Spread out from Stowe in Vermont to Lake Tahoe are a bunch of winter ski places that you can try if in the mood for snowy holidays. Colorado is known for having the most celebrated ski places. Vail which has a ski terrain totaling 3800 acres is where the stars go to spend most winters. There are lots to do including dog sledding and ice hockey plus bobsledding and helicopter skiing as well as snowmobile rides along with cross country skiing and sleigh rides. Colorado is also home to Telluride which boasts of interesting resorts that have lately captured the attention of rich luminaries.

There are great accommodations available along Beaver Creek including one sitting atop 8000 feet with ski lifts and 300 rooms provided. When other ski resort places are full give the ones in Breckenridge Keystone and Copper Mountain also in Colorado a try. Northern California features Lake Tahoe while in the opposite end are Big Bear and Mammoth providing skiers with exciting slopes for skiing along the West Coast.

Even skiers on a budget can still get in on the winter excitement without forking over a bundle. The well known cross country and downhill ski locations are next to a bunch of hostels. Prime spots are those in Aspen or Jackson Hole or Killington or the Squaw or Taos Ski Valley.

There is no shortage of kid friendly spots the whole family will enjoy. Some hotels in New York provide special menus such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as special recreational programs like scavenger hunts, cookie baking, kite flying and sand castle building. For nearly 75 years families have savored vacations on Blackberry Farm in Walland in Tennessee right next to the Smokey Mountains. Priceless treasures to savor while there are the fireside festivities as well as the mountain sunup views plus the forest paths and house furniture evocative of olden times.

Holiday fantasies also come true each year at Walt Disney in Florida. Spicing up the holidays are the toy soldiers marching along with the hulking Douglas firs with lights along with the music themed shows and colossal parades. If you have a sweet tooth then you would not mind dropping by Pennsylvania Hersheypark in the Hershey region.

In the US travelers have lots of destination options that are rich in both history and local flavor. Visits to Williamsburg in Virginia get travelers a taste of their 17th century Jamestown Settlement holiday festivities which the city fathers celebrate plus the whole Colonial America break they were looking for. A Nashville hotel holds a country Christmas each year and New Orleans does something in the spirit of France. Between jazz cruising aboard Creole Queen and the rebellion dinners thrown by local eateries the entire city simply comes alive. There is a wealth of fun aboard cruise lines too. Some cruise ships go off to special destinations for the holidays.

Shopping is always good while on a trip especially if you were too busy to do it before you left. It is a real delight to shop in distant locations if you manage to snag yourself some special rates from the major hotels of the prominent cities. San Francisco caters to folks with money to burn.

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