U.S. small towns that are even cuter in winter

By Lindsay Cohn
January 16, 2019, 12:27:28 PM EST

’Tis the season to travel. Luckily, you don’t need a passport to make the most of the bitter months ahead.

Snow-capped mountains, peaceful farmlands, cozy inns, and outdoor activities entice in towns across America.

Take a peek at these picturesque destinations to inspire your next winter escape.

1. Girdwood, Alaska



It would be hard to oversell the wondrous beauty of winter in Girdwood. Cold-weather enthusiasts flock to “Alaska’s Recreation Capital” for steep slopes, cross-country skiing loipes, dog sledding, and guided glacier tours. And unless you have a fear of heights, there’s no excuse to miss the aerial tram at Alyeska Resort.

2. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


(Photo/Discover Lehigh Valley)

Bethlehem is synonymous with Christmas for many reasons. But once the glow of the twinkling lights is gone and the holiday hordes disperse, this snow-dusted town still shines brightly. Though, it’s much quieter and less crowded—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Enjoy idyllic carriage rides and stop by Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Worksfor a craft beer.

3. Ketchum, Idaho


(Photo/Sun Valley Resort)

This humble mining community turned iconic winter retreat rose to stardom in 1936 with the opening of Sun Valley. The legendary ski resort—the first to debut a chairlift—stole the hearts of Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, and Ernest Hemingway decades ago. Today, Ketchum continues to attract vacationers with its groomed runs, hot springs, and booming art scene.

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