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
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
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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